Oklahoma State wrestling looks to extend its NCAA-record championship count to 35 this weekend at the NCAA Wrestling Championships at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
OSU and the rest of the tournament field will be trying to knock off Penn State, who is going for its eighth NCAA title in nine years. The Nittany Lions are stacked with seniors Bo Nickal and Jason Nolf and junior Vincenzo Joseph looking for their third NCAA crowns. Junior Mark Hall will be going for his second, too.
Nine Cowboys will be in action, including No. 1 seeds Daton Fix at 133 pounds and Derek White at heavyweight. OSU didn’t have an individual champion last year, and has gone back-to-back years without one since 2009-10.
ESPN will air every match, starting at 11 a.m. Thursday, with action on all eight mats being streamed on ESPN3, which can be watched online or via the ESPN app, lasting through the finals Saturday. The daytime sessions each day will air on ESPNU, and primetime sessions — the second round, semifinals and finals — will be on ESPN’s flagship TV channel.
Oklahoma State seeding at NCAA Championships
125: Nick Piccininni (30-0) — No. 2
133: Daton Fix (30-1) — No. 1
141: Kaid Brock (19-7) — No. 15
149: Kaden Gfeller (28-4) — No. 7
165: Joe Smith (18-6) — No. 33
174: Jacobe Smith (27-3) — No. 7
184: Dakota Geer (25-5) — No. 26
197: Preston Weigel (11-0) — No. 3
HWT: Derek White (28-1) — No. 1
How to watch
First round, 11 a.m. on ESPNU
Second round, 6 p.m. on ESPN
Quarterfinals, 10 a.m. on ESPNU
Semifinals, 7 p.m. on ESPN
Medal round, 10 a.m. on ESPNU
Finals, 6 p.m. on ESPN