Wrestling: UTC looks to defend SoCon title

By Kaylene Chadwell, Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Chattanooga wrestling team looks to defend their Southern Conference crown at the league tournament Saturday in Asheville, N.C.

The Mocs claimed the Southern Conference Regular Season title for the third time in a row and 10 out of the last 11. Additionally, this is Chattanooga’s 15th time winning the regular season title since the league began distinguishing a winner in 1994.

“It is great to win another outright SoCon Championship,” head coach Heath Eslinger said to gomocs.com. “Now we have to turn our attention to getting ready for the postseason.”

UTC is 35-1 in conference play after six seasons under Eslinger. The only league match the Mocs dropped was a 17-25 loss to Appalachian State in 2012. Chattanooga has racked up 21 league wins in a row since.

Photo by Jenna Kalmon The wresting team finished the regular season with an undefeated conference record. They will compete in the SoCon Championships this week in Asheville, N.C.


Senior Sean Boyle, Lowell, Mass., was named SoCon Wrestler of the Week Feb. 18-24 for the second time this season.

Boyle is nationally ranked at No. 8 at 125, finishing the regular season 26-5 overall and undefeated in conference play. He beat the No. 5 ranked Thomas Gilman from then top-ranked Iowa at the end of February.

“That’s a huge win for Sean,” Eslinger said to gomocs.com. “Those are the matches you have to win to be in the NCAA finals, and he keeps winning them. That could give him a great seed at the national tournament.”

Sophomore Jared Johnson, Jefferson City, Mo., was also named as the league’s Wrestler of the Week the week before Boyle in addition to two other occasions.

The Mocs have been represented more than any other conference team for the Wrestler of the Week awards this season.

Senior Nick Soto, Spring Hill, Fla., wrapped up regular season 25-9 overall. He is also a perfect 25-0 in his career for league matchups.

Sophomore Scottie Boykin, Murfreesboro, Tenn., finished the season with an impressive 21-0 overall record.

The Mocs wrapped up regular season with an overall record of 13-6.

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