HAMPTON, Va. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga posted a 1-1 first-day record at the Virginia Duals wrestling tournament. The Mocs blistered Arizona State 35-7 in their opening match but then lost a close one, 18-13, to host Virginia, which had a first-round bye.
UTC (7-5) was a single win away from a second victory in the event. In addition to Virginia losing a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct, UTC picked up just one bonus-point win, that by Nick Soto with a 10-2 major decision. Also, fourth-ranked 165-pounder Corey Mock suffered his first loss, falling 10-6 to Nickolas Sulzer.
Newly enrolled Dawson Peck won his first two matches as a Moc at 285 pounds.
The Mocs had most everything fall their way against Arizona State, winning eight of the 10 matches including bonus performances by Soto, Mike Pongracz, Shawn Greevy, Mock, Levi Clemons and Scottie Boykins.
UTC will return to the mat at 9 this morning to wrestle Lock Haven State. With a win the Mocs would face the winner between Bloomsburg State and Nebraska-Kearney.
UTC 35, ARIZONA STATE 7
125--Ares Carpio (ASU) major dec. Byron Smith, 11-3; 133--Nick Soto (UTC) major dec. Kalin Goodsite, 14-2; 141--Mike Pongracz (UTC) tech. fall over Matthew Kraus, 17-0; 149--Shawn Greevy (UTC) pinned Preston McCalmon, 0:29; 157--Alex Hudson (UTC) dec. Joel Smith, 3-1; 165--Corey Mock (UTC) pinned James Brudage, 5:00; 174--Levi Clemons (UTC) major dec. Kevin Radford, 16-6; 184--Wesley Moore (ASU) dec. John Lampe, 4-0; 197--Scottie Boykin (UTC) major dec. Luke Bean, 16-6; 285--Dawson Peck (UTC) dec. Chace Eskam, 5-1.
VIRGINIA 18, UTC 13
125--Nick Campbell major dec. Campbell Lewis, 13-3; 133--Nick Soto (UTC) major dec. Joe Martinez, 10-2; 141--Joseph Spisak (V) dec. Mike Pongracz, 7-1; 149--Shawn Greevy (UTC) dec. Chris Yankowich, 6-0; 157--Blaise Butler (V) dec. Michael Hooker, 6-2; 165--Nicholas Sulzer (V) dec. Corey Mock, 10-6; 174--Levi Clemons (UTC) dec. Stephen Doty, 10-5; 184--Jonathan Fausey (V) dec. John Lampe, 5-2; 197--Zach Nye (V) dec. Scottie Boykin, 7-1; 285--Dawson Peck (UTC) dec. Ethan Hayes, 11-6.
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 ...