March 18, 2008

NCAA Wrestling Championship Brackets Released

March 18, 2008

Providence, RI - Brown's three qualifiers for the 2008 NCAA Wrestling Championships learned their opening-round opponents on Monday evening, as the brackets for the competition were released. Seniors Levon Mock (Bangor, MI) and Jeff Schell (Zion Grove, PA), and junior Matt Gevelinger (Mineral Point, WI) will all face ranked seeded opponents when competition kicks off on Thursday morning.

At 133 pounds, Schell drew the eighth seed, senior Mack Reiter of Minnesota. Reiter was 21-8 on the year and will be wrestling in his fourth NCAA Championship, having earned All-American honors his freshman and sophomore seasons with fourth-place finishes at the tournament. The Golden Gophers also happen to be the defending national champions. In Schell's second match, he will face either ninth-seeded Zach Tanelli of Wisconsin (20-8) or unseeded Conor Beebe of Central Michigan (20-15).

Schell led the Bears with a 24-10 record this season, also setting or tying for team highs with 13 dual wins, seven EIWA dual wins, four Ivy League dual wins, five wins by pinfall, six wins by major decision, and 12 bonus-point wins. He was named Second Team All-Ivy at 133, and finished fourth at the EIWA Championship to qualify for his second NCAA appearance. His previous trip to NCAAs came in his freshman year at 125 pounds, as he went 0-2, drawing top seed Sam Hazewinkel of Oklahoma in the first round. After losing 13-3 to Hazewinkel, Schell was eliminated by Shawn Cordell of West Virginia, 5-1. Entering his final weekend of collegiate competition, Schell's career record stands at 81-40.

Gevelinger faces the highest-seeded opening round foe of the three, drawing the sixth seed at 184 pounds, junior Raymond Jordan of Missouri. Jordan posted a 17-3 record this season and finished fourth at the Big 12 Championship, earning a wild card bid to NCAAs. This will be Jordan's third trip to the NCAA Championship, as he has posted 2-2 records in both of his previous appearances. Jordan also has a Big 12 Championship to his credit. In his second match, Gevelinger will face either 11th-seed Rocco Caponi of Virginia (37-2) or Chris Honeycutt of Edinboro.

Gevelinger, who will be making his first NCAA appearance, had Brown's top finish at EIWAs, placing third. He went 17-10 on the year, and was second to Schell with 10 dual wins and six EIWA dual wins. He was named Honorable Mention All-Ivy at 184.

At heavyweight, Mock will begin Thursday with a match against 11th seed Michael Spaid of Bloomsburg. The two will meet for the second time this season, as Spaid won by pinfall in 1:36 when the two met at the season-opening Brockport-Oklahoma Gold Classic on Nov. 10. Spaid was ranked fifth in the nation at the time, and since finished the year at 37-6, placing second at the Eastern Wrestling League Championships. The senior was an All-American last season, finishing eighth at NCAAs, and will be making his fourth appearance at the championships. Mock will face either sixth seed Kyle Massey of Wisconsin (20-6) or Rashard Goff of Cleveland State (20-11) in his second match. Mock lost to Massey in a match at the Lone Star Duals on Jan. 5, 6-1.

Making his second consecutive NCAA appearance, Mock was named First Team All-Ivy at 285 despite missing half of the dual season with an injury. He was 15-8 on the year, including a first-place finish at the Keystone Classic and a fourth-place finish at the EIWA Championship. In his first NCAA appearance last season, Mock drew second-seeded Aaron Anspach of Penn State in the first round, falling 13-4. He nearly pulled out a win in the Wrestlebacks against Reece Hopkin of Northern Colorado, but fell, 15-13. His career record entering his final career tournament stands at 53-40.