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NCAA Tournament Time for Ruffin, McKiernan

Justin Ruffin and Colton McKiernan
Justin Ruffin and Colton McKiernan

NCAA Tournament Brackets (Updated 3/20)

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE wrestling will send two true freshmen to the mat this weekend for the NCAA Division I Championships in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Justin Ruffin (157 pounds) and Colton McKiernan (heavyweight) will represent the Cougars. Ruffin placed fourth at the Mid-American Conference Championships while McKiernan took second in his weight class. Both earned automatic bids based on the strength of the weight class for the MAC.

The first round begins at 11 a.m. CT Thursday with the finals set for Saturday.

SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates said the atmosphere in PPG Paints Arena will be exciting.

"It's tough to explain it until you really get out there," said Spates. "All of our coaches have been there before and have wrestled at it or coached at it. You try to keep the nerves down and focus on the match in front of you."

Ruffin is slated to face Lehigh's Josh Humphreys, the No. 8 seed, in the opening round. McKiernan drew fourth-seeded Jordan Wood of Lehigh in the first round.

"I think they're excited," said Spates. "Both are pretty level-headed and don't get too excited for matches. I think they both understand they can compete and have been wrestling guys who have been in the rankings all year."

ESPN announced that all of the matches will be broadcast live. Below are links for every mat and round at the championships. As both wrestlers learn their respective mat assignment, the SIUE Cougars twitter account will send out a video link for the match.

The NCAA also announced Wednesday that tickets for the 2020 Championships are going on sale today. All-session tickets for that event will be available for purchase exclusively at NCAA.com/wrestling.

 

DATE

TIME(ET)

ROUND

Link

03/21/2019

12:00 PM

First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492099/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

11:00 AM

Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492102/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

07:00 PM

Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3491856/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

08:00 PM

Semifinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3491855/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/23/2019

07:00 PM

Championship

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3491857/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/23/2019

11:00 AM

Medal Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492100/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

12:00 PM

Mat 1, First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492303/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

12:00 PM

Mat 2, First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492246/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

12:00 PM

Mat 3, First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492279/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

12:00 PM

Mat 4, First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492253/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

12:00 PM

Mat 5, First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492259/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

12:00 PM

Mat 6, First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492268/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

12:00 PM

Mat 7, First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492252/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

12:00 PM

Mat 8, First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492306/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

12:00 PM

Scoreboard - First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492258/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

07:00 PM

Mat 1, Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492243/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

07:00 PM

Mat 2, Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492256/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

07:00 PM

Mat 3, Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492245/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

07:00 PM

Mat 4, Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492263/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

07:00 PM

Mat 5, Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492255/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

07:00 PM

Mat 6, Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492301/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

07:00 PM

Mat 7, Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492264/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

07:00 PM

Mat 8, Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492260/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/21/2019

07:00 PM

Scoreboard - Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492277/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

11:00 AM

Mat 1, Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492265/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

11:00 AM

Mat 2, Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492266/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

11:00 AM

Mat 3, Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492273/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

11:00 AM

Mat 4, Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492292/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

11:00 AM

Mat 5, Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492285/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

11:00 AM

Mat 6, Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492278/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

11:00 AM

Mat 7, Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492312/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

11:00 AM

Mat 8, Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492307/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

11:00 AM

Scoreboard - Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492287/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

08:00 PM

Mat 1, Semifinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492345/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

08:00 PM

Mat 2, Semifinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492267/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

08:00 PM

Mat 3, Semifinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492350/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

08:00 PM

Mat 4, Semifinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492339/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

08:00 PM

Mat 5, Semifinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492332/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

08:00 PM

Mat 6, Semifinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492325/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/22/2019

08:00 PM

Scoreboard - Semifinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492324/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/23/2019

11:00 AM

Mat 1, Medal Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492333/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/23/2019

11:00 AM

Mat 2, Medal Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492346/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/23/2019

11:00 AM

Mat 3, Medal Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492352/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/23/2019

11:00 AM

Scoreboard - Medal Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492347/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/23/2019

07:00 PM

Off The Mat

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492356/ncaa-wrestling-championship

03/23/2019

10:00 PM

Trophy Ceremony

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492355/ncaa-wrestling-championship

 

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