Starting Lineups: Don't Sleep On The NCAA Wrestling Championships


Today is arguably my favorite day, mainly because the NCAA Tournament is pretty much my favorite thing on the planet. As an added bonus, as you are reading this, I am en route to San Antonio to watch Baylor, Nebraska, Creighton, UL Lafayette, North Carolina, Providence, Iowa State and North Carolina Central live and in-person. Plus, it's my 30th birthday. That's a lot of reasons for a favorite day.

But, the NCAA Basketball Tournament isn't the only championship bracket going on right now. In fact, today kicks off the Division I NCAA Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City, with three-time defending National Champion Penn State looking to defend its thrown for a fourth straight title.

Coming off a fourth straight Big Ten Championship, the Nittany Lions, led by a guy who knows a thing or two about four-peating as champion in head coach Cael Sanderson — who went undefeated and won four straight national titles at Iowa State and then an Olympic gold medal — are the favorites once more. And while Penn State is expected to four-peat, stiff competition will come from the likes of conference foes Iowa and Minnesota, as well as fellow perennial power Oklahoma State wrestling in front of a home crowd.

Penn State is in good hands, however, led by seniors David Taylor, national runner-up last year and national champion as a sophomore, and two-time defending national champ Ed Ruth and steered by Sanderson, widely considered the best U.S. collegiate wrestler of all time — not to mention the deepest roster in the country.

So in between watching your NCAA Tournament brackets get busted, tune in to the NCAA Wrestling Championships to catch a glimpse at a sudden dynasty looking to continue to build its legacy and the challenges attempting to knock Penn State off the mountaintop.

Links …

Shaun Livingston and the life within the get back - The Shadow League

Why Are We Talking About Ricky Romero? - Drunk Jays Fans

Amissville man fills out best NCAA hoops bracket - Fauquier Now News

Amissville’s Craig Gilmore tries to defend bracket title - Fauguier Now News

Flashback: The Strokes Break Out 'New York City Cops' at Comeback Gig - Rolling Stone

Success Outside the Dress Code - The Wall Street Journal

Q&As: Madlib and Freddie Gibbs Talk ‘Piñata,’ Shrooms, Prog Rock, and Rich White Friends - Grantland

Bruce Pearl's First Con: The Scandal That Defined Auburn's New Coach - Deadspin

Big As Life - The Classical

Let the Madness Begin - The House That Glanville Built

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