The University of Minnesota and the wrestling community lost a legend late Monday night, as ex-Minnesota wrestler Verne Gagne, 89, passed away after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Gagne won four Big Ten championships and was the program’s first three-time All-America (1947, 1948 and 1949) and first two-time NCAA champion (1948 and 1949). “Verne represents what’s great about the University of Minnesota and our wrestling program,” Director of Athletics Norwood Teague said in a school release. “He was an incredible athlete — Big Ten champ, national champ, Olympian — but he also selflessly served his country, took academics seriously
Logan Stieber forever has a place in the proud Big Ten wrestling record books. The Ohio State senior became the first Big Ten wrestler to win four individual NCAA titles late last month, and just the fourth in the sport to do so. Even better: Stieber’s record came in a special year, one when the Buckeyes won their first national championship. BTN.com recently caught up with Stieber for a quick Q&A. See it below. Q: What went through your mind when the referee raised your arm to signify your fourth NCAA title? Logan Stieber: A feeling of satisfaction and enjoyment
Ohio State won the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championship on Saturday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, capturing its first national title in school history.
Ohio State senior Logan Stieber accomplished something on Saturday night that had only been done three times in NCAA history. [ MORE: Ohio State claims program’s first NCAA championship ] With his victory in the 141-pound finals over Edinboro’s Mitchell Port, Stieber became the fourth wrestler to win four individual NCAA titles. Perhaps most impressive, Stieber is the first wrestler in the proud and dominant history of the Big Ten to accomplish the feat. He also finished his career on a 50-match winning streak, including a 29-0 record in 2014-15. It was a great few days in St. Louis for
Ohio State clinched its first NCAA wrestling crown Saturday afternoon, and it did so while wearing late former teammate Kosta Karageorge’s initials on its singlet. [ MORE: View team standings entering Saturday night’s finals ] Karageorge, who was found dead on Nov. 30, 2014, the day after the Michigan-Ohio State game, wrestled for Ohio State for three seasons before joining the football team this past season. The Buckeyes also wore Karageorge’s “KK” initials on their left shoulder straps at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships earlier this month. What a great gesture and tribute. Not to be forgotten, the Ohio State
Ohio State sits in first place heading into the final day of the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The Buckeyes currently have 86.5 points after Friday’s action, 13.5 points ahead of second-place Iowa. Penn State is in sixth place with 68 points, while Michigan (51), Minnesota (49) and Nebraska (49) round out the Big Ten teams in the top 10. The Buckeyes got a huge boost on Friday evening with victories from Nathan Tomasello (125), Logan Stieber (141) and Kyle Snyder (197). Iowa sophomore Cory Clark recorded a 7-5 win over Penn State’s Jimmy Gulibon to advance to the
Ohio State currently sits in first place after the opening day of the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Ohio State tallied 23 points, two points ahead of second-place Iowa. Penn State sits in fourth place with 18.5 points, while Nebraska rounds out the Top 5 teams with 18 total points. Five Ohio State wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships. Three-time national champion Logan Stieber won by a technical fall and pin, while Big Ten champion Nathan Tomasello, redshirt freshman Bo Jordan, redshirt junior Kenny Courts and true freshman Kyle Snyder all went 2-0 in the
The University of Iowa wrestling program led the nation in attendance for the ninth consecutive season, according to the annual Division I attendance report released by Roby Publishing. Iowa averaged 8,358 fans in six duals and led the country in total attendance with 55,390 fans attending seven home dates (including Iowa City Duals). The Hawkeyes averaged at least 8,000 fans for the seventh consecutive season. Right behind Iowa was Penn State, Minnesota and Ohio State, giving the Big Ten four of the nation’s top five attendance marks. Rutgers finished sixth, as well, in its first Big Ten season. For record
The 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships ended in a tie for just the sixth time Sunday afternoon, with Big Ten dual champ Iowa and Ohio State sharing the hardware. [ MORE: Iowa, Ohio State share championships crown ] Check out our favorite USA Today Sports photos below.
The 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships aired live on BTN on Sunday afternoon. Watch the replay on BTN2Go. [ MORE: Gallery: See our favorite USA Today Sports photos ] Big Ten dual champion Iowa and Ohio State, the host team, tied for the Big Ten Championships crown, both amassing 120 points. The Hawkeyes could have made it an outright crown with a Bobby Telford heavyweight victory in the event’s final matchup, but Northwestern’s Mike McMullan was victorious, much to the delight of the Ohio State fans. The result marked just the sixth time the Big Ten Wrestling Championships ended in