2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships Bracket
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Junior All-Ivy wrestler Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) earned the 12th seed in the 184-pound weight class for the upcoming NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., as announced by the NCAA on Wednesday evening. Bernstein makes his third consecutive trip to the national stage and will open up against unseeded Zack Hernandez of Columbia in first round action on Thursday, March 20.
Brown's winningest wrestler this season, Bernstein stands at 33-8 overall (12-1 in matches decided by fall) and is the first Brown wrestler to crack the 30-win mark for a single season since four-time NCAA Championships participant Bronson Lingamfelter '02 went 31-7 in 2002. The co-captain ran his win streak to eight straight matches before falling in the EIWA Championships Semifinals last weekend, after which he rebounded with a pin and 6-0 decision to claim third place and an NCAA Championships berth.
Bernstein is no stranger to his first-round foe after facing Hernandez (23-11) three times this season, including twice at the EIWA Championships. Bernstein defeated his Ivy League rival, 6-3, in dual meet action on Feb. 23, then dismissed Hernandez twice by matching 6-0 scores at the EIWAs.
Bernstein ranks ninth in the country in the 184-pound weight class according to the latest NCAA RPI rankings and The Open Mat poll. He stands among the nation's elite in a handful of major polls, including Wrestling Inside Newsmagazine (10th), InterMat (11th), FloWrestling (12th) and the NCAA Coaches Panel (13th).
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The 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships return to Oklahoma City on March 20-22 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. New ticket options, including hospitality, are still available. Visit ncaa.com/wrestling to purchase.