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.
Hours after winning its first conference tournament of any kind, the Nebraska women’s basketball team was recognized for its Big Ten tourney title during a timeout of the men’s game vs. No. 9 Wisconsin. Watch Jordan Hooper and company enter the gym and receive a warm ovation for their run in the Big Ten tourney in this post.
Matt Painter was brutally honest about the state of the Purdue basketball program and the coaching job he did this season in his postgame press conference Sunday afternoon. Fresh off a season-ending loss to Northwestern, which clinched the No. 12 seed in next week’s Big Ten tourney, Painter, on several occasions, said, “It’s my fault.” Watch Painter in this post.
The way the play started off, you just knew it was going to result in a Sam Thompson highlight. One thing’s for sure: Thompson didn’t disappoint with his fastbreak flush early in the second half of Ohio State’s 69-67 victory over No. 22 Michigan State. Watch Thompson soar for the highlight-reel two-handed flush in this post.
Entering the final day of the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, only 11 wrestlers had won four Big Ten championships in the event’s first 99 years. Add two more to the list. Penn State seniors David Taylor (165-pound) and Ed Ruth (184-pound) joined the rare group with impressive title victories Sunday in Madison, Wis. Watch Taylor and Ruth wrap up Big Ten titles No. 4 in this post.
Ohio State honored a pair of special seniors prior to Sunday night’s win over No. 22 Michigan State in the season finale at Value City Arena. Those seniors, of course, would be guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith, who have, at worst, led the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16 every year in Columbus. Watch the Ohio State fans show their respect to Craft and Smith Jr. in this post.