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WRES: Summer Reading

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Big Ten newcomer Nebraska will face some familiar foes when it joins the conference this season.

Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson is spending his summer back on the mat training for the World Championships.

WRES: 23 Wrestlers Named NWCA All-Academic Honorees

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Twenty-three Big Ten wrestlers have received NWCA All-Academic honors as announced on Thursday. Ten of the 11 conference teams are represented by at least one wrestler on the list, led by Purdue with four honorees. Four Big Ten squads also earned All-Academic Team recognition as Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State each finished with top-30 team grade-point averages. The complete list of All-Academic wrestlers can be found below.

B.J. Futrell, Illinois
Ricky Alcala, Indiana
Matt Powless, Indiana
Luke Lofthouse, Iowa
Anthony Biondo, Michigan
Brandon Zeerip, Michigan
Justin Zeerip, Michigan
Curran Jacobs, Michigan State
Zach Sanders, Minnesota
Kevin Steinhaus, Minnesota
Mike Thorn, Minnesota
Levi Mele, Northwestern
Andrew Nadhir, Northwestern
Cody Magrum, Ohio State
Ian Paddock, Ohio State
Colt Sponseller, Ohio State
David Taylor, Penn State
Cameron Wade, Penn State
Quentin Wright, Penn State
Logan Brown, Purdue
Camden Eppert, Purdue
A.J. Kissel, Purdue
Luke Manuel, Purdue
InterMat has tabbed Penn State 157-pounder David Taylor the national Freshman of the Year, announced on Tuesday. Taylor finished the 2010-11 season with a 38-1 record, winning his first 38 collegiate bouts before falling in the 157-pound title bout at the NCAA Championships. The Nittany Lion newcomer earned Big Ten Wrestler and Freshman of the Year honors after leading Penn State to its first Big Ten title. The Nittany Lions closed out the season with their second NCAA Championship and first since 1953.

Click here for Penn State's complete release.

WRES: Penn State Wins NCAA Championship

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Penn State won its second NCAA Wrestling Championship on Saturday, posting a team score of 107.5 en route to the national title. The Nittany Lions' Quentin Wright, the No. 9 seed at 184 pounds, picked up an individual title to push Penn State to its first NCAA crown since 1953. Penn State's title marks the fifth-straight national crown won by a Big Ten team.

Click here to see Penn State's complete release.

WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Heads to NCAA Championships

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The Big Ten Conference will be well-represented at the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships, as 70 conference wrestlers will make the trip to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia this weekend. The event is set to take place on March 17-19, with every session garnering live coverage from the ESPN family of networks.

Click here to read the complete release from the Big Ten. The NCAA Championships brackets can be found here.

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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Fifty-five Big Ten wrestlers have been ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes in the final InterMat Tournament Rankings of the season, released on Tuesday. Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough and Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell remain atop their classes after winning Big Ten titles last weekend. The entire breakdown of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

1. Matt McDonough, So., IOWA
3. Brandon Precin, Sr., NU
5. Zach Sanders, Jr., MINN
17. Sean Boyle, So., MICH
18. Brad Pataky, Sr., PSU

3. Andrew Long, So., PSU
4. Tyler Graff, So., WIS
7. Tony Ramos, Fr., IOWA
8. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
19. Zac Stevens, Jr., MICH

1. Kellen Russell, Jr., MICH
2. Mike Thorn, Sr., MINN
3. Jimmy Kennedy, Sr., ILL
5. Montell Marion, Jr., IOWA
6. Andrew Alton, Fr., PSU

4. Frank Molinaro, Jr., PSU
11. Eric Grajales, Fr., MICH
12. Kurt Kinser, Sr., IND
13. Andrew Nadhir, Sr., NU
15. Eric Terrazas, Jr., ILL
18. Danny Zilverberg, Fr., MINN

3. David Taylor, Fr., PSU
6. Derek St. John, Fr., IOWA
8. Jason Welch, So., NU
11. Paul Young, Sr., IND
19. Colton Salazar, Sr., PUR

