NCAA Wrestling Tournament: OSU excited about 'home-mat' advantage

The well-traveled Cowboys hoping to have many orange-clad fans in the Chesapeake Energy Arena stands this weekend.
by Trent Shadid Published: March 17, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma State wrestling coach John Smith watches 174-pound wrestler Chris Perry takes down Iowa State's Tanner Weatherman at a wrestling dual between Oklahoma State and Iowa State at Gallagher Iba Arena in Stillwater on January 24, 2014. Photo by KT King/For the Oklahoman
Oklahoma State wrestling coach John Smith watches 174-pound wrestler Chris Perry takes down Iowa State's Tanner Weatherman at a wrestling dual between Oklahoma State and Iowa State at Gallagher Iba Arena in Stillwater on January 24, 2014. Photo by KT King/For the Oklahoman

Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter (141 pounds) is also undefeated, but he comes in as the No. 4 seed after wrestling just 14 matches this season. Carter suffered a torn hamstring, which required surgery in December. He returned two weeks ago to win his third ACC title.

SOME SEEDS TOUGH TO FIGURE, ESPECIALLY AT 197 POUNDS

No matter the sport, there are typically some head scratching after the seeds are announced for an NCAA Tournament.

This year’s wrestling seeds are no different. While it seems head-to-head outcomes carried the most weight, it doesn’t appear to have been used consistently as a determing factor in the seeding process..

Iowa State’s Kyven Gadson, slotted as a No. 5 seed at 197 pounds, is one of the most puzzling seeds. Gadson enters the tournament at 25-2 and on an 11-match win streak after claiming the Big 12 title two weeks ago.

Gadson has clashed with No. 2 J’Den Cox of Missouri and No. 4 Scott Schiller of Minnesota. What’s puzzling is he defeated Cox in their only match this season, and while he’s 1-2 against Schiller, he owns the most recent win, which came Feb. 23. Still, the top-ranked wrestler at the weight slid to No. 5.

ESPN COVERING EVERY SESSION, EVERY MATCH

For the first time ever, ESPN will televise every match of this year’s tournament.

The semifinals on Friday night and championship finals on Saturday night will be televised on ESPN; ESPNU will televise the first and second sessions on Thursday, the quarterfinals on Friday and medal round on Saturday.

ESPN3, the network’s digital platform, will carry feeds from each mat throughout the entire tournament and debut a special — “Off the Mat” — during the championship finals.

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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