ESPN to Televise NCAA Wrestling Championships


By Jonathan Hevron for WVUsports.com
March 14, 2014 01:16 PM
The 2014 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships, from March 20-22 in Oklahoma City, will air on the ESPN family of networks.
 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – ESPN and its sister channels will televise all six sessions and carry every match of the 2014 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships next week, from Oklahoma City.
 
ESPN will televise the semifinals and championship finals, while ESPNU will air the preliminary sessions and medal round. The entire tournament will be available on WatchESPN.
 
The tournament, from Chesapeake Energy Arena, will begin Thursday, March 20, with the first and second sessions, never before televised, on ESPNU. ESPN3’s individual mat feeds will allow fans to watch every match, including the wrestle-back bracket, accompanied by live commentary throughout the tournament. Additionally, ESPN3 will offer multi-mat simultaneous viewing, which allows fans to watch up to four different mats at one time.
 
ESPN’s coverage will be anchored by accomplished wrestlers and prominent personalities in the sport, including Kyle Dake, a four-time national champion at Cornell University (2010-2013), Anthony Robles, an Arizona State graduate who was a three-time All-American and a 2011 NCAA National Champion,
Jim Gibbons, a former NCAA Wrestling Coach of the Year and a three-time All-American, two-time Big Eight winner at Iowa State and later won a NCAA National Championship as the Cyclones head coach, and Tim Johnson, who has been evaluating the college wrestling scene for more than 25 years and has called more than 250 matches as an analyst. Adam Amin and Shawn Kenney will call the action, and Quint Kessenich will be the reporter.
 
West Virginia qualified five wrestlers to the championships. Freshman Cory Stainbrook (125) opens day one against the No. 11-seeded Robert Deutsch of Rider. Senior Colin Johnston (141) will face No. 9 Evan Henderson of North Carolina. Junior Mike Morales meets with Iowa’s No. 13 Brody Grothus. Sophomore Bubba Scheffel (174) drew the No. 3 seed in Robert Kokesh of Nebraska, while sophomore A.J. Vizcarrondo (HWT) opens session one against No. 5 Boddy Telford of the Hawkeyes.
 
A complete schedule of the broadcast can be found below:
 
3/20 Noon – 3:30 p.m.  - ESPNU/ESPN3 - First Session
3/20 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  - ESPNU/ESPN3 - Second Session
3/21 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – ESPNU/ESPN3 - Third Session 
3/21 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. – ESPN/ESPN3 - Fourth Session 
3/22 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  – ESPNU/ESPN3 - Fifth Session
3/22 8:00 p.m. – 11 p.m. - ESPN/ESPN3 - Sixth Session – Championship Finals



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