The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team overcame a nine-point deficit to score a 23-15 win at Edinboro tonight. The victory is the first dual win for the Mocs' new head coach Kyle Rushcell. UTC trailed 15-9 before taking the last four matches.
"It is all about the guys," stated Ruschell. "They are just doing what we preach and fighting every match."
Senior Alonzo Allen (10-3) got the rally started with a five-point tech fall at 125. The dual began at 157, so his match was the seventh of the evening.
Junior Jake Huffine (12-4) continued his hot streak, pinning Richie Gomez at 133. That gave the Mocs a 17-15 lead that they would not let go. Junior Chris Debien (8-5) scored a 7-3 win at 141, while freshman Mason Wallace (11-3) closed out the night with an 8-1 decision at 149.
"I think we let a few get away early in the match that I thought we could win," added Ruschell. "I was proud of the way Alonzo, Jake, Chris and Mason all responded."
Freshman Ryan Resnick (4-6) opened the night with a 9-4 decision at 157. Junior Dominic Lampe (8-6) also scored a win at 184.
UTC improved to 1-1 overall, while the Scots fell to 1-2. The Mocs stay on the road for their next match at Ohio on Thursday. Action begins at 7:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) in Athens, Ohio. Links for stats and video will be posted on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com
157: Ryan Resnick (CHAT) over Tim Suter (EDIN) (Dec 9-4) - UTC 3-0
165: Fritz Hoehn (EDIN) over Trey Watson (CHAT) (TF 16-0 2:29) - Edinboro 5-3
174: Jacob Oliver (EDIN) over Hunter Fortner (CHAT) (MD 13-5) - Edinboro 9-3
184: Dominic Lampe (CHAT) over Zach Ancewicz (EDIN) (Dec 9-5) - Edinboro 9-6
197: Dylan Reynolds (EDIN) over Rod Jones (CHAT) (Dec 3-2) - Edinboro 12-6
285: Jon Spaulding (EDIN) over Connor Tolley (CHAT) (Dec 5-3) - Edinboro 15-6
125: Alonzo Allen (CHAT) over Lucas Rodriguez (EDIN) (TF 16-1 4:26) - Edinboro 15-11
133: Jake Huffine (CHAT) over Richie Gomez (EDIN) (Fall 2:07) - UTC 17-15
141: Chris Debien (CHAT) over Carmine Ciotti (EDIN) (Dec 7-3) - UTC 20-15
149: Mason Wallace (CHAT) over Chris Matzke (EDIN) (Dec 8-1) - UTC 23-15