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Penn State's David Taylor No. 1 seed at 165 for 2014 NCAA Div. I Championships

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David Taylor, one of the most successful wrestlers in Penn State history, is the No. 1 seed for the 165-pound weight class for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, as announced by the NCAA Wednesday evening.

Taylor, a graduate student (with senior-year eligibility), is a three-time NCAA All-American, winning the 165-pound crown at the 2012 NCAAs... earning the Hodge Trophy that year as the best college wrestler. Originally from St. Paris, Ohio, Taylor won his fourth consecutive Big 10 conference title last weekend, maintaining a flawless 29-0 record this season.

The second-seeded wrestler at 165 is Tyler Caldwell, 2014 Big 12 champ for Oklahoma State.

Taylor and Caldwell aren't the only ones with designs on an NCAA title, as there are 33 wrestlers in the 165 bracket. Four are at-large selections: Jake Kemerer (Lock Haven); Peyton Walsh (Navy); Joseph Brewster (South Dakota State); and Chris Moon (Virginia Tech). Sixteen of the wrestlers in the bracket have been seeded, four more than in previous years.

Here are the seeded wrestlers in the 165 bracket, along with their school, conference and season won-loss record:

  1. David Taylor, Penn State (Big Ten, 29-0)
  2. Tyler Caldwell, Oklahoma State (Big 12, 24-3)
  3. Nick Sulzer, Virginia (ACC, 32-1)
  4. Stephen Monk, North Dakota State (WWC, 31-1)
  5. Nick Moore, Iowa (Big Ten, 21-3)
  6. Corey Mock, Chattanooga (SoCon, 30-3)
  7. Pierce Harger, Northwestern (Big Ten, 26-7)
  8. Mike Moreno, Iowa State (Big 12, 36-7)
  9. Joseph Booth, Hofstra (EIWA, 32-7)
  10. Cooper Moore, Northern Iowa (MAC, 26-6)
  11. Turtogtokh Luvsandorj, The Citadel (SoCon, 35-6)
  12. Jackson Morse, Illinois (Big Ten, 25-6)
  13. Daniel Yates, Michigan (Big Ten, 18-7)
  14. Dylan Palacio, Cornell (EIWA, 29-7)
  15. Daniel Zilverberg, Minnesota (Big Ten, 19-13)
  16. Jim Watson, Stanford (Pac-12, 33-6)

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

Looking back at the 2013 NCAAs: Dubbed "The Match of the Century," the 165-pound title bout was arguably THE match of last year's NCAAs... given main-event status by being held last. David Taylor lost to long-time friend and college rival Kyle Dake of Cornell University, 5-4, making Dake only the third Division I wrestler to have won four NCAA titles. Luckily for Taylor -- and his fellow college wrestlers -- Dake is now focusing on freestyle, and serving as a coach at his alma mater.

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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