UTC wrestler named SoCon Freshman of the Year

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Tanner Smith wrestling (photo by

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Tanner Smith has been named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year.

Smith is from New Carlisle, Ohio, and transferred to UTC after redshirting his freshman season at Eastern Michigan.

Smith posted a 9-6 overall record, including a 4-2 mark in league matches, at 149 pounds.

He is the ninth UTC athlete to earn SoCon Freshman of the Year.

UTC head coach Kyle Ruschell says, "He does everything right, on and off the mat. He has gone through 2-3 injuries over the last year and continues to do things it takes to get healthy and stay competitive."