Brandon Mason




2008-09: First-team academic all-Big 12 honoree for the fourth straight year ... Went 27-11 on the year with a 16-6 mark in dual competition and four wins over ranked opponents ... Took fourth at the Big 12 Championships ... Picked up his most impressive win of the year when he rolled to a 5-0 win over No. 2 Moza Fay of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls ... Entering the bout at No. 2 in the nation, Fay was the highest-ranked opponent Mason has ever beaten ... Ranked second on the team with eight wins by fall and was the team leader with five tech fall wins ... His 74 dual points were good for third on the squad and his 28 nearfalls were more than double the total of any other Cowboy wrestler ... A 3-0 winner over Michigan’s Justin Zeerip at the NCAA Championships ... Won both of his Bedlam Series bouts, claiming a 1-0 win over Oklahoma’s Ryan Smith in Norman and a 3-1 sudden-victory win over Smith in Stillwater on his senior day ... Won 16 of his first 17 bouts to start the season.

 

2007-08: Finished the season with a 29-7 overall record and a 16-3 mark in dual matches ... Bonus-point specialist had three wins by fall, eight by major decision and six by technical fall ... NWCA all-academic team honoree to go with first-team academic all-Big 12 recognition ... Big 12 runner-up ... NCAA qualifier beat Pennsylvania’s Scott Giffin, 6-0 in the first round before being upset by Boise State’s Nathan Lee in the second round ... Once in the wrestleback, handed Air Force’s Tyler French an 8-0 major decision defeat and followed that up with a 2-0 win over Lehigh’s Alex Caruso ... Was eliminated after losing a 1-0 decision to 11th-seeded Steve Anceravage of Cornell ... Claimed a 2-0 win over No. 11 Jay Borschel of Iowa as part of the Cowboys’ 19-14 win over the top-ranked Hawkeyes in Iowa City ... Beat No. 16 John Dergo of Illinois by a 4-2 decision at the Virginia Duals as part of a perfect 4-0 run at the event ... Third-place finisher at the Reno Tournament of Champions, where he scored bonus points in each of his five wins at the event, winning two bouts by fall, two by major decision and one by technical fall ... Won the 174-pound title at the season-opening Central Missouri Open.

 

2006-07: Secured All-America honors after finishing fifth at the 2007 NCAA Championships ... Upset No. 3 Steve Luke from Michigan twice at the NCAA Championships to earn his fifth-place finish ... Beat Luke, 2-1 in the first round, then handed Cornell’s Joey Hooker a 4-1 defeat in the second round ... Shut out 11th-ranked Jeremy Larson of Oregon State, 6-0 in the third round before sustaining back-to-back defeats at the hands of No. 2 Keith Gavin of Pittsburgh and No. 8 Matt Stolpinski of Navy ... Faced Luke a second time in the fifth place match, claiming a narrow 1-0 win over the Wolverine star ... First-team Academic all-Big 12 honoree ... Big 12 runner-up to eventual national champion Ben Askren of Missouri ... Compiled a 27-13 overall record on the year that included a 13-6 record in dual meets ... Started his season with a 3-0 win over No. 4 Ken Cook from UC Davis, then went on to pick up an additional seven wins over ranked opponents.

 

2005-06: Qualified for the NCAA Championships in his first year as a starter for the Cowboys ... Posted a 24-13 record during his freshman season ... Went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships, recording a technical fall in his first match ... Recorded a fall, five technical falls and three majors on the season ... Won seven matches against ranked opponents ... First-team academic all-Big 12 honoree ... Biggest win of the season was a 4-0 upset victory over Nebraska’s third-ranked Jacob Klein.

 

2004-05 (Redshirt Year): Went 19-0 wrestling in open tournaments during his redshirt season ... Wrestled primarily at 165 before bumping up to 174 in his final tournament ... Was unscored upon all season until his final tournament when he defeated James Bunch of Lindenwood in a tie-breaker ... Won four tournament titles during the season.

 

High School: Attended Lewis Central HS in Shenandoah, Iowa, where he was coached by Chad Beaman ... Earned Iowa Wrestler of the Year honors in 2004 ... Compiled a career record of 195-2 and was a three-time state champion ... Won the Cadet freestyle national championship and placed second in the cadet Greco championships ... Named to the 2004 Asics Tiger All-American third team ... Named to the National High School Coaches Association Academic All-American team twice ... First-team academic all-state three times ... Won the Tulsa Championship three times and was tabbed as the Outstanding Wrestler each time ... AAU national champion ... Member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

 

Personal: Brandon Russell Mason was born Jan. 14, 1986 in Iowa City, Iowa ... Son of Martin and Carin Mason ... Married the former Brittany Hill in 2006 ... Has two brothers, Brock and Lincoln ... Is set to graduate with two degrees in biological science and nutrition and exercise and has been accepted to medical school.

 

Mason Capsule

Year            Overall        Dual    vs. Ranked     Fall          MD         TF         Quick

2004-05                                                         Redshirted                                   

2005-06        24-13          11-7           7-11             1              3            5            1:50

2006-07        27-13          13-6           8-10             2              3            1            0:47

2007-08         29-7           16-3            2-5              3              8            6            0:59

2008-09        27-11          16-6           4-10             8              3            5            1:08

Career         107-44        56-22         21-36           14            17          17           0:47

 


 

 

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