The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team got some good news today with two individuals earning at-large bids to the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Champions. Senior Fabian Gutierrez grabbed one of seven spots at 125 pounds, while freshman Logan Andrew had his ticket punched to the NCAA Tournament at 197 pounds.
All totaled, the Mocs are sending four to the national championships. Juniors Drew Nicholson and Matthew Waddell earned their spots with automatic bids from the Southern Conference Tournament on Feb. 28. Nicholson was the SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler after winning at 165 pounds, while Waddell grabbed one of two spots at 184 pounds with a runner-up finish.
This is the second time Gutierrez had qualified for the NCAAs, although he did not compete last year when the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was 12-3 on the year at 125 pounds and finished third at the SoCon Tournament. He was ranked in the top 25 in most rankings throughout the year.
Andrew made the SoCon All-Freshman team and was 9-6 overall. He was runner-up at 197 at the league championships.
It is the second time in the last three years the Mocs are sending four to the NCAA Tournament. It is also the second time in the last three years two from UTC have earned an at-large bid.
The 2021 NCAA Division I Championships take place March 18-20 in St. Louis, Mo. Every mat and every match is covered by the ESPN family of networks. Be sure to check back to GoMocs.com for a full UTC preview and information on how to follow the action.