Seedings for Big 12 Championship Unveiled

By NU Athletic Communications
Official seedings for the 2009 Big 12 Championship have been released.
Official seedings for the 2009 Big 12 Championship have been released.
Photo by Big 12 Conference

Lincoln Official seedings for Saturday’s Big 12 Wrestling Championship were announced by the league office tonight. Seedings are finalized by a vote of the conference coaches and are based on head-to-head competition against Big 12 opponents, highest-ranked common opponents and current national rankings.

Six NU wrestlers earned a top-three seed to avoid the pigtail round, including junior Jordan Burroughs (157) and Vince Jones (184) at No. 1. The two natives of Sicklerville, N.J., both enter the Big 12 Championship undefeated in conference action. Craig Brester (197) and Brandon Browne (174) are No. 2 seeds, while Robert Sanders (149) and Stephen Dwyer (165) earned the third seed in their respective weight class. A full list of the final seedings is below.


Doors to the NU Coliseum open at 10 a.m. with the pigtail round set to begin at 11 a.m. and semifinals at noon. The second session commences at 4 p.m. with consolation matches, while the finals start at 7 p.m. Tickets can still be purchased at the door. All-session packages are $20 for reserved seating or $15 for general admission, while single-session tickets are $12 for reserved and $8 for general admission.


2009 Big 12 Championship

Official Seedings


125 Pounds

1. Joey Fio OU

2. Obenson Blanc OSU

3. Tyler Clark ISU

4. Troy Dolan MU

5. Andy Pokorny NU


133 Pounds
1. Nick Fanthorpe ISU

2. Chris Notte OSU

3. Brian Shelton OU

4. Matt Vacanti NU

5. Todd Schavrien - MU


141 Pounds
1. Marcus Hoehn MU

2. Nick Gallick ISU

3. Jamal Parks OSU

4. Seth Vernon OU

5. Curtis Salazar NU


149 Pounds
1. Kyle Terry OU

2. Mitch Mueller ISU

3. Robert Sanders NU

4. Andrew Sherry MU

5. Luke Silver OSU


157 Pounds

1. Jordan Burroughs NU

2. Michael Chandler MU

3. Cyler Sanderson ISU

4. Neil Erisman OSU

5. Chad Terry OU


165 Pounds

1. Nick Marable MU

2. Jon Reader ISU

3. Stephen Dwyer NU

4. Brandon Mason OSU

5. Ryan Smith OU


174 Pounds

1. Raymond Jordan MU

2. Brandon Browne NU

3. Newly McSpadden OSU

4. Jeff James OU

5. Duke Burk ISU


184 Pounds
1. Vince Jones NU

2. Jerome Ward ISU

3. Pat Flynn OU

4. Dorian Henderson MU

5. Chris McNeill OSU


197 Pounds

1. Jake Varner ISU

2. Craig Brester NU

3. Max Askren MU

4. Clayton Foster OSU

5. Eric Lapotsky OU



1. David Zabriskie ISU

2. Mark Ellis MU

3. Jared Rosholt OSU

4. Tucker Lane NU

5. Nathan Fernandez OU


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