2. Andrew Howe, Jr., WIS
5. Colt Sponseller, Sr., OSU
11. Aaron Janssen, Sr., IOWA
12. Cody Yohn, So., MINN

2. Ed Ruth, Fr., PSU
8. Nick Heflin, Fr., OSU
9. Ethen Lofthouse, Fr., IOWA
12. Luke Manuel, Sr., PUR
14. Scott Glasser, Sr., MINN
16. Ben Jordan, So., WIS

4. Travis Rutt, Jr., WIS
8. Kevin Steinhaus, Fr., MINN
11. Grant Gambrall, So., IOWA
12. Quentin Wright, So., PSU
19. Cody Magrum, So., OSU
20. Tony Dallago, Fr., ILL

2. Trevor Brandvold, Sr., WIS
6. Luke Lofthouse, Sr., IOWA
7. Matt Powless, Jr., IND
8. Sonny Yohn, Jr., MINN
11. Logan Brown, Sr., PUR
15. Anthony Biondo, Sr., MICH
18. Tyler Dickenson, Jr., MSU

7. Blake Rasing, Jr., IOWA
8. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
9. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS
10. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
15. Joe Rizqallah, So., MSU
19. Ben Apland, So., MICH

WRES: 64 NCAA Tickets Punched at Big Ten Championships

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The Big Ten will send 64 automatic qualifiers to the NCAA Wrestling Championships based on their finish at last weekend's conference championships. The 49 at-large wrestlers will be selected on Wednesday evening, as the complete field of 330 will be announced during a selection show on ncaa.com. The complete list of Big Ten automatic qualifiers can be found below.

Automatic qualifiers ranked by finish at Big Ten Championships

Matt McDonough, IOWA
Brandon Precin, NU
Zach Sanders, MINN
Sean Boyle, MICH
Camden Eppert, PUR

Andrew Long, PSU
Tyler Graff, WIS
Tony Ramos, IOWA
B.J. Futrell, ILL
Zac Stevens, MICH
Ian Paddock, OSU
David Thorn, MINN
Levi Mele, NU

Kellen Russell, MICH
Mike Thorn, MINN
Jimmy Kennedy, ILL
Montell Marion, IOWA
Andrew Alton, PSU
Kaleb Friedley, NU

Frank Molinaro, PSU
Eric Grajales, MICH
Kurt Kinser, IND
Andrew Nadhir, NU
Eric Terrazas, ILL
Danny Zilverberg, MINN
Dan Osterman, MSU
Cole Schmitt, WIS

David Taylor, PSU
Derek St. John, IOWA
Jason Welch, NU
Paul Young, IND
Colton Salazar, PUR
Sean McMurray, MSU

Andrew Howe, WIS
Colt Sponseller, OSU
Aaron Janssen, IOWA
Cody Yohn, MINN
Dan Yates, MICH

Ed Ruth, PSU
Nick Heflin, OSU
Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
Luke Manuel, PUR
Scott Glasser, MINN
Ben Jordan, WIS
Curran Jacobs, MSU
Justin Zeerip, MICH

Quentin Wright, PSU
Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
Travis Rutt, WIS
Cody Magrum, OSU
Grant Gambrall, IOWA
Tony Dallago, ILL

Trevor Brandvold, WIS
Luke Lofthouse, IOWA
Matt Powless, IND
Tyler Dickenson, MSU
Sonny Yohn, MINN
Logan Brown, PUR

Blake Rasing, IOWA
Tony Nelson, MINN
Eric Bugenhagen, WIS
Joe Rizqallah, MSU
Cameron Wade, PSU
Ben Apland, MICH

WRES: Penn State Wins First Big Ten Title

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Penn State earned the first Big Ten Wrestling Championship in program history on Sunday, scoring 139 points to edge Iowa by just one point. Five Nittany Lions won weight class titles to push Penn State to the crown. The Hawkeyes took second with 138 points, while Minnesota finished third with 109.5.

