What better way to kick off your spring break than at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships?
Penn State’s fight will feature stars in every weight class this weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska, including four No. 1 seeds and two No. 2 seeds. Cael Sanderson’s group remains the team ranked in the nation with an overall record of 17-0, but the Nittany Lions will face a long list of challengers like Ohio State, Michigan and of course Iowa, among others.
This weekend’s action kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday with the first session, while the second session follows at 6:30 p.m. All the action will air on the Big Ten Network, while you can follow updates and analysis throughout the tournament here.
First session (Opening fights and quarter-finals)
1:21 p.m. — On to the quarter-finals! Drew Hildebrandt and Roman Bravo-Young are both shortly.
1:15 p.m. “Uh, that was easy. A pin in the first period for Kerkvliet, and he too is in the quarters.
1:13 p.m. – Kerkvliet is up 2-0 early with one out.
12:59 — The big guy has his carpet task.
12:40 p.m. – Nine wrestlers are now set to make the quarterfinals for Penn State. If heavyweight Greg Kerkvliet takes care of business against Maryland’s Zach Schrader, it will be a perfect 10 going into the next round for Cael Sanderson’s team.
12:37 – Edsell’s quick withdrawal earns him a 3-1 decision in the sudden victory period. Iowa’s Alex Marinelli awaits him in the 165-pound quarterfinals.
12:36 p.m.. “Let’s make this sudden victory!” Still tied at one after three periods.
12:35 p.m. — A penalty point puts this one equal to an entrant in the last minute.
12:33 p.m. – Edsell had a withdrawal but an official review overruled it, so he has a 1-0 lead going into the final period against Lohrey.
12:27 — No score between the Boilermaker and Nittany Lion after one.
12:19 p.m. — Two fights, two wins for the Nittany Lions. Now it’s Creighton Edsell’s turn against Purdue’s Hayden Lohrey.
12:18 p.m. “Well, that was pretty easy. Four takedowns, an escape and plenty of driving time give Berge the major 10-2 decision.
He now has No. 2 Kaleb Young of Iowa in the quarterfinals.
12:14 p.m. — Berge is approaching an early upheaval. He leads 6-2 and had 1:55 of driving time at the start of the final period.
12:12 p.m. — Rapid ignition. A smooth out at the end of the first period gives Berge 4-1.
12:10 p.m. — Berge takes the first step with a quick takedown.
12:08 – No. 10 Brady Berge is next at 157 pounds. He will go for the upset against Model No. 7 Garrett of Wisconsin.
12:05 – A playbook withdrawal for Bartlett to get things done for the Nittany Lions.
12:03 – Following a review, Bartlett outlasts Blockhus 3-2. He advances to the quarterfinals at 149 pounds and will face No. 2 Austin Gomez of Wisconsin.
12:00 p.m.. – Bartlett is now up 3-1 with a breakout and a takedown.
11:58 — Bartlett trails 1-0 on a second-half Blockhus breakout.
11:54. – Here we are! Bartlett now takes the mat against Blockhus of Minnesota.
11:40 a.m. “Beau Bartlett is going to wrestle soon!”
11:39 – No. 1 Nick Lee will face No. 8 Joseph Zargo in the 141-pound quarterfinal.
11:29 – Two of Penn State’s wrestlers now have quarterfinals after this morning’s opening action:
125 pounds. — #2 Drew Hildebrandt against Michael DeAugustino (Northwest)
133 pounds. — No. 1 Roman Bravo Young against No. 9 Matt Ramos (Purdue)
11:23 – Still nothing to do yet, but here’s Penn State’s opening fight order:
11:07 – No action for the Nittany Lions yet as the first two fights begin. Beau Bartlett is still first at 149 pounds, however.
10:42 — Each weight category range can be found here on the Big Ten website.
10:34 am “Here’s the first-round slate for Sanderson’s team. All of the No. 1 and No. 2 wrestlers have byes, while Beau Bartlett will kick off the action against Minnesota’s Michael Blockhus.
125 pounds. – #2 Drew Hildebrandt against BYE
133 pounds. – No. 1 Roman Bravo-Young against BYE
141 pounds. – No. 1 Nick Lee against GOODBYE
149 pounds. – #7 Handsome Bartlett against No. 10 Michael Blockhus (Minnesota)
157 pounds. – No. 10 Brady Berge vs. Garrett (Wisconsin) Model #7
165 pounds. – No. 10 Creighton Edsell against No. 7 Hayden Lohrey (Purdue)
174 pounds. – #1 Carter Starocci against BYE
184 pounds. – #1 Aaron Brooks against BYE
197 pounds. – #2 Max Dean against BYE
HWT- #3 Greg Kerkvliet against No. 14 Zach Schrader (Maryland)
10:03 – The live action doesn’t start until 11 a.m., but January’s Penn State-Iowa duet is currently rerun on the Big Ten Network. You remember ?
10:01 a.m. – There will be plenty to follow this weekend, so be prepared by checking seedlings and supports. Along with that, check out our Nittany Lions preview here.