DES MOINES, IOWA – Redshirt sophomore James Cook and freshman Eric Montoya head to the NCAA Wrestling Championships Thursday at the Wells Fargo Arena beginning at noon. Cook will compete at 184 pounds while Montoya vies for the 125-pound title.
Cook will face No. 10 Jacob Swartz of Boise State in the first session. Cook (8-6) qualified for the Championships by winning the 184-pound title at the Southern Conference Championships March 9. Swartz (27-3) claimed the title in the Pac-12 Championship to earn a bid.
No. 28 Montoya will meet No. 6 Nahshon Garrett of Cornell to begin the road to the title. Montoya (33-15), the first Campbell true freshman to advance to nationals, was the only SoCon wrestler to receive an at-large bid to the Championships after being consistently ranked in the NCAA Coaches' Poll. Garrett (38-4) received an automatic bid after winning the EIWA title.
This is only the second time the Camels have sent multiple wrestlers to the Championships in the same year. The first time occurred in 2000 as John Christian and Billy Greene advanced.
Coverage: All six sessions of the Championships will be broadcast by ESPN networks. Thursday's action will be shown on ESPN3, with four mats covered at a time. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be broadcast live on ESPNU, while the finals will be live on ESPN on Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m. CT.
Live stats will also be available through ncaa.com.
Thursday, March 21
11 a.m. - Session 1 - ESPN3 (Eight mats - pigtails and first round)
6:30 p.m. - Session 2 - ESPN3 (Eight mats - wrestleback first round, championship second round)
Friday, March 22
10 a.m. - Session 3 - ESPN3/ESPNU (Eight mats - quarterfinals, wrestlebacks)
6 p.m. - Session 4 - ESPNU (Six mats - semifinals, wrestlebacks)
Saturday, March 23
10 a.m. - Session 5 - ESPNU (Three mats - wrestleback semifinals, 3rd-8th medal rounds )
6:35 - Grand March - Parade of All-Americans
7 p.m. - Session 6 - ESPN (One mat - Finals)