Lincoln - Coming off one of the biggest tournament wins in its history, the Nebraska wrestling team will look to end its season with the same success at the 2009 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo., on March 19-21. Two sessions will be contested in the Scottrade Center each day, with the semifinals on Friday and finals on Saturday.
The Huskers tied favorite Iowa State at 70 points for a share of the conference title at the Big 12 Championship on March 7. Four Huskers claimed individual titles, as the crown was NU’s first Big 12 wrestling title and first conference title since 1995. Jordan Burroughs (157), Brandon Browne (174), Vince Jones (184) and Craig Brester (197) went 2-0 on the day to win their respective weight classes, and Brester earned Outstanding Wrestler honors with his upset of top-ranked Jake Varner of Iowa State in the final. Stephen Dwyer (165) placed second while Tucker Lane (Hwt.) earned third to tally six NU wrestlers earning automatic qualifying positions. Robert Sanders (149) earned an at-large bid on March 11 to round out NU’s seven qualifiers for this weekend’s NCAA Championships.
Nebraska enters the national tournament as a favorite to finish in the top five, and predicted to finish second in WIN’s tournament power index. The Huskers will likely have five wrestlers seeded with Burroughs, Dwyer, Browne, Jones and Brester being ranked in the top 12 in their respective weight class. NU could also have a possible one seed in Brester at 197 pounds.
The ESPN family of networks will have extensive live coverage of Friday and Saturday’s action, with both days broadcast on ESPNU and online at ESPN360.com. Saturday’s finals will be on ESPN at 5:30 p.m. CT. Live results of Nebraska wrestlers, including recaps and updated brackets, will be available through Huskers.com.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations