No. 1 Penn State holds a huge lead after day one of the 2016 Big Ten Championships on Saturday. [ MORE: View HawkeyeSports.com’s Championship Central ] The perfect Nittany Lions dominated the action at Carver-Hawkeye Arena en route to jumping out to a 27-point lead over second-place Iowa. With a sizzling quarterfinal round in which it went 6-1, Penn State leads the team race with 133.0 points while Iowa is second with 106.0 and Ohio State is third with 100. The Nittany Lions will have six wrestlers in Sunday’s championship finals, which air live on the Big Ten Network and
BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks looks ahead to this weekend's Big Ten Wrestling Championship. Plus, get the initial brackets as well as details on how to watch all Saturday and Sunday matches live.
The Big Ten Conference announced the preliminary seeds for the 2016 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, which are set for March 5-6 at Iowa. Five schools boast at least one top-seeded wrestler, with Penn State leading the way with four. Nebraska and Penn State will bring a seeded wrestler in each of the 10 weight classes, while Iowa, Ohio State and Rutgers each boast a seeded grappler in nine classes. The pre-seeds, as voted on by the conference’s coaches, rank the top eight wrestlers in eight weight classes, along with all 14 starters in two weight classes due to the Big
BTN will televise seven winter Big Ten Championships, including wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s indoor track & field and men’s and women’s gymnastics and the entire Big Ten Hockey Tournament in 2016. Coverage begins with the Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships from Michigan on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET, while the Big Ten Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships will air at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 29, from Purdue. The opening night relays and preliminary rounds for both women (Feb. 17-20) and men (Feb. 24-27) can be viewed live on BTN
Throughout the Big Ten wrestling season, BTN’s Kara Lentz delivers the BTN Wrestling Report, an online video segment spotlighting the wrestlers from around the conference. In talking with Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis ahead of this weekend’s wrestling action on BTN and BTN Plus, Lentz learned that Tsirtsis is a “Star Wars” fan who can do a very good Chewbacca imitiation. Could he answer a few questions in Chewbacca’s native language? “I don’t quite have the language down perfectly,” Tsirtsis tells Lentz,”but I can do my best.” Ever the good sport, Tsirtsis does exactly that. Watch the video above to get his answers to
Tonight’s “Wrestling in 60” recaps the best seven matches from the past week in Big Ten wrestling, including a heavyweight match between Michigan’s Adam Coon and Rutgers’ Billy Smith. The show debuts at 10 p.m. ET with re-airs later on (see our full TV schedule here). “Wrestling in 60” airs every Monday night. Find all available show times for “Wrestling in 60” on the show’s TV schedule page. This rest of this week’s spotlighted matches include: 165 pounds: Steven Rodriguez (ILL) / Austin Wilson (NEB) 133 pounds: Ryan Taylor (Wisc) / Anthony Giraldo (RU) 174 pounds: Alex Meyer (IA) / Nathan Jackson (IU)
This past weekend I was reminded that anything can happen on the wrestling mat. Everybody is beatable. Every single match has its own set of circumstances in comparison to the one before it. As I have noted before, winning a single match at this level is difficult. One match last week at 157 pounds was a battle of unbeatens and it became the talk of the wrestling world: Reigning national champion and top ranked Isaiah Martinez of Illinois vs. Penn State’s Jason Nolf (No.3). That match had been analyzed and talked about for countless hours by wrestling media and fans
BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks brings you latest on Big Ten wrestling and looks ahead to a few key matches this weekend. Plus, watch this week's BTN Wrestling Report video segment as Kara Lentz talks with Indiana's Nate Jackson as the Hoosiers get set to wrestle Michigan State, Friday at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go.
Tonight is the debut of “Wrestling in 60,” a one-hour show spotlighting the top dual wrestling matches from the past week across the Big Ten Conference. The first show airs at 8:30 p.m. ET tonight and several times again. “Wrestling in 60” will air on Monday nights. Find all available show times for “Wrestling in 60” on the show’s TV schedule page. This week’s spotlighted matches include: 149 pounds: Michigan’s Alec Pantaleo vs. Ohio State’s Hunter Stieber 133 pounds: Michigan’s Rossi Bruno vs. Ohio State’s Johnni DiJulius 197 pounds: Maryland’s Garrett Wesneski vs Minnesota’s Brett Pfarr 133 pounds: Iowa’s Cory Clark vs.
Ohio State's Kyle Snyder will debut this season. Iowa won the Midlands again. Penn State is packed with talent. Plus a look at a few key upcoming conference showdowns. BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks has all this and more in hos weekly wrestling report.