Weight Class Brackets
The 2014 Big 12 Wrestling Championship will be held on Saturday, March 8, at McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. CT, with the semifinal round beginning at 3 p.m. All four league squads will be in action for the 18th annual event.
The event’s semifinal matches as well as the consolation round beginning at 5 p.m. will be shown live on the Big 12 Digital Network powered by Campus Insiders on Big12Sports.com. Championship rounds will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Oklahoma Plus beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The 2014 event will be the second hosted by Oklahoma and the first since 2010. Oklahoma State won last years title in Stillwater and leads the conference with 12 overall league crowns. All-session lower level reserved tickets are available for $25 while upper level tickets are available for $15. Fans interested in purchasing tickets can visit SoonerSports.com or call 405-325-2424. Tickets will be made available at the event on the day of competition if availability exists at the McCasland Field House box office.
In the latest USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, Oklahoma State leads the league at No. 6. Host Oklahoma stands at No. 14 while the Cyclones come in at No. 21. The Big 12 is one of four conferences nationally to have at least three teams in the top 25.
McCasland Field House on the campus of the University of Oklahoma is located in the heart of campus. The venue provides the Sooners’ men’s gymnastics, volleyball and wrestling programs with a first-class training and competition venue.
TEAM BY TEAM PREVIEWS
Iowa State (9-7 Overall, 1-2 Big 12)
The Cyclones finished the dual season 9-7 overall and 1-2 in the Big 12. Last season, the Cyclones had seven finalists at the Big 12 Championship and finished second. Iowa State is led by top-ranked 197-pounder Kyven Gadson. A 2013 All-American, Gadson is the reigning Big 12 champion at 197 pounds and has gone undefeated in dual matches each of the last two seasons. All-American Michael Moreno is poised for a run at the podium. Moreno, ranked ninth at 165 pounds in the latest InterMat poll, finished the regular season leading the Cyclones in wins (25), bonus point wins (12) and dual takedowns (39). Tanner Weatherman (174 pounds) was the runner up in that weight class last season and is 21-13.
Oklahoma (11-5 Overall, 2-1 Big 12)
The 14th-ranked Sooners started the season 7-0 before injuries forced changes in the starting lineup. Oklahoma finished 11-5 overall with a 2-1 record in Big 12 dual competition and is coming off a fourth-place finish in the NWCA Division I National Duals. OU continues to show improvement under third-year coach Mark Cody. The Sooners feature six returning All-Americans, including redshirt senior Andrew Howe, who is ranked No. 1 at 174 pounds and concluded the regular season with a perfect 23-0 record. In addition to Howe, Oklahoma has the following wrestlers ranked nationally in the top 10: Jarrod Patterson (125 pounds), Cody Brewer (133 pounds), Kendric Maple (149 pounds) and Travis Rutt (197 pounds).
Oklahoma State (9-5 Overall, 3-0 Big 12)
The Cowboys will seek their 46th conference title and will bring five defending Big 12 champions to the Championship. Oklahoma State got off to a rocky start, dropping three of its early-season duals by one point, but the Cowboys straightened out some kinks entering the second half of the year, winning six of their last seven matches. Oklahoma State capped its regular season with a 43-6 victory over American Sunday – a dual highlighted by wins from the four starting Cowboy seniors, three of which were falls. The Cowboys head into the Big 12 Championship with four wrestlers ranked in the top five in their respective weight classes, including a No. 1 ranking at 157 pounds for sophomore Alex Dieringer. Defending national champion Chris Perry has a 22-1 record this season and will try to win his fourth consecutive Big 12 title.
West Virginia (11-7 Overall, 0-3 Big 12)
The Mountaineers are 11-7 in dual meets and went 0-3 in Big 12 action. The 11 victories are the most since 2002. Senior Colin Johnston (141) has won nine matches by fall and his 16-2 mark in dual matches leads the team. Sophomore Bubba Scheffel (174) has 15 wins by fall which broke the program’s single season pin record. Scheffel is fifth in program history for wins by a sophomore with 29. Coming off a redshirt year, junior Mike Morales (149) has tallied a dual match record of 13-3, and is 2-3 against ranked opponents. Senior Nathan Pennesi (133) missed the first two weekends with a knee injury, but came back to take second at the Navy Classic on Nov. 23 and fourth at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 22.