NCAA Wrestling Championships 2014: Dates, TV Schedule, Live Stream and Rankings

Donald WoodFeatured Columnist IVMarch 19, 2017

Donald Patrick, left, of Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., works with his coach, Brandon Sinnott, right, on a wrestling mat in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in preparation for the NCAA college wrestling championships. Competition begins March 20. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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The 2014 NCAA wrestling championships are one of the most exciting collegiate events sports fan will witness all year, and the competitiveness of the top stars in each weight class makes this must-watch television.

There will be 330 of the top wrestlers in the nation doing battle in Oklahoma City to determine the champion for each and every weight class. Three time-defending NCAA Champion Penn State will be looking to take another title home.

The Nittany Lions will face a stiff test at this year’s championships from perennial powerhouses like Oklahoma State and Iowa, both of which boast 10 legitimate contenders apiece, according to Roger Moore of NCAA.com.

Here is all the vital viewing information every wrestling fan needs and a breakdown of the defending champions for the casual fans looking to get into the sport.

 

Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Okla.

When: Thursday, March 20, through Saturday, March 22

Watch: ESPN and ESPN U

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Full Bracket for Each Weight Class: NCAA.com

 

Rankings for 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships
WeightRankNameSchool
1251Nahshon GarrettCornell
1252Nicholas MegaludisPenn State
1253Dylan PetersNorthern Iowa
1254Martin(Josh) MartinezAir Force
1255Jesse DelgadoIllinois
1256Bradley TaylorWisconsin
1257David TeraoAmerican
1258Edward KlimaraOklahoma State
1259Robert DeutschRider
12510Evan SilverStanford
12511Tyler CoxWyoming
12512Kory MinesEdinboro
12513Joey DanceVirginia Tech
12514Conor YoutseyMichigan
12515Anthony ZanettaPittsburgh
12516Jamie FrancoHofstra
12517Darian CruzLehigh
12518Paul PetrovBucknell
12519Brandon JeskeOld Dominion
12520Corey KeenerCentral Michigan
12521Earl HallIowa State
12522Caleb RichardsonPennsylvania
12523Barlow McGheeMissouri
12524Nick HerrmannVirginia
12525Nick RobertsOhio State
12526Samuel BrancaleMinnesota
12527Jared GermaineEastern Michigan
12528David WhiteBinghamton University
12529Tim LambertNebraska
12530BrendanCampbell
12531Nathan KraisserNorth Carolina
12532Trey AndrewsNorthern Colorado
12533Ares CarpioArizona State
WeightRankNameSchool
1331Aaron (A.J.) SchoppEdinboro
1332Jonathon MorrisonOklahoma State
1333Joe ColonNorthern Iowa
1334Tony RamosIowa
1335Tyler GraffWisconsin
1336Johnni DiJuliusOhio State
1337Mason BeckmanLehigh
1338David ThornMinnesota
1339Cody BrewerOklahoma
13310Joe RothCentral Michigan
13311Zane RichardsIllinois
13312James GulibonPenn State
13313Ryan MangoStanford
13314Mackenzie McGuireKent State
13315Mark GreyCornell
13316Rosario BrunoMichigan
13317Nick SotoChattanooga
13318Matt ManleyMissouri
13319Jamel HudsonHofstra
13320Colton RascheNavy
13321Shelton MackPittsburgh
13322Nick WilcoxBloomsburg
13323Dennis GustafsonVirginia Tech
13324VincentDellefave
13325Jose MendozaCSU Bakersfield
13326Sam SherlockClarion
13327Devon LotitoCal Poly
13328Cody WheelerLock Haven
13329Vincent PizzutoEastern Michigan
13330Chuck ZeisloftRider
13331Joe MartinezVirginia
13332Nathan PennesiWest Virginia
13333Troy HeilmannNorth Carolina
WeightRankNameSchool
1411Zain RetherfordPenn State
1412Chris MecateOld Dominion
1413Josh DziewaIowa
1414Logan StieberOhio State
1415Mitchell PortEdinboro
1416Laike GardnerLehigh
