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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team wrapped up the first day at the NCAA Championships with three still 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 (Marietta, Ga.) 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 (Cleveland, Tenn.) also competed hard in a 5-2 loss to Rutger’s Trevor Melde at 141 while sophomore Nick Soto (Spring Hill, Fla.) gave up a major decision to Wyoming’s Tyler Cox (14-2) at 125.* Senior Niko Brown (Kissimmee, Fla.) 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 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
UTC Results

125
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)
141
1st Rd – Trevor Melde (Rutgers) – Dec. 5-2 – Dean Pavlou (UTC)
1st Consolation – Nicholas Hucke (Missouri) – Dec. 6-1 - Dean Pavlou (UTC)
149
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)
165
1st Rd – Josh Condon (UTC) – Dec. 7-4 – Johnny Greisheimer (Edinboro)
2nd Rd – Josh Condon (UTC) – Dec. 4-2 - No. 4 Tyler Caldwell (Ok. State)
2nd Consolation – Josh Condon (UTC) vs. Austin Wilson (Nebraska)
197
1st Rd – Jake Meredith (ASU) – Dec. 3-1 – Niko Brown (UTC)
1st Consolation – Niko Brown (UTC) vs. Jace Bennett (Cornell)