The wrestling team at UT-Chattanooga began competing in the Southern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association in 1947. The program moved to the NCAA's Division II when it was created in 1963, placing as high as second in the 1976 NCAA Division II Championships.
The team now competes in the Southern Conference and is the only NCAA Division I wrestling program in the state of Tennessee. The team has produced 6 individual NCAA Division II Champions, 9 individual NCAA Division I All-Americans, and have placed as high as 21st at the NCAA Division I Championships in 2005 & 2007. The Chattanooga Mocs' wrestling team has won 9 of the past 10 SoCon titles as of the 2013–2014 season. Maclellan Gymnasium is home to the 28-time Southern Conference champion Mocs wrestling team. Heath Eslinger is currently the head coach, receiving Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors in both 2011 & 2013, with current Moc Wrestler Nick Soto achieving Southern conference freshman of the year in 2012.