Brown is the second Penn State student-athlete to be selected as an Academic All-America® of the Year and joins former Nittany Lion wrestler, Dr. Jim Martin, who received the honor in 1988-89. Dr. Martin won a national title in 1988 and was a four-time All-American at Penn State
A criminology and international politics major with a 3.97 G.P.A., Brown is a two-time first-team Capital One Academic All-America® selection, returning to the top squad after previously earning the honor in 2013. A native of West Valley City, Utah, Brown earned both the NCAA and Big Ten Conference Postgraduate Scholarships and won the NCAA title at 174 pounds while helping Penn State to a sixth-place finish at this year’s NCAA Championships.
“It is quite the honor to be named Capital One Division I Academic All-America® of the Year. In addition to the support of my loving family, this past year I enjoyed the support of my teammates and coaches, Penn State Army ROTC, The School of International Affairs and the Penn State wrestling community,” said Brown.
“What makes Penn State special is that this is a place where professors, coaches, and administrators have made succeeding in the classroom the top priority and we as student-athletes are given every opportunity to succeed. What a privilege it has been to wrestle and study at Penn State. This award shows that as we continually give our best effort, we can accomplish great things. It also shows that as we focus on effort and attitude, like Coach Cael Sanderson preaches, we will have success.”
A three-time All-America selection, Brown posted a 29-3 record this season with eight pins, eight major decisions and one tech fall. He departs Penn State with a 118-16 career record, capped by his first NCAA individual title in 2015. Brown also ranks 12th in Nittany Lion history for career wins, and 11th all-time with 30 pins.
In addition, Brown took home the 2013 NCAA Elite 89 Award and has garnered multiple National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) first team All-Academic citations, as well as three first-team Academic All-Big Ten Team accolades. He was the recipient of Penn State’s McCoy Award. The honor comes shortly after being named a first team Academic All-American and the 2015 Men’s At-Large Academic All-American of the Year (the honor that put Brown on the ballot for this award).
Brown was also honored as Penn State’s overall Male Athlete of the Year. He was one of four Nittany Lion wrestlers to earn first team NWCA National All-Academic laurels as well (the third time he has been honored as such). He became Penn State’s 24th three-time All-American in St. Louis this past March. Brown leaves Penn State 12th all-time in wins (118) and 11th all-time in pins (30).
“Matt Brown is an outstanding example of what a student-athlete is,” said Penn State head wrestling coach Cael Sanderson. “He epitomizes hard work, dedication, responsibility and the ‘One Team’ attitude we strive for here at Penn State,” said Penn State head wrestling coach Cael Sanderson.
“To be named the Capital One Division I Academic All-America® of the Year is truly an honor for any student-athlete and Matt Brown lives every day to the high standards and ideals the award recognizes. The entire Penn State family is happy for Matt and proud of his accomplishments. His leadership will be missed but the example he has set will be a constant reminder to all of our wrestlers,” continued Sanderson.
(Editors note: Hayden is 71-1 during the spring/summer season not 59-1 as I had originally reported)
Hayden Hidlay is having a very nice summer on the mats. The senior to be, ranked first in the nation at 152, is 71-1 over the spring and summer. His only loss coming in Greco to Austin Kraisser of Maryland.
Hayden won the Flo Nationals, double titles in freestyle and Greco at the PAWF championships, double gold at the Wyoming Seminary tournament, double titles at the Benton Tournament and a runnerup finish in Greco at the Northeast Regionals.
He also went undefeated at the Lock Haven Spring Duals, the NHSCA Duals, the East Coast Duals and just this past weekend, the Junior National Duals. For his efforts, the North Carolina State recruit earned Flo Wrestler of the Week honors.
In the video below, Hidlay talks about his double All-American status at the Junior Nationals Duals, the Flo Wrestler of the Week honor and the upcoming Junior Nationals in Fargo.
After a dominating 17-0 performance at the Junior National Freestyle and Greco-Roman Duals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Hayden Hidlay was named Wrestler of the Week by Flo Wrestling.
Hidlay, the top ranked 145-pounder in the nation, proved he had the goods at 152 pounds with a 9-0 run in Greco and 8-0 in Freestyle, including a 11-10 win over Wyatt Sheets of Oklahoma. Sheets is ranked 17th in the nation at 152.
You can see the Hidlay story on Flo at this link: Hidlay Flo Wrestler of the Week
Hayden Hidlay capped off a perfect week at the Junior National Freestyle and Greco-Roman Duals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
After a 9-0 performance in Greco, Hidlay went 8-0 in freestyle to earn double All-America honors. The senior to be racked up six tech falls, a pin and a decision.
Team PA went 4-4 in the freestyle competition, defeating Georgia (39-29), Iowa 2 (44-26), Missouri (36-31) and Kansas 1 (40-32). The losses came at the hands of Oklahoma (50-13), California Red (42-23 and 51-17) and Washington (41-29).
Team PA finished 12th overall.
Hayden Hidlay (8-0) Results:
160 – Hayden Hidlay (Pennsylvania) over Canten Marriott (Missouri) TF 13-2
152 – Hayden Hidlay (Pennsylvania) over Dylan Brazell (Kansas 1) Fall 0:54
152 – Hayden Hidlay (Pennsylvania) over Colton Clingenpeel (Iowa 2) TF 12-2
152 – Hayden Hidlay (Pennsylvania) over Wyatt Sheets (Oklahoma) Dec 11-10
152 – Hayden Hidlay (Pennsylvania) over Jordan Jimenez (California Red) TF 10-0
152 – Hayden Hidlay (Pennsylvania) over Tom Strassenberg (Washington) TF 17-5
152 – Hayden Hidlay (Pennsylvania) over Jacob Bueno (California Red) TF 10-0
152 – Hayden Hidlay (Pennsylvania) over Greg Hilliard (Georgia 1) TF 10-0
Hayden Hidlay (152-160) went 9-0 at the Junior National Greco-Roman Duals in Tulsa to become a Greco All-American.
Team PA finished fifth in the Bronze/Copper Pool with wins over North Dakota (38-28) and Ohio (45-23). Losses were to Colorado (33-30) and Michigan (1) by a 52-19 score.
Team PA finished 13th overall and were 5-4 in the event.
Freestyle quarterfinal action begins today with Team PA taking on Colorado in a Pool B matchup. Action gets underway at 10 AM ET.