Chris Brown Topples Defending National Champ

November 24, 2007
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 24, 2007

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Old Dominion wrestling team went 2-1 with wins against nationally ranked D-II Findlay University and the top JuCo in the nation, Iowa Central, at the St. Edward Duals in Ohio. The team dropped the dual decision to No. 3 Iowa University, but redshirt sophomore Chris Brown notched one of the most impressive victories in Monarch wrestling history. He was ahead 13-1 over three-time All-American, defending national champion and current number one ranked 165-pounder Mark Perry of Iowa before winning the bout by disqualification in the final seconds.

"This was by far the biggest individual victory in the history of the program," said head coach Steve Martin. "Brown beat a guy who's defending a national championship, ranked number one by everyone and a three-time All-American."

Brown would win the bout by disqualification, after storming ahead of Perry 13-1 in the third period. Perry was disqualified during a blood timeout for flagrant misconduct, giving Brown the win he had all but locked up anyway with the 12-point lead in the final seconds.

Brown's ranked teammates David Mendoza and Ryan Williams both tallied wins in the Iowa dual for a final score of 13-28. Mendoza dropped Rick Loera by an 8-0 shutout major decision at 197 lbs. and Williams dropped Dan LeClere in a 6-2 decision at 141 lbs.

James Nicholson took a two-point loss at the hands of one of the best 125-pounders in the nation and Jesse Strawn was ahead in a one-point match until the final seconds when 17th ranked Phillip Keddy scored a takedown.

"This match could have easily been a 5-5 split," said Martin. "The kids represented themselves well and earned the respect of the gym with the way they wrestled."

ODU started the day with a 34-5 victory over Findlay University. Findlay is one of the top-ranked teams in Division II, but the Monarchs were too strong, winning eight of the ten bouts. It was the same story against Iowa Central, one of the top schools in the NJCAA, as ODU toppled the team 42-3.

Old Dominion 34, Findlay 5*

125 James Nicholson (OD) pinned Rolando Corpus (F), 1:23
133 Kyle Hutter (OD) maj. dec. Jeremy Espinoza (F), 17-6
141 Ryan Williams (OD) dec. Josh Falk (F), 4-1
149 Kaylen Baxter (OD) maj. dec. Andrew Vasquez (F), 12-2
157 Antonio Guerra (F) dec. Dan Rivera (OD), 5-0
165 Chris Brown (OD) maj. dec. Justin Shannon (F), 14-4
174 Nick Pullano (OD) maj. dec. Jeff Havelka (F), 17-5
184 Jesse Strawn (OD) maj. dec. Hiram Smith (F), 10-2 *
197 David Mendoza (OD) tech. fall Dan Stevenson (F), 15-0
Hwt. Travis Clark (F) dec. Roy Dragon (OD), 9-3
*One team point was deducted from Findlay after the 184-pound match.

Iowa 28, Old Dominion 13

125 Charlie Falck (I) dec. James Nicholson (OD), 6-4
133 Joe Slaton (I) maj. dec. Kyle Hutter (OD), 14-6
141 Ryan Williams (OD) dec. Dan LeClere (I), 6-2
149 Brent Metcalf (I) tech. fall Kaylen Baxter (OD), 26-11
157 Ryan Morningstar (I) maj. dec. Dan Rivera (OD), 8-0
165 Chris Brown (OD) won by disqualification over Mark Perry (I), 5:30
174 Jay Borschel (I) tech. fall Nick Pullano (OD), 19-3
184 Phillip Keddy (I) dec. Jesse Strawn (OD), 3-2
197 David Mendoza (OD) maj. dec. Rick Loera (I), 8-0
Hwt. Matt Fields (I) maj. dec. Roy Dragon (OD), 18-8

Old Dominion 42, Iowa Central 3

125 James Nicholson (OD) maj. dec. Terrance Young (IC), 8-0
133 Kyle Hutter (OD) pinned Mazi Hassani (IC), 2:04
141 Ryan Williams (OD) maj. dec. David Greenwald (IC), 14-1
149 Kaylen Baxter (OD) maj. dec. Matt Burns (IC), 12-2
157 Carrington Banks (IC) dec. Dan Rivera (OD), 5-4
165 Chris Brown (OD) maj. dec. Terry Overton (IC), 14-3
174 Nick Pullano (OD) tech. fall Ahmad Motely (IC), 20-1 in 6:02
184 Jesse Strawn (OD) pinned Nate Willard (IC), 1:18
197 David Mendoza (OD) pinned Phillip Hawes (IC), 3:45
Hwt. Roy Dragon (OD) dec. Matt Sixta (IC), 7-3