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
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 online-only “BTN Wrestling Report,” BTN’s Kara Lentz breaks down Iowa’s big upset win over Penn State last Friday night. We also preview a full slate of wrestling action this weekend, including BTN’s Friday-night doubleheader featuring No. 6 Ohio State vs. Michigan at 6 p.m. ET, followed by No. 2 Iowa battling No. 10 Illinois at 8 p.m. Big Ten Standings Conference Overall W L T Pct. W L T Pct. Iowa 6 0 0 1.000 16 1 0 .941 Penn State 6 1 0 .857 9 1 0 .900 Minnesota 6 1 0 .857 12 2 0 .857
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