ESPN reported that the 2013 NCAA wrestling tournament earned the highest ratings since the 2004 tournament. The event culminated in the highly-anticipated rematch between (now 4-time champion) Kyle Dake of Cornell against Penn State's points machine David Taylor.
This match, which I compared to a non-wrestling fan as like watching a grinding, defensive monster like the Baltimore Ravens of years past (Dake) playing the offensive juggernauts of the 2007 New England Patriots (Taylor), led to a change in order of the finals, with the Finals starting at the 174 lb class and ending with the Dake-Taylor match. Dake won 5-4 over Taylor and earned the 2013 Hodge Trophy, which is known as the wrestling Heisman.
Interestingly enough, Taylor has been undefeated in the past 2 seasons with exception to 2 official and 1 unofficial losses to Dake in 2012-13. Taylor himself won the 2012 Hodge Trophy after going undefeated and winning the national championship.
The 2013 NCAA Wrestling Finals scored 860,000 viewers when it aired on ESPN. The entire tournament was aired on various ESPN outlets, including ESPN 3, ESPNU, and ESPN (which hosted the Finals on Saturday night).