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NCAA Championships Primer - Division I Championship facts



  • This is the 71st annual Division I Wrestling Championships.
  • It is the fifth time the championships have been held in Iowa City.
  • Iowa has won the national title 3 out of 4 times with Oklahoma State winning the title in 1959 and Iowa winning in 1986, 1991, and 1995.
  • ESPN 2 will air the championships at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, March 17 just a couple of hours after the championships are complete.
  • This year's event is sold out.
  • Iowa has won the last six championships and 9 of the last 10.
  • Oklahoma State was the last team to win the title besides Iowa in 1994.
  • The last team to win the title beside Iowa or Oklahoma State was Arizona State in 1988 under the direction of Bobby Douglas, now the coach of Iowa State.
  • Three teams have qualified all ten-weight classes for the tournament: Ohio State, Minnesota, and Oklahoma State.
  • Iowa's Head Coach since taking over for Dan Gable has yet to lose an NCAA tournament.
  • Of the top four seeds of the ten class five are freshman, three are sophomores, eleven are juniors, and twenty-one are seniors.
  • At 197 pounds the four seeds are seniors.
  • Heavyweight is the youngest weight class, with the top two seeds being freshman.
  • Ten wrestlers enter the tournament with unblemished records: Stephen Abas, Fresno State, jr., 29-0 at 125 pounds; Doug Schwab, Iowa, sr., 30-0, at 141 pounds; Michael Lightner, Oklahoma, sr., 30-0; Reggie Wright, Oklahoma State, sr., at 149 pounds; T.J. Williams, Iowa, sr., 24-0; John Koschek, Edinboro, jr., at 174 pounds; Maurice Worthy, Army, sr., 30-0, at 174 pounds; Cael Sanderson, Iowa State, jr., 35-0, at 184 pounds; Antonio Garay, Boston College, jr., 8-0, heavyweight; Garrett Lowney, Minnesota, fr., 17-0 at heavyweight.
  • Parity was demonstrated in last year's Championships in St. Louis as no school had more than one individual champion. The tens schools with champions in 2000 were: Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Illinois, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Northern Iowa, and Penn State.
  • Last year's event set the attendance record for wrestling with 96,944 fans in attendance. In 1997, Northern Iowa's UNI Dome set the previous attendance record with 90,064 in total attendance.
  • The Division I Wrestling Championships ranked fourth in revenue produced among the 84 championships that the NCAA sponsored last year (including all divisions, men and women.
  • Only five championships were in the "black". Last year's revenue leaders were 1. Men's Basketball, $7,016,082; 2. Men's Ice Hockey, $730,858; 3. Baseball, $509,317; 4. Wrestling, 266,448; 5. Men's Lacrosse, 156,524.
  • Wrestling is the only individual sport to turn a profit with its' NCAA Championship.
  • There are 90 Division I schools with wrestling, down from 91 a year ago.
  • Wrestling for Princeton, Juan Venturi, at 133 pounds is the lone qualifier from the lone-star state. Venturi hails from Houston, Texas.
  • Four wrestler come to Iowa City attempting to defend their championship title from a year ago: Eric Juergens of Iowa at 125 pounds, Don Pritzlaff of Wisconsin at 165 pounds, Cael Sanderson, of Iowa State at 184 pounds, and Brad Vering of Nebraska at 197 pounds.
  • Last year half of the championship matches went into overtime. Three were decided in the sudden-victory time period and two were decided by the tiebreaker, :30 second period.
  • In the semifinals matches two bouts were decided by sudden victory and two were decided by the tiebreaker.
  • Brock Lesnar recorded the only fall in the semifinals last year at heavyweight.
  • Next year the National Championships will be hosted in Albany, New York.
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