By Jay McDaniel, Assistant Sports Editor —
The UTC Mocs Men’s Wrestling Team is coming together for the 2018-19 season.
Last season ended with three Mocs, seniors Bryce Carr and Scotty Boykin, and junior Alonzo Allen, competing in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
Under previous Head Coach Heath Eslinger, Allen opened his first tournament appearance with a main draw win in a 125 pigtail match. He continued the tournament losing two in a row, ending his season with a 22-10 overall record.
Boykin, the No. 10 seed at 197 pounds, lost both of his matches on the first day of the tournament, ending his season with a 26-8 record. His 94-43 career record includes the eighth most wins in school history.
Carr was the only Moc to proceed to day two of the NCAA tournament, but lost with a season record of 29-17.
This season the Mocs begin with an opportunity to show off their new Head Coach, two-time All-American Kyle Ruschell.
“I’m most excited to see my guys compete outside the [practice] room,” Ruschell said. “We’ve seen them compete against each other and we’re excited to see it out on the mat.”
In September, Ruschell announced this year’s schedule.
“We are really excited about this year’s schedule,” said Ruschell. He’s excited to “get his feet wet” in the conference and sees the team marking the calendar for the matchup against Appalachian State.”
UTC begins the season with their annual trip to the Hokie Open on Sunday, Nov. 4, followed by the Mocs home-opener one week later against the North Carolina Tarheels. On Nov. 18, the Mocs will travel to the Wolfpack Open in Raleigh, NC.
That will be followed by the “SIUE” Tournament, hosted in Illinois by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. That tournament is followed by matches in December against Edinboro College in Pennsylvania, and against Ohio University.
The Southern Scuffle returns to McKenzie Arena on Jan. 1 and 2. The Mocs will attend the Virginia Duals on Jan. 11 and 12. The Mocs will travel in early February to Gardner-Webb and Appalachian State. Also in 2019 the Mocs will host SoCon Members VMI, Davidson College, The Citadel, and Campbell, before finishing the season in at Indiana University and then compete in the postseason.
Fans can attend the Blue and Gold Match to get an early look at some of our new Wrestlers on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 12:45 p.m. at the First Tennessee Pavilion in Chattanooga.
Season Tickets are on sale now on GoMocs.com or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at 423-266-MOCS (6627).