Pre-seeding for the 2017 Big 12 Wrestling Championship, set for March 4-5 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, was announced late Monday, Feb. 27 by the conference office. Oklahoma State leads the way with six top-seeded wrestlers, while South Dakota State records two. North Dakota State and West Virginia both have one wrestler in the top spot.
North Dakota State 125 pound senior Josh Rodriguez is No. 1 in his weight class, while 157-pound redshirt junior Clay Ream is No. 2 in his division. Both wrestlers placed third at the 2016 Big 12 Wrestling Championships. The Bison have five ranked in the top five.
All ten schools will place a wrestler in each weight class. The seeds, as voted by the conference coaches and approved at the pre-championship coaches meeting on Friday, will compete over two days for 38 automatic qualifying bids to the NCAA Championship, as well as the 2017 Big 12 Championship team title.
Oklahoma State’s Dean Heil (141 pounds), Anthony Collica (149 pounds), Joe Smith (157 pounds), Chandler Rogers (165 pounds), Nolan Boyd (184 pounds) and Austin Shafer (heavyweight) lead the way as the No. 1 seeds for the Cowboys. Seth Gross (133 pounds) and David Kocer (174 pounds) slot in as the top seeds for the SDSU. WVU’s Jacob A. Smith (197 pounds) round out the top of the brackets for the conference.
North Dakota State’s pre-seeds by weight class:
125 #1 Josh Rodriguez
133 #4 Cam Sykora
141 #9 Taylor Nein
149 #8 Mitch Friedman
157 #2 Clay Ream
165 #6 Andrew Fogarty
174 #8 Dylan Urbach
184 #5 Tyler McNutt
197 #7 Cordell Eaton
285 #4 Ben Tynan
For more information on the Big 12 Wrestling Championship, visit Big12Sports.com. The first three sessions will be streamed exclusively on FloWrestling, with FSN broadcasting the championship rounds live.
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