Kaylene Chadwell, Chattanooga, Tenn.-The Chattanooga Mocs wrestling team went 2-3 over the opening weekend of their 2013-14 season.
Head coach Heath Eslinger said, “I think we left some wins on the table that we got to fix, but I think there were some positives that we saw from several guys.”
UTC beat out the Cumberland Bulldogs 42-3 and lost to No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers 37-3 at Maclellan Gym.
In the match against Cumberland, the Mocs scored bonus points in seven out of the nine wins.
Corey Mock, a junior from Chapel Hill, N.C., was the only Moc to post a win against both teams. He transferred from North Carolina over the summer.
In the match against Wisconsin, UTC was in six close matches, but they were only able to run away with one win.
Sophomore Austin Sams, from Fairfield, Ohio, fell 8-4 to No. 10 Jesse Thielke at 141 pounds.
Alex Hudson, a senior from Marietta, Ga., lost a close 5-3 match to No. 7 Isaac Jordan at 157 in overtime.
Mock, ranked at 13, clinched the only win for the Mocs against the Badgers. He won 6-1 at 165.
Chattanooga also competed in the Hokie Duals in Salem, Va. Nov. 10.
The wrestling team defeated Hofstra 19-14. Then, UTC dropped matches against the No.17 Virginia Tech Hokies 27-10 and the Rider Broncos 19-17.
Hudson and Nick Soto, a junior from Spring Hill, Fla., clinched three wins each at the Hokie Duals along with Mock, who beat three ranked opponents. The recent transfer is now 5-0 after the first weekend.
“It’s a long season, so we got to continue to just make progress everyday,” Eslinger said.
The Mocs competed against Life University and Shorter University at home Nov. 16. They will compete at the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md. Nov. 23.