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Minnesota's two-time champ Nelson top seed in 2014 NCAA heavyweight bracket

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Tony Nelson, defending heavyweight champ for the University of Minnesota, is the top seed in the 285-pound weight class for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, as announced by the NCAA Wednesday evening.

The Golden Gopher senior hopes to become his school's first three-time NCAA heavyweight champ... but 32 other big men also have NCAA title dreams.

Within the 33 wrestlers in the heavyweight bracket, four are at-large selections: Dawson Peck (Chattanooga); Collin Jensen (Nebraska); Ross Larson (Oklahoma); Adam Fager (Utah Valley). Sixteen of the wrestlers in the bracket have earned seeds (an increase from 12 in past years). Fully half of the seeds in the 285 bracket are from Big Ten schools.

Here are the seeded wrestlers in the heavyweight bracket, along with their school, conference and season won-loss record:

  1. Tony Nelson, Minnesota (Big Ten; 26-4)
  2. Nick Gwiazdowski, NC State (ACC; 38-2)
  3. Adam Chalfant, Indiana (Big Ten; 25-3)
  4. Adam Coon, Michigan (Big Ten; 30-3)
  5. Bobby Telford, Iowa (Big Ten; 22-5)
  6. Mike McMullan, Northwestern (Big Ten, 13-4)
  7. Mike McClure, Michigan State (Big Ten; 27-7)
  8. J.T. Felix, Boise State (Pac-12; 23-3)
  9. Connor Medbery, Wisconsin (Big Ten; 24-7)
  10. Jeremy Johnson, Ohio (MAC; 36- 3)
  11. Austin Marsden, Oklahoma State (Big 12; 20-6)
  12. Spencer Myers, Maryland (ACC; 23-4)
  13. Ernest James, Edinboro (EWL, 27-5)
  14. Jon Gingrich, Penn State (Big Ten;, 22-8)
  15. Adam Fager, Utah Valley – at large selection (WWC; 18-7);
  16. Amarveer Dhesi, Oregon State (Pac-12; 26-7)

The 2014 NCAAs will be held March 20-22 at Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City.

Looking back at the 2013 NCAAs: Nelson won his second consecutive NCAA heavyweight title by defeating Big Ten rival Mike McMullan of Northwestern, 6-2, in the finals.

Mat Bracketology previews: See College Wrestling Examiner's weight-by-weight analysis of seeded wrestlers by clicking on the Mat Bracketology link.

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