2011-12 Mocs wrestling
season preview 2011-12 Outlook
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team is set to enter the third year of the Heath Eslinger era. The Mocs are looking to make a run at their eighth-consecutive Southern Conference Championship and make some noise on the national level.
133: The 133 class is wide open for the Mocs with two sophomores and three freshmen competing for the spot. T.J. Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga.) transferred to UTC from Virginia Tech in the offseason and could have the inside track. He is a two-time state champion at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Ga. Sophomore Adam Wilson (Atlanta, Ga.) is also looking to get into the mix after sitting out last season. True freshman Nick Soto (Spring Hill, Fla.) may sneak into the starting role. He
has two Florida state titles on his resume and was a perfect 45-0 as a high school senior. Fellow freshmen Jacob Akins (Madison, Ga.) and Adrian Thomas (Clarksville, Tenn.) will also compete in this class. 141: The Mocs will have some big shoes to fill at 141 with the loss of former All-American Cody Cleveland (Tullahoma, Tenn.). Sophomore Shawn Greevy (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) posted a 7-5 mark and earned a spot on the
Only once before has UTC won eight consecutive SoCon titles, taking home nine in a row from 1986 to 1994. Chattanooga has put together an impressive recruiting class and returns five former SoCon Champions and six 2011-12 Roster Name Wt. Class Year Hometown/Previous School NCAA qualifiers for the 2011-12 Jacob Akins 133 Fr.-HS Madison, Ga. (Morgan County HS) season. Jesse Beaver 165 Fr.-HS Murphy, N.C. (Murphy HS) Below is a weight-by-weight breakdown of the upcoming season: 125: Senior Demetrius Johnson (Memphis, Tenn.) has moved back down to 125 after winning the SoCon title at 133 last season. He was the 125 champ and competed at the NCAAs as a freshman in 2009. He missed most of last year with a knee injury that is still slowing him this season, but is a preseason AllSoCon pick nonetheless. Look for redshirt freshman Cole Hayes (Knoxville, Tenn.) to step in, along with fellow redshirt freshman Blake Thomas (Brentwood, Tenn.) or true freshmen Cole Gallagher (Davidsonville, Md.) and Ethan Hames (Cleveland, Tenn.), if Johnson is out.
Devante Brown Niko Brown Joe Burns Cory Canada Levi Clemons Josh Condon Kelly Felix Cole Gallagher Shawn Greevy Ethan Hames Cole Hayes Trevor Herron Alex Hudson Demetrius Johnson Alex Kooser John Lampe Kevin Malone T.J. Mitchell Dean Pavlou Jared Presley Robert Prigmore Bradley Rogers Austin Sams Nick Soto Trey Stavrum Adrian Thomas Blake Thomas Dan Waddell Adam Wilson Brandon Wright Jake Young
141 197 149 165 174 174 149 125 149 125 133 141 149 125 157 165 285 133 149 157 184 285 141 133 157 133 125 157 133 165 174
Fr.-RS Jr.-2L So.-1L Fr.-HS So.-1L Jr.-2L Sr.-3L Fr.-HS So.-1L Fr.-HS Fr.-RS So.-1L Jr.-2L Sr.-3L Fr.-HS Fr.-HS Fr.-RS So.-TR Jr.-2L Fr.-RS Jr.-1L Jr.-TR Fr.-HS Fr.-HS Fr.-RS Fr.-HS Fr.-RS Sr.-2L So.-1L Sr.-3L So.-RS
Suwanee, Ga. (Collins Hill HS) Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola HS) Morristown, Tenn. (Morristown West HS) Ringgold, Ga. (Heritage HS) Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola HS) Powder Springs, Ga. (Harrison HS) Franklin, Tenn. (Franklin HS) Davidsonville, Md. (Archbishop Spalding HS) Mechanicsburg, Pa. (Cumberland Valley HS) Cleveland, Tenn. (Bradley Central HS) Knoxville, Tenn. (The Baylor School) Cleveland, Tenn. (Bradley Central HS) Marietta, Ga. (Sprayberry HS) Memphis, Tenn. (Brighton HS) Dayton, Ohio (Oakwood HS) Fairdale, Ky. (Saint Xavier HS) Carrollton, Ohio (Carrolton HS) Atlanta, Ga. (Virginia Tech) Cleveland, Tenn. (Bradley Central HS) Harrison, Ohio (Harrison HS) Southlake, Texas (Lehigh) Collierville, Tenn. (Cumberland) Fairfield, Ohio (Fairfield HS) Spring Hill, Fla. (Springstead HS) Chattanooga, Tenn. (The Baylor School) Clarksville, Tenn. (Northeast HS) Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood HS) Chattanooga, Tenn. (The Baylor School) Atlanta, Ga. (Roswell HS) Germantown, Tenn. (Missouri) Ooltewah, Tenn. (Ooltewah HS)
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