NCAA Wrestling Championship Begins Thursday In St. Louis

Updated 3/19/2008

ST. LOUIS -- Nineteen Mid-American Conference wrestlers will compete at the 2008 NCAA Championship starting Thursday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The finals are scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Saturday and will be televised on ESPN.

MAC Champion Central Michigan will send nine wrestlers to the event.

Thursday’s Schedule: Session I, first round, noon on eight mats. Session II, second round, round and wrestle-back preliminaries, 7:30 p.m., eight mats.

Friday’s Schedule: Session III, quarterfinals and wrestle-backs, 11 a.m., on eight mats. Session IV, semifinals and wrestle-backs 7 p.m. on six mats.

Saturday’s Schedule: Session V, wrestle-back, semifinals and finals for third, fifth and seventh places, 11 a.m., on six mats. Session VI, finals, 8:30 p.m. Parade of champions at 8:05 p.m.

MAC First round matchups are as follows. The league’s automatic qualifier is listed first followed by any at-large bids.

125 pounds: Nic Bedelyon (KSU) vs. Gabriel Flores (Illinois); Luke Smith(CMU) vs. Ross Gitomer (Virginia)
133 pounds: Pat Castillo (NIU) vs. Boris Novachkov (Cal Poly); Conor Beebe (CMU) vs. No. 9 Zach Tanelli (Wisconsin); Dale Mitcheff (KSU) vs. Seth Ciasulli (Lehigh).
141 pounds: Patrick McLemore (NIU) vs. Nathan Morgan (Oklahoma State); Drew Lashaway (KSU) vs. Ryan Williams (Old Dominion); Germaine Lindsay (Ohio) vs. Levi Jones (Boise State)
149 pounds: Brandon Carter (CMU) vs. No. 10 Scott Ervin (Appalachian State)
157 pounds: Steve Brown (CMU) vs. Christian Snook (Army)
165 pounds: No. 9 Trevor Stewart (CMU) vs. Roger Smith-Bergsrud (Illinois); Kurt Gross (KSU) vs. Matt Coughlin (Indiana)
174 pounds: No. 5 Brandon Sinnott (CMU) vs. Tyler Bernacchi (UC-Davis); Duke Burk (NIU) vs. Nick Hayes (Northwestern)
184 pounds: No. 4 Christian Sinnott (CMU) vs. Scott Ferguson (Army); Charlie Pienaar (EMU) vs. JJacob Devlin (Air Force)
197 pounds: No. 4 Wynn Michalak (CMU) vs. John Drake (Cal State Fullerton)
285 pounds: No. 8 Bubba Gritter (CMU) vs. Justin Dobies (North Carolina); Jermail Porter (KSU) vs. Benjamin Berhow (Minnesota)