Sunday, January 25, 2015 · 5:17 a.m.

UTC's Brown selected as SoCon Wrestler of the Month


Chattanooga senior Niko Brown was named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Month for November the league office announced Wednesday. Brown opened the season with a 14-1 record last month, including a 5-0 mark in dual meets. Brown, a senior from Kissimmee, Fla., racked up five pins at the 197-pound weight class in his first month of action.

The Mocs opened the season with three duals at No. 16 Virginia on Nov. 3 where Brown captured wins over wrestlers from Ohio, Anderson and the host Cavaliers.

The next day at the Hokie Open, Brown finished 5-1 with a pair of pins, topping opponents from Virginia Tech, Indiana, Air Force and Rutgers. He bounced back from a loss to North Carolina’s Antonio Giorgio in the quarterfinals to claim a third-place finish at 197.

At the Wolfpack Open on Nov. 11, Brown went 4-0 and claimed the 197-pound title, beating wrestlers from NC State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia before defeating Old Dominion’s Kevin Beasley in the title match.

Brown concluded the month with a pair of dual wins, pinning Cumberland’s Joe Gallegos in 11 seconds before defeating No. 2 Iowa’s Thomas Kira at the Chattanooga Duals on Nov. 16.

Brown was named the SoCon’s Wrestler of the Week on Nov. 14.

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