The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team had two individuals advance to the second day of competition at the 2021 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo., today. Senior Fabian Gutierrez and junior Drew Nicholson are both still alive in the backdraws at 125 and 165, respectively.
Gutierrez, seeded 24th in the 33-man field, opened with a loss to Purdue’s No. 9 seed Devin Schroder. He bounced back in the first round of consolations against Logan Treaster, Navy’s No. 25 seed.
Treaster scored a takedown early and built up a 2-1 lead with 1:21 of riding time after the first period. Gutierrez chose down and escaped for the only scoring of the second period. It was tied 2-2 entering the third, but Treaster had 1:49 of riding time. Treaster quickly escaped to go up 3-2, so Gutierrez had to go on the offensive to stay alive.
Gutierrez finally got a takedown with 1:05 on the clock, but still had 45 seconds of riding time to erase. Treaster could not get out of Gutierrez’s grasp and wound up on his back with less than 20 seconds left in the match. Those four back points put away the 8-3 win for the Mocs.
Nicholson is the No. 26 seed at 165 and opened with a 12-5 loss to Ohio State’s No. 7 Ethan Smith. He came back in the consolations with a convincing 10-4 win over Penn State’s Joe Lee.
Nicholson was on the attack early against Lee, scoring a takedown 15 seconds into the match. Lee quickly reversed him, but Nicholson escaped. A Lee takedown and a Nicholson escape left the match knotted at 4-4 after the first period.
From then on it was all Nicholson. He quickly escaped after choosing down to start the second. He scored a takedown with just over a minute left and rode Lee out for a 7-4 lead after two periods.
Lee chose neutral in the third and Nicholson scored another takedown at the 1:30 mark. Again, he rode Lee out for the rest of the period to add a riding time point to his first NCAA win.
Gutierrez Nicholson are back on the mat for tomorrow’s consolation round at 11:00 a.m. (E.D.T.). ESPNU is airing the morning action, and links to the ESPN+ broadcast and live scoring are available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.
2021 NCAA Championships
Enterprise Arena – St. Louis, Mo.
Thursday – March 18, 2020
125 – No. 24 Fabian Gutierrez
No. 9 Devin Schroder (Purdue) – L-D, 1-5
No. 25 Logan Treaster (Navy) – W-D, 8-3
165 – No. 26 Drew Nicholson
No. 7 Ethan Smith (Ohio State) – L-D, 5-12
No. 23 Joe Lee (Penn State) – W-D, 10-4
184 – No. 25 Matthew Waddell
No. 8 Taylor Venz (Nebraska) – L-TF, 0-19 (5:15)
No. 24 Rocky Jordan (Ohio State) – L-D, 1-10
197 – No. 32 Logan Andrew
No. 33 Billy Janzer (Rutgers) – L-D, 6-8
No. 30 Trey Rogers (Hofstra) – L-D, 1-6