Penn State looks to continue its dominance at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, over the next three days, March 16-18.
The team has won 10 National Titles as a team, with nine of them coming in the last 11 NCAA Championships. This year, it will bring nine wrestlers to Tulsa and will look to win back-to-back team titles.
Nittany Sports Now is sending me, Dominic Campbell, out to cover Penn State over these next three days. I’ll be providing interviews with head coach Cael Sanderson and the wrestlers over the next few days, as well as previews and recaps of each days and live coverage from the BOK Center.
Here is the schedule for the First Round tomorrow for the Nittany Lions
133 pounds: No. 1 graduate Roman Bravo-Young (16-0)vs. No. 32 American sophomore Jack Maida (21-13) OR No. 33 North Dakota State senior McGwire Midkiff (15-11)
141 pounds: No. 6 junior Beau Bartlett (21-2) vs. No. 27 Campbell senior Shannon Hanna (24-8)
149 Pounds: No. 13 redshirt first-year Shayne Van Ness (19-6) vs. No. 20 Central Michigan redshirt junior Johnny Lovett (19-9)
157 Pounds: No. 2 first-year Levi Haines (21-1) vs. No. 31 Lock Haven redshirt senior Ashton Eyler (29-12)
165 Pounds: No. 13 redshirt first-year Alex Facundo (18-4) vs. No. 20 Pitt redshirt senior Holden Heller (14-6)
174 Pounds: No. 1 junior Carter Starocci (19-0) vs. No. 32 Appalachian State sophomore Will Miller (19-9) OR No. 33 Clarion redshirt sophomore John Worthing (24-10)
184 Pounds: No. 3 senior Aaron Brooks (12-1) vs. No. 30 Chattanooga senior Matthew Waddell (17-7)
197 Pounds: No. 9 senior Max Dean (20-3) vs. No. 24 Campbell redshirt senior Levi Hopkins (23-8)
285 Pounds (Heavyweight): No. 3 junior Greg Kerkvliet (15-2) vs. No. 30 Purdue redshirt first-year Hayden Copass (8-9)
Nittany Sports Now will be in Tulsa providing coverage on the NCAA Wrestling Championships this week around the clock, so make sure to get your Penn State wrestling coverage here. The schedule for NCAA Wrestling Championships looks like this. All times are in the eastern standard time zone.
Thursday, March 16
Session 1 – 12:00 pm (Preliminaries & First Round)
Session 2 – 7:00 pm (Sweet 16 & Consolations)
Friday, March 17
Session 3 – 12:00 pm (Quarterfinals & Consolations)
Session 4 – 8:00 pm (Championship Semifinals & Round of 12)
Saturday, March 18
Session 5 – 11:00 am (Placing Matches)
Session 6 – 7:00 pm (Championship Finals)