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Nebraska's James Green No. 1 seed at 157 for 2014 NCAA Div. I Championships

2014 NCAA top seed James Green of Nebraska takes down No. 2 seed Derek St. John of Iowa
2014 NCAA top seed James Green of Nebraska takes down No. 2 seed Derek St. John of IowaUniversity of Nebraska media relations

University of Nebraska's James Green is the top seed in the 157-pound weight class for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, as announced by the NCAA Wednesday evening.

Green, a junior originally from Willingboro, N.J., is a two-time NCAA All-American.

The second-seeded wrestler at 157 Derek St. John of the University of Iowa, defending NCAA champ in this weight class. Green defeated St. John, 7-4, in the 2014 Big Ten finals last weekend.

Green and St. John will have to contend with 31 other wrestlers who also have designs on the 157 title. A handful of these wrestlers are at-large selections: Paul Hancock (Army); Austin Sommer (Drexel); Immanuel Kerr-Brown (Duke); Brandon Zeerip (Eastern Michigan); and Joey Napoli (Lehigh). Sixteen of the wrestlers in the bracket have been seeded, four more than in previous years.

Here are the seeded wrestlers in the 157 bracket, along with their school, conference and season won-loss record:

  1. James Green, Nebraska (Big Ten, 29-1)
  2. Derek St. John, Iowa (Big Ten, 25-4)
  3. Alex Dieringer, Oklahoma State (Big 12, 27-1)
  4. Ian Miller, Kent State (MAC, 27-4)
  5. Isaac Jordan, Wisconsin (Big Ten, 27-5)
  6. Nestor Taffur, Boston University (EIWA, 35-2)
  7. Brian Realbuto, Cornell (EIWA, 33-7)
  8. R.J. Pena, Oregon State (Pac-12, 33-4)
  9. Dylan Ness, Minnesota (Big Ten, 19-5)
  10. Blaise Butler, Virginia (ACC, 20-6)
  11. Taylor Walsh, Indiana (Big Ten, 34-5)
  12. Luke Smith, Central Michigan (MAC, 19-10)
  13. Dylan Alton, Penn State (Big Ten, 18-5)
  14. Joseph LaVallee, Missouri (MAC, 27-8)
  15. Cody Pack, South Dakota State (WWC, 28-6)
  16. Zach Brunson, Illinois (Big Ten, 22-12)

The 2014 NCAAs will take place at Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City on March 20-22.

Looking back at the 2013 NCAAs: In a battle of Big Ten matmen, second-seeded Derek St. John upset top-seeded conference rival Jason Welch of Northwestern, 3-2, in the 157-pound championship match. Welch has since graduated.

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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