Chris Brown Upsets National Number One for Second Time in His Career

November 29, 2008
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 29, 2008

TROY, N.Y. -- The Monarchs defeated Harvard, who are receiving votes in the national poll, by a score of 38-9 for its first victory of the season and were bested by the #5 Missouri Tigers by a score of 29-9 at the Journeyman/Brute Northeast Duals today. In their final appearance of the day, ODU dropped Bloomsburg by a dominant 30-6 score.

In the loss to Missouri, ODU redshirt junior Chris Brown (Chesapeake, Va.) faced Nick Marable, the nation's top-ranked 165-pounder and upset the Tiger, 2-1 in the first tiebreaker for another huge career win. He dropped #1 Mark Perry (Iowa) a year ago in dual action. Marable is a junior All-American who finished third at the NCAA Tournament last season. Brown, ranked 13th by W.I.N. Magazine, was the 2008 CAA Champion at 165 lbs.

Brown and Marable were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and headed into extra time. In the first tiebreaker, Brown earned the advantage and escaped with the 2-1 overtime victory over the #1 ranked wrestler.

Brown added a technical fall against Harvard's Michael Sadler, 23-7, and also won his match against the Huskies 165-pounder, Rick Schmelyun, to go 3-0 on the day. He improves to 6-3, including a 3-2 dual record to start the year.

"Obviously the highlight of the day was Brown beating the number one kid in the country. That was a huge win for Chris and a big win for our team," said coach Steve Martin. "Also James Nicholson went 3-0 on the day and Eric Decker went 2-0 with a big win at the end of the day. Joe Budi, a freshman, also had a good ady and wrestled well against a top five guy in Caputo [from Harvard]. Those guys made big-time progress."

ODU redshirtsophomore James Nicholson (Des Moines, Iowa) won all three of his matchups on the day and has improved to 9-0 on the season.

"We wrestled two tough matches against Harvard and Bloomsburg and looked very good with wins," said Martin. "Against Missouri, we could have had a five-five split, but two of our stronger weights at 133 and 141 were upset. So we can look at our three matches against Big 12 schools, vs. Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Missouri, we wrestled well enough in all three to get a split. This will definitely help us in our training for the NCAA Tournament."

Old Dominion 38, Harvard 9
The Monarchs posted four bonus point victories and added a pair of forfeits to earn the teams first win of the season. Nicholson (125) and senior Ryan Williams (141) grabbed forfeit victories, before and after Kyle Hutter (133) posted a 17-2 technical fall over Johnny Motley. With the 17-0 lead, Joey Metzler (149) won a 5-3 decision in sudden victory before Harvard scored their first win with a fall from their top ranked wrestler, J.P. O'Connor (157).

Brown (165) posted the first of his three wins on the day in bonus point fashion with a 23-7 technical fall over Michael Sadler. Eric Decker (174) won his first dual decision of the season for ODU with an 8-0 major decision shutout over Bryan Panzano.

Jesse Strawn (197) and Roy Dragon III (285) added wins, including Strawn's pin of Sean Murphy in the final minute of regulation.

Old Dominion improved to 1-2 on the season while Harvard dropped to 0-1 to start the season.

125: #4 James Nicholson (ODU) win by forfeit
ODU 6-0
133: #11 Kyle Hutter (ODU) tech fall Johnny Motley (HU), 17-2
ODU 11-0
141: #9 Ryan Williams (ODU) win by forfeit
ODU 17-0
149: Joey Metzler (ODU) dec Walter Peppelman (HU), 5-3 (SV)
ODU 20-0
157: #3 J.P. O'Connor (HU) pinned Dan Rivera (ODU), 3:32
ODU 20-6
165: #13 Chris Brown (ODU) tech fall Michael Sadler (HU), 23-7
ODU 25-6
174: Eric Decker (ODU) major dec Bryan Panzano (HU), 8-0
ODU 29-6
184: #4 Louis Caputo (HU) dec Joe Budi (ODU), 5-1
ODU 29-9
197: Jesse Strawn (ODU) pinned Sean Murphy (HU), 6:07
ODU 35-9
285: Roy Dragon III (ODU) dec Spencer DeSena (HU), 2-0
ODU 38-9

#5 Missouri 29, #20 Old Dominion 9
The 20th ranked Monarchs got wins from Brown, Nicholson and the rookie, Joe Budi against the #5 Tigers on Saturday, as they were defeated 29-9. Nicholson posted a 3-0 shutout of Troy Dolan at 125 lbs and Budi added a 5-2 decision of John Andrews at 184 lbs. The biggest win, though, came from Brown at 165 lbs.
Brown's tiebreak victory over Marable gave him his second win over the top-ranked grappler at his weight in his career. Marable is ranked #1 by W.I.N., #2 by AWN, and #4 by InterMat.

Jesse Strawn (197) looked to make it two big upsets, but was eventually dropped by Missouri's Max Askren by a score of 7-3.

ODU dropped to just 1-3 on the season with one more dual on the day, while Missouri improved to 4-0 overall.

125: #4 James Nicholson (ODU) dec Troy Dolan (UM)
ODU 3-0
133: Todd Schavrien (UM) dec #11 Kyle Hutter (ODU), 8-4
TIED 3-3
141: Marcus Hoehn (UM) dec #9 Ryan Williams (ODU), 7-4
149: Andrew Sherry (UM) pinned Joey Metzler (ODU), 2:04
157: #7 Michael Chandler (UM) major dec Kaylen Baxter (ODU), 2-1
165: #13 Chris Brown (ODU) dec #1 Nick Marable (UM), 2-1 (TB)
174: #3 Raymond Jordan (UM) major dec Derek Coffey (ODU), 13-3
184: Joe Budi (ODU) dec John Andrews (UM), 5-2
197: #5 Max Askren (UM) dec #20 Jesse Strawn (ODU), 7-3
285: #4 Mark Ellis (UM) pinned Roy Dragon III (ODU), 4:18

Old Dominion 30, Bloomsburg 6

Nicholson led the way for ODU, with a win over the 17th ranked wrestler in the nation, Ian Moser, for his third dual win against a nationally ranked opponent. He improved to 9-0 on the season with the victory.

Old Dominion posted eight wins against the Huskies, including two first period pins from Eric Decker and Jesse Strawn. The Monarchs won the first three and last five weights for the win. Decker posted his second win of the day with a pin in just 1:16 and Strawn's was also his second win.

The Monarchs improved to 2-3 on the season while Bloomsburg fell to 0-2 with the loss.

125: #4 James Nicholson (ODU) dec #17 Ian Moser (Bloomsburg), 7-3
ODU 3-0
133: #11 Kyle Hutter (ODU) dec Jason Guffey (Bloomsburg), 6-3
ODU 6-0
141: #9 Ryan Williams (ODU) dec Richard Donald (Bloomsburg), 8-2
ODU 9-0
149: George Hickman (Bloomsburg) dec Joey Metzler (ODU), 5-3
ODU 9-3
157: Matt Moley (Bloomsburg) dec Kaylen Baxter (ODU), 6-0
ODU 9-6
165: #13 Chris Brown (ODU) dec Rick Schmelyun (Bloomsburg), 6-2
ODU 12-6
174: Eric Decker (ODU) pinned Nathan Graham (Bloomsburg), 1:16
ODU 18-6
184: Joe Budi (ODU) dec Jesse Hasseman (Bloomsburg), 5-2
ODU 21-6
197: Jesse Strawn (ODU) pinned Ryan Sutton (Bloomsburg), 2:36
ODU 27-6
285: Roy Dragon III (ODU) dec Zachary Walsh (Bloomsburg), 4-0
ODU 30-6