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Indiana wrestling to host University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for final match of regular season

<p>Members of the Indiana wrestling team celebrate during a match against Michigan State on Jan. 17, 2022, at Wilkinson Hall. Indiana will host Chattanooga at 1 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2022, at Wilkinson Hall. </p>

Members of the Indiana wrestling team celebrate during a match against Michigan State on Jan. 17, 2022, at Wilkinson Hall. Indiana will host Chattanooga at 1 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2022, at Wilkinson Hall.

After a winless weekend against No. 3 Michigan at home and on the road at No. 6 Ohio State, Indiana wrestling will compete against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga at 1 p.m. on Sunday – and Indiana’s alumni day and senior day – at Wilkinson Hall. 

Indiana is currently 3-7 overall with a 1-7 Big Ten record. Chattanooga is 7-10 this season with a 5-2 record in the Southern Conference. Chattanooga is coming off of a 49-0 win against Presbyterian College from Sunday and will wrestle Bellarmine University before its match against Indiana.

Before the matches begin, Indiana will recognize graduate student Brock Hudkins of the 133-pound class. Alongside Hudkins will be seniors Paul Konrath of the 141-pound class, Jonathan Moran of the 141-pound class, Diego Lemley of the 165-pound class, Sammy Cokeley of the 165-pound class and Bucknell graduate transfer Garrett Hoffman of the 197-pound class.

Chattanooga has two ranked wrestlers, compared to Indiana’s three, in No. 22 senior Fabian Gutierrez in the 125-pound class and No. 19 sophomore Brayden Palmer in the 133-pound class.

The three ranked wrestlers for the Hoosiers are No. 10-ranked graduate student Brock Hudkins of the 133-pound class, No. 32-ranked junior Cayden Rooks in the 141-pound class and No. 17 DJ Washington in the 184-pound class. 

Washington, who has not been fully healthy since Indiana’s meet against Purdue, is expected to wrestle in the 184-pound class. If he is still unavailable, expect junior Sean Grim or sophomore Drayton Harris to start in Washington’s place.

Indiana will start sophomore Jacob Moran in the 125-pound class, Hudkins in the 133-pound class, Rooks in the 141-pound class,

Junior Graham Rooks, who had a ranked win against No. 22-ranked graduate student Kanen Storr of Michigan, will represent Indiana in the 149-pound class. Junior Kasper McIntosh will wrestle in the 165-pound class, junior Nick South will get the start at the 174 pound class. 

Indiana will wrap the day up with junior Nick Willham in the 197-pound class and junior Jacob Bullock wrestling in the heavyweight class. 

In its last few matches, Indiana put two wrestlers in the 157-pound and 184-pound classes. Sophomores Derek Gilcher and Jonathan Kervin will both be on the lineup sheet and who wrestles will be a gametime decision from head coach Angel Escobedo. 

The Sunday meet will be broadcast on BTN+.

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