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.
The No. 17 Nebraska wrestling team completed a weekend sweep of ranked opponents by defeating No. 18 Northwestern, 25-12, Saturday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Huskers improve to 8-3 with the win and 2-2 in Big Ten duals. Nebraska is 4-0 on the road this season. The Wildcats drop to 4-4 on the season with an 0-3 record in the Big Ten. Read the full recap at Huskers.com. Results 174: #4 Robert Kokesh (NEB) by major dec. over #9 Lee Munster (NU), 11-3 (NEB 4, NU 0) 184: #8 Josh Ihnen (NEB) by tech. fall over Marcus Shrewsbury (NU), 16-0 (NEB
Several Big Ten wrestling teams were in action on Friday night. Nebraska got their first Big Ten dual victory of the season with a 20-19 win over Michigan and improve to 7-3 on the season. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more wrestling coverage, including Student U highlights of Minnesota’s win over Ohio State. Kara Lentz talks with Nebraska’s Robert Kokesh in “Mat Minute.” Minnesota gets the 25-9 win over Ohio State. *** Here’s the remaining BTN/Big Ten Digital Network wrestling schedule. 2012-2013 Wrestling | Find schedule for all Big Ten Digital Network web-streaming events Saturday, Jan. 12 Nebraska
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
In a back and forth battle, the No. 9 Nebraska wrestling team took down Arizona State, 18-12, on Saturday night at the NU Coliseum. Wrestling in front of 778 fans, the Huskers improved to 5-1, while the Sun Devils fell to 5-2. No. 6 Josh Ihnen started the match with a 6-2 decision over No. 20 Kevin Radford of Arizona State at 184 pounds. Ihnen, a senior, improves to 13-1 on the season with the victory, including a 5-1 mark in duals. The Sun Devils responded with three consecutive victories at 197, Heavyweight and 125 to take a 9-3 lead.
The No. 1 Gophers opened Big Ten action against the No. 9 ranked Cornhuskers and came out with a 27-7 win on Friday night. Below is the complete schedule of wrestling events for BTN TV/BTN2Go as well as the Big Ten Digital Network: 2012-2013 Wrestling on BTN/BTN2Go & BTDN Saturday, Nov. 10 Old Dominion at Purdue 1:00 PM (LIVE on BTDN) Saturday, Nov. 10 Missouri at Purdue 3:00 PM (LIVE on BTDN) Sunday, Nov. 11 Pittsburgh at Michigan 2:00 PM (LIVE on BTDN) Friday, Nov. 16 Lehigh at Penn State 7:00 PM (LIVE on BTDN) Friday, Nov. 16 Minnesota at