In front of a sold-out Carver Hawkeye Arena crowd, No. 3 Iowa wrestling knocked off No. 1 Penn State, 22-16. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for a BTN Student U wrap-up of Purdue’s win over Northwestern. #3 IOWA 22, #1 PENN STATE 16 125 – #1 Matt McDonough (IA) dec. #2 Nico Megludis (PSU), 2-1 (TB1); 3-0 133 – #2 Tony Ramos (IA) pinned Jordan Conaway (PSU), 4:23; 9-0 141 – #9 Mark Ballweg (IA) major dec. Bryan Pearsall (PSU), 12-2; 13-0 149 – #8 Andrew Alton (PSU) major dec. Brody Grothus (IA), 18-8; 13-4 157 – #1 Derek
No. 4 Iowa outscored No. 3 Minnesota, 41-33, in match points to defeat the Gophers, 16-15, Saturday at Williams Arena. The two teams were tied at 15 after splitting the first 10 bouts, but the Hawkeyes earned the deciding team point based on the advantage in match points — the third tiebreak criteria. “I don’t want to nitpick here but we could have scored some bonus points,” said head coach Tom Brands. “You have to get bonus points when you can. We had some close matches that came down to finishing. If we finish we’ll see more things go our
Friday night was a busy night on the wrestling mat for teams across the conference. Penn State’s Quentin Wright got his 100th career win as the top-ranked Nittany Lions scored a big 36-6 win over Wisconsin to stay unbeaten on the year. In other action, Iowa topped Michigan 33-10. Watch the Penn State-Wisconsin highlights now and jump inside this post for more wrestling video. Penn State’s Quentin Wright and David Taylor talk about their wins and the season thus far: *** Iowa assistant coach Terry Brands talks about the win over Michigan: *** Jake Varner, a wrestler coached by Cael Sanderson, talks about wrestling in
The Big Ten opened conference dual action with Iowa sweeping a pair of meets. In the season’s first edition of BTN Wrestling Report, BTN wrestling analyst Jim Gibbons joins host Kara Lentz to recap the action and look ahead to the bevy of duals this coming weekend. (See the full BTN schedule here.) Nebraska’s Robert Kokesh also joins the show to talk about his season so far with Lentz. Here are the latest Big Ten standings through Jan. 6. Conference Overall W L T Pct. W L T Pct. Iowa 2 0 0 1.000 12 0 0 1.000 Minnesota 2 0 0
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The fourth-ranked Iowa wrestling team remained undefeated on the season as the Hawkeyes opened Big Ten play with a 22-9 win over No. 5 Ohio State on Friday Night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Jump inside for an interview with Iowa’s Mike Evans. Mike Evans talks about his win over Nick Heflin:
Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands signed a five-year contract to continue as head coach of the Hawkeye wrestling program through 2016-17. As Iowa’s head coach since 2006, Brands went on to win three NCAA championships from 2008-10. The Hawkeyes have won three conference titles in his six seasons while crowning 10 Big Ten and seven NCAA individual champions. Read more at Hawkeyesports.com.
The NCAA Wrestling Championship in St. Louis are ongoing, and you can find updated results at NCAA.com and live streaming here. We’ve pulled a few photos from the early rounds and posted them below. A general view during the wrestling division I championship at the Scottrade Center. Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE Montell Marion of the Iowa Hawkeyes defeats Borislav Novachkov of the Cal Poly Mustangs (not pictured) during the wrestling division I championship at the Scottrade Center. Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE Dylan Ness of the Minnesota Golden Gophers points to the sky after defeating Jamal Parks of the Oklahoma State
Penn State was simply dominant en route to winning its second consecutive Big Ten Wrestling Championship on Sunday, crowning three repeat champions in a memorable title match run at Mackey Arena. The Nittany Lions were nearly perfect throughout Sunday’s session and ran away from both Minnesota and Iowa in the team title race. Penn State also has qualified nine wrestlers for NCAAs, with a 10th alive for an at-large bid. Three-time All-American Frank Molinaro became a two-time Big Ten champion at 149 with a tech fall over Minnesota’s Dylan Ness, All-American David Taylor majored Iowa’s Mike Evans at 165, and
The Big Ten Network will offer its most extensive Big Ten Wrestling Championships coverage ever, with all four sessions March 3 and 4 at Purdue on live television or online live. As part of the Big Ten Digital Network’s subscription package, BTN will provide live, whip-around Student U streaming coverage of the Big Ten wrestling preliminaries, beginning at 10 a.m. ET Saturday. Streaming coverage of select matches in sessions two and three will continue at 5 p.m. ET Saturday and at 1 p.m.m ET Sunday, respectively. Sunday’s session four will be carried live at 3 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. The