NCAA Wrestling Championships Information
March 18, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
IU WRESTLING RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Four Hoosier grapplers begin their quests for national titles and the All-America stand on Thursday (March 20), comapeting in the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Action begins at noon ET and wraps up Saturday night with the finals live on ESPN at 8 pm ET.
157 lbs - #11-seed Taylor Walsh (34-5)
165 lbs - Ryan LeBlanc (35-13)
184 lbs - Luke Sheridan (27-14)
285 lbs - #3-seed Adam Chalfant(25-3)
Complete Match Notes
ESPN will expand its TV and digital coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 20-22 by televising all six sessions and carrying every match on ESPN3, both for the first time. ESPN will televise the semifinals and championship finals while ESPNU will air the preliminary sessions and medal round. The entire tournament will be available on WatchESPN.
ESPN3's individual mat feeds will allow fans to watch every match, including the wrestle-back bracket, accompanied by live commentary throughout the tournament. Additionally, for computer users, ESPN3 will once again offer multi-mat simultaneous viewing which allows fans to watch up to four different mats at one time.
BACK AGAIN EH?
Adam Chalfant, Ryan LeBlanc and Taylor Walsh are all making their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships while Luke Sheridanis back for the second straight season.
- Knocked off #3-seed Joseph Napoli in 2013
-Seeded #11 at 149 pounds as a freshman in 2012
- Two wins in each of the last two NCAAs
- Topped #10-seed Te Edwards in 2012
- Missed out by a lone point for the 2012 NCAAs
- Seeded #10 in the last year's NCAAs
- Took defending national champion into SV in `12
MATCHING UP WITH THE ELITE
Adam Chalfantsits at 25-3 overall entering the NCAA Championships and owns a strong track record amongst the nation's best. He has won eight of 10 bouts versus top-10 foes and posts a 12-2 mark against all nationally-ranked opponents. Chalfant has yet to be defeated in regulation this season, suffering two tiebreaker losses and one in sudden victory.
PIN KING - Taylor Walsh
• Has already set the all-time IU record with 25 pins (previous record: 19 by Rod Chambelin in 1981)
• 25 pins lead the nation
• Ranks 2nd in school history with 46 career falls (47, Viktor Sveda; 1998-2002)
• Pinned at least four foes in all four tournaments
• Recorded a 15-bout consecutive pinning streak
B1G WINS TOTAL
Hoosiers Ryan LeBlanc and Taylor Walshrank first and second in the Big Ten with 35 and 34 overall wins, respectively. LeBlanc ranks fourth nationally while Walsh's 34 victories are good for top-10 in the country. In addition, Walsh's 25 pins (1st nationally) and LeBlanc's 11 major decisions (t-6th in NCAA) are both tops in the Big Ten.
Ryan LeBlanc is the newest member of the 100-win club, notching his 100th career victory two weeks ago at the Big Ten Championships. In addition, he needs four more W's this season to crack IU's all-time top-10 for wins in a season. Teammate Taylor Walshis five wins shy of the top-10 as well (see full rankings below).
BIG TEN DOING BIG THINGS
As a conference, the Big Ten went a combined 86-16 in 102 non-conference duals during the 2013-14 campaign, good for a 84.3 winning percentage. Nine B1G schools can be found in the most recent USA Today Coaches Poll Top-25 and Intermat's Top-25.