Big 12 Wrestling Championship: Breaking down each weight class

Here’s a look at the number of automatic bids, the favorite, and a breakdown of each weight class at Saturday’s Big 12 tournament.
by Trent Shadid Modified: March 7, 2014 at 5:29 pm •  Published: March 7, 2014


NCAA bids: Three.

The favorite: Kendric Maple, OU.

Breakdown: A two-time Big 12 champion and a national champion last season, Maple knows how to win this time of year. But it won’t be easy as OSU’s Josh Kindig and Iowa State’s Luke Goettl both have at least one win over Maple in their career.


NCAA bids: Two.

The favorite: Alex Dieringer, OSU.

Breakdown: It would take a huge upset for the second-ranked Dieringer not to win his second straight conference title. The most intriguing battle here could be who claims the second automatic bid. OU’s Justin DeAngelis and Iowa State’s John Nicholson would both likely be on the bubble as at-large selections.


NCAA bids: Two.

The favorite: Tyler Caldwell, OSU.

Breakdown: Caldwell and Iowa State’s Michael Moreno are heavily favored to meet in the finals and earn the two automatic bids. Caldwell owns a 2-1 advantage in three career matches against Moreno. With a third-place finish, OU’s Clark Glass could be on the bubble for an at-large bid.


NCAA bids: Four.

The favorite: Andrew Howe, OU.

Breakdown: The potential finals matchup between No. 1 Howe vs. No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) is the best story line here. With all four competitors being awarded an NCAA tournament bid, there’s not much to be decided other than seeding implications and bragging rights.


NCAA bids: One.

The favorite: Nolan Boyd, OSU.

Breakdown: This weight class appears to be wide open, and there’s a lot on the line with just one automatic bid. Boyd has been the most consistent this season. OU’s Danny Chaid has some quality wins as does Iowa State’s Lelund Weatherspoon, but both have missed time with injuries late in the season.


NCAA bids: Two.

The favorite: Kyven Gadson, Iowa State.

Breakdown: There are three All-Americans — Gadson, OU’s Travis Rutt, and OSU’s Blake Rosholt — and just two automatic bids in what is one of the most competitive weight classes in the country. Gadson is No. 1 in the coaches’ poll and Rutt No. 7, so it’s Rosholt who needs an automatic bid the most.


NCAA bids: Two.

The favorite: Austin Marsden, OSU.

Breakdown: Marsden and OU’s Ross Larson are the favorites to earn automatic bids, but only slightly. Larson defeated Marsden in their only matchup on Dec. 1, but Larson has since lost to Iowa State’s Quean Smith and West Virginia’s A.J. Vizcarrondo, while Marsden has beaten both.

by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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