2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships Brackets
PHILADELPHIA - The NCAA announced the brackets for the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships on Wednesday evening, and the six Penn wrestlers who automatically qualified for the national championships now know who awaits them in Omaha on the morning of March 18.
Three of Penn's qualifiers have drawn seeded wrestlers in the first round while three will take part in battles on unseeded grapplers. Four of Penn's six NCAA qualifiers are first-timers.
Junior Bryan Ortenzio drew the eighth seed, Tyler Graff of Wisconsin in the first round. A redshirt freshman, Graff is 26-7 this season and was the Midlands champion. He recently finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships.
Zack Kemmerer is also in his first NCAA Championships. The third-place finisher at the EIWA Championships, Kemmerer will wrestle Cal-State Bakersfield's Elijah Nacita. A junior, Nacita is ranked 13th in the country, right outside a potential seed. He is a returning NCAA qualifier who won the Pac 10 title in '09 and finished fourth this year.
Cesar Grajales is one of Penn's two wrestlers heading to Omaha with prior NCAA experience. Grajales finished third at the EIWA Championships as the seventh seed, showing he is back to form after battling injuries all year. He enters his fourth NCAA Championships as the 13th-ranked wrestler in the country and again has drawn a tough first round opponent. Grajales will wrestle third-seeded Kyle Terry of Oklahoma. Terry, a junior, is a three-time qualifier who recently won his second-straight Big 12 championship.
At 165, Gabriel Burak will wrestle unseeded Josh Asper of Maryland in the first round. Asper is a redshirt freshman for the Terps and was second at the ACC Championships. Earlier this season, Asper defeated Burak, 12-7, in Penn's dual at College Park.
Scott Giffin was considered a possible seed at 174 pounds based on his 23-5 record, finalist performance at EIWAs and his national No. 13 ranking. However, he missed out on a spot in the top 12 and drew No. 2 Jay Borschel of Iowa in the first round. Borschel, 32-0 this season, won the Big 10 title this year and was an NCAA All-America in 2008.
Penn's other EIWA finalist, Micah Burak, will wrestle another unseeded grappler, James Hamel of Buffalo, in the first round. Burak has advanced to the NCAAs in his freshman season will meet a junior making his second trip to NCAAs.
The 2010 NCAA Championships begin March 18 and continue through March 20 in Omaha, Neb. For more information on the NCAA Championships, click here.
Download: NCAA Prelim Brackets.pdf