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WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Weekly Release - Feb. 15

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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.

WRES: Michigan's Russell Named Wrestler of the Week

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Michigan's Kellen Russell earns his second Big Ten Wrestler of the Week award of 2010-11 after defeating the No. 2 and No. 3 wrestlers at 141 pounds over the weekend. The top-ranked wrestler in the country at 141, Russell defeated second-ranked Mike Thorn of No. 5 Minnesota on Friday and third-ranked Montell Marion of No. 2 Iowa on Sunday.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.
The Big Ten's celebration of Black History Month continues with a feature on former Ohio State wrestler Corey Morrison:

When he first started to wrestle, Corey Morrison says he and his mother had a bit of a conflict.

"I kept telling her wrestling required special shoes and she insisted that the wrestlers just wore socks,'' he says. "Now I've got like 90 pairs of wrestling shoes.''

Growing up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Morrison's dream was always to play football. He thought that would be his ticket to Ohio State.

Click here to read the complete feature on Morrison on the Big Ten website.

WRES: Weekend Roundup

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Second-ranked Iowa took sole possession of first place in the Big Ten wrestling standings last weekend, earning wins over No. 23 Purdue and No. 10 Michigan to move to 7-0 in conference duals this season. Fifth-ranked Minnesota remains in second place after defeating Michigan and tying No. 3 Penn State, moving to 6-0-1 in Big Ten competition. The Hawkeyes and Golden Gophers will square off with the Big Ten dual-meet title on the line next Sunday in Minneapolis.

FEBRUARY 11

#3 PENN STATE def. #20 ILLINOIS, 23-13
INDIANA def. MICHIGAN STATE, 22-9
#2 IOWA
 def. #23 PURDUE [1], 37-3
#5 MINNESOTA def. #10 MICHIGAN, 22-12
#16 NORTHWESTERN def. #12 WISCONSIN, 25-13

FEBRUARY 12

#20 ILLINOIS def. Lock Haven, 34-7

FEBRUARY 13

#2 IOWA def. #10 MICHIGAN, 30-7
#23 PURDUE def. MICHIGAN STATE, 22-9
#12 WISCONSIN def. OHIO STATE, 23-18
#3 PENN STATE tied #5 MINNESOTA, 18-18

Legend
[1] Penn High School - Mishawaka, Ind.

WRES: Weekend Schedule

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With just two weekends left in the Big Ten wrestling regular season, the conference dual-meet title is still up for grabs. Iowa and Minnesota enter the weekend tied for first at 5-0, while Michigan (5-1) sits in third place. Penn State is following closely in fourth at 4-1, while Northwestern holds fifth place at 4-2. 

Three teams can clinch at least a share of the title this weekend. The Hawkeyes can clinch a share with two wins and a Minnesota loss, while the Golden Gophers can clinch with a pair of wins and an Iowa loss. The Wolverines can clinch a share if they pick up a win at Iowa and Minnesota also loses once. The complete weekend schedule can be found below.

FEBRUARY 11

#20 ILLINOIS at #3 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
#2 IOWA at #23 PURDUE [1] - 7 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE at INDIANA - 7 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (Delay - 2/12, 2 p.m. ET)
#5 MINNESOTA at #10 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
#12 WISCONSIN at #16 NORTHWESTERN - 7 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com

FEBRUARY 12

#20 ILLINOIS at Lock Haven - 7:30 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 13

#10 MICHIGAN at #2 IOWA - 1 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com
MICHIGAN STATE at #23 PURDUE - 1 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
OHIO STATE at #12 WISCONSIN - 1 p.m. CT
#3 PENN STATE at #5 MINNESOTA - 2 p.m. CT - Big Ten Network (Delay - 2/21, 9:30 p.m. ET)

Legend
[1] Penn High School - Mishawaka, Ind.

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers, Part Two

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The NCAA released its latest Division I wrestling coaches panel rankings on Friday, with 74 Big Ten wrestlers making the top 33 in their respective weight classes. All 11 conference teams are represented, with Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell earning the top ranking in his class. The latest set of rankings is the second of three, with the third edition being used as a tool to determine the qualifiers for the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

Click here to see the complete NCAA Division I coaches panel rankings.

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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The Big Ten boasts 52 ranked wrestlers in the latest InterMat weight class rankings, released on Tuesday. Iowa sophomore Matt McDonough again leads the 125-pound class, while Michigan junior Kellen Russell has earned the top spot at 141. 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. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
8. Tony Ramos, Fr., IOWA
9. Andrew Long, So., PSU
19. Levi Mele, So., NU
20. Zac Stevens, Jr., MICH

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
5. Frank Molinaro, Jr., PSU
8. Cole Schmitt, So., WIS
9. Andrew Nadhir, Sr., NU
13. 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

165
7. Colt Sponseller, Sr., OSU
11. Cody Yohn, So., MINN
13. Aaron Janssen, Sr., IOWA
19. Dan Yates, Fr., MICH

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

184
3. Travis Rutt, Jr., WIS
8. A.J. Kissel, Sr., PUR
9. Kevin Steinhaus, Fr., MINN
12. Grant Gambrall, So., IOWA
13. 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

HWT
6. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
8. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
9. Ricky Alcala, Sr., IND
10. Ben Apland, So., MICH
11. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS
20. Joe Rizqallah, So., MSU

Big Ten Network to Air Seven Winter Championships in HD

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The Big Ten Network will televise seven winter Big Ten Championships, beginning Feb. 26 with the Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The schedule also features men's swimming and diving, wrestling, men's and women's indoor track and field and men's and women's gymnastics.

The Big Ten Men's and Women's Gymnastics Championships and the second day of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships will be carried live, and all seven championships will be produced in high definition.

Click here to see the complete release.

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 in the latest poll, receiving two of the 11 first-place votes. Penn State again follows at No. 3, with No. 5 Minnesota rounding out the top five. Michigan breaks into the top 10 this week, tying for the No. 10 spot. Wisconsin is just behind at No. 12, while Northwestern continues to climb, moving up one spot to No. 16. Illinois checks in at No. 20, while Purdue sits at No. 23.

Penn State leads the way in the InterMat Tournament Rankings, holding No. 3 in this week's edition. Iowa follows at No. 4, while No. 6 Minnesota and No. 7 Wisconsin also earn top-10 status. Michigan is tied for No. 14 this week, followed by No. 20 Illinois and No. 24 Northwestern in the top 25. Purdue checks in at No. 31, with No. 33 Indiana, No. 37 Ohio State and No. 54 Michigan State following behind.

Click here to see the complete NWCA/USA Today poll and here to see InterMat's Tournament Rankings.

WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Weekly Release - Feb. 8

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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.