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 GoMocs.com or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627). Admission is FREE for all UTC students.