The Mocs dropped two team duals in Sunday’s Grapple in the Garden at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, despite some impressive individual performances as sophomore Nick Soto and senior Niko Brown both posted a pair of wins against No. 2 Oklahoma State and Rutgers.
Soto, ranked No. 7 in the nations at 125, opened the match against No. 2 Oklahoma State (6-0) with a fall, pinning Edward Klimara at the 6:29 mark to give UTC a 6-0 lead. UTC was only down 7-6 after three matches, but the Cowboys dominated the middle weight with four straight pins.
Brown managed to stop the bleeding with his win at 197 — a 5-4 decision over Austin Schafer — but the Mocs would eventually drop the match 41-9.
Chattanooga also started quickly against Rutgers (7-1), winning the first two matches. Soto captured a 10-4 decision over Joe Langel for his third win of the weekend, improving his overall record to 13-3, while freshman Marvin Lopez gave Chattanooga a boost with his pin of Vinny Dellafave.
The Scarlet Knights got right back into it with back-to-back pins at 141 and 149. Rutgers followed that up with three straight decisions, taking a 21-9 lead. Brown scored a 3-1 decision over Dan Seidenberg, improving to 17-1 on the season, but Rutgers went on to win the match 28-12.
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