BTN will televise seven winter Big Ten Championships, including wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s indoor track & field and men’s and women’s gymnastics and the entire Big Ten Hockey Tournament in 2016. Coverage begins with the Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships from Michigan on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET, while the Big Ten Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships will air at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 29, from Purdue. The opening night relays and preliminary rounds for both women (Feb. 17-20) and men (Feb. 24-27) can be viewed live on BTN
No. 1 Penn State claimed a share of the 2016 Big Ten Wrestling Dual Meet Championship with a 41-3 win over Michigan State on Saturday night. The Nittany Lions (15-0, 9-0 Big Ten) earned a share of the crown with Iowa, which also finished the conference slate 9-0. The dual was wrestled in front of 6,419 fans, the 28th straight Rec Hall sell-out and the 31st of 32, including the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State awaits word of its opponent in the 2016 NWCA Dual Meet Championship match-up. Penn State has secured a spot in the 1 vs. 1 battle
BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks catches you up on the latest Big Ten news and looks ahead to a number of weekend duals, including two on the Big Ten Network.
Throughout the Big Ten wrestling season, BTN’s Kara Lentz delivers the BTN Wrestling Report, an online video segment spotlighting the wrestlers from around the conference. In talking with Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis ahead of this weekend’s wrestling action on BTN and BTN Plus, Lentz learned that Tsirtsis is a “Star Wars” fan who can do a very good Chewbacca imitiation. Could he answer a few questions in Chewbacca’s native language? “I don’t quite have the language down perfectly,” Tsirtsis tells Lentz,”but I can do my best.” Ever the good sport, Tsirtsis does exactly that. Watch the video above to get his answers to
Tonight’s “Wrestling in 60” recaps the best seven matches from the past week in Big Ten wrestling, including a heavyweight match between Michigan’s Adam Coon and Rutgers’ Billy Smith. The show debuts at 10 p.m. ET with re-airs later on (see our full TV schedule here). “Wrestling in 60” airs every Monday night. Find all available show times for “Wrestling in 60” on the show’s TV schedule page. This rest of this week’s spotlighted matches include: 165 pounds: Steven Rodriguez (ILL) / Austin Wilson (NEB) 133 pounds: Ryan Taylor (Wisc) / Anthony Giraldo (RU) 174 pounds: Alex Meyer (IA) / Nathan Jackson (IU)
With its 45-0 win over No. 20 Indiana on Friday, No. 2 Iowa clinched a share of the Big Ten Wrestling Dual Meet Championship. [ MORE: Check out HawkeyeSports.com’s complete release ] The regular season conference title marks the fourth consecutive title for the Hawkeyes, including the eighth in the past nine years. Iowa concludes the 2016 conference campaign with a 9-0 mark, its second straight such finish. The Hawkeyes were 75-15 in their nine Big Ten matches, and have won 21 consecutive Big Ten duals, the fourth longest streak in program history. The Hawkeyes claimed all 10 bouts against
Big Ten wrestling fans got to see an outstanding wrestling match Friday night at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Big Ten Network. Top-ranked Penn State defeated No. 3 and reigning national champ Ohio State, 24-14, in front of the second-largest crowd (15,983) in Penn State history. The Nittany Lions improved to 13-0, including 8-0 in the Big Ten, with the win. No. 1-ranked Nathan Tomasello opened the dual with a 3-1 win over No. 4 Nico Megaludis at 125, giving Ohio State an early advantage. Tomasello improved to 16-0 with the victory. Check out that dual in the video
BTN's Shane Sparks is more than ready for Friday's nights main wrestling event. When the Big Ten wrestling schedule came out, this was the match he circled on the calendars as Penn Satte expects 16,000 fans to come see No. 1 Penn State hosts reigning national champion Ohio State. It airs live on BTN at 6 p.m. ET.
In this Monday night’s episode of “Wrestling in 60,” three of the six spotlighted Big Ten Conference wrestling matches come from the Iowa-Minnesota dual last week. The first show airs at 11:30 p.m. ET tonight and several times again. Find re-air times for this show here. “Wrestling in 60” airs Monday nights all season. Here are tonight’s spotlighted matches: 149 pounds: Zain Retherford (PSU) / Alec Pantaleo (MICH) 157 pounds: Jake Danishek (IU) / Justin Kresevic (OSU) 174 pounds: Jacob Morrissey (PUR) / Myles Martin (OSU) Heavyweight: Sam Stoll (IA) / Michael Kroells (MINN) 141 pounds: Tommy Thorn (MINN) / Brody Grothus
This past weekend I was reminded that anything can happen on the wrestling mat. Everybody is beatable. Every single match has its own set of circumstances in comparison to the one before it. As I have noted before, winning a single match at this level is difficult. One match last week at 157 pounds was a battle of unbeatens and it became the talk of the wrestling world: Reigning national champion and top ranked Isaiah Martinez of Illinois vs. Penn State’s Jason Nolf (No.3). That match had been analyzed and talked about for countless hours by wrestling media and fans