published Monday, November 11th, 2013

Wrestling Mocs go 1-2 at Hokie Duals

At Virginia Tech Duals

UTC 19, HOFSTRA 14

125 -- Jamie Franco (H) dec. Zach Bridson, 6-1; 133 -- Nick Soto (UTC) dec. Jamel Hudson, 8-7; 141 -- Luke Vaith (H) major dec. Austin Sams, 11-3; 149 -- Cody Ruggirello (H) dec. Michael Hooker, 8-5; 157 -- Alex Hudson (UTC) major dec. Nick Terdick, 10-7; 165 -- Corey Mock (UTC) dec. Joseph Booth, 5-1; 174 -- Levi Clemons (UTC) dec. Victor Pozsonyi, 7-3; 184 -- Dwight Howes (H) major dec. Clay Dent, 13-2; 197 -- Jared Johnson (UTC) dec. David Heitman, 4-1;

285 -- Kevin Malone (UTC) dec. Michael Hughes, 3-1.

VIRGINIA TECH 27, UTC 10

125 -- Joe Dance (VT) dec. Zach Bridson, 9-3; 133 -- Nick Soto (UTC) dec. Erik Spjut, 4-0; 141 -- Devin Carter (VT) tech. fall over Austin Sams, 5:59; 149 -- Zach Neibert (VT) dec. Michael Hooker, 4-2; 157 -- Alex Hudson (UTC) dec. Sal Mastriani, 9-3; 165 -- Corey Mock (UTC) dec. Chris Moon, 8-0; 174 -- Austin Gabel (VT) dec. Levi Clemons, 10-4; 184 -- Nick Vetterlein (VT) major dec. Clay Dent, 12-2; 197 -- Chris Penny (VT) won by injury default over Jared Johnson; 285 -- Ty Walz (VT) dec. Kevin Malone, 6-3.

RIDER 19, UTC 17

125 -- Robert Deutsch (R) dec. Zach Bridson, 7-3; 133 -- Nick Soto (UTC) major dec. Chuck Zeisloft, 13-2; 141 -- Paul Kirchner (R) pinned Austin Sams, 2:39; 149 -- Michael Hooker (UTC) dec. Curt Delia, 6-0; 157 -- Alex Hudson (UTC) major dec. Wayne Stinson, 12-2; 165 -- Corey Mock (UTC) dec. Ramon Santiago, 5-0; 174 -- Connon Brennan (R) dec. Levi Clemons, 2-1; 184 -- Clint Morrison (R) major dec. Clay Dent, 9-0; 197 -- Donald McNell (R) dec. Scottie Boykin, 14-11; 285 -- Kevin Malone (UTC) dec. Greg Velasco, 4-1.

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga let one slip away Sunday and finished the Hokie Duals at Virginia Tech with a 1-2 record.

Levi Clemons was up 1-0 but then gave up a takedown very late in the match which resulted in a 19-17 Rider victory.

"We should've gone 2-1. We left a good team win out there," Mocs coach Heath Eslinger said. "But, no, you don't let it be on one guy's doorstep. We have to get all 10 guys to compete hard together. We were in the match but they wound up being the only undefeated team there."

UTC defeated Hofstra 19-14 and lost to 17th-ranked Virginia Tech 27-10.

Corey Mock (165), Nick Soto (133) and Alex Hudson each went 3-0 on the day.

"Corey beat three pretty good guys. Two of them were ranked," Eslinger said. "And I'm very proud of Soto. I challenged him Saturday morning, and he beat one guy that was ranked 16th in the country and another guy from Hofstra that's pretty good."

Jared Johnson (197) tweaked his knee and had to injury default against Virginia Tech. Scottie Boykin took his place.

"Jared will be fine, but I'm telling you, Boykin looked good," Eslinger said.

The Mocs are using Clay Dent right now at 184 but hope to have John Lampe back when they return to action Saturday in another home meet against Life University and Shorter. The Life meet begins at 5:30 and will be followed by the Shorter match.

Contact Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com or 423-886-4765. Follow him at Twitter.com/wardgossett.

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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