All Six Wrestling Programs Represented at NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
OKLAHOMA CITY -- All six Ivy League wrestling programs will be represented at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which will take place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City from March 20-22.
ESPN will show every match live on one of its platforms. The first four sessions will be available on WatchESPN/ESPN3, while the medal rounds Saturday morning will be live on ESPNU. Click here for ESPN's coverage plan of the NCAA Wrestling Championships.
No. 4 Cornell leads the way with eight wrestlers who will compete at NCAAs, including returning All-Americans sophomore Nahshon Garrett and senior Mike Nevinger, who last year finished third and fifth at 125 and 141, respectively. Seven Big Red earned top-16 national seeds, with three of those going in as top-five seeds. Garrett is No. 2 at 125, senior Chris Villalonga is No. 3 at 149 and freshman Gabe Dean is No. 3 at 184.
Cornell has finished in the top five at nationals each of the last five years and has crowned a national champion six years in a row.
Columbia and Penn are each sending four wrestlers to the championships. For the Lions, that group includes senior Josh Houldsworth (165), who is making his second-straight appearance. He will be joined by freshman Markus Scheidel (157), junior Shane Hughes (174) and sophomore Zack Hernandez (184).
The Quakers's entire contingent consists of wrestlers who will all be competing in NCAAs for the first time in their career, the first time that has happened since 1991. Junior Lorenzo Thomas is the highest seeded Penn wrestler, earning No. 11 at 184. Sophomore Casey Kent (165), freshman Caleb Richardson (125) and senior Brad Wukie (174) round out the rest of the group.
A pair of Crimson will be wrestling this weekend, as sophomore Todd Preston won the EIWA 141-pound championship for an automatic berth and junior James Fox (197) was selected for an at-large berth. It marks the first appearance at NCAAs for Preston and the third for Fox.
Brown and Princeton will be represented at nationals by junior Ophir Bernstein (184) and sophomore Abram Ayala, respectively. Bernstein will be competing in his third-straight NCAA Championships, while it marks Ayala's first appearance at the event.
ESPN3 Broadcast Schedule of NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
Thursday, March 20
Session 1: 12 pm – 3:30 pm
Session 2: 7 pm – 10:30 pm
Friday, March 21
Session 3 (Quarterfinals): 11 am – 2 pm
Session 4 (Semifinals): 8 pm – 11 pm
Saturday, March 22*
Session 5 (Medal Round): 11 am – 2 pm
Session 6 (Championship Finals): 8 pm – 11 pm
*-Also on ESPNU