Penn State won its fourth straight Big Ten Wrestling Championships title on Sunday. The Nittany Lions (140.5) become just the fifth school to win four consecutive conference titles and the first since Iowa won 25 in a row from 1974-1998. Penn State took home two individual titles, as Ed Ruth and David Taylor closed their careers as just the 12th and 13th wrestlers to be four-time champs.
Three-time reigning Big Ten Wrestling Championships winner, Penn State takes a narrow lead into Sunday’s Big Ten Wrestling Championships title bouts. The Nittany Lions, with 128.5 points, lead Iowa by one-half point. The rest of the top 5: Minnesota (110.5); Ohio State (73.5); Illinois and Michigan (69.5).
Co-Big Ten champ Minnesota leads the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships after Session 1. The Gophers racked up 77 points to jump out to the early lead in Madison. Penn State and Iowa, the other two teams that shared the dual meet crown, are in second and third place, respectively, with 70 and 68 points.
We decided to have a little fun providing a preview to this year’s B1G Wrestling Championships on March 8-9 at Wisconsin. BTN wrestling analyst Jim Gibbons, an NCAA champion both as a wrestler and coach at Iowa State, will break down one weight class a day, and pick a winner, each day through March 7. Today, it’s the 125-pound weight class.
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The Big Ten Conference announced the preliminary seeds for the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, which are set for March 8-9 on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. Five schools boast at least one top-seeded wrestler, with Penn State leading the way with five.
BTN/BTN2Go will provide live coverage of the semifinals (1 p.m ET) and finals (5) of the NWCA Wrestling Duals on Monday at Ohio State. The competition features 14 top Division I wrestling programs, including No. 1 Minnesota, No. 13 Ohio State and No. 18 Illinois. Track all the action here.