ESPN Airs Second Round and Semifinals in Prime Time; ESPNU Presents First Round and Quarterfinals
Primetime coverage begins with the second round on Thursday, March 18, and continues with the semifinals on March 19, at 8 p.m. On Thursday and Friday, ESPNU will also air the first round and quarterfinals at 11 a.m.
Championship Saturday Night
ESPN's Championship Saturday night coverage will conclude the three-day event, with the network airing each national championship match beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Earlier in the day, ESPN2 and ESPN3 will begin the final day of competition with coverage of the Medal Round at 11 a.m.
Recognizable Voices in the Sports Complement ESPN Coverage
Tim Johnson: The "voice of college wrestling" returns once again to ESPN's coverage, having been a part of it for more than a decade. Johnson was named the 2007 broadcaster of the year by the National Wrestling Media Association. His broadcasting and leadership roles in the sport of wrestling span more than 30 years, including being the director of wrestling for the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as the recipient of the prestigious Order of Merit award honoring a lifetime of contributions to the sport of wrestling.
Jim Gibbons: A former NCAA Wrestling Coach of the Year, he won an NCAA National Championship as the Cyclones head coach following a collegiate wrestling career where he was a three-time All-American and two-time Big Eight winner at Iowa State. He was inducted in the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003.
For the fourth year, Mike Couzens will call the action at the wrestling championships, handling all the prime-time sessions. Shawn Kenney returns to the coverage and will handle the play-by-play for the first Round, quarterfinals and medal round. Quint Kessenich will be the reporter on all telecasts.
For more information on the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships: http://www.ncaa.com/wrestling.