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Mat Mocs split season-opening doubleheader

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CHATTANOOGA (UTC) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team split its first two matches on opening night of the 2013-14 season Friday at Maclellan Gym. The Mocs defeated Cumberland 42-3, before losing 37-3 to No. 8 Wisconsin.

Chattanooga scored bonus points in seven of nine wins against Cumberland, including pins by juniors Kevin Malone (285) and Levi Clemons (174). UTC also scored technical falls by freshman Zach Bridson at 125, sophomore Austin Sams at 141, freshman Michael Hooker at 149 and senior Alex Hudson at 157.

Freshman Scottie Boykin had a strong start to his collegiate career. He scored a takedown at the buzzer to post a 12-4 major decision over Scott Stewart at 197. Junior Corey Mock posted a 9-2 decision over Kirk Johnson at 165.

The final margin in the Mocs match with Wisconsin was not indicative of how close it could have been. Chattanooga was in six matches but only managed one victory.

Sams gave No. 10 Jesse Thielke a run at 141 before falling 8-4. With the match tied at 2-2 at the end of the second period, Thielke scored an escape and takedown to go ahead 5-2. Sams escaped and forced stalling calls to cut the lead to 5-4. Trailing big on riding time, he went for broke at the buzzer, but Thielke took him down.

In the 141-pound match, Hooker took a 4-2 lead in the third against T.J. Ruschell with a reversal. Rushcell closed the gap to 4-3 with a stalling penalty and won at the buzzer with a reversal of his own.

Hudson battled No. 7 Isaac Jordan at 157. He escaped with 29 seconds left in the third to pull to within one at 3-2. He stayed aggressive and got a stalling point to tie the match 3-3 in regulation. Jordan won with a takedown 20 seconds into sudden victory overtime.

The Mocs lone win on the evening came at 165. Mock posted a 6-1 decision over Frank Cousins. UTC lost two more close matches the rest of the way. Clemson fell to Scott Liegel 8-7 on riding time at 174. Freshman Jared Johnson also lost by riding time, falling to Timmy McCall 6-5 at 197.

"The difference between being good and great is winning those close matches," stated head coach Heath Eslinger. "We were in six matches against a top-10 team. We have to find a way to win those close one if we want to get to the next level."

The Mocs hit the road for a full day of wrestling at the Hokie Open and Hokie Duals on Monday. A number of individuals will compete in the open with the team facing Hofstra, No. 17 Virginia Tech and Rider in the duals.

No. 8 Wisconsin 37 – Chattanooga 3
125: Bradley Taylor (Wisconsin) – MD 22-9 - Zach Bridson (UTC) – UW 4-0
133: No. 2 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) – Fall 4:44 - Nick Soto (UTC) – UW 10-0
141: No. 10 Jesse Thielke (Wisconsin) – Dec. 8-4 - Austin Sams (UTC) – UW 13-0
149: Timothy Ruschell (Wisconsin) – Dec. 5-4 - Michael Hooker (UTC) – UW 16-0
157: No. 7 Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin) – Dec. 5-3 (SV1) - Alex Hudson (UTC) – UW 19-0
165: No. 13 Corey Mock (UTC) – Dec. 6-1 - Frank Cousins Jr. (Wisconsin) – UW 19-3
174: Scott Liegel (Wisconsin) – Dec. 8-7 - Levi Clemons (UTC) – UW 22-3
184: No. 12 Jackson Hein (Wisconsin) – Inj. Def. - John Shrader (UTC) – UW 28-3
197: Timothy McCall (Wisconsin) – Dec. 6-5 - Jared Johnson (UTC) – UW 31-3
285: No. 6 Connor Medbery (Wisconsin) – Fall 3:58 - Kevin Malone (UTC) – UW 37-3

Chattanooga 42 – Cumberland 3
125: Zach Bridson (UTC) – TF 4:24 (16-1) - Justus Griffith (Cumberland) – UTC 5-0
133: Billy Ward (Cumberland) – Dec. 4-3 - Nick Soto (UTC) – UTC 5-3
141: Austin Sams (UTC) – TF 6:02 (17-1) - Dalton Baysinger (Cumberland) – UTC 10-3
149: Michael Hooker (UTC) – TF 5:55 (19-0) - Nate Croley (Cumberland) – UTC 15-3
157: Alex Hudson (UTC) – TF 3:12 (15-0) - Steven Sandefer (Cumberland) – UTC 20-3
165: No. 13 Corey Mock (UTC) – Dec. 9-2 - Kirk Johnson (Cumberland) – UTC 23-3
174: Levi Clemons (UTC) – Fall 2:13 - Jacob Shirley (Cumberland) – UTC 29-3
184: John Shrader (UTC) – Dec. 5-3 – Zeke Hunt (Cumberland) – UTC 32-3
197: Scottie Boykin (UTC) – MD 12-4 - Scott Stewart (Cumberland) – UTC 36-3
285: Kevin Malone (UTC) – Fall 5:32 - Tyler Smith (Cumberland) – UTC 42-3

Information provided by UTC Sports Information and GoMocs.com.

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