March 21, 2008
St. Louis, MO - Brown's three qualifiers to the NCAA Wrestling Championship were all eliminated on the first day of competition on Thursday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. Seniors Jeff Schell (Zion Grove, PA) and Levon Mock (Bangor, MI) finished their careers at their second NCAA Championship, while junior Matt Gevelinger (Mineral Point, WI) made his first appearance.
Matched up with two-time All-American Mack Reiter of Minnesota, the eighth seed at 133, in the first round, Schell was pinned in 1:16. However, after drawing the ninth seed, Zach Tanelli of Wisconsin, in the consolation round, Schell nearly upset his opponent. After Tanelli nearly scored a takedown, Schell was able to hold on for the rest of the first period, which ended scoreless. Tanelli chose down in the second, and Schell took advantage with a two-point near fall to take the lead. He was then able to build 1:23 of riding time before Tanelli escaped. In the third, Schell chose down and escaped for a 3-1 lead, but Tanelli scored a takedown to tie the score and a three-point near fall for an eventual 6-3 win.
Mock opened with the 11th seed at 285, Mike Spaid of Bloomsburg, and was pinned in the first period as well. Against Rashard Goff of Cleveland State in the consolation bracket, Mock was unable to score, as Goff got takedowns in each period, as well as a two-point near fall in the first and a point for advantage time, to take a 9-0 win.
At 184, Gevelinger was overpowered by sixth-seeded Raymond Jordan of Missouri in the first round. Jordan scored 10 takedowns in the first two periods, eventually ending the match with a three-point near fall in the third period to take a 23-8 technical fall victory. Gevelinger's consolation match with Chris Honeycutt of Edinboro was much tighter, however. After a scoreless first period, Gevelinger chose down in the second, but Honeycutt was able to ride out the period. In the third, Honeycutt chose down, escaped, then scored a takedown and rode out that period as well, earning the 4-0 decision with a point for riding time.
Schell ends the season with a team-best 24-12 record, bringing his career mark to 81-42. Mock, who missed eight dual matches with an injury, finishes his season at 15-10, graduating with a 53-42 career record. Gevelinger ends his season at 17-12.
133 Pounds - Jeff Schell
First Round: #8 Mack Reiter (Minnesota) WBF Schell, 1:16
Consolation 2: #9 Zach Tanelli (Wisconsin) dec. Schell, 6-3
184 Pounds - Matt Gevelinger
First Round: #6 Raymond Jordan (Missouri) tech fall Gevelinger, 23-8
Consolation 2: Chris Honeycutt (Edinboro) dec. Gevelinger, 4-0
285 Pounds - Levon Mock
First Round: #11 Mike Spaid (Bloomsburg) WBF Mock, 2:04
Consolation 2: Rashard Goff (Cleveland State) major dec. Mock, 9-0