Wrestling Committee Selects Three More Mountaineers to Compete at NCAA Tournament
Three more West Virginia wrestlers have been chosen to compete at the 2023 NCAA Tournament.
After the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee’s meeting on Tuesday, it was announced that Killian Cardinale, Austin Cooley and Anthony Carman will get the opportunity to compete for a national championship.
Cardinale, a fifth-year senior at 125 pounds, will be making his third trip to the NCAA Tournament, while Cooley (197) and Carman (184) are set to make their debuts.
3 more Mountaineers are heading back to Tulsa!
Killian Cardinale (125)
Anthony Carman (184)
Austin Cooley (197)
Let’s go! #HailWV pic.twitter.com/dGMwaKUcI5
— WVU Wrestling (@WVUWrestling) March 7, 2023
The trio were among 47 total at-large bids that were selected after missing the allocation placements at the Big 12 Tournament this past weekend. Cooley was the top finisher out of the three, placing seventh and missing out on a guaranteed berth by one spot.
Carman did not place in the event after dropping two of his three matches, while Cardinale was unable to compete due to injury. The 2022 Big 12 champion took two medical forfeits, as his title was relinquished.
The three competitors, however, will join teammates Peyton Hall (165), Jordan Titus (141) and Michael Wolfgram (heavyweight) at the national tournament in just over two weeks on March 16-18. The site will be the same as the Big 12 Tournament — the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma — which is hosting the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever.
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West Virginia’s six wrestlers are the most to compete at the NCAA Tournament in head coach Tim Flynn’s five-year tenure, and is the highest total the team has sent since 2012.
The final brackets and seeding placements will be released at 8 p.m. Wednesday on NCAA.com. The tournament field consists of 330 total wrestlers over 10 weight classes.