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B1G Wrestling Championships preview: 157 pounds

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 157-pound weight class. Along with the breakdown and pick, I’m including my Mr. Upside. These are guys whose arrow is pointed in the right direction and have the stuff to perform better than their seed. The kind of guys who every coach on

B1G Wrestling Championships preview: 149 pounds

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 149-pound weight class. Along with the breakdown and pick, I’m including my Mr. Upside. These are guys whose arrow is pointed in the right direction and have the stuff to perform better than their seed. The kind of guys who every coach on

B1G Wrestling Championships preview: 174 pounds

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 174-pound weight class. Along with the breakdown and pick, I’m including my Mr. Upside. These are guys whose arrow is pointed in the right direction and have the stuff to perform better than their seed. The kind of guys who every coach on

Get preliminary seeds for 2014 B1G Wrestling Championships

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. The pre-seeds, as voted on by the conference’s coaches, rank the top eight wrestlers in five weight classes, along with all 12 starters in five weight classes due to the Big Ten receiving eight or more NCAA Championships qualifier allocations in those classes. Each team enters the championships with a seeded wrestler

B1G Wrestling Championships preview: 184 pounds

We decided to have a little fun providing a preview for 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 per day, and pick a winner, each day through March 7. Today, it’s the 184-pound weight class. Along with the breakdown and pick, I’m including my Mr. Upside. These are guys whose arrow is pointed in the right direction and have the stuff to perform better than their seed. The kind of guys who every coach on

Wrestling Report: Weekend preview

In this week’s online-only “BTN Wrestling Report,” Kara Lentz reports some of the latest Big Ten wrestling news, including Nebraska’s James Green taking down top-ranked Derek St. John of Iowa. Lentz also sets up BTN’s weekend wrestling coverage, highlighted by Minnesota’s trip to Iowa City at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday. That match which will broadcasted live on BTN/BTN2Go. On Twitter? Interact with us at @BTNWrestling and follow Kara at @KaraLentz. Find the full BTN TV schedule for wrestling below. Friday, Jan. 24 Wisconsin at Indiana 7:00 PM (LIVE on BTDN) Friday, Jan. 24 Michigan State at Michigan 7:00 PM (LIVE

Video: See who our expert picks to win wrestling crowns

The Big Ten wrestling season is just a month old, but BTN analyst Jim Gibbons already is looking forward to the Big Ten Championships. We had Gibbons recently look into his crystal ball and offer his picks to win each and every weight class at the Big Ten Championships, held March 8-9 in Madison. Watch Gibbons’ early championship picks in this post. View every team’s 2013-14 schedule: Illinois Indiana Iowa Michigan Michigan State Minnesota Nebraska Northwestern Ohio State Penn State Purdue Wisconsin

BTN/BTN2Go announces wrestling coverage

CHICAGO – With the Big Ten seeking its eighth straight national championship, BTN’s 2013-14 wrestling coverage, presented by returning sponsor Cliff Keen Athletic, will be the most extensive in network history. The television schedule includes a dual between Penn State and Iowa, winners of the past six national titles, a Monday night meet in primetime between Ohio State and Purdue, and live coverage of the entire Big Ten Wrestling Championships hosted by Wisconsin. Although Penn State and Iowa were not originally scheduled to meet as a result of the Big Ten’s rotating slate of eight regular-season duals, the two schools

IOC reinstates wrestling for 2020 Olympics

It’s official: Wrestling is back in the Olympics. On Sunday morning, the International Olympic Committee reinstated wrestling for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The IOC selected wrestling over baseball/softball and squash. Of course, this is huge news for the sport, the Olympics, and all wrestling fans. [ USATODAY.com: Wrestling wins IOC vote for 2020 Olympics ] Wrestling was removed from the Olympics in February, but in the end, the IOC decided not to get rid of one of its oldest sports. And that’s music to Big Ten wrestling fans’ ears. Teams from the Big Ten have won the past seven NCAA

Penn State wins 3rd consecutive Big Ten Championships

Back-to-back champion Penn State defended its postseason crown Sunday en route to winning its third consecutive Big Ten Wrestling Championships. The Nittany Lions racked up 151 points, 12 more than second-place Minnesota. See the final standings and get a link to the final brackets in this post. [ RELATED: View the final 2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championships brackets (PDF) ] FINAL BIG TEN TEAM STANDINGS 1. Penn State – 151 2. Minnesota – 139 3. Iowa – 133.5 4. Ohio State – 109.5 5. Illinois – 85.5 6. Michigan – 75 7. Nebraska – 61 8. Northwestern – 56 9.