2011-12 Mocs wrestling
season review Head coach Heath Eslinger finished his second year at Chattanooga. The former Moc and 2000 SoCon Wrestler of the Year, has a 22-16 overall mark leading the UTC program. He is 10-0 in two seasons of SoCon matches and was named the 2011 Southern Conference Coach of the Year. THREE MOCS NAMED TO THE ALL-SOCON TEAM Three members of the UTC wrestling team were named to the 2011 All-Southern Conference squad. Senior Cody Cleveland, junior Brandon Wright and sophomore Josh Condon all made repeat appearances on the team. Cleveland, a 2008 All-American, missed significant time this season with a number of injuries, but still managed to earn All-SoCon honors for the third time in his career. He finished the regular season 11-0, including a 5-0 mark in league matches. After earning All-SoCon honors at 165 in 2010, Junior Demetrius Johnson moved up Wright moved up to 174 to 133 where he won his second SoCon Championships and advanced to the m i d w a y t h r o u g h t h i s season. He finished with a NCAAs. perfect 5-0 record in league action at 174 to earn his second all-conference award. Since transferring to UTC from Missouri in 2009, Wright is 11-1 in SoCon matches. Condon went 4-0 in SoCon action to earn his second all-conference honors. For his career, he is 7-0 in the SoCon. TWO MOCS NAMED SOCON ALL-FRESHMEN Levi Clemons (Kissimmee, Fla.) and Shawn Greevy (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) represented the Mocs on the SoCon All-Freshman team. Clemons spent time in the lineup at 174 as a true freshman before Wright took over. Greevy, another true freshman, filled in for Cleveland at 141 and posted a 7-5 record.
Feb. 6. The win clinched the Mocs’ 27-10 victory in Boone. MCCROSKEY NAMED STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Junior Jason McCroskey (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) was the Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for February 9. McCroskey capped the Mocs’ comeback in a 20-18 win over UNC Greensboro with a pin over Elijah Adams over the weekend. Chattanooga fell behind 15-5 after the first five matches, but fought its way back to 15-14 with McCroskey set to take the mat in the 184 pound match. At the 2:54 mark, McCroskey put Adams on his back to seal Chattanooga’s 32nd-straight SoCon regular season win. McCroskey is a two-time Academic All-SoCon and two-time Academic All-NWCA honoree. He holds a 3.63 GPA in engineering. The SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week is given to individuals with at least a 3.2 g.p.a. who have excelled in competition during their championship seasons. MOCS INK TOP-25 RECRUITING CLASS The Mocs have inked one of the top-25 early-season recruiting classes according to Wrestling Insider News (WIN) magazine. Chattanooga received its top-25 ranking thanks to four prep wrestlers who signed National Letters of Intent in November. This group is highlighted by three high school state champions, including Marvin Lopez (Cleveland, Tenn.), William Kennedy (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Nick Soto (Spring Hill, Fla.) and also includes Fairfield, Ohio, native Austin Sams. MOCS PICKED 2ND IN THE SOCON POLLS Despite carrying a six-year, 30-match SoCon duals win streak into the season the Mocs were picked second in the preseason polls behind UNC Greensboro. UTC earned two first-place votes and 21 points overall in the balloting. UNCG took the top spot with four first place votes and 23 points. The Mocs are followed by Appalachian State (16), The Citadel (16), VMI (8) and Davidson (6). Chattanooga also had three preseason all-conference wrestlers on the squad, including two-time SoCon champion Cody Cleveland at 141 pounds. Cleveland, the SoCon champion at 141 and Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler in both 2008 and ‘09 as well as the 2009 SoCon Co-Wrestler of the Year, missed the majority of last season with an injury. Chattanooga’s Dean Pavlou (149) and Dan Waddell (157) were also voted to the preseason all-league team.
NCAA MOCS ALSO EXCEL IN THE CLASSROOM Five of the six Mocs competing at the NCAA Championships were on the Athletics Director’s Honor roll for posting a 3.0+ g.p.a. during the 2010 fall semester, including Cody Cleveland, Josh Condon, Demetrius Johnson, Jason McCroskey and Brandon Wright. Three of the six - Johnson, McCroskey, Wright - were on the Dean’s List in the fall and have earned Academic All-NWCA honors in their careers. CLEVELAND NAMED SOCON WRESTLER OF THE MONTH Senior Cody Cleveland was named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Month for February 2011. A three-time SoCon champion, Cleveland was 4-0 in the month of February, all in league action. His strong February propelled him to an All-SoCon selection and the 2011 SoCon title at 141 pounds. Two of Cleveland’s victories came via technical fall while a third was a major decision. He capped his UTC career with a 21-1 mark against Southern Conference opponents. His victories in the month of February enabled Chattanooga to wrap up its seventh consecutive regular season title while extending its conference win streak to 35 matches. WRIGHT NAMED WRESTLER OF THE WEEK Junior Brandon Wright was the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week for all competitions from February 2-8. He scored a 3-2 win over two-time defending SoCon Champion Bryon Sigmon in the Mocs’ furious comeback victory against UNC Greensboro on Feb. 5. He followed that up with a 14-5 major decision over Appalachian State’s Carter Downs on
Junior Brandon Wright also moved up a weight class to win the 174 SoCon Championship and advance to the NCAAs for the first time in his career.
2011-12 Chattanooga Wrestling Media Guide