Mocs Head to Cougar Clash in Edwardsville, Ill.

Mocs Head to Cougar Clash in Edwardsville, Ill.

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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team is back on the road for more tournament action the Cougar Clash this weekend.  Action takes place on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Vadalabene Center at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. 

Competition begins at 11:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) with seven teams represented.  Student-athletes from No. 12 Arizona State, Army, Cleveland State, No. 24 Kent State, No. 19 Wisconsin and host SIUE are joining the Mocs on Sunday. 

The Mocs are no strangers to competing at SIUE. The Cougars were members of the Southern Conference from 2013-18 before joining the MAC in the off season.

Trackwrestling.com is handling the video broadcast and live scoring of the tournament.  Links for both are available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.


WEIGHT-BY-WEIGHT NOTES
125: Senior Alonzo Allen is the returning starter and defending SoCon Champion at 125, but he lost in the finals of the Hokie Open to sophomore teammate Fabian Gutierrez.  Gutierrez is off to a 9-1 start, including a major decision against North Carolina.  They both finished in the fifth place match at the Wolfpack Open but did not wrestle head-to-head.      

133: Junior Jake Huffine continues his outstanding start to the 2018-19 season.  He is coming off a sixth place finish at the Wolfpack Open and is 9-3 overall.  He went 3-2 at the Hokie Open and also scored a big win on OT against UNC.  Freshman Franco Valdez (5-4) went 4-2 at the Wolfpack Open. 

141:  Junior Chris Debien is coming off a strong, fourth place finish at the Wolfpack Open.  The 2016 SoCon Champion at 5-4 overall.  Freshman Davion Fairley has an 8-3 mark that includes a fifth place showing in the Fr/So bracket at the Hokie Open.

149:  Freshman Mason Wallace is 9-2 overall after placing fifth at the Wolfpack Open.  Couple that with a fifth place showing in the underclassmen competition at the Hokie Open and he is off to a hot start.  Senior Zach Shareef won three times at the Wolfpack Open to move to 3-4 overall.

157:  Freshman Ryan Resnick went 3-4 with a third place showing at 157 in the Hokie Open Fr/So bracket. 

165:  Freshman Drew Nicholson placed third at the Wolfpack Open to even his season mark at 4-4. 

174:  Freshman Hunter Fortner did not wrestle at the Hokie Open and dropped his first match to UNC.  He went 2-2 at the Wolfpack Open and is 2-3 overall. 

184:Dominic Lampe is back in the lineup after missing the last two seasons of competition.  He redshirted in 2016-17 and was out last year with an injury.  He is 5-4 overall after going 3-2 at the Wolfpack Open.

197:  Senior Rodney Jones has a pair of sixth place finishes at the Wolfpack Open and the Hokie Open.  He is 7-5 overall. 

285: Senior Connor Tolley was runner-up in the Wolfpack Open, falling to former NAIA All-American Ceron Francisco in the finals.  He also has a sixth place finish at the Hokie Open with a 5-4 overall mark.  Two of his losses are to UNC’s 15th ranked Cory Daniel.