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2019 NCAA tournament: Oklahoma State’s Wyatt Sheets doesn’t receive at-large bid

The redshirt sophomore’s season is over.

Oklahoma State’s Wyatt Sheets, right, wrestles Air Force’s Alex Mossing in the third-place match at the Big 12 Championship on March 10, 2019, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State will send nine wrestlers to the NCAA Championships next week after 157-pound redshirt sophomore Wyatt Sheets did not receive one of the 45 at-large bids by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee on Tuesday.

Illinois’ Eric Barone, Ohio’s Zac Carson, North Carolina’s Joshua McClure and Oklahoma’s Justin Thomas received at-large bids at 157. Iowa State’s Chase Straw beat Thomas 3-2 in the Big 12 Championship title match for the conference’s lone automatic bid Sunday in Tulsa. Sheets took fourth at the Big 12 tournament.

The at-large selections were made by the committee using head-to-head competition, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, rating percentage index, coaches ranking and conference tournament finish.

[MORE: NCAA tournament at-large selections]

OSU has nine qualifiers, including undefeated Nick Piccininni (30-0) and Preston Weigel (11-0) at 125 and 197 pounds, respectively. Heavyweight Derek White (28-1) is a candidate for the top seed.

Those three along with Daton Fix (30-1) at 133, Kaden Gfeller (26-5) at 149 and Jacobe Smith (26-3) at 174 all won Big 12 titles and qualified for NCAAs. Kaid Brock (19-6) took second at 141, Dakota Geer was third at 184 and Joe Smith was fifth at 165 to qualify.

Brackets and seeding for the NCAA tournament will be revealed during a selection show at 5 p.m. Wednesday on NCAA.com. The @NCAAWrestling Twitter handle will also be releasing the top two seeds for each weight class every 10 minutes from 3-5 p.m., leading up to the selection show.

The NCAA tournament is March 21-23 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.