March 20, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Six Ohio University wrestlers will compete in college wrestling's crowning event, the NCAA Championships, Thursday through Saturday in Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The competition begins Thursday at noon ET with pigtail matches and the first round.
ESPN will provide unprecedented coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. All six sessions of the event will air live on ESPNU or ESPN, while ESPN3 will have live feeds of every mat, starting with separate feeds from all eight mats in the first three sessions.
ESPN will televise the semifinals on Friday night and the finals on Saturday night, while ESPNU will have coverage of the Thursday sessions, quarterfinals and medal round.
A link to live brackets also will be available at OhioBobcats.com, while live updates will be provided on the Ohio Wrestling Twitter account, @OhioU_Wrestling.
2014 NCAA DIVISION I WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Schedule of Events - All Times Eastern
Thursday (March 20)
First Session - Noon (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Pigtails & First Round
Second Session - 7 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Wrestleback Pigtails, Wrestleback First Round & Second Round
Friday (March 21)
Third Session - 11 a.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Quarterfinals & Wrestleback Second and Third Rounds
Fourth Session - 8 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3)
Semifinals & Wrestleback Fourth and Fifth Rounds
Saturday (March 22)
Fifth Session - 11 a.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Wrestleback Semifinals & Third, Fifth and Seventh-Place Rounds
Sixth Session - 8 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3)
2014 OHIO NCAA QUALIFIERS
Weight: Seed/Name (Overall Record)
149: Tywan Claxton (26-7)
157: Spartak Chino (19-11)
165: Harrison Hightower (31-11)
174: No. 8 Cody Walters (12-2)*
197: No. 8 Phil Wellington (33-3)
HWT: No. 10 Jeremy Johnson (36-3)*
* - 2014 MAC Champion
OHIO AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio's six qualifiers to the NCAA Championship are the most in head coach Joel Greenlee's tenure in Athens. Over the past two seasons, the Bobcats have sent 11 individuals to the NCAA Championships.
Ohio will be search of its straight All-American at this year's NCAA Championships. In each of the past two seasons, Ohio has had one individual earn All-America honors. In 2012, HWT Jeremy Johnson earned All-America honors. Teammate Cody Walter followed Johnson's performance in 2013 as he claimed All-American honors at 174.
WALTERS AND JOHNSON SHINE AT MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Redshirt sophomore Cody Walters and senior Jeremy Johnson both picked up their second Mid-American Conference crown this season at the league championships on March 9. For Walters, it was his second-consecutive league title, while Johnson earned his first conference crown since 2012.
OHIO ON THE AWARD STAND
In its rich program history, Ohio has had 26 individuals place at the NCAA Championships. Listed below is a break down of how Ohio individuals have faired all-time.
Kermit Blosser - 1932
Harry Houska - 1964
Andy Daniels - 1978
Dwight Gardner -1998
Harry Houska - 1931
Bruce Trammel - 1970
Shawn Enright - 1998
Jake Percival - 2004
Russ Johnson - 1971
Bruce Trammel - 1971
Barry Reighard - 1972
Jake Percival - 2005
Joe Zychowicz - 1972
Brian Oswald - 1972
Eric Kimble - 1995
Jake Percival - 2002
Bob Tscholl - 1973
Tim Courtad - 2000
Jake Percival - 2003
Dave Unik - 1968
Kurt Blank - 1974
Rob Johnson - 1987
German Lindsey - 2010
Eric Kimble - 1994
Jeremy Johnson - 2012
Cody Walters - 2013