Soto Named SoCon Wrestler of the Month
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga freshman Nick Soto was named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Month for January, the league office announced today.  Soto is having an impressive rookie campaign, ranked No. 13 in the nation at 133 with a 20-4 overall record. 

Soto, a native of Apopka, Fla., burst onto the scene with an 11-1 overall mark and a 3-0 SoCon ledger during the month of January. The freshman, 133-pounder broke into the top 20 with a second-place finish at the prestigious Southern Scuffle.  He is now ranked as high as 13th nationally.

At the Scuffle, Soto defeated No. 5 David Thorn (5-1 2OT) of Minnesota in the semifinals en route to a runner-up finish. He followed that with seven straight victories to close out the month, including a 3-0 mark at the Lone Star Duals and three consecutive SoCon victories. Soto currently stands 20-4 overall and 4-0 in SoCon matches this season.

The Mocs are preparing for a hue SoCon tilt against Appalachian State on Sunday, Feb. 5.  The Mocs host the Mountaineers in Maclellan Gym at 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.).  Tickets are $5 and on sale now on or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627).  Admission is FREE for all UTC students. 

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