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.
Three-time reigning Big Ten Wrestling Championships winner, Penn State takes a narrow lead into Sunday’s Big Ten Wrestling Championships title bouts. The Nittany Lions, with 128.5 points, lead Iowa by one-half point. The rest of the top 5: Minnesota (110.5); Ohio State (73.5); Illinois and Michigan (69.5).
Co-Big Ten champ Minnesota leads the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships after Session 1. The Gophers racked up 77 points to jump out to the early lead in Madison. Penn State and Iowa, the other two teams that shared the dual meet crown, are in second and third place, respectively, with 70 and 68 points.
Michigan State used a run out of intermission to create separation from Iowa in an eventual 10-point win. Both teams scored nearly at will in this one, but the Spartans’ outstanding three-point shooting masked a high turnover rate that is becoming worrisome.
Rachel Banham scored 22 points Thursday night, including 10 of 10 free throws, as Minnesota rallied to beat Wisconsin 74-68 in overtime to win their opening-round Big Ten Conference tournament game. The No. 6 seeded Golden Gophers (20-11) will face No. 3 Nebraska.
With the Big Ten men’s tournament tipping off Thursday afternoon in Indianapolis, we’re putting the spotlight on one memorable moment for each Big Ten team. For Wisconsin, it’s Alando Tucker’s running buzzer-beater to beat Iowa and send the Badgers to the 2005 title game. Watch the moment in this post.
The Big Ten tournament will feature a few new uniforms, thanks to adidas outfitting Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin with special “Made in March” alternates. The uniforms were designed to pay tribute to the unique history of the schools and, according to the official release, “provide the teams with the most advanced uniform system and basketball apparel technology so they can take on the challenges and intense play of March.”