DES MOINES, Iowa (UTC) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team wrapped up the first day at the NCAA Championships with three still grapplers alive in the backdraw.
The Mocs scored three wins on the day, led by senior Josh Condon's first round victory.
Condon, a native of Powder Springs, Ga., opened with a 7-4 victory over Johnny Greisheimer in the first round. Each competitor traded takedown's and escapes in the first period, before Condon went up 4-3 after an escape in the second. Greisheimer tied the score with an escape early in the third, but Condon's takedown with 27 seconds left, plus riding time, gave him his first win at the NCAA Championships.
Condon went on to drop a hard-fought 4-2 decision to fourth-seeded Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma State in the second round. After a takedown, Condon led 2-1 going into the second period. He gave up an escape and a takedown in the second that would prove to be the final margin. He faces Nebraska's Austin Wilson in the next round.
Junior Alex Hudson battled Columbia's fifth-seeded Steve Santos in a tough 149-pound match in the first round. Santos led 3-2 after the first period, and escaped to go up 4-2 in the second. Hudson took a 5-4 lead after a takedown and a penalty point, but Santos escaped late to knot the total at 5-5. Hudson had over a minute of riding time in the third period but gave up a pin to Santos with less than a minute left in the match.
Senior Dean Pavlou also competed hard in a 5-2 loss to Rutger's Trevor Melde at 141 while sophomore Nick Soto gave up a major decision to Wyoming's Tyler Cox (14-2) at 125. Senior Niko Brown closed out UTC's first round action with his 3-1 loss to Arizona State's No. 9-seed Jake Meredith.
Soto lost his second match in the wrestlebacks, giving up a second-period pin to Virginia Tech's fifth-seeded Jarrod Garnett. Pavlou, a former Bradley Central star, lost a 6-1 decision to Missouri's Nicholas Hucke, but Hudson got the Mocs back on track with a 10-5 win over Iowa State's Max Mayfield at 149.
Brown advanced to the second round of the back draw with his 9-5 win over Cornell's Jace Bennett. Brown broke open the match with a reversal and back points in the second period. He will face seventh-seeded Nathan Schiedel of Binghampton in the next round.
The Mocs are back in action with consolation second round action tomorrow. Live scoring and a link to the ESPN3 broadcast are available on the wrestling schedule page on GoMocs.com.
2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships Results
1st Rd – Tyler Cox (Wyoming) – MD 14-2 - Nick Soto (UTC)
1st Consolation – No. 5 Jarrod Garnett (Va. Tech) – Fall 4:11 - Nick Soto (UTC)
1st Rd – Trevor Melde (Rutgers) – Dec. 5-2 – Dean Pavlou (UTC)
1st Consolation – Nicholas Hucke (Missouri) – Dec. 6-1 - Dean Pavlou (UTC)
1st Rd – No. 5 Steve Santos (Columbia) – Fall 6:19 – Alex Hudson (UTC)
1st Consolation – Alex Hudson (UTC) – Dec. 10-5 - Max Mayfield (Iowa State)
2nd Consolation – Alex Hudson (UTC) vs. No. 6 Dylan Ness (Minnesota)
1st Rd – Josh Condon (UTC) – Dec. 7-4 – Johnny Greisheimer (Edinboro)
2nd Rd – No. 4 Tyler Caldwell (Ok. State) – Dec. 4-2 - Josh Condon (UTC)
1st Rd – Jake Meredith (ASU) – Dec. 3-1 – Niko Brown (UTC)
1st Consolation – Niko Brown (UTC) vs. Jace Bennett (Cornell)
Information provided by UTC Sports Media Relations and GoMocs.com.