Penn State swept the Big Ten individual awards, as 157-pounder David Taylor earned conference Wrestler and Freshman of the Year accolades, 184-pounder Quentin Wright was named Outstanding Wrestler of the Championships and head coach Cael Sanderson picked up Coach of the Year honors.

Click here to read the complete release from the Big Ten and here to see Penn State's recap.

WRES: Big Ten Championships Brackets Released

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Just under 24 hours before the beginning of the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, the 10 weight class brackets have been released. The brackets can be found here on the Big Ten website. For updated brackets, check out the Big Ten Wrestling Championships Central page on Northwestern's website.

WRES: Big Ten Championships Pre-Seeds Announced

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The Big Ten Conference has announced the preliminary seeds for the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, which are set to take place from March 5-6 at Welsh-Ryan Arena on the campus of Northwestern University. The pre-seeds, which rank the top eight wrestlers in each of the 10 weight classes, are decided based on a vote by the conference coaches.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten. The complete list of seeds for the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships can also be found below.

125 lbs. 
1. Matt McDonough, IOWA
2. Brandon Precin, NU
3. Zach Sanders, MINN
4. Brad Pataky, PSU
5. Sean Boyle, MICH
6. Justin Brooks, IND
7. Camden Eppert, PUR
8. Tom Kelliher, WIS

133 lbs.
1. Andrew Long, PSU
2. Tyler Graff, WIS
3. Tony Ramos, IOWA
4. B.J. Futrell, ILL
5. Levi Mele, NU
6. David Thorn, MINN
7. Zac Stevens, MICH
8. Ian Paddock, OSU

141 lbs.
1. Kellen Russell, MICH
2. Montell Marion, IOWA
3. Mike Thorn, MINN
4. Jimmy Kennedy, ILL
5. Andrew Alton, PSU
6. Kaleb Friedly, NU
7. Jake Fleckenstein, PUR
8. Shane McQuade, WIS

149 lbs.
1. Frank Molinaro, PSU
2. Andrew Nadhir, NU
3. Kurt Kinser, IND
4. Eric Terrazas, ILL
5. Cole Schmitt, WIS
6. Eric Grajales, MICH
7. Dan Osterman, MSU
8. Danny Zilverberg, MINN

157 lbs.
1. David Taylor, PSU
2. Derek St. John, IOWA
3. Jason Welch, NU
4. Colton Salazar, PUR
5. Paul Young, IND
6. Brandon Zeerip, MICH
7. Sean McMurray, MSU
8. Matt Mincey, MINN

165 lbs.
1. Andrew Howe, WIS
2. Colt Sponseller, OSU
3. Cody Yohn, MINN
4. Aaron Janssen, IOWA
5. Conrad Polz, ILL
6. Dan Yates, MICH
7. Ryan LeBlanc, IND
8. Kevin Bialka, NU

174 lbs.
1. Ed Ruth, PSU
2. Nick Heflin, OSU
3. Scott Glasser, MINN
4. Luke Manuel, PUR
5. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
6. Ben Jordan, WIS
7. Justin Zeerip, MICH
8. Curran Jacobs, MSU

184 lbs.
1. Travis Rutt, WIS
2. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
3. Grant Gambrall, IOWA
4. Ian Hinton, MSU
5. Tony Dallago, ILL
6. A.J. Kissel, PUR
7. Cody Magrum, OSU
8. Quentin Wright, PSU

197 lbs.
1. Trevor Brandvold, WIS
2. Luke Lofthouse, IOWA
3. Logan Brown, PUR
4. Matt Powless, IND
5. Sonny Yohn, MINN
6. Anthony Biondo, MICH
7. Joe Barczak, ILL
8. Peter Capone, OSU

285 lbs.
1. Cameron Wade, PSU
2. Ricky Alcala, IND
3. Blake Rasing, IOWA
4. Tony Nelson, MINN
5. Ben Apland, MICH
6. Eric Bugenhagen, WIS
7. Joe Rizqallah, MSU
8. Ben Kuhar, NU