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.