LEXINGTON, Va. - Competing in the first dual of the season under interim head coach Richard Lavorato, the VMI wrestling team fell by a 37-7 score to the visiting Mocs of Chattanooga Saturday afternoon at Cormack Hall.
Receiving votes for a Top 25 ranking by several outlets, the Mocs won eight of the 10 bouts including two by fall and were assisted by VMI taking a forfeit at 141 pounds due to an ineligible wrestler.
After VMI freshman Clifton Conway was defeated by a 20-8 major decision at 125 pounds, senior Hunter Starner evened the team score at four apiece by topping Chattanooga's Wade Cummings by a 14-5 major at 133 pounds.
Following VMI's forfeit at 141 pounds, Dolan Walsh was defeated by UTC's Jake Adcock by a 13-4 major decision to lift the Mocs up to a 14-4 advantage. VMI sophomore 157-pounder Robert DuPont scored the Keydets' final team points on the day when he defeated Chattanooga's Chase Stephens by a 10-8 decision. With the bout coming down to the final moments, DuPont earned a takedown with just seconds left on the board to break an 8-8 tie and avoid overtime.
The Mocs cruised from there, taking wins at 165 and 174 to increase the lead. Facing one of the top wrestlers in the nation at 184 pounds, VMI freshman Gage Levine was defeated by No. 12 Bryce Carr by a pin in 39 seconds. Senior Taylor Thomas fell by a major decision at 197 pounds, and senior Jake Koch rounded up the match for VMI as he fell to Chattanooga's Connor Tolley by a pin in the third period.
VMI resumes wrestling this weekend by participating in the Hokie Open hosted by Virginia Tech on Sunday. The open tournament will begin at 10 a.m. at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Virginia.
Chattanooga 37, VMI 7
November 4, 2017
Cormack Hall – Lexington, Va. UTC-VMI
125: Alonzo Allen (CHAT) maj. dec. Clifton Conway (VMI), 20-8 ... 4-0
133: Hunter Starner (VMI) maj. dec. Wade Cummings (CHAT), 14-5 ... 4-4
141: Mike Pongracz (CHAT) over ____xx_____ (VMI) (For.) ... 10-4
149: Jake Adcock (CHAT) maj. dec. Dolan Walsh (VMI), 13-4 ... 14-4
157: Robert DuPont (VMI) dec. Chase Stephens (CHAT), 10-8 ... 14-7
165: Chad Pyke (CHAT) dec. Blake Hohman (VMI), 8-2 ... 17-7
174: Justin Lampe (CHAT) maj. dec. Cade Kiely (VMI), 16-5 ... 21-7
184: No. 12 Bryce Carr (CHAT) pinned Gage Levine (VMI) ,0:39 ... 27-7
197: Scottie Boykin (CHAT) maj. dec. Taylor Thomas (VMI), 17-6 ... 31-7
285: Connor Tolley (CHAT) pinned Jake Koch (VMI), 6:29 ... 37-7