The 50th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Tournament start Saturday at Northwestern and wrap up Sunday with the finals airing live on BTN/BTN2Go. The event is open to Division I, II, and III wrestling teams as well as a number of post-graduate competitors. According to the latest collegiate wrestling rankings, the Big Ten currently has 10 teams ranked in the Top 25.
|NWCA Rankings (12/18/12)|
|Rank||School (First-Place Votes)||Points||Record|
|1||Penn State (9)||399||4-0|
|2||Oklahoma State (1)||390||7-0|
As the host site, NUsports.com has plenty of info, including a cool bracket of all-time great Midlands competitors. It’s down to four very familiar wrestling names: Tom Brands vs. Dan Gable and then Cael Sanderson vs. Bruce Baumgartner. You can read more here, or just go vote here.
This is also a good information page on this weekend’s events. Remember that you can watch Sunday’s finals live on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. ET, and follow @NU_Wrestle on Twitter for general tournament updates and @NU_SportsLIVE for updates on Northwestern wrestlers and Sunday’s finals. The #Midlands50 hashtag on Twitter is in honor of the event’s 50th anniversary.
Updated brackets also will be posted on NUsports.com.
Here’s the general schedule:
Saturday, Dec. 29
9:30 a.m. – Session I
7 p.m. – Session II
Sunday, Dec. 30
Noon – Session III – Semifinals, Consolation, 7th place matches
6:30 p.m. – Parade of Champions
7 p.m. – Session IV – 1st, 3rd, 5th place matches