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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
In the latest web-only edition of the “BTN Wrestling Report,” Kara Lentz talks with BTN wrestling analyst Jim Gibbons to preview the Big Ten Championships that are set for Saturday-Sunday at the University of Illinois. Lentz and Gibbons preview each weight class and talk about what each team needs to do to win the team title. [ RELATED: Check out the Championships preliminary seeds ] How to watch all events live Session 1: Big Ten Digital Network Session 2: Big Ten Digital Network Session 3: Big Ten Digital Network Sunday consolations: Big Ten Digital Network Sunday’s Championships: BTN TV & BTN2Go Here are
Wrestling fans can watch the two-day Big Ten Wrestling Champinships this weekend live via the Big Ten Digital Network online subscription product and BTN/BTN2Go. Sunday’s championships will air live on BTN TV and online at BTN2Go at 2:30 p.m. ET. If you’re not familiar with BTN2Go, now’s the time to check it out. BTN2Go lets fans watch the TV network live wherever they are via the internet, mobile phone or tablet. Cable and satellite companies who have agreed to carry BTN2Go will offer it, but you must have BTN as part of your cable or satellite subscription to get it.
In this week’s web-only “BTN Wrestling Report,” BTN’s Kara Lentz goes outside of the conference to tackle the International Olympic Committee executive board’s decision to drop wrestling as an Olympic event, beginning in 2020. Lentz looks at the history of Olympic wrestling, touches on the Big Ten’s decorated history and is joined by Nebraska coach Mark Manning for an in-depth conversation about the news. On Twitter? Get involved in the conversation using #saveolympicwrestling.