Officials with ESPN have announced that the network will expand its coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
ESPN will expand its coverage of the annual collegiate wrestling championships, which run from March 20th – 22nd, on air and online. What this means for audiences is that for the first time ever, they can catch all six sessions and every match on ESPN3. On television, ESPN will carry both the semifinal and final round of the championships. ESPNU will carry the tournament’s preliminary sessions and the medal round. Audiences will also be able to catch all of the action from the three-day tournament online at WatchESPN.
The annual NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will be broadcast live from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The championships begin March 20th with the first and second sessions on ESPNU. Neither round has ever been broadcast before. Fans can log on to ESPN3 and get live multi-mat coverage of the first and second sessions. That coverage means being able to see up to four different mats at one time on one screen. It also will allow viewers to see every match, including the wrestle-back bracket, accompanied by live commentary throughout the course of the tournament. The complete tournament coverage schedule is listed below.
2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Schedule
|Date||Time (ET)||Session||Number of Mats||Network|
|Thu, March 20||Noon – 3:30 p.m.||First Session||Eight Mats||ESPNU/ESPN3|
|7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.||Second Session||Eight Mats||ESPNU/ESPN3|
|Fri, March 21||11 a.m. – 2 p.m.||Third Session – Quarterfinals||Eight Mats||ESPNU/ESPN3|
|8 p.m. – 11 p.m.||Fourth Session -Semifinals||Six Mats||ESPN/ESPN3|
|Sat, March 22||11 a.m. – 2 p.m.||Fifth Session -Medal Round||Three Mats||ESPNU/ESPN3|
|8:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.||Sixth Session – Championship Finals||One Mat||ESPN/ESPN3|
2014 marks the thirty-fourth year that ESPN has carried the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. ESPN first broadcast the championships live in 2004. Live broadcast of the preliminary rounds began in 2005. ESPN has carried coverage of all six sessions live on ESPN3 since 2011.
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