Mecate becomes just the third ODU wrestler to win the award and first since 2008
Mecate goes down to Michael Nevinger of Cornell
Mecate earns his first NCAA tournament win in his young collegiate career and advances to day two
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The 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling brackets were released tonight
Monarch Media catches-up with 141-pound redshirt freshman, Chris Mecate
action pix from the match
Career Record: 40-11
2012-13: Qualified for the NCAA Championships as a redshirt freshman as the 12th-seeded wrestler at 141... Won the opening round match with a 6-3 victory over Brandon Nelsen of Purdue... Went 1-2 at the NCAA Championships, falling to the eventual fifth and sixth place finishers... Finished the season 37-9 and went 7-0 in CAA action... Won a CAA title with a 7-1 victory over NCAA Qualifier Frank Cimato of Drexel... Accumulated three CAA Rookie of the Week Awards from 2/19, 2/12, and 1/15... Placed fourth at the prestigious Southern Scuffle... Took first place at both the Clarion Open and the Mat Town Open... Went on a 12-match winning streak from January 11, 2013 until March 21, 2013.
2011-12: Finished redshirt campaign with an overall record of 20-14 wrestling unattached... Went 3-2 at 141 and 17-12 at 149 for the Monarchs... Had three major decisions, two falls, and one technical fall... Placed fifth at both the Mat Town Open and the National Collegiate Open... Recorded a win over NCAA qualifier Matt Nereim of NC State in first collegiate bout.
Prep: Won the Super 32 Tournament, 5 Counties, MLK King of the Mat, El Cajon Invitational, Masters Championships as a junior... Won state championship as a senior, took fifth place as a junior and sixth as a freshman... Named the 2009-10 Wrestler of the Year by The San Bernardino County Sun... Career record of 156-17... Took third at the Senior Nationals in 2011.
Off the Mat: Son of Perry and Cynthia Mecate... Three siblings, Helene, Hannah and Matthew... Plans on majoring in business administration.
Chris Mecate's Wins over NCAA Qualifiers:
11/6/11 - Matt Nereim (NC State)
11/24/12- Richard Durso (Franklin & Marshall)
1/2/13- Julian Feikert (Oklahoma State)
1/2/13- Connor Hanafee (Army)
1/19/13- Luke Vaith (Hofstra)
2/10/13- Joe Spisak (Virginia)
3/9/13- Frank Cimato (Drexel)
3/21/13- Brandon Nelsen (Purdue)