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The final NCAA Wrestling Coaches Panel Rankings were released on Wednesday, with 75 Big Ten wrestlers making the cut in their respective weight classes. The NCAA also released its qualifier allocations for the 2011 Wrestling Championships, giving 64 of the 282 qualifying slots, the most of any conference, to the Big Ten. Wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships solely based on their finish at the conference championships and how many qualifiers each conference is given in each weight class. The breakdown of Big Ten weight class qualifying spots can be found below.

125 pounds - 5
133 pounds - 8
141 pounds - 6
149 pounds - 8
157 pounds - 6
165 pounds - 5
174 pounds - 8
184 pounds - 6
197 pounds - 6
285 pounds - 6

Click here to see the complete release from the NCAA.

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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In the final InterMat individual rankings before the Big Ten Championships, the conference boasts 52 wrestlers ranked in the top 25 of their individual weight classes. Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough and Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell each sit atop their classes for another week. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below. 

125
1. Matt McDonough, So., IOWA
3. Brandon Precin, Sr., NU
5. Zach Sanders, Jr., MINN
10. Brad Pataky, Sr., PSU

133
3. Andrew Long, So., PSU
4. Tyler Graff, So., WIS
7. Tony Ramos, Fr., IOWA
8. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
19. Levi Mele, So., NU

141
1. Kellen Russell, Jr., MICH
2. Montell Marion, Jr., IOWA
3. Mike Thorn, Sr., MINN
4. Jimmy Kennedy, Sr., ILL
7. Andrew Alton, Fr., PSU

149
3. Frank Molinaro, Jr., PSU
7. Andrew Nadhir, Sr., NU
10. Kurt Kinser, Sr., IND
13. Cole Schmitt, So., WIS
20. Dan Osterman, So., MSU

157
3. David Taylor, Fr., PSU
7. Derek St. John, Fr., IOWA
9. Jason Welch, So., NU
10. Paul Young, Sr., IND
20. Colton Salazar, Sr., PUR

165
2. Andrew Howe, Jr., WIS
6. Colt Sponseller, Sr., OSU
12. Cody Yohn, So., MINN
14. Aaron Janssen, Sr., IOWA

174
2. Ed Ruth, Fr., PSU
8. Luke Manuel, Sr., PUR
10. Nick Heflin, Fr., OSU
12. Ben Jordan, So., WIS
13. Scott Glasser, Sr., MINN
14. Ethen Lofthouse, Fr., IOWA
18. Justin Zeerip, Jr., MICH

184
3. Travis Rutt, Jr., WIS
7. Kevin Steinhaus, Fr., MINN
11. Grant Gambrall, So., IOWA
12. A.J. Kissel, Sr., PUR
17. Quentin Wright, So., PSU

197
2. Trevor Brandvold, Sr., WIS
6. Luke Lofthouse, Sr., IOWA
7. Sonny Yohn, Jr., MINN
8. Logan Brown, Sr., PUR
10. Matt Powless, Jr., IND
11. Anthony Biondo, Sr., MICH

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6. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
9. Ricky Alcala, Sr., IND
10. Blake Rasing, Jr., IOWA
11. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
12. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS
17. Ben Apland, So., MICH

WRES: In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten wrestling teams appear in the final NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, released on Wednesday. After clinching its fourth consecutive Big Ten regular season dual-meet title, Iowa has earned three first-place votes en route to a No. 2 ranking. Penn State remains at No. 4, while Minnesota also stands pat at No. 5 in the final poll of the season. Michigan sits at No. 11, while Northwestern holds No. 14, Wisconsin moves up to No. 15 and Illinois falls one spot to No. 19. Purdue rounds out the Big Ten contingent at No. 23.

Penn State has earned the top spot among conference teams in the InterMat Team Rankings, checking in at No. 2. Iowa follows at No. 3, while No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 7 Minnesota have also received top-10 nods. Michigan and Northwestern sit in a tie for No. 16 this week, while Illinois holds No. 25. Purdue checks in at No. 27, followed by No. 34 Ohio State, No. 36 Indiana and No. 52 Michigan State.

Click here to see the final NWCA/USA Today poll and here to see the latest InterMat rankings.

WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Weekly Release - Feb. 23

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The Big Ten wrestling weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, rankings and more, is now available on the Big Ten website. Click here to see the complete release.
Iowa 197-pounder Luke Lofthouse takes home the final Big Ten Wrestler of the Week award of the season after picking up a crucial win to help the second-ranked Hawkeyes clinch the Big Ten dual-meet title on Sunday. Ranked eighth in the country at 197, Lofthouse defeated fourth-ranked Sonny Yohn of Minnesota, 7-4, to push the Hawkeyes to a 19-12 win over the fifth-ranked Gophers. 

Click here to see the complete release from the Big Ten.

WRES: Weekend Roundup

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Big Ten wrestling concluded the 2010-11 dual-meet season over the weekend with Iowa earning its fourth consecutive conference regular season dual-meet title on Sunday after a 19-12 win over Minnesota. The Hawkeyes closed out the regular season at 8-0 in Big Ten duals and 15-0-1 overall. Minnesota and Penn State tied for second place in the standings, finishing the season with 6-1-1 conference records. The Big Ten Wrestling Championships will be held on March 5-6 in Evanston, Ill.

