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Matt Brown
Matt  Brown


West Valley City, Utah

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Thirty Penn State Student-Athletes Graduating This Weekend

Graduates from 10 Sports; Nittany Lion Football Program With 15 Graduates


Wrestler Matt Brown to Receive 2016 NCAA Today's Top 10 Award

National champion to receive honor at NCAA Convention in January


Nearly 70 Student-Athletes Receive Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Awards

Eight post perfect 4.0 GPAs during 2014-15 academic year


Wrestler Matt Brown Named Capital One Division I Academic All-America® of the Year

National Champion earns nation's top all-sport academic honor


Wrestler Matt Brown Named 2015 CoSIDA Men's At-Large Academic All-American of the Year

Senior wrestler grabs prestigious award in crowded field


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Two-time All-American Matt Brown heads into his senior season ready to make a run at an NCAA title at 174. Brown has been to the NCAA finals and wrestled in the NWCA's All-Star Dual, Brown sets his sites on another team title and a national crown of his own. Parents: Cindy Riley and Dave Brown -- Major: Criminology and International Policies.

Lion Career
Close 4-3 loss to #1 Andrew Howe of Oklahoma in NWCA All-Star Classic on 11/2 (exhibition)....rolled to the Binghamton Open on 11/10 with three pins and a major, including first period pin in finals...opened dual season with quick pin (1:14) of Rider in dual on 11/16...four-point near fall (no back points) over Boston's Eric Des Lauriers on 12/6 then impressive 9-3 win over #9 Tyler Wilps of Pitt on 12/8 in the BJC...downed #6 Mike Evans 4-1 in PSU's 24-12 victory at Iowa on 12/21...went 5-1 at Southern Scuffle to finish as Runner-Up...had two pins and a major and beat #5 Logan Storley of Minnesota 3-2 in semifinals before losting to #2 Chris Perry of Oklahoma State in the finals...100th career dual meet point with 14-4 major over Purdue's Patrick Kissel on 1/12...tough 8-4 loss to #6 Logan Storley of Minnesota on 2/9...hard-fought 4-3 TB2 loss to #2 Chris Perry of Oklahoma State on 2/16...first period pin of Clarion's Ryan Darch (2:50) on 2/23.

Big Ten Championships (4-1, 3rd, NCAA Qualifier): went 4-1 at Big Ten Championships, suffering 3-2 upset loss to Iowa's Mike Evans in semis, wrestling back to take third place on 3/8-9 in Madison.

NCAA Championships (5-2, 5th, All-American): Posted 5-2 mark at 2014 NCAA Championships to place fifth, earning All-American laurels for the second time...grabbed wins over #12 Tanner Weatherman of Iowa State, #16 Matt Miller of Navy and #4 Mike Evans of Iowa.

Notched 12-1 major over #18 Nathaniel Brown of Lehigh on 11/16 then pinned West Virginia's Ross Renzi (4:10) on 11/18...rolled to 2012 NLO title at 174 with 5-0 record, including a tech fall and two majors, downed #11 Greg Zanetti of Rutgers 7-4 in finals...posted 5-1 mark to take third at Southern Scuffle on 1/1-2, with two pins and a major...upset by #4 Logan Storley of Minnesota in the semifinals...majored Purdue's Kyle Mosier 15-3 in road dual on 1/20...10-7 loss to #4 Robert Kokesh of Nebraska on 1/27...tough 4-3 loss to #6 Mike Evans at Iowa on 2/1...6-4 win over #8 Jordan Blanton of Illinois on 2/3...last second loss to #7 Nick Heflin of Ohio State on 2/10...downed #14 Greg Zannetti of Rutgers 6-2 on 2/24 in final dual of the season.

Big Ten Championships (4-0, CHAMPION, NCAA Qualifier): .Brown stormed to a 4-0 record and first Big Ten title as the five-seed at the 2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championships..pinned Indiana's Cheney Dale (6:15)...beat #6 Nick Heflin of Ohio State 7-1...downed #11 Dan Yates of Michigan 5-1 in semifinals...dominated #3 Mike Evans of Iowa 7-3 in title bout.

NCAA Championships (4-1, Runner-Up, All-American): Rolled to a 4-1 mark in first NCAA Championship tournament, advancing to national finals and earning All-American honors as National Runner-Up...majored Missouri's Todd Porter (10-1)...pinned Pitt's Nick Bonaccorsi (1:30)...majored Iowa State's Tanner Weatherman...beat #6 Logan Storley of Minnesota 3-2 in national semifinals...dropped hard-fought 2-1 (TB) decision to #1 Chris Perry in national finals.

Red-shirted in 2008-09...went 5-0 to win title at ESU Open on 11/12...5-0 at Laker Open on 11/19 to win crown, including two pins and three techs...5-1 at the Nittany Lion Open on 12/4 to place fifth...made Penn State dual debut at 174 with 19-4 tech fall over Lock Haven's Aaron McKinney on 12/18...superb run at the Southern Scuffle, going 4-1 to take second place...lost in finals to teammate #2 Ed Ruth by 6-3 margin, beat #7 Dorian Henderson and #11 Logan Storley of Minnesota in the process, also had two pins...made Big Ten dual meet debut on 2/3 up two weights at 197 (weighed in at 174) and downed Husker starter James Nakashima 2-1...two days later, weighed in at 174 once again and moved up two weights to beat 15th-ranked 197-pounder Max Huntley of Michigan 3-1 in his Rec Hall dual debut...majored Utah Valley's Monte Schmalhaus 13-3 in front of homestate crowd in Orem, Utah, on 2/11...majored Pitt's Ethan Headlee 12-2 in season dual finale on 2/19.

Red-shirted during the 2008-09 season at Iowa State for Sanderson before his two year mission...posted a 22-6 record as a red-shirt...wrestled at both 157 and 165.

High School/Personal
Brown amassed a superb 149-4 career record at Cyprus High School in Utah, won three state titles, finished fourth as a freshman and was a two-time high school All-American. He is the son of Dave and Cindy Brown.

Career Statistics
2008-09 Red Shirt Season
2011-12 27-2 5-0 (2-0) 22-2 (0-0/0-0) 7-0 4-0 10-0 19
2012-13 29-5 11-3 (5-3) 19-2 (4-0/4-1) 8-1 2-0 7-0 49
2013-14 33-6 14-2 (7-1) 19-4 (4-1/5-2) 7-0 4-0 10-0 62
Career 89-13 30-5 (14-4) 60-8 (8-1/9-3) 22-1 10-0 27-0 130


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