IRVING, Texas – The pre-seeds have been announced for the 2022 Big 12 Wrestling Championship set to take place this Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. Nine North Dakota State wrestlers are in the top eight in their weight classes.
North Dakota State junior 157 Jared Franek leads the way for the Bison at No. 2, while sophomore 133 Kellyn March slots in at No. 4 and senior 165 Luke Weber sits at No. 5.
The Bison have two No. 6 seeds in sophomore 197 Owen Pentz and senior 285 Brandon Metz, while junior 141 Dylan Drogemueller, redshirt freshman 149 Gaven Sax, junior 174 Austin Brenner, and freshman 184 DJ Parker received a No. 8 seed.
Oklahoma State paces the field with three No. 1 selections, followed by two from Iowa State and one each from Air Force, Missouri, Northern Iowa, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The Big 12 Conference has been pre-allocated 58 qualifying spots for the NCAA Division I wrestling championship to be held March 17-19 in Detroit. After the 10 automatic qualifying champions from each weight class, the Big 12 will have seven additional qualifiers at 174; six additional at 141 and 197; five additional at 125, 133, 157, and 285; and three additional at 149, 165, and 184. Following automatic qualification from the pre-allocations, there will be five at-large spots at 141, 157, and 285 and four at-large spots for the remaining seven weight classes to complete the 33-wrestler fields.
All-session tickets are available through TicketMaster. General admission seats start as low as $37, while reserved seating is $57 and premium reserved and club seating are available for $112 and $122, respectively.
All matches from each of the four sessions will be available on the ESPN app through Big 12 Now on ESPN+. The championship round will be televised live on ESPN2. Live statistics for the event will be available through TrackWrestling.
2021 Big 12 Wrestling Championships Schedule
Saturday, March 5
Session 1: Preliminary & Quarterfinal Matches [Big 12 Now on ESPN+] – 11 a.m. CT
Session 2: Semifinal & Consolation Quarterfinal Matches [Big 12 Now on ESPN+] – 5 p.m. CT
Sunday, March 6
Session 3: Consolation Semifinals, 3rd & 5th Place Matches [Big 12 Now on ESPN+] – 12 p.m. CT
Session 4: Championship Matches [ESPN2] – 7 p.m. CT