The Southern Conference wrestling coaches have voted the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to be the team to beat in the 2013-14 season. The Mocs are last years defending champions and received four first-place votes. The team had two wrestlers named to the preseason all-conference team — Kevin Malone and Nick Soto.
UTC coach Heath Eslinger is eager to get the season started but downplayed the vote stating the team will have to prove itself in competition and has earned nothing yet. “I’m not a big fan of preseason polls, because there’s a lot of time between now and when those things work themselves out,” Eslinger said. “Our conference continues to get better, and there are a lot of really good kids across the conference. We have to work each day to get better, and if we do that I think we’ll be in a good spot when we near season’s end.”
Out of the last 10 regular-season and tournament championships, the UTC team has won nine but they are losing Dean Pavlou, Robert Prigmore, Josh Condon and Niko Brown in their respective weight categories. “In a couple of those spots we have some pretty good guys,” says Eslinger. “I’m excited about our newcomers. We have some guys that are ready to make some noise early and are ready to do so.” After a redshirt year Shawn Greevy (141) and Levi Clemons (174/184) are back. “We have three really tough guys at 141 that are going to make us special at that weight heading into the postseason,” said Eslinger.
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