10 Hawkeyes Slotted for NCAA Championships

March 12, 2014

2014 NCAA Brackets

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa wrestling team will send its entire 10-man lineup to Oklahoma City next week for the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships. The event will be held March 20-22 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The official tournament brackets were released today by the NCAA.

Cory Clark (125), Tony Ramos (133), Josh Dziewa (141), Derek St. John (157), Nick Moore (165), Mike Evans (174), Ethen Lofthouse (184), Nathan Burak (197) and Bobby Telford (285) earned automatic bids to the national tournament following their performance at the Big Ten Championships last weekend. Brody Grothus (149) was awarded an at-large berth by the NCAA selection committee.

Nine of Iowa’s 10 qualifiers earned seeds for the national tournament, including six in the top five.

Defending NCAA champion Derek St. John earned the No. 2 seed at 157, and 2014 Big Ten champion Tony Ramos is the No. 3 seed at 133.

Four more Hawkeyes were seeded in the top five, including fourth-seeded Mike Evans (174), and No. 5 seeds Nick Moore (165), Ethen Lofthouse (184), and Bobby Telford (285).

Cory Clark is seeded No. 8 at 125, Nathan Burak is seeded No. 11 at 197, and Brody Grothus is seeded No. 13 at 149.

Josh Dziewa is the only Hawkeye unseeded. He drew Michigan’s Steven Dutton III, the No. 13 seed, in the opening round of the 141-pound bracket.

Iowa has sent at least eight athletes to the NCAA Championships in each of head coach Tom Brands’ eight seasons. This year marks the 18th time since 1968, and first time since 2010, that Iowa has sent its entire 10-man lineup to the national tournament. Iowa has won the NCAA team crown 14 times when sending its entire 10-man lineup.

The NCAA also announced Wednesday that the order of final championship round will be announced Saturday afternoon following the completion of Session V.

The NCAA Championships begin at 11 a.m. (CT) on March 20 inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. Hawkeye fans can follow the action online at Hawkeye All-Access, ESPN3, and ESPNU. The finals will air live on ESPN.

IOWA’S FIRST ROUND NCAA MATCHUPS (# indicates tournament seed).
125 – #8 Cory Clark (Iowa) vs. Kory Mines (Edinboro)
133 – #3 Tony Ramos (Iowa) vs. Devon Lotito (Cal-Poly)/Shelton Mack (Pitt)
141 – Josh Dziewa (Iowa) vs. #13 Steven Dutton III (Michigan)
149 – #13 Brody Grothus (Iowa) vs. Mike Morales (West Virginia)
157 – #2 Derek St. John (Iowa) vs. Joey Napoli (Lehigh)
165 – #5 Nick Moore (Iowa) vs. Josh Veltre (Bloomsburg)
174 – #4 Mike Evans (Iowa) vs. Bryce Hammond (CS-Bakersfield)
184 – #5 Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa) vs. Victor Avery (Edinboro)
197 – # 11 Nathan Burak (Iowa) vs. Shane Woods (Wyoming)
285 – #5 Bobby Telford (Iowa) vs. Anthony Vizcarrondo (West Virginia)