For college wrestling fans, it’s the most wonderful time of the year… as the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships are about to start.
To help you get the most out of this incredible three-day tournament which starts Thursday and concludes Saturday night, College Wrestling Examiner has put together a basic Go-To Guide for your ready reference.
2014 NCAAs 101
Dates: Thursday, March 20 through Saturday, March 22
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City (previously known as Ford Center when it hosted the 2006 NCAAs)
Number of wrestlers: 330
Number of weight classes: 10 (33 athletes per weight). For complete weight-by-weight brackets, click here.
- Session 1 (first round): Thursday, Noon Eastern
- Session 2 (second round, consolation rounds): Thursday, 7 p.m. Eastern
- Session 3 (quarterfinals, consolation rounds): Friday, 11 a.m. Eastern
- Session 4 (semifinals, consolation rounds); Friday, 8 p.m. Eastern
- Session 5 (medal rounds): Saturday, 11 a.m. Eastern
- Session 6 (finals): Saturday, 8 p.m. Eastern
ESPN Networks will televise all six sessions of the three-day championships live from Chesapeake Energy Arena. For the first time, ESPN3 will show every match of every round, providing live feeds of each individual mat throughout the entire tournament. In addition, ESPN3 will debut “Inside the Mat” which will provide insider perspective and commentary from four wrestling legends. What’s more, ESPN3 has expanded its individual mat feed which allows fans to watch every match throughout the tournament, including wrestlebacks, accompanied by live commentary. Additionally, for computer users, ESPN3 will once again offer multi-mat simultaneous viewing which allows fans to watch up to four different mats at one time.
ESPNU will televise the first and second sessions on Thursday, as well as the quarterfinals and medal round. The flagship ESPN channel will provide a live telecast of Friday night’s semifinals as well as Saturday’s finals.
In addition, WatchESPN will provide coverage of all six sessions.
For more details on ESPN Networks’ coverage plans – including its lineup of commentators – click here.
Live audio coverage will be also available, thanks to a partnership between Takedown Media and TheMat.com providing a radio broadcast of the 2014 NCAAs.
This year's broadcast team includes Scott Casber, Steve Foster, Jeff Murphy, Danny Sheehan and Billy Baldwin.
Takedown Media/TheMat.com will cover all six sessions in their entirety. For dates and times, click here.
One week ago, the NCAA announced the sixteen seeded wrestlers for each of the ten weight classes.
- 125 pounds: Defending champ Jesse Delgado of the University of Illinois is the top seed.
- 133 pounds: University of Northern Iowa’s Joe Colon is the No. 1 seed.
- 141 pounds: Edinboro University’s Mitchell Port is the top seed.
- 149 pounds: The top seed at 149 is Missouri’s Drake Houdashelt.
- 157 pounds: James Green of Nebraska is the No. 1 seed.
- 165 pounds: Top seeded is David Taylor of Penn State.
- 174 pounds: Oklahoma State’s Chris Perry – the defending champ – is the No. 1 seed.
- 184 pounds: The top seed at 184 is Maryland’s Jimmy Sheptock.
- 197 pounds: Ohio State’s Nick Heflin is the No. 1 seed.
- Heavyweight: Two-time defending champ Tony Nelson of Minnesota earned the top seed at 285 pounds.
Compare the seeds to predictions from a panel of ten writers from amateur wrestling websites D1CollegeWrestling, InterMat, and TheMat.com.
Click on any of the links below to read College Wrestling Examiner's finals coverage of these conference championships which serve as qualifying events for the 2014 NCAAs.
- Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
- Big 12 Conference
- Big Ten Conference
- Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA)
- Eastern Wrestling League (EWL)
- Mid-American Conference (MAC)
- Pacific 12 Conference
- Southern Conference
- Western Wrestling Conference/West Region
For a complete list of automatic qualifiers by conference, click here.
Get prepped for the 2014 NCAAs with Mat Bracketology: See College Wrestling Examiner's weight-by-weight analysis of seeded wrestlers by clicking on the Mat Bracketology link.
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