University of Minnesota wrestling recruit Jake Deitchler drew a first round bye in the 66 kg/145.5 lbs. Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the Beijing Olympics and will wrestle 2006 World silver medalist Kanatbek Begaliev of Kyrgyzstan in the round of 16 at 8:50 (CT) tonight. The match gets underway at 9:30 a.m. Beijing time.
Deitchler, the 2008 Anoka High School graduate who became the first wrestler in 32 years to make the Olympic team out of high school with a victory at the U.S. Olympic Trials earlier this summer, drew the No. 1 position in the bracket following his weigh-in and is one of 12 wrestlers in the 20-man class to receive a first-round bye.
The winner of the Deitchler-Begaliev matchup will face the winner of a match featuring the reigning world champion and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Farid Mansurov of Azerbaijan, who takes on Armen Vardanyan of Ukraine.
The double-elimination bracket will conclude with medal round bouts tomorrow at 4:00 a.m. (CT). MSNBC will carry tape-delayed coverage of the 66 kg/145.5 lbs. Greco-Roman wrestling bracket during its’ coverage from 4:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CT) Wednesday.
All matches are streamed live at www.nbcolympics.com. MSNBC will air tape-delayed coverage starting at 4:00 a.m. (CT).