published Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Mocs’ Condon faces Cowboys’ Caldwell at NCAA tournament

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Josh Condon will challenge fourth-seeded Tyler Caldwell in tonight’s Round-of-16 winners-bracket matches at the NCAA wrestling tournament in Des Moines, Iowa.

Caldwell entered the tournament with a 30-4 record, which includes a third-period pin of Condon earlier this season.

Condon, a senior 165-pounder, defeated Edinboro’s Johnny Greisheimer 7-4 to become the only one of five Mocs to win his opener. All wrestlers will compete again tonight.

Niko Brown (197) dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 9 seed Jake Meredith of Arizona State; Nick Soto (125) lost by major decision to Wyoming’s 12-seeded Tyler Cox; Dean Pavlou (141) dropped a 5-2 decision to Rutger’s Trevor Melde; and Alex Hudson got pinned by No. 5 seed Steve Santos of Columbia after leading 5-4 in the third period.

Tonight’s matchups include Soto vs. No. 5 seed Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech. Garnett was upset 7-6 by Appalachian State’s Dominic Parisi 7-6. Pavlo meets Missouri’s Nick Hucke, who lost to No. 3 seed Michael Mangrum of Oregon State 6-4 in overtime. Hudson faces Iowa State’s Max Mayfield, who lost by major decision to Michigan’s 12th-seed Eric Grajales. Brown will wrestle Andrew Campolattano of Ohio State. Campolattano lost to No. 8 seed Micah Burak of Penn, 8-7.

Check back here for further results or see Friday’s editions of the Times Free Press.

Contact Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com or 423-886-4765.

about Ward Gossett...

Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...

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