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Mock gets top-10 finish at nationals
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Caleb Mock, right, with coach William Hurst, earned a top-10 finish at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association national championships. - photo by Photo provided

Caleb Mock, a Georgia Tech student on the Georgia Southern University campus, finished in the top 10 for the second year in a row at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association national championships in Hampton, Va.

The team brought home a fifth-place finish in Division II. There were 79 teams from across the country in the field, with 25 in Division I and 54 in Division II. Georgia Southern was 16th overall in the tournament field and had six wrestlers qualified for the Southeastern Conference championships.

At the national finals, Mock, wrestling at 285, drew returning all-American Corey Melinn from Grand Valley State in the first round. Melinn beat Mock 8-4 in the nationals a year ago.

Mock wrestled his way back, pinning Daniel Avery of Northeastern University in the second period after scoring a takedown in both periods and scoring an escape point off his selection of bottom in the period. For his third match, he faced fourth-seeded John Lapoint of Maryland-Baltimore County. After a scoreless first period, Mock chose down and scored a reversal off a standing Peterson and got two back points for a 4-0 lead.

Lapoint got the escape before the period ended and chose bottom for the third period. After an escape, no other points were scored, and Mock finished the upset with a 4-2 win.

In his next match against Enes Ozekin of Colorado State, Mock was taken down but scored an instant reversal. Ozekin eventually pinned Mock, giving Mock a 2-2 record in the finals.

On his way to the national finals, Mock took first place in the Bear Finals. He also placed first in the Georgia Collegiate State Championship finals at Mercer University. Mock placed third at the University of Georgia tournament and made the national finals cut in Tallahassee, Fla.