Seeding and First-Round Matchups Announced for 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Devan Turner, Grant Willits, and Hunter Willits each earned a top-20 seed at the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships as the NCAA announced seeding and first-round matchups on Wednesday afternoon.
The NCAA also announced the final coaches poll of the season. Brandon Kaylor (125) checked in at 30, Turner came in at 16, Grant Willits is 13, Hunter Willits is 14, Ryan Reyes is 30, and J.J. Dixon is 28.
Turner drew the 16th-seed for 133 along with a first round matchup versus Lehigh's 17-seed Malyke Hines (6-1).
At 141 in the opening round, it will be Grant Willits with the 12-seed against Real Woods (4-1) from Stanford who is the 21st-seed. The two wrestlers faced off in the 141 title match at the Pac-12 Championships where Willits earned a fall at 4:42.
Hunter Willits checks in at the 157 13-seed for the NCAA Championships. He will matchup with Appalachian State's Cody Bond (15-4) who was tabbed the 20-seed.
Kaylor claimed the 28-seed at 125 and will face five-seed Brody Teske (12-1) from Northern Iowa in the first round.
Reyes (184) will be the 31-seed and face two-seed Trent Hidlay (6-1) from NC State in round one.
For 197, Dixon will be the 25th-seed and go up against Stephen Buchanan (11-3) from Wyoming who is the 8-seed.
The tournament will be held at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri on Mar. 18 to 20. Full coverage of the event will be on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU over the course of the three days.
The event will begin at 8 am (PT) on Mar. 18 with the first session of round one, followed by session two at 11 am. Round two will also be broken down into two sessions with start times of 3 pm and 6 pm. Mar. 19 will feature quarterfinal matches beginning at 8 am and 12 pm with semifinals starting at 5 pm. Day three will feature the medal round at 8 am with the finals starting at 4 pm.
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