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Minnesota, Ohio State, Cornell, Oklahoma make 2014 National Duals semifinals

The semifinals field is set for the 2014 Division I National Duals
The semifinals field is set for the 2014 Division I National DualsNational Wrestling Coaches Association

University of Minnesota, Ohio State, Cornell University and University of Oklahoma will be competing in the semifinals of the 2014 Division I National Duals on Monday, based on results from preliminary and quarterfinal rounds wrestled at Ohio State’s St. John Arena in Columbus Sunday.

Minnesota will square off against Big Ten rival Ohio State in one semifinal match, while Cornell will take on Oklahoma in the other, both taking place at 1 p.m. Eastern Monday. The Minnesota-Ohio State dual will be televised live on the Big Ten Network, according to a tweet from @theOpenMat.

The finals, set for 4 p.m. Monday, will also be shown live on the Big Ten Network.

The 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 – started with a field of fourteen programs in the title hunt.

In the opening round of action which started at 1 p.m. Sunday, No. 4 seed Ohio State defeated No. 13 Hofstra, 29-10, while No. 12 seed Kent State upset No. 5 seed Iowa State, 19-16, and No. 9 seed North Dakota State topped No. 8 University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, 28-10. In preliminary-round matches that started at 3 p.m., third-seeded Oklahoma beat No. 14 Bloomsburg, 19-15, while No. 11 seed Central Michigan upset No. 6 Illinois, 29-10, and No. 7 seed Virginia Tech defeated No. 10 Oregon State, 18-16.

The two top seeds – defending National Duals champ University of Minnesota, and second-seeded Cornell University – both drew byes for the preliminary round.

In quarterfinals action Sunday evening, top-seeded Minnesota made short work of North Dakota State, 35-3, while Ohio State easily handled cross-state rival Kent State, 32-4. Oklahoma defeated Central Michigan, 25-16, and Cornell shut out Virginia Tech, 37-0.

Want to know more? For individual match results for each dual at the 2014 Division I National Duals, visit InterMat.

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