University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Niko Brown was named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Month for November the league office announced today. Brown opened the season with a 14-1 record in November, including a 5-0 mark in dual meets.
A senior from Kissimmee, Fla., Brown turned in 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 and Brown notched wins over wrestlers from Ohio, Anderson and the host Cavaliers.
At the Hokie Open the following day, Brown went 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 third place in his weight class. At the Wolfpack Open on Nov. 11, He went 4-0 to claim the 197-pound title, topping wrestlers from NC State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia before defeating Old Dominion's Kevin Beasley in the title match.
Brown wrapped up his month with a pair of dual wins on Nov. 16, pinning Joe Gallegos from Cumberland in just 11 seconds and downing No. 2 Iowa's Thomas Kira at the Chattanooga Duals. Brown was the SoCon's Wrestler of the Week on Nov. 14.
The Mocs are currently preparing for next week's road trip to Princeton on Dec. 14 and the Grapple in the Garden on Dec. 16. The Grapple in the Garden will pit Chattanooga against Rutgers and No. 2 Oklahoma State in the first collegiate duals held in New York City's Madison Square Garden.
UTC returns home for the Southern Scuffle in McKenzie Arena on Jan. 1-2. Five of the top-10 teams in the country will visit the Scenic City for the two-day tournament. The next home dual is scheduled for Jan. 6 against No. 6 Illinois. Tickets are on sale now on GoMocs.com or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627).