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
Friday night was a busy night on the wrestling mat for teams across the conference. Penn State’s Quentin Wright got his 100th career win as the top-ranked Nittany Lions scored a big 36-6 win over Wisconsin to stay unbeaten on the year. In other action, Iowa topped Michigan 33-10. Watch the Penn State-Wisconsin highlights now and jump inside this post for more wrestling video. Penn State’s Quentin Wright and David Taylor talk about their wins and the season thus far: *** Iowa assistant coach Terry Brands talks about the win over Michigan: *** Jake Varner, a wrestler coached by Cael Sanderson, talks about wrestling in
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
Penn State’s Cael Sanderson, the head coach of the two-time defending NCAA champions, has signed a contract extension that will keep him with the Nittany Lions through the 2017 season. “I really appreciate the gesture by Dr. Joyner and the administration to actively pursue a contract extension,” Sanderson said in a school release. “I’m thrilled that the University has confidence in our coaching team. With the hard work of Cody Sanderson and Casey Cunningham, this staff is fully enjoying their coaching responsibilities and we are excited to continue leading Penn State wrestling.” [GoPSUSports.com: Cael Sanderson signs contract extension] Sanderson’s new
Penn State won its second straight NCAA wrestling tournament before the final round and senior Frank Molinaro, sophomore David Taylor and sophomore Ed Ruth won individual crowns. Penn State led by 15 points after the morning session, and a vocal fan base mostly concentrated in one corner of the Scottrade Center showed support with a whiteout, then chanted “We are Penn State!” after the final match. The Nittany Lions’ 143 points topped second-place Minnesota (117.5), Iowa (107.5), Cornell (102.5) and Ohio State (68.5). You can read more at NCAA.com.
The NCAA Wrestling Championship in St. Louis are ongoing, and you can find updated results at NCAA.com and live streaming here. We’ve pulled a few photos from the early rounds and posted them below. A general view during the wrestling division I championship at the Scottrade Center. Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE Montell Marion of the Iowa Hawkeyes defeats Borislav Novachkov of the Cal Poly Mustangs (not pictured) during the wrestling division I championship at the Scottrade Center. Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE Dylan Ness of the Minnesota Golden Gophers points to the sky after defeating Jamal Parks of the Oklahoma State
Penn State was simply dominant en route to winning its second consecutive Big Ten Wrestling Championship on Sunday, crowning three repeat champions in a memorable title match run at Mackey Arena. The Nittany Lions were nearly perfect throughout Sunday’s session and ran away from both Minnesota and Iowa in the team title race. Penn State also has qualified nine wrestlers for NCAAs, with a 10th alive for an at-large bid. Three-time All-American Frank Molinaro became a two-time Big Ten champion at 149 with a tech fall over Minnesota’s Dylan Ness, All-American David Taylor majored Iowa’s Mike Evans at 165, and
The Big Ten Network will offer its most extensive Big Ten Wrestling Championships coverage ever, with all four sessions March 3 and 4 at Purdue on live television or online live. As part of the Big Ten Digital Network’s subscription package, BTN will provide live, whip-around Student U streaming coverage of the Big Ten wrestling preliminaries, beginning at 10 a.m. ET Saturday. Streaming coverage of select matches in sessions two and three will continue at 5 p.m. ET Saturday and at 1 p.m.m ET Sunday, respectively. Sunday’s session four will be carried live at 3 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. The
The Big Ten Conference announced the preliminary seeds for the 2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, which are set for March 3-4 at Purdue. Six schools boast at least one top seeded wrestler, with Minnesota and Penn State leading the way with three each. Illinois, Ohio State and Penn State will bring a seeded wrestler in each of the 10 weight classes, while Iowa and Minnesota each have seeded wrestlers in nine classes. The pre-seeds, as voted on by the conference’s coaches, rank the top eight wrestlers in seven weight classes, along with all 12 schools’ starters in three weight classes
Minnesota and Penn State clinched shares of the Big Ten wrestling regular season dual-meet title and each finished with a 7-1 record. Penn State’s seven wins are the most in school history. And Minnesota won its last dual season in 2007, when they also won the National Title. Watch now as BTN wrestling analysts Tim Johnson and Jim Gibbons offer a look back on the season. Additionally, BTN’s coverage of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships will be carried live at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 4, from the campus of Purdue University.