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Eight post perfect 4.0 GPAs during 2014-15 academic year
National Champion earns nation's top all-sport academic honor
Senior wrestler grabs prestigious award in crowded field
Two All-Americans haul in national academic laurels as well
Nittany Lion duo now on ballet for CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-America honors
NCAA FINALIST, ALL-AMERICAN:
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.
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.
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.
|YEAR||OVERALL||DUALS (B10)||TRN (B10/NCAA)||F||TF||M||Pts.|
|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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