Penn State Wrestling: 2023 NCAA preview and road map to another national title

Penn State Wrestling's Aaron Brooks (Image via the Des Moines Register)
Penn State Wrestling's Aaron Brooks (Image via the Des Moines Register) /
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Previewing the road which lay ahead for each Penn State Wrestling grappler heading into the 2023 NCAA Wrestling Championships

The page in the proverbial “Book of College Wrestling” has been officially turned from the 2023 Big Ten Championships for Penn State Wrestling to the page containing the 2023 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

And following their first Big Ten Championship since 2019, the Penn State Wrestling team has no time to rest on their laurels as this is the week every aspiring collegiate wrestler looks forward to and winning some hardware is what they dream about. Hopes may be dashed, frustrations can mount, upsets will happen, and the blood, sweat, and tears of constant training all year culminates in three days of incredible wrestling action.

So we put together a preview for how and when to tune in and for each of the Nittany Lions in action and highlight any key matches they may face on their road to glory. And to prevent your eyes from going cross by staring at a text wall, I’ve cut down each weight class to the top 16 seeded wrestlers.

What, When, and Where

The 2023 NCAA Wrestling Championships take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma and will air on the ESPN Networks. All times listed below are Eastern Standard Time.

Thursday, March 16

Session 1 – 12:00 pm (Pigtails & Round of 32)
Session 2 – 7:00 pm (Round of 16 & Consolations)

First-round coverage will be on ESPNU starting at noon, while later coverage of the first and second round will be on ESPN at 7 pm Thursday.

Friday, March 17

Session 3 – 12:00 pm (Quarterfinals & Consolations)
Session 4 – 8:00 pm (Championship Semifinals & Round of 12)

Friday coverage begins at noon on ESPNU and 8 pm on ESPN.

Saturday, March 18

Session 5 – 11:00 am (Placing Matches)
Session 6 – 7:00 pm (Championship Finals)

The final day of the championships on Saturday will start on ESPNU at 11 am, featuring the medal rounds and the National Finals will be on ESPN at 7 pm.