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 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
Northwestern had a strong start to its dual vs. Michigan State, winning four of the first five bouts Friday night in East Lansing, and never looked back in its 18-15 victory. Watch our highlights here and read the full recap at NUSports.com. 125: #19 Dominick Malone (NU) dec Brendan Lyon (MSU), 2-1 (3-0 NU) 133: Garrison White (NU) dec Brandon Fifield (MSU), 6-1 (6-0 NU) 141: Pat Greco (NU) dec Nick Trimble (MSU), 8-2 (9-0 NU) 149: Roger Wildmo (MSU) dec Dylan Marriott (NU), 4-3 (9-3 NU) 157: #2 Jason Welch (NU) dec Ryan Watts (MSU), 5-1 (12-3 NU) 165: #14 Pierce
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
The 50th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Tournament start Saturday at Northwestern and wrap up Sunday with the finals airing live on BTN/BTN2Go. The event is open to Division I, II, and III wrestling teams as well as a number of post-graduate competitors. According to the latest collegiate wrestling rankings, the Big Ten currently has 10 teams ranked in the Top 25. NWCA Rankings (12/18/12) Rank School (First-Place Votes) Points Record 1 Penn State (9) 399 4-0 2 Oklahoma State (1) 390 7-0 3 Minnesota 378 8-1 4 Ohio State 371 6-0 5 Iowa 360 10-0 T6 Illinois 346 3-0 T6