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OSU qualifies all 10, OU with eight in NCAA wrestling tournament

OSU’s Nolan Boyd (184 pounds) and Blake Rosholt (197 pounds) received at-large bids, and the Sooners’ Ross Larson (285 pounds) received an at-large bid.
by Trent Shadid Published: March 12, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma State 184-pound wrestler Nolan Boyd takes down Iowa State's Boaz Beard at a wrestling dual between Oklahoma State and Iowa State at Gallagher Iba Arena in Stillwater on January 24, 2014. Oklahoma State defeated Iowa State 29-3. Photo by KT King/For the Oklahoman
Oklahoma State 184-pound wrestler Nolan Boyd takes down Iowa State's Boaz Beard at a wrestling dual between Oklahoma State and Iowa State at Gallagher Iba Arena in Stillwater on January 24, 2014. Oklahoma State defeated Iowa State 29-3. Photo by KT King/For the Oklahoman

The NCAA revealed the remaining 40 at-large participants for next weekend’s NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Wednesday, and there was good news for both Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

OSU’s Nolan Boyd (184 pounds) and Blake Rosholt (197 pounds) received at-large bids. With eight other Cowboys earning automatic bids at the Big 12 Tournament last weekend, OSU will have all 10 starters in the NCAA Tournament, which begins next Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Three-time defending national champion Penn State and Iowa also qualified 10 wrestlers.

The Sooners’ Ross Larson (285 pounds) received an at-large bid, giving OU a total of eight wrestlers in the tournament.

The NCAA also announced the 15 seeds and released the bracket for each 33-man weight class.

Eight of OSU’s wrestlers received seeds with four gaining top-five seeds. Chris Perry was named the No. 1 seed at 174 pounds, Tyler Caldwell the No. 2 seed at 165 pounds, Alex Dieringer the No. 3 seed at 157 pounds, and Jon Morrison the No. 4 seed at 133 pounds.

OU was given seeds at five weights. Past national champions Andrew Howe (No. 2 at 174 pounds) and Kendric Maple (No. 4 at 149 pounds) received the Sooners’ highest seeds.

Tuttle native Shane Woods (197 pounds) received an at-large bid for Wyoming, and Perry native Matt Manley (133 pounds) was given an at-large bid for Missouri.

The NCAA also announced a change to the format of Saturday night’s championship finals. Instead of starting the finals at 125 pounds and going in order through 285 pounds, the order will be random and is to be revealed after the semifinals on Friday night.

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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