by Tammy Tedesco
Cornell, Iowa, Minnesota and Oklahoma State all earned number one seeds for their respective regions as brackets are released for the NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals Presented by Hibiclens and The Marines.
The only Mat Mayhem Regional that will compete on Saturday, February 11th, will be held at Rutgers University. The first two matches that will face-off in the 2012 Mat Mayhem Series will be No. 5 Rutgers vs. No. 4 Kent State and No. 3 Missouri vs. No. 6 Cal Poly. The winners of those matches will meet up with No. 1 Minnesota and No. 2 Michigan respectively.
The other three regional tournaments will take place on Sunday, February 12th, at Cornell, Iowa State and Oklahoma State.
Cornell the returning NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Champion comes in as the No. 1 seed in the Mat Mayhem Regional that they are hosting. They will wrestle the winner of No. 5 Purdue and No. 4 Central Michigan. On the bottom side of the bracket No. 2 Illinois will compete against either No. 3 Oklahoma or No. 6 American.
Wrestling at Iowa State University, the No. 1 seed will be the Iowa Hawkeyes, they will wrestle against the winner of No. 4 Virginia Tech vs. No. 5 Northern Iowa. Taking on the No. 2 seeded Oregon State will be the winner of No. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 6 Wisconsin.
Currently ranked No. 1 in the NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll Oklahoma State also takes the No. 1 seed this Sunday. They will host the winner of the No. 4 Wyoming and No. 5 Chattanooga matchup. Rounding out the rest of the bracket is No. 2 Nebraska who will compete against the winner of the No. 3 Ohio State and No. 6 Boise State matchup.
Each region is seeded one through six and teams will wrestle according to seed. Each site is set to compete in three rounds on two mats. In the final round, the teams who lost in the first round will wrestle a second match alongside the Championship Final.
To view the Mat Mayhem Teams national rankings visit the NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll released on February 7, 2012.
For more tournament information: ticket prices, times, and brackets visit our website http://www.nwcaonline.com/NWCAWebSite/Events/nwcanationalduals/mat-mayhem.
At the conclusion of the Mat Mayhem Regional weekend, the Mat Mayhem Finals location will be announced.