Saturday, August 23, 2014 · 3:49 p.m.

UTC wrestling picks up two early signees

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The Chattanooga wrestling team picked up a pair of signees in the early period with Kevin Cooper and Michael Pongracz both signing letters of intent on Monday. 

“We are every excited about two individuals we signed in the early period,” UTC head coach Heath Eslinger said. “They both like what we are doing with Chattanooga Wrestling and have committed to help our program’s continuous improvement; academically, athletically and socially.”

Cooper, a native of Morning View, Ky., is a two-time state champion at Simon Kenton High School, and will likely compete at 157 pounds at the collegiate level. He was 68-0 as a junior and is ranked No. 17 in the nation at 145 pounds by InterMat.

Pongracz, a senior at Delaware Valley High School in Milford, N.J., finished fifth in the New Jersey State Championships as a junior, posting a 38-4 record. He is expected to compete at 133 pounds. 

“Kevin and Michael both had outstanding junior years,” Eslinger said. “Kevin went undefeated while Michael placed fifth against some tough competition. We will eagerly watch them strive for their goals at the prep level as they prepare to join our program next fall.” 

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