1417Evan HendersonNorth Carolina
1418Zach HoranCentral Michigan
1419Christopher DardanesMinnesota
14110Joseph SpisakVirginia
14111Luke VaithHofstra
14112Richard DursoFranklin & Marshall
14113Anthony CollicaOklahoma State
14114Edgar BrightPittsburgh
14115Todd PrestonHarvard
14116Lavion MayesMissouri
14117Tyler SmallKent State
14118Daniel NeffLock Haven
14119Danny SabatelloPurdue
14120Sam SpenoNorth Carolina State
14121Shyhiem BrownMaryland
14122Nick LesterOklahoma
14123Undrakhbayar KhishignyamThe Citadel
14124Colin JohnstonWest Virginia
14125Tyson DipperyRutgers
14126Noah ForriderOhio
14127Joe LocksmithNavy
14128Jeff CanforaPennsylvania
14129Gabe MorenoIowa State
14130Nick FlanneryBuffalo
14131Jesse ThielkeWisconsin
14132Matt BystolColumbia
14133Cole MendenhallWyoming
WeightRankNameSchool
1491Nick DardanesMinnesota
1492Drake HoudasheltMissouri
1493KendricMaple Oklahoma
1494Christopher VillalongaCornell
1495David HabatEdinboro
1496Augustus SakoVirginia
1497Jake SueflohnNebraska
1498Eric GrajalesMichigan
1499Joshua KindigOklahoma State
14910Dyllan CottrellAppalachian State
14911Brody GrothusIowa
14912Mitchell MinottiLehigh
14913Alexander RichardsonOld Dominion
14914Jason TsirtsisNorthwestern
14915Tywan Claxton Ohio
14916Zach NeibertVirginia Tech
14917Ian PaddockOhio State
14918Scott SakaguchiOregon State
14919Bryce BuslerBloomsburg
14920Mike RacciatoPittsburgh
14921Matthew FrischThe Citadel
14922Macaulay MaldarelliLock Haven
14923Justin ArthurClarion
14924Alex KocerSouth Dakota State
14925Cody RuggirelloHofstra
14926Christian BarberNorth Carolina
14927Michael DepalmaKent State
14928Rylan LubeckWisconsin
14929Mike MoralesWest Virginia
14930Brian HamannNorth Carolina State
14931Frank GoodwinMaryland
14932Luke GoettlIowa State
14933Scott MattinglyCentral Michigan
WeightRankNameSchool
1571James GreenNebraska
1572Alex DieringerOklahoma State
1573Derek St. JohnIowa
1574Dylan NessMinnesota
1575Roger PenaOregon State
1576Dylan AltonPenn State
1577Ian MillerKent State
1578Isaac JordanWisconsin
1579Nestor TaffurBoston U.
15710Joseph LaValleeMissouri
15711Brian MurphyMichigan
15712Taylor WalshIndiana
15713Blaise ButlerVirginia
15714Brian RealbutoCornell
15715Johnny GreisheimerEdinboro
15716Thomas GanttNorth Carolina State
15717Cody PackSouth Dakota State
15718Zach BrunsonIllinois
15719Ronnie GarbinskyPittsburgh
15720Raamiah BetheaPennsylvania
15721Luke SmithCentral Michigan
15722Brandon ZeeripEastern Michigan
15723Robert BurgNavy
15724Tristan WarnerOld Dominion
15725Andy McCulleyWyoming
15726Paul HancockArmy
15727Austin MatthewsClarion
15728Mitchell PolkowskeNorthern Colorado
15729Alex HudsonChattanooga
15730Spartak ChinoOhio
15731John NicholsonIowa State
15732Anthony PerrottiRutgers
15733Immanuel Kerr-BrownDuke
WeightRankNameSchool
1651David TaylorPenn State
1652Nick MooreIowa
1653Tyler CaldwellOklahoma State
1654Cooper MooreNorthern Iowa
1655Steven MonkNorth Dakota State University
1656Corey MockChattanooga
1657Dylan PalacioCornell
1658Nicholas SulzerVirginia
1659Turtogtokh LuvsandorjThe Citadel
16510Pierce HargerNorthwestern
16511Zach ToalMissouri
16512Michael MorenoIowa State
16513Austin WilsonNebraska
16514Joseph BoothHofstra
16515Jim WilsonStanford
16516Jackson MorseIllinois
16517Peyton WalshNavy
16518Josh VeltreBloomsburg
16519Ryan LeblancIndiana
16520Daniel ZilverbergMinnesota
16521Daniel YatesMichigan
16522Casey KentPennsylvania
16523Dakota FriesthWyoming
16524Harrison HightowerOhio
16525Josh HouldsworthColumbia
16526Jacob KemererLock Haven
16527Austin TrottGardner-Webb
16528Chris MoonVirginia Tech
16529Mitchell WightmanBoston U.
16530Joseph BrewsterSouth Dakota State
16531Clark GlassOklahoma
16532Geno MorelliPittsburgh
16533Ramon SantiagoRider
WeightRankNameSchool
1741Andrew HoweOklahoma
1742Chris PerryOklahoma State
