Several Big Ten wrestling teams were in action on Friday night. Nebraska got their first Big Ten dual victory of the season with a 20-19 win over Michigan and improve to 7-3 on the season. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more wrestling coverage, including Student U highlights of Minnesota’s win over Ohio State.
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.
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The fourth-ranked Iowa wrestling team remained undefeated on the season as the Hawkeyes opened Big Ten play with a 22-9 win over No. 5 Ohio State on Friday Night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Jump inside for an interview with Iowa’s Mike Evans.
Illinois won the team title and two Big Ten wrestlers took home individual crowns at the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Illini finished with 99.5 points, two ahead of second-place Virginia Tech, while Nebraska’s Robert Kokesh (174 lbs) and Northwestern’s Jason Welch (157) won their respective weight classes.
The 50th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Tournament start Saturday at Northwestern and wrap up Sunday with the finals airing live on BTN/BTN2Go. The event is open to Division I, II, and III wrestling teams as well as a number of post-graduate competitors. According to the latest collegiate wrestling rankings, the Big Ten currently has 10 teams ranked in the Top 25.
Wisconsin held off No. 9 Nebraska, 19-17, to improve to a surprising 2-0 in Big Ten play Sunday afternoon at NU Coliseum. Meanwhile, the Huskers fell to 0-2 in conference action with the loss. Nebraska, which trailed 19-9, took the final two matches to make things interesting late. Read full recap at UWBadgers.com. Also, check out our video wrap-up from the match here and read about No. 1 Penn State’s win over Indiana in this post.