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NCAA wrestling: Previewing the finals matchups

by Trent Shadid Published: March 21, 2014

The finals order will be announced following Session V on Saturday. Here’s a preview of the matchups:

125 — No. 1 Jesse Delgado, Illinois vs. No 2. Nahshon Garrett, Cornell: Delgado is the defending champion and handed Garrett his only loss of the season in early December, but Garrett comes in on fire having won 29 straight.

133 — No. 5 Tyler Graff, Wisconsin vs. No. 3 Tony Ramos, Iowa: Ramos defeated Graff 2-1 in the Big Ten finals, but Graff already avenged two of his four losses by defeating No. 1 Joe Colon in the semifinals. Can he get revenge for another?

141 — No. 4 Devin Carter, Virginia Tech vs. No. 2 Logan Stieber, Ohio State: Stieber is a two-time champion widely regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound wrestlers in the country, but don’t count Carter out. Carter tore his hamstring in December, but returned for the ACC Tournament and run his record to 18-0.

149 — No. 5 Jason Tsirtsis, Northwestern vs. No. 11 Josh Kindig, Oklahoma State: A couple of underdog stories as the freshman Tsirtsis came out of a brutal top half of the bracket and Kindig’s run from the No. 11 seed has the Cowboys in the thick of the team race.

157 —No. 9 Dylan Ness, Minnesota vs. No. 3 Alex Dieringer, Oklahoma State: Exciting matchup of two contrasting styles. Ness brings a funky style capable of putting points on the board from any position, while Dieringer features strong fundamentals.

165 — No. 1 David Taylor, Penn State vs. No. 2 Tyler Caldwell, Oklahoma State: A huge match for the team race. Most coaches and wrestlers have called Taylor the top pound-for-pound wrestler in the country, but Caldwell has proven he is capable of hanging around just enough to possibly pull off the upset.

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by Trent Shadid
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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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