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UTC Hosts The Citadel Today (Sunday) at 2 p.m. - Senior Day

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team hosts Senior Day on Sunday, Feb. 12, against The Citadel.  Match time is set for 2 p.m. (E.S.T.) in Maclellan Gym. 
 
This is the final dual of the season for Chattanooga, who is honoring six seniors prior to the match (1:45 p.m.).  Clay Dent, D.J. Franklin-Smith, Austin Gould, Jared Johnson, Sean Mappes and Barrett Walthall are all representing UTC for the final time at home on Sunday. 
 
Chattanooga brings a 6-9 overall record and a 4-2 mark in league action to the dual.  The Bulldogs are currently 2-9 overall and 1-4 in SoCon matches.  They dropped a 31-9 decision to SIU-Edwardsville on Thursday night. 
 
The Mocs' 2017 senior class includes three Southern Conference regular season titles and two tournament championships.  There are two NCAA qualifiers and another SoCon Individual Champion in the group.  Five of the six made the A.D. Honor Roll in the fall and all are on track to graduate. 
 
Live video and live scoring are available for The Citadel match.  Links for both are located on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.
 
CHATTANOOGA MOCS PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Alonzo Allen (So. – 13-11, 5-1 SoCon)
133: Chris Debien (So. – 13-9, 6-0 SoCon)
141: Chase Zemenak (So. - 6-3, 4-1 SoCon)
149: Roman Boylen (So. – 3-10, 1-2 SoCon)
157: Dylanger Potter (Fr. – 9-13, 3-2 SoCon)
        Dalton Clark (Fr. - 0-8, 0-4 SoCon)
165: Justin Lampe (Jr. – 12-10, 5-1 SoCon)
174: Sean Mappes (Sr. – 13-9, 4-2 SoCon)
184: No. 19 Bryce Carr (Jr. – 21-4, 5-1 SoCon)
197: Clay Dent (Sr. – 6-7, 4-1 SoCon)
285: No. 10 Jared Johnson (Sr. – 22-6, 4-2 SoCon)
 
HEAD COACH HEATH ESLINGER
Head Coach Heath Eslinger is in his eighth season at UTC.  A two-time Southern Conference Coach of the Year, he owns an 92-54 (.630) career dual record.  He has guided the Mocs to six SoCon regular season and six SoCon tournament titles and has a 44-4 record in SoCon duals.
 
THE CITADEL BULLDOGS PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Patrick Kearney (So. - 9-23, 0-3 SoCon)
133: Andrew Szalwinski (Jr. - 10-20, 1-4 SoCon)
141: Douglas Gudenburr (Fr. - 18-17, 3-2 SoCon)
149: Ty Buckiso (Jr. - 20-15, 4-1 SoCon)
157: Aaron Walker (Sr. - 22-10, 5-0 SoCon)
165: Ruston Hill (Fr. - 6-19, 0-4 SoCon)
174: Martin Duane (Fr. - 0-21, 0-5 SoCon)
184: Chandler Sambets (So. - 2-21, 0-5 SoCon)
197: Sawyer Root (So. - 18-15, 4-1 SoCon)
285: Joe Bexley (Sr. - 10-21, 1-4 SoCon)
 
• The Citadel has nine wins combined at 149 and 157.  The Mocs have only four wins at those two weights.  Bulldog senior Aaron Walker is 5-0 in league matches at 157. 
 
• Junior Bryce Carr has a test at 184 against Sophomore Chandler Sambets who is 4-1 in league duals and 18-15 overall. 
 
• Senior Jared Johnson is 3-0 in his career against Joe Bexley.  This includes two major decisions and a pin. 
 
• The Mocs are 36-3 all-time against The Citadel, 16-2 at home.  Chattanooga has won 12 in a row in the series with the last loss coming on Feb. 14, 1999, (27-13) at Charleston. 
 
• The Mocs won last year's meeting 34-3, with The Citadel's lone win coming at 157 where Aaron Walker defeated Kamal Shakur (3-1) in overtime.    

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