In this week’s web-only “BTN Wrestling Report,” BTN’s Kara Lentz is joined by BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks to talk about the strength of the Big Ten, with 11 ranked teams in the top 25. Sparks also gives his take on a big weekend ahead, highlighted by Wisconsin visiting Michigan on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET. That match which will broadcast live on BTN/BTN2Go.
The University of Iowa wrestling team crowned four champions en route to winning their record 24th Midlands Championships title on Tuesday night.
Both days of the 52nd Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Northwestern will be available live and for free beginning Monday morning and running through Tuesday night.
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BTN unveiled the Big Ten Athlete of the Year for the men and women on Monday night’s “This Week in the Big Ten.” Penn State’s four-time NCAA champion David Taylor claimed the men’s honor and Purdue’s Dani Bunch took home the women’s hardware. Watch our interview with Taylor here and see Bunch’s in this post.
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The first day of the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships is complete, and Penn State sits in first place. The Nittany Lions are one of two teams with 10 wrestlers still alive as they seek their fourth straight NCAA title. Penn State leads the team race with 26.5 points, just ahead of Oklahoma State and Minnesota, who are tied for second with 21.5 each.
Penn State won its fourth straight Big Ten Wrestling Championships title on Sunday. The Nittany Lions (140.5) become just the fifth school to win four consecutive conference titles and the first since Iowa won 25 in a row from 1974-1998. Penn State took home two individual titles, as Ed Ruth and David Taylor closed their careers as just the 12th and 13th wrestlers to be four-time champs.