BRISTOL, Conn. - ESPNU, ESPN and ESPN360.com will combine for expanded live coverage of the 80th annual NCAA Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 19, and Saturday, March 20, from the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb. The Championships will be telecast entirely in high definition.
For the first time, three former All-America athletes will join ESPN commentators during select telecasts, providing unique perspective and adding to the in-depth analysis: Ben Askren, Missouri (quarterfinals), Jordan Leen, Cornell (semis) and Jake Herbert, Northwestern (medal round).
The quarterfinals will air Friday, March 19, at 9:30 a.m. CT, and the semifinals at 6 p.m., both on ESPNU. For the fourth consecutive year, the quarterfinals (two of four matches) and semifinals (both matches) will be telecast in a side-by-side format, allowing viewers to catch the action in two matches at the same time.
ESPNU will televise the Championship Medal Round on Saturday, March 20, at 10 a.m., and the hunt for the Division I title culminates with the Finals at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.
During the Finals, two referees per match each will wear a microphone, providing fans with even more access to and understanding of the action.