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Big 12 Wrestling Tournament Brackets Released, Pokes Have Six No. 1 or 2 Seeds

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The Big 12 released the seeds and brackets for the conference tournament and here’s how it broke out for the Cowboys. They notched three No. 1 seeds, three other No. 2s and just three wrestlers outside a top-three seed.

Weight Wrestler Seed No. NCAA Allocations
125 Nick Piccininni 1 7
133 Kaid Brock 3 5
141 Dean Heil 2 3
149 Boo Lewallen 2 5
157 Jonce Blaylock 4 3
165 Chandler Rogers 2 6
174 Jacobe Smith 4 5
184 Keegan Moore 4 4
197 Preston Weigel 1 4
285 Derek White 1 3

The number of NCAA allocations means that at 125, the top seven from the Big 12 will get in. The top five at the Big 12 Championship from 133 will get in. And so on.

As we discussed last week, if everyone wrestles to their seed nine Pokes will get a bid for the NCAA tournament. The only one that would be on the outside looking in is Jonce Blaylock. He’ll need to wrestle one seed higher and get third to qualify.

A few notes here. We went over injuries last week and knew with confidence that everyone except for Blaylock would be back for this. Coach Smith said Thursday that they may not be making the decision on whether or not he would wrestle until the day of the tournament. He is listed on the bracket, though.

They could always redraw and insert Tristan Moran if Jonce is still hurt, but you have to think that indicates he’ll probably wrestle. John also announced Andrew Marsden and Keegan Moore would rank for the starting spot at 184. I haven’t heard anything official on the match. Moore is listed on the bracket though, so I have to assume he won, but again brackets aren’t final, so they still could make a change there.

Throughout the week I’ll try and go in depth on previews breaking down what to look for in each weight class and Luke Garza and myself will be there live Saturday and Sunday to cover the tournament, so look out for more on the Big 12 tournament going forward.

Here are the full brackets for the tournament.

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