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
Three-time defending NCAA champion Penn State welcomed intrastate rival Pittsburgh to a sold-out Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday and came away with a rousing 28-9 victory. Despite a developing snow storm, the dual meet was wrestled in front of 15,996 fans, setting a new NCAA all-time dual meet record and a new record for a Penn State Athletics event in the BJC. Junior Nico Megaludis (Murraysville, Pa.), ranked No. 3 nationally at 125, opened up the dual meet with an outstanding 4-1 win over No. 9 Anthony Zanetta of Pittsburgh in the dual’s first bout. Read full GoPSUSports.com recap. #2
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
Just how resourceful is social media in today’s digital world? That answer became evident to Penn State wrestling coach Cael Sanderson after he addressed the following tweet to Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands early Thursday afternoon. @TomBrandsHAWK there seems to be something BIG missing on our schedules this year… — Cael Sanderson (@caelsanderson) September 5, 2013 Brands quickly responded to the tweet. @caelsanderson yeah. I agree . Lets do something about it. — Tom Brands (@TomBrandsHAWK) September 5, 2013 Within minutes, the two coaches were indulging in a detailed twitter discussion about the idea of scheduling a dual meet between
On Saturday night, Penn State wrapped up its third consecutive NCAA Wrestling Championships. The Big Ten dominated the event, accounting for three of the top four teams in the final standings. Find a gallery of Big Ten photos from the Championships in this post.
Eying its third consecutive NCAA wrestling crown, Penn State’s Ed Ruth and Quentin Wright delivered Saturday night in Des Moines, Iowa. Ruth claimed the 184-pound title to give Wright the opportunity to clinch the team crown with a victory in the 197-pound class. And Wright didn’t disappoint, taking the individual title to seal his perfect season (32-0) and the Nittany Lions’ third consecutive national championship. The performance caps another dominating year for Penn State, which also won its third straight Big Ten Championships earlier this month. [GALLERY: View some of the best Big Ten shots from the Championships ] FINAL
In this week’s web-only “BTN Wrestling Report,” BTN’s Kara Lentz is joined by Penn State’s Quentin Wright, who won his second career Big Ten title (197 lbs) last weekend to help lead Penn State to its third consecutive Big Ten Wrestling Championships. Also, the BTN wrestling broadcast team of Tim Johnson and Jim Gibbons takes a closer look at the action and gives some final thoughts. [ RELATED: Penn State captures third consecutive Big Ten Wrestling Championships ] FINAL BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS STANDINGS 1. Penn State – 151 2. Minnesota – 139 3. Iowa – 133.5 4. Ohio State – 109.5
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