1743Michael EvansIowa
1744Robert KokeshNebraska
1745Mathew BrownPenn State
1746Logan StorleyMinnesota
1747Tanner WeathermanIowa State
1748Stephen DotyVirginia
1749Tyler WilpsPittsburgh
17410Mike OttingerCentral Michigan
17411Hayden ZillmerNorth Dakota State University
17412Bryce HammondCSU Bakersfield
17413Mark MartinOhio State
17414Collin ZeeripMichigan
17415Elliot RiddickLehigh
17416Caleb MarshKent State
17417Joe LathamOregon State
17418Cody CaldwellNorthern Iowa
17419Tony DallagoIllinois
17420Scott LiegelWisconsin
17421Billy CurlingOld Dominion
17422Connor BrennanRider
17423George PickettCornell
17424Brian HarveyArmy
17425Pete RendaNorth Carolina State
17426Mike DessinoBloomsburg
17427Patrick KisselPurdue
17428Kyle MeyerStanford
17429Mike EnglandMissouri
17430Shane HughesColumbia
17431Jakob ScheffelWest Virginia
17432Eric MorrisHarvard
17433John Nething IISouth Dakota State
WeightRankNameSchool
1841Gabriel DeanCornell
1842Jimmy SheptockMaryland
1843Edward RuthPenn State
1844Kevin SteinhausMinnesota
1845Sam WheelerKent State
1846Lawrence ThomasPennsylvania
1847Timothy DudleyNebraska
1848Kenny CourtsOhio State
1849Ophir BernsteinBrown
18410Jack DechowOld Dominion
18411John EblenMissouri
18412John RizqallahMichigan State
18413Nick VetterleinVirginia Tech
18414Nolan BoydOklahoma State
18415Clint MorrisonRider
18416Alex UtleyNorth Carolina
18417Jonathan FauseyVirginia
18418Lazarus ReyesIllinois
18419Victor AveryEdinboro
18420Austin MoreheadOregon State
18421Blake StaufferArizona State
18422Fred GarciaLock Haven
18423Kurtis JulsonNorth Dakota State University
18424Lucas Sheridan Indiana
18425Ryan TompkinsArmy
18426Zachary DiekelLehigh
18427Phillip JosephEastern Michigan
18428Benjamin StrohWyoming
18429Zach NevillsStanford
18430Zack HernandezColumbia
18431Cameron CroyHarvard
18432Mac MancusoWest Virginia
18433John LampeChattanooga
WeightRankNameSchool
1971Scott SchillerMinnesota
1972Morgan McIntoshPenn State
1973Christian BoleyMaryland
1974J'Den CoxMissouri
1975Nick HeflinOhio State
1976Phillip WellingtonOhio
1977Taylor MeeksOregon State
1978Travis RuttOklahoma
1979Kyven GadsonIowa State
19710Alex PolizziNorthwestern
19711Dan SchererStanford
19713Richard PerryBloomsburg
19713Braden AtwoodPurdue
19714Nick BonaccorsiPittsburgh
19715Jace BennettCornell
19716Chris PennyVirginia Tech
19717Zach NyeVirginia
19718Daniel MitchellAmerican
19719Brandon PalikDrexel
19720Abram AyalaPrinceton
19721John BolichLehigh
19722Conner HartmannDuke
19723Donald McneilRider
19724Shane WoodsWyoming
19725Vincent PickettEdinboro
19726James FoxHarvard
19727Nick McDiarmidMichigan State
19728Timothy McCallWisconsin
19729Cole BaxterKent State
19730Paul RandsNavy
19731Bryce BarnesArmy
19732Francis MattiacePennsylvania
19733Kevin BeazleyOld Dominion
WeightRankNameSchool
2851Adam CoonMichigan
2852Adam Chalfant Indiana
2853Nick GwiazdowskiNorth Carolina State
2854Anthony NelsonMinnesota
2855Connor MedberyWisconsin
2856Mike McClureMichigan State
2857Jeremy JohnsonOhio
2858Spencer MyersMaryland
2859Austin MarsdenOklahoma State
28510William SmithRutgers
28511Justin GrantBloomsburg
28512Jonathan GingrichPenn State
28513Amarveer DhesiOregon State
28514Ernest JamesEdinboro
28515Adam FagerUtah Valley University
28516J.T FelixBoise State
28517Patrick TasserPittsburgh
28518Eloheim PalmaCampbell
28519Joe StolfiBucknell
28520Devin MellonMissouri
28522Ross LarsonOklahoma
28522Blake HerrinAmerican
28523Dawson PeckChattanooga
28524Ethan HayesVirginia
28525Ty WalzVirginia Tech
28526Chris LopezIllinois
28527Collin JensenNebraska
28528Blaize CabellNorthern Iowa
28529Tyler DeuelBinghamton University
28530Riley ShawCleveland State
28531Evan DaleyClarion
28532Nick TavanelloOhio State
28533Jacob Aiken-PhillipsCornell
Source: NCAA.com

