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Stanford holds off UTC

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Scoring bonus points in four of its five wins, the No. 24 Stanford wrestling team fended off Chattanooga, 19-16, Saturday, at Maclellan Gym in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Cardinal improves to 2-0 on the season, while the Mocs drop to 0-1.

The dual started at 125 pounds, where redshirt freshman Brian Rossi posted a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Alonzo Allen. Trailing 3-1 heading into the final period, Rossi started the third in the down position. He cut the lead to 3-2 with an escape and then was about to secure the winning takedown. The Homer Glenn, Illinois native moves to 2-0 on the season.

The Mocs tied the team score at 3-3 as Chris Debien recorded an 8-3 decision over sophomore Mason Pengilly at 133 pounds.

Freshman Joey McKenna, ranked 12th nationally at 141 pounds, put the Cardinal back on top with a 10-2 major decision over Roman Boylen. He recorded a takedown 30 seconds into the opening period and led 2-1 after the first. He added an escape and a takedown in the second to push his lead to 5-1. Boylen chose to start the third in the neutral position, where McKenna was able to secure another takedown. After Boylen escaped, McKenna notched his final takedown and ended the match on top, picking up riding time. He is now 2-0 on the year.

Chattanooga's Michael Pongracz cut the Stanford lead to 7-6 with a 4-2 sudden-victory decision over redshirt sophomore Tommy Pawelski at 149 pounds.

Redshirt juniors Maxwell Hvolbek (157 pounds) and Jim Wilson (165 pounds) and redshirt sophomore Keaton Subjeck all turned in major-decision wins to make the dual score 19-6 in favor of the Cardinal.

Leading 6-2 after the first, Hvolbek chose to start the second in the down position. After recording an escape against Chattanooga's Andrew Webb, Hvolbek got another takedown and scored two near fall points to push his lead to 11-2. Webb chose to start the third in the neutral position, where Hvolbek was able to tally another takedown and collect riding time for the major decision. He moves to 2-0 on the season.

Wilson, ranked fourth nationally, posted a 20-7 major decision over Dominic Lampe at 165 pounds. The Lodi, California native recorded five takedowns, a reversal, six near fall points, an escape and riding time in the win. Wilson improves to 2-0 on the year and 71-15 in his career.

Subjeck capped-off the Cardinal scoring with a 14-4 major decision over Chattanooga's Sean Mappes at 174 pounds. With a 4-2 lead going into the second, Subjeck tallied another takedown and two near fall points to increase his lead to 8-3. He opened the third with an escape and secured two more takedowns and riding time to seal the win. Subjeck moves to 2-0 on the season.

The Mocs had a chance to tied up the dual after John Lampe posted a 17-6 major decision over redshirt junior Ryan Davies at 184 pounds and No. 14 Scottie Boykin added an 8-3 decision over redshirt senior Michael Sojka at 197 pounds.

In the battle between ranked wrestlers at heavyweight, UTC's Jared Johnson (No. 20) pulled out a 4-2 decision over redshirt sophomore Nathan Butler (No. 13). However, it wasn't enough for the Mocs as the Cardinal held on for the win.

Stanford wraps-up its road trip at the Hokie Open in Blacksburg, Virginia on Sunday, Nov. 8.

Results:
125: Brian Rossi (Stanford) - Dec. 4-3 - Alonzo Allen (UTC) - Stanford 3-0
133: Chris Debien (UTC) - Dec. 8-3 - Mason Pengilly (Stanford) - Tied 3-3
141: No. 12 Joey McKenna (Stanford) - MD 10-2 - Roman Boylen (UTC) - Stanford 7-3
149: Michael Pongracz (UTC) - SV1 4-2 - Tommy Pawelski (Stanford) - Stanford 7-6
157: Max Hvolbek (Stanford) - MD 14-2 - Andrew Webb (UTC) - Stanford 11-6
165: No. 4 Jim Wilson (Stanford) - MD 20-7 - Dominic Lampe (UTC) - Stanford 15-6
174: Keaton Subjeck (Stanford) - MD 14-4 - Sean Mappes (UTC) - Stanford 19-6
184: John Lampe (UTC) - MD 17-6 - Ryan Davies (Stanford) - Stanford 19-10
197: No. 14 Scottie Boykin (UTC) - Dec. 8-3 - Michael Sojka (Stanford) - Stanford 19-13
285: No. 20 Jared Johnson (UTC) - Dec. 4-2 - No. 13 Nathan Butler (Stanford) - 19-16

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