The Chattanooga wrestling team opened its 2021-22 campaign with a 25-15 victory over Cumberland inside Maclellan Gym on Saturday night.
“We got a first look at six guys that have never wrestled in a Chattanooga singlet before,” Head Coach Kyle Ruschell said. “That’s something they’ll remember forever.”
Cumberland got the scoring started with a win at 165 pounds that was decided by a riding time point. Carial Tarter put the Mocs on the board, tying the match at three after a 6-2 decision at 174.
Thomas Sell didn’t take long to record his first career win as a Moc. He pinned Cumberland’s Austin Antcliffe 43 seconds into the second period.
Brayden Palmer scored a 6-0 decision at 133 after Cumberland won three matches, two by decision and one by forfeit. With three matches to go, Cumberland held a 15-12 lead.
Down three points, Colton Landers came through for the Blue and Gold, putting UTC up three with a pin at 141 pounds. Following Lander’s victory, Noah Castillo secured the match for the Mocs by major decision, 17-5.
In the final match of the dual, Grant Lundy registered a 7-3 decision to put UTC up 25-15.
“We saw some good things, but we have a lot of things to catch up on,” Ruschell added. “I’m excited for when we have our whole team back together. We need to get healthy.”
Franco Valdes (141) won an exhibition match after the dual.
FINAL SCORE: CHATTANOOGA 25 – CUMBERLAND 15
165: Cole Smith (CUTE) over Caleb Waddell (CHAT) (Dec 5-4)
174: Carial Tarter (CHAT) over Matthew Sells (CUTE) (Dec 6-2)
184: Thomas Sell (CHAT) over Austin Antcliffe (CUTE) (Fall 3:43)
197: River Henry (CUTE) over Landon Lewis (CHAT) (Dec 7-2)
285: Patrick Depiazza (CUTE) over Matthias Ervin (CHAT) (Dec 4-3)
125: Carter Cox (CUTE) over (CHAT) (For.)
133: Brayden Palmer (CHAT) over Keshawn Laws (CUTE) (Dec 6-0)
141: Colton Landers (CHAT) over Hayden Lemmons (CUTE) (Fall 4:44)
149: Noah Castillo (CHAT) over Joseph Frye (CUTE) (MD 17-5)
157: Grant Lundy (CHAT) over Anthony Maia (CUTE) (Dec 7-3)