Chattanooga Defeats VMI Wrestling
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Chattanooga Defeats VMI Wrestling

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The VMI wrestling team won two weight classes Sunday, but the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga won the Southern Conference match 32-8.

Junior Max Gallahan defeated Trey Watson at 184 pounds 10-4 in a sudden victory period. In the overtime session, Gallahan scored a takedown and added four back points for the final margin of victory.

Red-shirt junior Neal Richards defeated Hunter Fortner at 174 by technical fall 21-6 in 4:53. It was Richards’ 12th-straight win, a streak dating back to November 18. He last lost was to 2018 NCAA National runner-up and 2017 National Champion Mark Hall of Penn State and Richards had won his previous five matches beforehand. He is 19-3 on the season.

Darren Ostrander (4-2 at 157) and Chris Beck (5-3 at 197) both lost by just two points in their weight classes.

The Keydets (2-10/1-2 SoCon) will compete at the All-Academy Championships in Northfield, Vt. on Saturday.

Chattanooga 32 – VMI 8
Sunday – Jan. 20, 2019 – Maclellan Gym
125: Fabian Gutierrez (CHAT) over Derek Shockey (VMI) (TF 18-1 6:04) – UTC 5-0

133: Jake Huffine (CHAT) over Hunter Starner (VMI) (MD 10-0) – UTC 9-0 
141: Chris Debien (CHAT) over Dom Gallo (VMI) (Dec 5-2) – UTC 12-0 
149: Tanner Smith (CHAT) over Zach Schmitt (VMI) (Fall 2:02) – UTC 18-0 
157: Mason Wallace (CHAT) over Darren Ostrander (VMI) (Dec 4-2) – UTC 21-0 
165: Drew Nicholson (CHAT) over Luke Nicksic (VMI) (MD 12-4) – UTC 25-0 
174: Neal Richards (VMI) over Hunter Fortner (CHAT) (TF 21-6 4:53) – UTC 25-5 
184: Max Gallahan (VMI) over Trey Watson (CHAT) (SV-1 10-4) – UTC 25-8 
197: Rod Jones (CHAT) over Chris Beck (VMI) (Dec 5-3) – UTC 28-8 
285: Connor Tolley (CHAT) over Trey Momon (VMI) (MD 12-4) – UTC 32-8