 

What to Watch: Penn State Seniors Say Goodbye

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 07: UFC light heavyweight fighter Phil Davis works out with Penn State 165-weight senior wrestler David Taylor during the '20 days to UFC 167' media tour at the Lorenzo Wrestling Complex on the campus of Penn State University
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Penn State’s wrestling team has two of the biggest stars in the sport with seniors David Taylor and Ed Ruth, and each will be wrestling in his final collegiate match this weekend.

Together, the duo has carried the Nittany Lions over the past three years and amassed an incredible 260-6 record, 95 pins and 222 bonus-point victories.

Ruth is a two-time defending champion in the 184-pound weight class and Taylor is looking for his second career NCAA title at 165 pounds. The duo has been the key to Penn State’s success, and the program would like to send them out on top.

Taylor spoke to Moore on NCAA.com about his mindset heading into the tournament:

You’ve got to beat five guys. Whoever that is in front of you, you never know what can happen, who you're going to wrestle. You can’t really look forward to it. All you can look forward to is the first round and when you win, you go to the next round. It’s been an incredible experience. It’s hard to imagine not putting on a Penn State singlet. The national tournament is going to be an emotional week.

For No. 3-ranked Ruth, the road to another national title will be tough. Both Gabriel Dean of Cornell and Jimmy Sheptock of Maryland are ranked higher than Ruth (No. 1 and No. 2, respectively) and performing well.

Taylor is the clear favorite in the 165-pound division, ranking No. 1 over No. 2 seed Nick Moore of Iowa and No. 3 seed Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma State. Both seniors will have the chance at glory.

 

*Stats via NCAA.com.