Five of OU's wresters qualified for the NCAA championships being held this upcoming weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. Conference rival Iowa State University will host the tournament. OU is being represented by 5 wrestlers: 133 pounder Cory Brewer, 141 pounder Kendric Maple, 149 pounder Nick Lester, 157 pounder Matt Lester, and 165 pounder Patric "Bubby" Graham.
Maple and Lester are returning All Americans. Maple, seeded #2, will be a strong favorite to wrestle for the national title. Maple was ranked #1 all year, but was surpassed (despite his 25-0 record) the last week of the season by Hunter Steiber (Ohio State). This will be Brewer's first trip to the NCAA tournament and he is seeded 8th at 133 pounds. If Brewer wrestles tough there is a great chance he'll earn All American status.
Lester has struggled this year. Despite earning All American status last year with an 8th place finish he is not favored to repeat the feat. Nick brother Matt qualified for the tournament as well with a 16-8 record, but is a longshot to place. Bubby Graham is seeded 6th and has an excellent opportunity to earn a high placing in the tournament. However, it's unlikely Bubby will make the finals as he'll have to get through wrestling wunderkind David Taylor in the semifinals. If he pulls off that incredible upset he'd have the dubious pleasure of wrestling 100% bada$$ and three-time national champion Kyle Dake in the finals.
This is a pretty small contingent for OU to be sending to the national tournament, but there is a good chance that they'll be returning with at least one national champ and another two All-Americans. Let's wish these Sooners the best of luck!
133 - Cody Brewer (21-5)
141 - Kendric Maple (25-0)
149 - Nick Lester (16-10)
157 - Matt Lester (16-8)
165 - Patric "Bubby" Graham (21-4)