By Allen Moff | Staff Writer
The M.A.C. Center in Kent will be the host of the Mid-American Conference's wrestling championships beginning today at noon.
It is the conference's largest tournament in 32 years, after increasing its league membership to nine teams, 90 wrestlers are scheduled to compete for 10 individual titles.
The-day event will conclude on Sunday at KSU with another noon start, with championship rounds scheduled to start closer to 1:20 p.m.
In total, 10 Kent State wrestlers have an opportunity to capture automatic bids into the NCAA Championships, which will be hosted in Oklahoma City this year.
Here is a look at this weekend's big event on the campus of KSU:
What: 2014 Mid-American Conference Wrestling Championships.
When: Saturday and Sunday, starting at noon both days. Sunday's championship round will begin at 1:20 p.m.
Where: M.A.C. Center.
Defending champion: Missouri.
No. 5 Northern Iowa, No. 9 Missouri, No. 25 Central Michigan, Kent State, Old Dominion, Ohio, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Buffalo.
Kent State's Lineup
125: No. 7 seed Soph. Del Vinas; 133: No. 4 seed Soph. Mack McGuire (24-12); 141: No. 5 seed Jr. Tyler Small (21-5); 149: No. 3 seed Soph. Michael DePalma (21-17); 157: No. 1 seed Soph. Ian Miller (24-4); 165: No. 5 seed Jr. Tyler Buckwalter; 174: No. 5 seed Jr. Caleb Marsh (17-8); 184: No. 7 seed Soph. Cory Campbell; 197: No. 4 seed Soph. Cole Baxter (22-15); Hwt.: No. 7 seed Fr. Mimmo Lytle.
The MAC received 41 automatic bids to the NCAA Championships. Only the Big Ten (74) and the EIWA (47) conferences received more. ... Small (141) and Miller (149) both won individual titles at the MAC meet in 2012, then redshirted last season. ... Miller leads a 157-pound bracket that features seven wrestlers ranked in the top 33. His only career MAC loss came on a medical default against Central Michigan's Luke Smith, who earned the No. 2 seed. ... Marsh has won his last five matches, with three of those wins coming over opponents ranked in the top 30. ... The Flashes do not have a senior in their lineup. ... Joe Colon of Northern Illinois (No. 1, 133), and Missouri's Drake Houdashelt (No. 1, 149) and J'Den Cox (No. 2, 197) were ranked in the top two in the final national coaches rankings. Miller is ranked No. 5 at 157.
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