Chattanooga scores 39-9 SoCon win at The Citadel

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team scored a 39-9 Southern Conference win at The Citadel today. The Mocs improve to 6-9 overall and 4-2 in league duals. The Citadel dropped to 4-5 and 2-4 in SoCon action.

Sophomore Mason Wallace opened action with a major decision at 141. He improved to 7-8 and 2-2 in league matches at that weight on the year. Sophomore Tanner Smith followed that with the first of three pins for the Mocs on the day. He moved to 22-7 overall and 5-1 in league action at 149.

The Citadel got on the board with a pin at 157, but sophomore Drew Nicholson picked up a nice win at 165 over Dazjon Casto. Casto came into the match No. 26 in the NCAA RPI, but Nicholson's 6-5 decision moved his record to 14-14 and 3-3 in league matches.

Sophomore Hunter Fortner was impressive with a 9-0 major at 174, followed by Matthew Waddell's ninth pin of the year at 184. A forfeit by the Bulldogs at 197 all but sealed the team win for the Mocs.

The Citadel added three points at heavyweight, but junior Fabian Gutierrez scored bonus points with a major decision at 125. He moved to 16-7 overall and 6-0 in SoCon matches. Junior Wade Cummings closed out the dual with his first pin of the year at 133.

Up next for the Mocs is Senior Night against Indiana on Friday, Feb. 21. Action begins at 7:00 p.m. in McKenzie Arena and tickets are on sale now on

141: Mason Wallace (UTC) over Jacob Dado (CITADEL) (MD 14-4)
149: Tanner Smith (UTC) over Selwyn Porter (CITADEL) (Fall 6:26)
157: Douglas Gudenburr (CITADEL) over Tyler Shilson (UTC) (Fall 3:37)
165: Andrew Nicholson (UTC) over Dazjon Casto (CITADEL) (Dec 6-5)
174: Hunter Fortner (UTC) over Cole Burke (CITADEL) (MD 9-0)
184: Matthew Waddell (UTC) over Robert Tywater (CITADEL) (Fall 2:47)
197: Rodney Jones (UTC) over (CITADEL) (For.)
285: Michael McAleavey (CITADEL) over Grayson Walthall (UTC) (Dec 5-3)
125: Fabian Gutierrez (UTC) over Jordie White (CITADEL) (MD 10-2)
133: Wade Cummings (UTC) over Nathan Orosco (CITADEL) (Fall 6:46)


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