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.
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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.
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.
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.