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Eight Tigers will take a short bus ride to the Scottrade Center in St. Louis for the NCAA Championships, with opening matches beginning on Thursday. Missouri, ranked 10th according to the USA Today coaches’ poll, boasts six seeded wrestlers, three of whom are in the top five of their weight class.
The 87th NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships return to St. Louis for what will be another fantastic three days. Penn State won the 2016 team title, their fifth in six seasons, and enters Thursday as one of three programs to battle for the 2017 trophy. Ohio State, NCAA champions in 2015, won the Big Ten title, while Oklahoma State had a record-setting two days at the Big 12 conference Championships. Here are 10 things to watch for in St. Louis.
During Wednesday’s media session in advance of the three-day championships that began this morning, head coach Cael Sanderson revealed that freshman 125-pounder Nick Suriano won’t participate because of an ankle injury.
Suriano, 16-3 and seeded third, injured an ankle in the Nittany Lions’ NWCA National Duals match at Oklahoma State and did not compete in the Big Ten championships two weeks ago.
“We were trying to give him as much time as possible,” Sanderson said. “And it was going to be a day before-type of decision. And we were having to get him to a point where he would be competitive enough to compete and to protect himself. And I don’t feel like he’s in that position, so he’s not going to wrestle.”
“I just found out,” Penn State defending 149-pound national champion Zain Retherford said. “So, I mean, I knew as you guys know. I think the team’s going to compete the same way regardless. We want to score as many points as we can in the amount of time that we have out there on the mat, so that doesn’t change at all.”