March 12, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- The NCAA announced qualifiers and brackets for all 10 weight classes today for the 2014 Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., and one Badger snagged an at-large bid, joining eight UW automatic qualifiers at the national tournament.
Senior Jackson Hein, a 2013 national qualifier, received one of the final four bids for the 184 lbs., weight class. Hein battled with injury for much of a two-month span during the regular season but still ended the regular season with a 12-6 record. He was ranked as high as 11th on the season.
At Big Tens last weekend, Hein lost to Indiana’s Luke Sheridan before falling to Illinois’ Lazarus Reyes in the consolation bracket. Sheridan and Reyes also qualified for the NCAAs.
Hein qualified last year after a seventh-place finish in the Big Ten Championships. He then went on to go 1-2 at the NCAA championships.
Redshirt freshman Ryan Taylor (17-4) earned a No. 7 seed at 125 lbs. and will face Eastern Michigan’s Jared Germaine (20-2) in Thursday’s first round action.
Senior Tyler Graff (27-4) was seeded No. 5 at 133 lbs. and will wrestle Northwestern’s Dominick Malone (16-15) in the first round. Graff recorded a 24-9 technical fall against Malone on Jan. 26.
At 149 lbs., Rylan Lubeck (12-12) will wrestle No. 14-seeded Scott Sakaguch (29-9) of Oregon State.
Redshirt freshman Isaac Jordan (27-5) earned a No. 5 seed at 157 lbs. and will face Army’s Paul Hancock (27-12) in first round action.
At 174 lbs., senior Scott Liegel (18-13) will face Oklahoma State’s No. 1-seeded Chris Perry (25-1).
Hein will wrestle No. 1-seeded Ed Ruth (29-1) from Penn State.
At 197 lbs., Timmy McCall (16-14) will face American’s No. 13-seeded Daniel Mitchell (24-7).
Connor Medbery (24-7) earned a No. 9 seed at heavyweight and will face Missouri’s Devin Mellon (24-10) to start the tournament.
Action begins at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 20 and continues until championships bouts on Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m.