March 16, 2007
Auburn Hills, MI - The luck of the draw was not kind to Shawn Kitchner (Stratford, WI) and Levon Mock (Bangor, MI) at the NCAA Championships at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan. Both Brown wrestlers faced opponents seeded in the top five of their respective weight classes in their first match, and neither was able to pull off the upset. Both were then eliminated in their next match in the consolation bracket on Thursday evening.
Kitchner opened his day with a match against the fifth-seed at 165 pounds, Nick Balma of Northern Iowa. The Brown senior was able to keep things close, but he eventually lost a 5-0 decision. In his first match in the wrestlebacks, Kitchner had to face 12th-seeded Johnny Galloway of Northern Illinois, who was upset in the first round. Galloway ended Kitchner's tournament, handing him an 8-2 loss.
Mock had an even tougher first-round draw at 285 pounds, facing second-seeded Aaron Anspach of Penn State, who handed the Brown junior a 13-4 loss. Mock nearly pulled out a win in the wrestlebacks, but eventually lost to Reece Hopkin of Northern Colorado, 15-13.
Kitchner, who missed most of the season with an injury, ended the year with a 13-9 record. He finishes his career with a record of 46-29, with one First Team All-Ivy selection and an All-Ivy Honorable Mention this season. Mock's record for his junior year wound up at 20-14, and he will head into his senior season with a career record of 38-32 and two Second Team All-Ivy selections.