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2014 National Duals semifinals, finals to be broadcast on Big Ten Network

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Can’t be in Columbus for this weekend’s 2014 NWCA Division I National Duals this weekend? The Big Ten Network will provide live coverage of the semifinals and finals of Monday’s action from Ohio State, the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced Thursday.

The Big Ten Network will air one semifinal round live at 1 p.m. Eastern on Monday, February 17 and will come back to air the championship finals at 4 p.m. Eastern later the same day.

BTN’s wrestling broadcast team of Tim Johnson, Jim Gibbons and Shane Sparks will provide commentary and on-site interviews.

"We're extremely pleased to be working with the Big Ten Network again this year for distribution of the National Duals," said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "Last year at Minnesota, the Big Ten Network stepped up and got the event streamed, and now they're going beyond that to provide the wrestling community two of the nation's exciting duals that will culminate in a national dual meet championship."

For those who don’t have access to the Big Ten Network, Flowrestling.org will provide live stream coverage of the first day of action as part of the Flo Pro subscription service. Flowrestling will also provide live streams of the other second semifinal and the third-place match.

The 2014 Division I National Duals – known officially as the EAS Sports Nutrition NWCA National Duals presented by Hibiclens and the United States Marine Corps in honor of Cliff Keen, and unofficially as Mat Mayhem -- will take place at Ohio State’s St. John Arena on over the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend, February 16-17.

First-round action begins at 1 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, Feb. 16, followed by consolation matches at 5 p.m. and quarterfinals at 7 p.m. The championship semifinals will start at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 17 with the finals set for 4 p.m.

Fourteen top collegiate mat programs will participate in the 2014 National Duals. Initial match-ups were announced Monday. Competing in the first round Sunday at 1 p.m. include No. 4 seed Ohio State vs. No. 13 Hofstra, No. 5 seed Iowa State vs. No. 12 Kent State, and eighth seed University of Tennessee-Chattanooga vs. No. 9 North Dakota State. In action at 3 p.m.: third-seeded Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Bloomsburg, No. 6 Illinois vs. No. 11 Central Michigan, and No. 7 Virginia Tech vs. No. 10 Oregon State. The two top seeds – defending National Duals champ University of Minnesota, and second-seeded Cornell University – both drew byes for the preliminary round.

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