Virginia Begins NCAA Championships Thursday
March 16, 2016
|Virginia at NCAA Wrestling Championships|
|Date/Time||March 17-19, 2016|
|Location||New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden|
|Live Coverage||ESPN3 (All Mats) | ESPN/ESPNU|
|Additional Information||NCAA Championship Home Page | Championship Brackets | UVA Notes | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia wrestling team looks to conclude its 2016 season on a high note as it competes in the NCAA Championships Thursday through Saturday (March 17-19) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Virginia sends five wrestlers to the event.
ESPN will televise the semifinals (March 18) and finals (March 19) in prime time and ESPNU will televise the first and second rounds (March 17), quarterfinals (March 18) and medal round (March 19).
ESPN3 will carry individual mat feeds throughout the entire tournament allowing fans to choose which wrestlers and/or schools to follow at any time. Eight mats will be used for the first, second and quarterfinals, before the competition is reduced to six mats for the semifinals, three mats for the medal round and one mat for the finals.
Additionally, for computer users, ESPN3 will once again offer multi-mat, simultaneous viewing, which allows fans to watch up to four different mats at one time. Also for the third consecutive year, Off the Mat – a special presentation of the Championships finals – will be seen on ESPN3.
A link to live brackets also will be available at VirginiaSports.com, while live updates will be provided on the Virginia Wrestling Twitter account, @UVaWrestling.
2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Schedule of Events – All Times Eastern
Thursday (March 17)
First Session – Noon (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Second Session – 7 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Wrestleback First Round & Second Round
Friday (March 18)
Third Session – 11 a.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Quarterfinals & Wrestleback Second and Third Rounds
Fourth Session – 8 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3)
Semifinals & Wrestleback Fourth and Fifth Rounds
Saturday (March 19)
Fifth Session – 11 a.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Wrestleback Semifinals & Third, Fifth and Seventh-Place Rounds
Sixth Session – 8 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3)
2015 Virginia NCAA QualifiersWeight: Seed/Name (Overall Record)
125: Nick Herrmann (15-8)
133: No. 6 George DiCamillo (27-3)
157: Andrew Atkinson (24-9)
197: No. 14 Zach Nye (24-10)
285: Patrick Gillen (17-13)
2016 Summer Olympic Contenders
With the 2016 Summer Olympics looming, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships mean more this year as all NCAA Champions will automatically qualify for the Olympic trials in April.
Cavaliers at the NCAA Championships
Virginia sends five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, three of them automatic qualifiers by virtue of their finishes at the ACC Championships.
UVA owns six straight top-30 team finishes (15th in 2010, t23rd in 2011, t28th in 2012, 21st in 2013, 23rd in 2014, 19th in 2015). Virginia’s best finish at NCAAs was a 10th-place tie in 1957. This marks the 35th year Virginia has had at least one qualifier at NCAAs and 10th consecutive appearance.
Cavaliers Boast 16 All-Americans in Program History
Sixteen Virginia wrestlers have earned All-America honors in the program’s history, with 10 coming in the last 12 years, including seven during Steve Garland‘s tenure as head coach. UVa has had at least one All-American in six of the last seven seasons.
Virginia’s best individual finish is second by heavyweight Henry Jordan in 1957 and current UVa head coach Steve Garland (125 pounds) in 2000.