March 17, 2014
NCAA Championships Bracket
NCAA Championships Notes
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Northwestern heads to the 2014 NCAA Championships this week at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The final event of the 2013-14 season begins Thursday, March 20 and runs through Saturday, March 22 with the championship bouts taking place at 7 p.m. CT Saturday. Fans can watch all six sessions on the ESPN family of networks and be sure to follow @NU_SportsLIVE and @NU_Wrestle on Twitter for updates throughout the tournament.
Five Northwestern wrestlers were selected after receiving automatic bids by placing during the Big Ten Championships in Madison, Wis. March 8 and 9. Competing for the ‘Cats will be Dominick Malone at 133 lbs., who makes his first NCAA Championships appearance. Redshirt freshman Jason Tsirtsis earned his first bid in his first year of competition after winning the 149 lbs. Big Ten Championship and will be a No. 5 seed. Pierce Harger (165 lbs.) returns for his third season to NCAAs and is seeded No. 7. No. 197 lbs. Alex Polizzi returns for his second trip to the NCAAs. Returning All-American and NCAA finalist Mike McMullan is seeded NO. 6 at heavyweight.
ESPN Covers Every Session, Every Match of NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
ESPN’s coverage will be anchored by accomplished wrestlers and prominent personalities in the sport:
Kyle Dake: The four-time national champion at Cornell University (2010-2013) will join ESPN as a guest analyst for the first time. Dake is one of three wrestlers to win four NCAA National Championships, but is the only wrestler to accomplish the feat in four different weight classes.
Anthony Robles: The Arizona State graduate is a three-time All-American and a 2011 NCAA National Champion. Robles returns for his third year as an ESPN analyst.
Jim Gibbons: The former NCAA Wrestling Coach of the Year will join ESPN’s television coverage for the first time after covering the Championship on ESPN3 previously. Gibbons is a three-time All-American, two-time Big Eight winner at Iowa State and later won a NCAA National Championship as the Cyclones head coach. He was inducted in the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003.
Tim Johnson: “The voice of college wrestling” returns once again to ESPN’s coverage. Johnson has been evaluating the college wrestling scene for more than 25 years and has called more than 250 matches as an analyst.
Adam Amin and Shawn Kenney will call the action and Quint Kessenich will be the reporter.
2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships Schedule
Thursday, March 20
First Session: 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eight Mats) ESPNU/ESPN3
Second Session: 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (Eight Mats) ESPNU/ESPN3
Friday, March 21
Third Session - Quarterfinals: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Eight Mats) ESPNU/ESPN3
Fourth Session - Semifinals: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Six Mats) ESPN/ESPN3
Saturday, March 22
Fifth Session - Medal Round: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Three Mats) ESPNU/ESPN3
Sixth Session - Championships Finals: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (One Mat) ESPN/ESPN3
(All Times Central Time)
Northwestern sends five NCAA qualifiers to the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City from March 20-22. Click here for infographics for each Northwestern wrestler in the NCAA Championships or for a preview, take a look at Big Ten Champion freshman Jason Tsirtsis:
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