Northwestern head wrestling coach Drew Pariano and associate head coach Tim Cysewski are headed to London to support two-time NCAA champion and 2009 Hodge Trophy winner Jake Herbert who is wrestling for the U.S.. Pariano will provide blog updates to NUsports.com while BTN.com will also publish the updates. Get more details at NUsports.com and find all of BTN.com’s Big Ten Olympic Journals from all of our Big Ten Olympians over here. Our full BTN.com Olympic section with update and links is available, too.
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Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands signed a five-year contract to continue as head coach of the Hawkeye wrestling program through 2016-17. As Iowa’s head coach since 2006, Brands went on to win three NCAA championships from 2008-10. The Hawkeyes have won three conference titles in his six seasons while crowning 10 Big Ten and seven NCAA individual champions. Read more at Hawkeyesports.com.
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.
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.
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.