ESPN ratings for NCAA Wrestling Championships highest since 2004


Redshirt senior Matthew Gibson shakes the hand of volunteer coach Jon Reader after defeating North Dakota State’s Evan Knutson in the heavyweight wrestlebacks at the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines.

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ESPN delivered its second-best mark in broadcasting the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, according to InterMat.

This year’s finals, which were capped off by the excitement of Kyle Dake’s win against David Taylor for the 165-pound title, drew a 604,000 (a score of 0.6 on the Nielsen rating scale). The coverage of the three-day tournament, which was spread between ESPN3 and ESPNU along with the finals on ESPN, averaged 860,000 viewers, the most since 2004.

ESPN is locked in with exclusive rights to broadcast the NCAA Championships through 2024.