published Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Alex Hudson heads UTC wrestling honors

Seniors Alex Hudson and Trey Stavrum got extra attention at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling banquet Tuesday evening at the DoubleTree Hotel downtown.

Coach Heath Eslinger poked a little fun at both but provided a lot of praise, and Hudson received the top award of the night, the Jim Morgan Team MVP honor. The two-time qualifier for NCAA national tournaments went 30-9 at 157 pounds in his last season as a Moc.

Junior Nick Soto followed up his third Southern Conference championship and a 33-11 record with the Ethan Reeve Workhorse Award, and junior 165-pound North Carolina transfer Corey Mock -- the SoCon tournament's most outstanding wrestler -- got the "most improved" honor.

Scottie Boykin and Michael Pongracz shared the award of freshman of the year. Boykin went 21-14 at 197 pounds and was all-conference, and Pongracz was 22-11 in time at both 133 and 141 pounds.

Sophomore John Lampe got the Pat Murphy Team Academic Award. An all-conference 184-pounder, he has a 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale after five UTC semesters.

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