UTC Wrestling Rolls to 39-3 SoCon Triumph

The Chattanooga Mocs put together a strong performance in a 39-3 win over visiting Davidson Saturday night in Maclellan Gym. The Mocs won nine of 10 matches with two pins and a tech fall highlighting the scoring.

“Our guys are getting better,” Coach Kyle Ruschell shared afterwards. “We’re not where we need to be, but we will be come March. We need to go out there with confidence, not build it throughout the match. It’s the details, and we need continue to do the hard things. We didn’t mat return enough. We didn’t stay gritty on top enough. I’m seeing things start to show, but those types of things, we have to get better at if you want to reach our goals.”

The Mocs hit the road for three in a row starting Friday at Presbyterian.

285: 6-0
Logan Andrew gets the forfeit win.
Notes: Andrew moves to 6-10 for the season, 2-0 in the SoCon.

125: 12-0
Hale Robinson got the first takedown of the match quickly followed by a reversal for Ashton. He worked Robinson to his back and pressured through to the fall with 49 seconds left in the first.
Notes: First Ashton dual start since his Dec. 16 win against Clarion…1st pin as a Moc.

133: 15-0
Brayden Palmer’s takedown in the first and early escape in the third were the only scoring before another deuce inside 10 seconds in the third netted the 5-0 decision.
Notes: 25th career dual win for Palmer…9-1 career against SoCon opponents with nine straight wins after a Nov. 2021 loss in his first start against Davidson.

141: 18-0
First period takedown followed by early escape and takedown in second had Franco Valdes up 5-0 before wrestling away with 8-2 decision.
Notes: Valdes is now 16-2 all-time vs. SoCon opponents.

149: 22-0
Grant Lundy dominated from start-to-finish. He recorded six third period takedowns to build the major decision victory.
Notes: Lundy is now 9-9 on the season, 2-0 vs. SoCon opposition.

157: 22-3
Matthew Williams battled hard but netted just an escape in a 3-1 loss to Tanner Peake. Peake got the lone takedown in the first. Williams started up in the third and nearly got the riding point turning a deficit into 34 seconds before Peake scored an escape and the final points of the match.
Notes: 1st career dual start for Williams wrestling up from 149 due to Lincoln Heck injury.

165: 25-3
Weston Wichman and Bryce Sanderlin went toe-to-toe for the full seven minutes. Sanderlin got the lone point in the second after a scoreless first. Wichman got an escape early in the third and then the deciding takedown in the final minute.
Notes: Just the third start this season for Wichman due to injury and first since opening day (Nov. 5).

165: Winning takedown for Weston Wichman in a 3-1 decision
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174: 30-3
Rocky Jordan worked a 4:35 tech fall. He got a takedown 20 seconds into the match and then two 4pt near falls for 10-0 lead after one. An escape, takedown and 2pt near fall clinched the match in the second.
Notes: Jordan is now 40-3 in dual scoring in 11 matches this season, an average of 3.64 per match.

184: 36-3
Another complete performance from Matthew Waddell. He followed a dominating first by getting the fall just 23 seconds into the second.
Notes: Four straight pins in dual matches for Waddell earning 67th career win overall.

197: 39-3
Jake Boyd held a 3-2 advantage late in the third when all, well you know what broke loose. Gavin Henry got a late takedown for the win…seemingly. Boyd went straight into attack mode and reversed for the win with two seconds remaining.
Notes: 4th straight dual win for Boyd…5-2 when the final tally is two points or less.