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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

No Holds Barred: Bob Mayeri Previews 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with our long-time colleague and wrestling correspondent, Bob Mayeri.

In our discussion, we previewed the 2015 NCAA Div. I Wrestling Championships.

The 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships run from Thursday, March 19, through Saturday, March 21, in St. Louis's Scottrade Center, and in the U.S., powerhouse telecaster ESPN is slated to show all the action. The finals Saturday night, along with the often epic semifinals Friday night, will both be shown live in prime time on ESPN. The other four sessions will be shown live on their college sports-oriented network, ESPNU.

In addition, all the action will be available live online on ESPN3, which will offer a multi-mat, simultaneous viewing format showing up to four different mats at one time. And both the TV and ESPN3 content will be available on their WatchESPN app.

Here is the TV schedule, with all times EDT:

2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship Television Schedule

Date Time Session Network

Thursday, March 19
Noon - 3:30 p.m. 1st Round ESPNU & ESPN3
7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 2nd Round ESPNU & ESPN3

Friday, March 20
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Quarterfinals ESPNU & ESPN3
8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Semifinals ESPN & ESPN3

Saturday, March 21
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Medal Round ESPNU & ESPN3
8:00 p.m. - 11 p.m. Championship Finals ESPN & ESPN3

For more information on ESPN's TV and online coverage, go here.

We spoke with Bob Mayeri by phone Tuesday.

"I think the team race seems to have piqued everybody's curiosity, because when I look at it I see at least five teams that have a possibility of winning this whole thing, although three of them seem to have the main focus," he said.

"Iowa, Ohio State, Missouri -- those are the main three, with considerations got to be given to Minnesota and Cornell also in the team race."

With team points being earned both in the regular tournament matches and the wrestlebacks, "It will have everybody waiting to see how it turns out," he said.

We also discussed the favorites for winners in each of the ten weight classes, the quest by Ohio State's Logan Stieber to win his fourth straight NCAA title, what team victories by upstart teams like Missouri or Ohio State would mean for college wrestling, and much more.

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