FEBRUARY 17

#18 ILLINOIS def. INDIANA, 23-12

FEBRUARY 18

#23 PURDUE def. INDIANA, 21-12
#11 MICHIGAN def. MICHIGAN STATE, 24-15*
#4 PENN STATE def. #16 WISCONSIN, 30-12

FEBRUARY 19

#14 NORTHWESTERN def. OHIO STATE, 27-13

FEBRUARY 20

#16 WISCONSIN def. MICHIGAN STATE, 27-9
#2 IOWA def. #5 MINNESOTA, 19-12

* - Dual does not count toward Big Ten standings.

WRES: Iowa Wins Fourth Straight Big Ten Dual Meet Title

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Iowa defeated Minnesota, 19-12, to clinch its fourth consecutive Big Ten regular season dual-meet title on Sunday in Minneapolis. The second-ranked Hawkeyes concluded the regular season with an 8-0 record in Big Ten play and a 15-0-1 mark overall. Iowa also extended its unbeaten streak to 77 duals with the win over the fifth-ranked Gophers.

Click here to read Iowa's complete recap. 

WRES: Weekend Schedule

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The final weekend of Big Ten regular season competition gets underway on Thursday night, with the conference dual-meet title on the line this Sunday. Sitting in first place at 7-0 entering the final weekend, No. 2 Iowa travels to second-place and fifth-ranked Minnesota on Sunday with the title at stake. The winner of the dual takes home the title, while the Hawkeyes can still take the crown with a tie. The complete Big Ten wrestling schedule for this weekend can be found below.

FEBRUARY 17

INDIANA at #18 ILLINOIS - 7 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com

FEBRUARY 18

INDIANA at #23 PURDUE - 7 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (Delay - 2/19, 11:30 a.m. ET)
#11 MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE* - 7 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
#16 WISCONSIN at #4 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com

FEBRUARY 19

#14 NORTHWESTERN at OHIO STATE - Noon ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com

FEBRUARY 20

#16 WISCONSIN at MICHIGAN STATE - 2 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
#2 IOWA at #5 MINNESOTA - 2 p.m. CT - Big Ten Network (Delay - 2/21, 8:30 p.m. CT)

* - Dual does not count toward Big Ten standings.

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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InterMat released its latest individual weight class rankings yesterday, with 53 Big Ten wrestlers appearing in the top 20 of their respective weight classes. Iowa's Matt McDonough will spend another week as the top-ranked grappler at 125 pounds, while Michigan's Kellen Russell remains atop 141 after wins against the second- and third-ranked wrestlers in his class over the weekend. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

125
1. Matt McDonough, So., IOWA
3. Brandon Precin, Sr., NU
5. Zach Sanders, Jr., MINN
11. Brad Pataky, Sr., PSU

133
3. Tyler Graff, So., WIS
7. Tony Ramos, Fr., IOWA
8. Andrew Long, So., PSU
9. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
18. Levi Mele, So., NU
20. David Thorn, Fr., MINN

141
1. Kellen Russell, Jr., MICH
2. Mike Thorn, Sr., MINN
3. Montell Marion, Jr., IOWA
4. Jimmy Kennedy, Sr., ILL
7. Andrew Alton, Fr., PSU

149
3. Frank Molinaro, Jr., PSU
7. Andrew Nadhir, Sr., NU
10. Cole Schmitt, So., WIS
12. Kurt Kinser, Sr., IND
20. Dan Osterman, So., MSU

157
3. David Taylor, Fr., PSU
7. Derek St. John, Fr., IOWA
8. Paul Young, Sr., IND
10. Jason Welch, So., NU
20. Brandon Zeerip, Fr., MICH

165
6. Colt Sponseller, Sr., OSU
12. Cody Yohn, So., MINN
13. Aaron Janssen, Sr., IOWA

174
2. Ed Ruth, Fr., PSU
8. Luke Manuel, Sr., PUR
9. Jordan Blanton, Jr., ILL
11. Ethen Lofthouse, Fr., IOWA
13. Nick Heflin, Fr., OSU
14. Ben Jordan, So., WIS
15. Scott Glasser, Sr., MINN
20. Justin Zeerip, Jr., MICH

184
3. Travis Rutt, Jr., WIS
8. Kevin Steinhaus, Fr., MINN
11. Grant Gambrall, So., IOWA
12. A.J. Kissel, Sr., PUR
17. Quentin Wright, So., PSU

197
2. Trevor Brandvold, Sr., WIS
4. Sonny Yohn, Jr., MINN
8. Luke Lofthouse, Sr., IOWA
9. Matt Powless, Jr., IND
10. Logan Brown, Sr., PUR
11. Anthony Biondo, Sr., MICH

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6. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
8. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
9. Ricky Alcala, Sr., IND
10. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS
15. Blake Rasing, Jr., IOWA
16. Ben Apland, So., MICH

WRES: In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten wrestling teams have earned top-25 status in the latest NWCA/USA Today coaches poll, released on Tuesday. Iowa remains at No. 2, while Penn State falls to No. 4 and Minnesota stands pat at No. 5. Michigan drops to No. 11 in the latest edition, while Northwestern moves up to No. 14. Wisconsin falls to No. 16 this week, while Illinois climbs two spots to No. 18 and Purdue remains at No. 23.

Penn State earned the top ranking among Big Ten teams in this week's InterMat Tournament Rankings, leading the way at No. 2. Iowa follows closely at No. 3, while No. 6 Minnesota and No. 7 Wisconsin round out the conference teams in the top 10. Michigan sits in a tie for No. 15 this week, while Northwestern holds No. 17 and Illinois checks in at No. 25. Indiana is tied for No. 32 in the latest rankings, while Ohio State and Purdue are tied for No. 36. Michigan State rounds out the poll at No. 54.

Click here to see the NWCA/USA Today poll, and here to see the InterMat Tournament Rankings.