The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team scored a 47-0 win at Davidson to open Southern Conference action tonight. The Mocs improve to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in league action, while the Wildcats drop to 0-3 and 0-2 in conference duals.
Tonight was the first shutout for UTC since a 49-0 win over Cumberland on Nov. 14, 2015. It was also the first shutout in a SoCon match since a 46-0 win over Campbell on Jan. 18, 2015.
"Our guys came out and they dictated each match individually," said UTC head coach Kyle Ruschell. "They were aggressive and looking to score a lot of points. It was good to see them making adjustments and showing improvements over last week's match."
UTC posted bonus points in eight of its 10 wins tonight, including four pins. Junior Fabian Gutierrez got the action started with a first-period fall over Anthony Rautmann at 125. Junior Wade Cummings followed with a 5-3 decision over Kyle Gorant at 133. Two takedowns in the first period gave Cummings a lead that he held on to for the rest of the match.
Sophomore Aidan Murphy broke into the win column for the first time this season with a 6-5 decision over David Loniewski at 141. Murphy also built a lead early with a pair of takedowns in the first three minutes. He held off a late charge by Loniewski, who scored a takedown of his own in the third frame, to give the Mocs a 12-0 lead.
"Aidan came out and got to the guy's legs right away," said Ruschell. "We knew that he had some upper body throws, but for the most part we stayed away from that. We got up early and made it tough on him."
Sophomore Tanner Smith followed with a Tech Fall at 149, while sophomore Tyler Shilson added a major decision at 157. That gave the Mocs a commanding 23-0 lead at the halfway point.
Sophomore Andrew Nicholson added a major at 165, followed by back-to-back pins from sophomores Hunter Fortner and Matthew Waddell at 174 and 184, respectively. Senior Rodney Jones posted a major decision at 197, while sophomore Grayson Walthall closed out the dual with a pin at heavyweight.
"The team really got behind Grayson in the last match tonight," added Ruschell. "Grayson did a great job pushing the pace and wore his guy out. He caught him on his back and the whole team was really happy for him.
Up next for the Mocs is a Sunday showdown against No. 19 North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Match time is set for 2:00 p.m. and links to follow along via TrackWrestling and the ACC Network Extra are on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.
125: Fabian Gutierrez (UTC) over Anthony Rautmann (Davidson) (Fall 1:45)
133: Wade Cummings (UTC) over Kyle Gorant (Davidson) (Dec 5-3)
141: Aidan Murphy (UTC) over David Loniewski (Davidson) (Dec 6-5)
149: Tanner Smith (UTC) over Will Baldwin (Davidson) (TF 18-1 6:45)
157: Tyler Shilson (UTC) over Hunter Costa (Davidson) (MD 15-3)
165: Andrew Nicholson (UTC) over Noah Satterfield (Davidson) (MD 24-10)
174: Hunter Fortner (UTC) over Steven Newell (Davidson) (Fall 3:33)
184: Matthew Waddell (UTC) over Lachlan Rosato (Davidson) (Fall 1:21)
197: Rodney Jones (UTC) over Conor Fenn (Davidson) (MD 11-3)
285: Grayson Walthall (UTC) over Mitchell Trigg (Davidson) (Fall 4:37)