Mountaineers Secure Three Spots in Upcoming NCAA Wrestling Tournament
Multiple West Virginia wrestlers were able to end their 2023 Big 12 Tournament on a high note on Sunday afternoon.
Peyton Hall, Jordan Titus and Michael Wolfgram each punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament in their respective weight classes. The trio will return to the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on March 16-18 in hopes of securing a national championship.
Hall will be making his third trip to the NCAA Tournament after placing sixth at 165 pounds. After a first round bye and a quarterfinal win on Saturday, Hall fell to Iowa State’s David Carr in the semifinals before dropping his fifth-place bout Sunday afternoon.
Wolfgram lost to Oklahoma’s Josh Heindselman by a 6-4 decision to finish in eighth place. Wolfgram is still set to make his second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament after securing the eighth and final allocation spot in the heavyweight class.
It was a similar situation for Titus, whose victory in the 141-pound seventh-place match gave the redshirt freshman the last allocation spot in the weight class. Titus defeated Wyoming’s Job Greenwood by a 3-1 decision after scoring a takedown in the final seconds of his bout.
West Virginia’s Scott Joll and Austin Cooley were both winners in their respective seventh-place matches.
Joll defeated Iowa State’s Julien Broderson by a 7-4 decision at 174 pounds, while Cooley took down Air Force’s Calvin Sund with an 8-2 decision at 197. Sam Hillegas was defeated by Dylan Martinez of Air Force 8-2 to finish 10th at 149.
All three finished outside the allocation places in their respective weight classes, and will now have to wait to see if they are selected for an at-large bid by the NCAA Wrestling Committee.
The Committee will meet in-person to select the 46 remaining at-large qualifiers on Tuesday. The official brackets and seeding for the upcoming NCAA Tournament will then be released on Wednesday.
Each of the 10 weight classes in the tournament will begin with 33 wrestlers.