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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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