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NCAA announces fan restrictions and 2020 brackets
While the NCAA is unsure how many fans will watch the 2020 Division I Nationals — after the organization announced that all winter championships, including wrestling, would go on without fans because of the Coronavirus — the wrestling committee did know what the action might look like and released brackets for all ten weights.
The following are the top four seeds per weight class that will be held in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, March 19-21:
125 – 1. Spencer Lee (Iowa), 2. Pat Glory (Princeton), 3. Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State), 4. Jack Mueller (Virginia)
133 – 1. Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern), 2. Seth Gross (Wisconsin), 3. Chas Tucker (Cornell), 4. Micky Phillippi (Pitt)
141 – 1. Luke Pletcher (Ohio State), 2. Nick Lee (Penn State), 3. Real Woods (Stanford), 4. Ian Parker (Iowa State)
149 – 1. Pat Lugo (Iowa), 2. Austin O’Connor (North Carolina), 3. Sammy Sasso (Ohio State), 4. Brock Mauller (Missouri)
157 – 1. Ryan Deakin (Northwestern), 2. Hayden Hidlay (NC State), 3. David Carr (Iowa State), 4. Jesse Dellavecchia (Rider)
165 – 1. Alex Marinelli (Iowa), 2. Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State), 3. Shane Griffith (Stanford), 4. Travis Wittlake (Oklahoma State)
174 – 1. Mark Hall (Penn State), 2. Michael Kemerer (Iowa), 3. Jordan Kutler (Lehigh), 4. Dylan Lydy (Purdue)
184 – 1. Taylor Lujan (Northwestern), 2. Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech), 3. Aaron Brooks (Penn State), 4. Lou DePrez (Binghamton)
197 – 1. Kollin Moore (Ohio State), 2. Noah Adams (West Virginia), 3. Eric Schultz (Nebraska), 4. Ben Darmstadt (Cornell)
Hwt – 1. Gable Steveson (Minnesota), 2. Mason Parris (Michigan), 3. Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa), 4. Tanner Hall (Arizona State)
Regarding the news about fans in this year’s event, the following is the statement by Emmert:
“The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel,” Emmert said. “Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance.
While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families.
Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed.”