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.