Nate Brown wrestles Matt Reed of Oklahoma University in a match in January 2013. (Liz Cornell/B&W photo)

Nate Brown of Lehigh wrestling to compete in national championship


One of Lehigh’s very own wrestlers is having a strong run in the NCAA Championships in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Junior Nate Brown, representing his team in the 184-pound weight class, is moving on to the NCAA Championship today, where he will wrestle against Gabe Dean, a freshman from Cornell.

Brown got this far by competing in four rounds and winning four different matches. He came out on top in his matches on March 19 against Ohio University junior Andrew Romanchik and University of Missouri freshman Willie Miklus. Then on March 20, he knocked off University of Pittsburgh senior Max Thomusseit and Ohio State University junior Kenny Courts. Brown controlled the match against Courts, winning the bout 4-0.

Brown, while competing exclusively against wrestlers from the 184-pound weight class like himself, has been on a roll so far, but the Big Red wrestler Dean represents a season-long nemesis.

Brown and Dean previously clashed in the EIWA Championships on March 7, where Lehigh and Cornell were matched up against each other. Dean defeated Brown 8-2 and it marked his third victory against him this season.

The match will be televised on ESPN tonight at 8 p.m.

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