Zack Kirby, Chattanooga, Tenn.-This upcoming year, the Chattanooga Mocs wrestling team looks to defend their Southern Conference championship.
The Mocs 2013-2014 schedule has already been released, and the team is looking forward to the competition that lies ahead. UTC will have six dates where they are at home, which includes six dual matches and the Southern Scuffle.
Chattanooga will start off their season with the annual Blue and Gold match at the First Tennessee Pavilion on Oct. 26 at 11:30 a.m. The team will then officially begin their season on Friday, Nov. 8 where they will host Cumberland University and Wisconsin.
In anticipation for what lies ahead this season, Coach Heath Eslinger believes that his guys are ready. “We’re excited for what the 2013-2014 season has to bring for Chattanooga wrestling,” Eslinger told gomocs.com. “I’m entering my fifth year as head coach, and really I believe that this year is a crucial and pivotal point in the life of Chattanooga wrestling.”
But not only will this be a new year for the Mocs, but the program has also added some new faces for this season. Perhaps one of the biggest hires for Chattanooga has to be new assistant coach Mark Ellis, who was a two-time All-American and 2009 NCAA Champion in the heavyweight division for the University of Missouri.
“It’s a good atmosphere here, from the top down,” Ellis told gomocs.com. ““The kids enjoy being here and I want to see if we can get someone to win a national championship here.”
Coach Eslinger knows that the addition of an NCAA Champion and a two-time All-American will no doubt help the program this upcoming season.
“I feel like the foundation is good, but it is time to put some finishing touches on things,” Eslinger added to gomocs. “I think he is a guy who can come in and help our student-athletes do that. It is time to have some All-Americans here and it is time to have a national champion here and he can help us get there.”