Iowa took home the Big Ten wrestling regular season dual-meet title on Sunday, as the second-ranked Hawkeyes earned a 31-7 victory over No. 13 Nebraska. The Hawkeyes (18-1, 8-0), who clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title Friday night, finished the conference season unblemished, and their lone loss of the season came in mid-January at Oklahoma State. Iowa closes out the regular season Saturday vs. Edinboro. Michigan 24, Michigan State 15: The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team used a late surge, winning five of the last six matches, to take down intrastate rival Michigan State,
Second-ranked Iowa remains undefeated with a 25-12 win over tenth-ranked Illinois. With the win, Iowa clinches a share of the Big Ten regular season championship. The Hawkeyes can claim the title outright with a win over Nebraska on Sunday. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for video coverage of Ohio State’s win over Michigan. No. 2 Iowa 25, No. 10 Illinois 12 125 – No. 5 Jesse Delgado (IL) dec. No. 1 Matt McDonough (IA), 9-4; 0-3 133 – No. 2 Tony Ramos (IA) pinned No. 10 Daryl Thomas (IL), 6:36; 6-3 141 – No. 8 Mark Ballweg (IA) dec. Steven Rodrigues
In this week’s online-only “BTN Wrestling Report,” BTN’s Kara Lentz breaks down Iowa’s big upset win over Penn State last Friday night. We also preview a full slate of wrestling action this weekend, including BTN’s Friday-night doubleheader featuring No. 6 Ohio State vs. Michigan at 6 p.m. ET, followed by No. 2 Iowa battling No. 10 Illinois at 8 p.m. Big Ten Standings Conference Overall W L T Pct. W L T Pct. Iowa 6 0 0 1.000 16 1 0 .941 Penn State 6 1 0 .857 9 1 0 .900 Minnesota 6 1 0 .857 12 2 0 .857
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.