published Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

UTC Wrestling Mocs to host Iowa, UVA

2012-13 UTC wrestling schedule

(Home meets at Maclellan Gym)

Oct. 27 Blue-Gold meet, noon

Nov. 3 Virginia, Ohio, Anderson at Charlottesville, Va.

Nov. 4 Virginia Tech Hokie Open at Salem, Va.

Nov. 11 Wolfpack Open at Raleigh, N.C.

Nov. 16 Iowa, Cumberland, Virginia, 4 p.m.

Dec. 14 at Princeton

Dec. 16 Oklahoma State, Rutgers at Madison Square Garden

Jan. 1-2 Southern Scuffle at McKenzie Arena

Jan. 6 Illinois, 2 p.m.

Jan. 20 at Cleveland State

Jan. 27 The Citadel, 2 p.m.

Feb. 1 at Gardner-Webb

Feb. 3 at Appalachian State

Feb. 10 Davidson, 2 p.m.

Feb. 23 VMI, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, 2

Feb. 25 Campbell University, 7

March 9 Southern Conference at Lexington, Va.

March 21 NCAA tournament at Des Moines, Iowa

The Southern Scuffle will again be a highlight on the home wrestling schedule for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, but the Mocs also will have home matches with Virginia, Iowa and Illinois.

The Scuffle, in its second year with the Mocs hosting, will feature such national powers as Penn State, Michigan, Cornell, Oklahoma, American and Arizona State on Jan. 1-2 at McKenzie Arena.

"We have a great home schedule, and two of the teams coming in for dual meets should be ranked among the nation's top seven," Mocs coach Heath Eslinger said. "The Scuffle is the big home event and it's another change for us to wrestle against the best in the country and a chance for our fans to watch the elite level of college wrestling."

The Mocs' road schedule will include Virginia Tech's Hokie Open and the Wolfpack Open at North Carolina State. They also will be competing in "Grappling at the Garden," the first collegiate wrestling event to be held at Madison Square Garden in New York. There UTC is scheduled to wrestle Oklahoma State and Rutgers.

"I guess it was just treating people the right way," Eslinger said when asked how the Mocs wrangled an invitation to such a prestigious event.

Their Southern Conference schedule includes home meets with The Citadel, VMI, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Campbell University, but the top league encounter will take place on Feb. 3 at Appalachian State. The conference tournament is scheduled for March 9 at Lexington, Va.

Contact Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com or 423-886-4765.

about Ward Gossett...

Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...

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