Cannon Leads AU Wrestling Into 2009 NCAA Championships

Cannon Leads AU Wrestling Into 2009 NCAA Championships

NCAA Championships Bracket

March 18, 2009

WASHINGTON - No. 2 Mike Cannon will lead a trio of American University wrestlers into action this weekend at the 2009 NCAA Championships in St. Louis. Action at the Scottrade Center is scheduled to begin on Thursday, March 19, and will conclude Saturday, March 21. Cannon, the 2009 EIWA and Midlands Champion at 174 lbs., will be joined by 10th-seeded Kyle Borshoff at 149 lbs. and Andrew Silber at 197 lbs.

How To Watch
The NCAA Championships will be broadcast live on the ESPN family of networks. Coverage of the tournament will begin on Friday at 11 a.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN360.com and will conclude Saturday evening with the championship round on ESPN.

TV Schedule
Friday, March 20
Quarterfinals: 11 a.m. (ESPNU and ESPN360.com)
Semifinals: 7 p.m. (ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN360.com)

Saturday, March 21
3rd-8th Place Medal Rounds: 10:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
Finals: 6:30 p.m. (ESPN, ESPN360.com)

What to Watch For
Mike Cannon will look to capture his first National Championship as the No. 2 seed at 174 lbs. Cannon enters the tournament with a perfect 30-0 record and has already claimed victories at this year's EIWA Championships, Midlands Championships and Keystone Classic. Cannon earned All-America status at last year's NCAA's with a sixth-place finish at 165 lbs.

149-pounder Kyle Borshoff is seeded 10th with an overall record of 28-5. Borshoff placed third at the EIWA Championships two weeks ago, fourth at the Midlands Championships and second at the Keystone Classic. Borshoff was a 2007 NCAA Qualifier at 141 lbs. as a freshman.

Andrew Silber earned an at-large bid to Nationals after taking fifth at the EIWA's at 197 lbs. Silber holds an overall record of 17-12 on the season and will be making his first NCAA Championships appearance.

As a team, American will look to continue its current streak of three-consecutive top-25 finishes. AU placed 23rd at last year's tournament after taking 17th in each of the two years previous. American has also crowned at least one All-American in each of the last four years, including 2007 National Champion Josh Glenn.

Schedule of Events
Thursday, March 19
Session I (First Round): 12 p.m.
Session II (Championship: Second Round, Consolation Round; Wrestlebacks: Preliminaries and First Round): 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 20
Session III (Quarterfinals and Wrestlebacks): 12 p.m.
Session IV (Semifinals and Wrestlebacks): 7 p.m.

 

Saturday, March 21
Session V (Wrestleback Semifinals and 3rd-8th Medal Rounds): 10:30 a.m.
Session VI (Finals and Awards Ceremony): 6:30 p.m.