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WVU Wrestling Team Riding Momentum into Big 12 Tournament



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Coming off its second consecutive 10-win dual meet campaign, the No. 19 ranked WVU wrestling team will enter the postseason on a high note.

West Virginia will have ten wrestlers enter this weekend’s Big 12 Tournament, which will be held Saturday and Sunday at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Eight of the Mountaineers have earned seeds in their respective weight brackets.

A total of 57 automatic bids to the 2024 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will be up for grabs this weekend, with the amounts varying by weight, with the highest being six in the 125, 133, 149, 157, 165, 174 and 197-pound weight classes. The 141, 184 and 285-pound classes each have five bids.

For those wrestlers who do not finish within the top predetermined spots in their bracket, they still have the opportunity to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

After all conference events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 47 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced March 12, while brackets and seeding will be announced on March 13.

Three Mountaineers earned top five seeds for the Big 12 event, the fourth consecutive year West Virginia tallied at least three.

Senior and former All-American Peyton Hall (165 pounds) and true freshman Ty Watters (149) each secured the No. 3 seed in their respective brackets. This is a team-leading fourth appearance at the tournament for Hall, who also tops the Mountaineers with 24 wins this season.

With a strong performance at this tournament as well as the NCAA Championships, Hall would likely surpass 100 career victories before the end of the season. He currently sits at 92.

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Redshirt sophomore Jordan Titus claimed the fourth seed in the 141-pound bracket. Titus claimed seventh place in his Big 12 Tournament debut and advanced to the NCAA Championships last year.

Titus has dropped just two matches all season, both coming against ranked opponents.

Five other Mountaineers earned a seed in their respective weight classes. Michael Wolfgram (285), Dennis Robin (184) and Jett Strickenberger (125) are each seeded seventh. Austin Cooley (197) and Brody Conley (174) are both No. 8 seeds.

West Virginia’s 157-pound starter Caleb Dowling and 133-pounder Davin Rhoads will both enter unseeded.

The Tournament will kickoff at 11 a.m. ET Saturday, with the first three sessions being streamed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. The championship round will then be broadcasted on ESPN2 beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday night.

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