The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team posted a 31-11 win at Gardner-Webb tonight. The Mocs even their record at 5-5 overall and stay in first place in the Southern Conference race at 3-0.
Chattanooga took seven of the 10 matches, scoring bonus points in three of the contested bouts. Action began tonight with junior Chris Debien posting a 9-7 win over Blake Mulkey at 141. Debien won his fourth-straight match to move to 19-10 overall and 3-0 in SoCon matches.
Freshman Tanner Smith continued his hot streak with a first period pin over Conrad Scheiss (2:09) at 149. It was Smith's fifth win in his last six outings, including four in a row. He improved to 8-4 and 3-0 in league competition.
Freshman Ryan Resnick scored a takedown at the buzzer to defeat Evan Schenk at 157, before the Runnin Bulldogs got on the board with a tech fall at 165.
Freshman Hunter Fortner scored a major decision at 175, followed by junior Ben Stacey's first win at 184. That pushed the Chattanooga lead to 19-5 with four matches left.
GWU scored another win at 197 to close the gap to 19-8. Senior Connor Tolley answered with a pin at heavyweight to close out the team win. UTC won in a walkover at 125, followed by a GWU win at 133.
Up next for the Mocs is a SoCon showdown at Appalachian State (4-6, 2-1 SoCon) on Sunday. Match time is set for 3:00 p.m. in Boone, N.C. Links for live scoring and the live broadcast are on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.
141: Chris Debien (UTC) over Blake Mulkey (GWU) (Dec 9-7)
149: Tanner Smith (UTC) over Conrad Schiess (GWU) (Fall 2:09)
157: Ryan Resnick (UTC) over Evan Schenk (GWU) (Dec 6-4)
165: Tyler Marinelli (GWU) over Drew Nicholson (UTC) (TF 16-1 5:22)
174: Hunter Fortner (UTC) over Kyle Homet (GWU) (MD 11-3)
184: Ben Stacey (UTC) over Nathaniel Kale (GWU) (Dec 9-2)
197: Anthony Perrine (GWU) over Rod Jones (UTC) (Dec 5-4)
285: Connor Tolley (UTC) over Jeffrey Linker (GWU) (Fall 4:07)
125: Alonzo Allen (UTC) over (GWU) (For.)
133: Brandon Bright (GWU) over Jake Huffine (UTC) (Dec 3-2)