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WRES: Weekend Roundup

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JANUARY 14

#22 NORTHWESTERN def. #15 ILLINOIS, 27-13
#5 MINNESOTA def. INDIANA, 25-14
#11 MICHIGAN def. #21 PURDUE, 28-13
MICHIGAN STATE def. West Virginia (rv), 21-18

JANUARY 15

#21 PURDUE def. Gardner-Webb, 45--1 [1]
#17 Kent State def #21 PURDUE, 17-15 [1]
#21 PURDUE def. Ashland, 30-9 [1]

JANUARY 16

#15 ILLINOIS tied #3 WISCONSIN, 19-19
#10 IOWA tied #6 Oklahoma State, 15-15 
#11 MICHIGAN def. #20 Central Michigan, 20-12
OHIO STATE (rv) def. MICHIGAN STATE, 19-16 [2]
#5 MINNESOTA def. #13 Iowa State, 26-13

Legend
[1] Wendy's Classic - Ashland, Ohio
[2] Millersburg, Ohio (West Holmes HS)

WRES: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 14

#15 ILLINOIS at #22 NORTHWESTERN - 7 p.m. CT - Big Ten Network (LIVE)
INDIANA at #5 MINNESOTA - 7 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com
#21 PURDUE at #11 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
MICHIGAN STATE at West Virginia (rv) - 7:30 p.m. ET

JANUARY 15

#21 PURDUE vs. Gardner-Webb [1] - 10 a.m. ET
#21 PURDUE vs. #17 Kent State [1] - Noon ET
#21 PURDUE at Ashland [1] - 2 p.m. ET

JANUARY 16

#15 ILLINOIS at #3 WISCONSIN - 1 p.m. CT
#10 IOWA at #6 Oklahoma State - 2 p.m. CT
#11 MICHIGAN at #20 Central Michigan - 2 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE at OHIO STATE (rv) [2] - 2 p.m. ET
#5 MINNESOTA at #13 Iowa State - 2 p.m. CT

Legend
[1] Wendy's Classic - Ashland, Ohio
[2] Millersburg, Ohio (West Holmes HS)

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 54 wrestlers ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes in the latest InterMat rankings. All 11 conference teams have at least three ranked wrestlers, while Iowa and Penn State lead the way with eight each. Northwestern 125-pounder Brandon Precin and Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell lead their respective classes, holding the top spot in this week's rankings. The complete listing of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

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

133
3. Tyler Graff, So., WIS
5. Andrew Long, So., PSU
7. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
11. Tyler Clark, Jr., IOWA
16. Ian Paddock, So., OSU

141

1. Kellen Russell, Jr., MICH
2. Mike Thorn, Sr., MINN
3. Jimmy Kennedy, Sr., ILL
5. Andrew Alton, Fr., PSU
19. Mark Ballweg, So., IOWA

149
6. Frank Molinaro, Jr., PSU
7. Cole Schmitt, So., WIS
12. Eric Terrazas, Jr., ILL
13. Andrew Nadhir, Sr., NU
15. Kurt Kinser, Sr., IND

157
3. David Taylor, Fr., PSU
6. Paul Young, Sr., IND
9. Jason Welch, So., NU
15. Derek St. John, Fr., IOWA
17. David Cheza, Jr., MSU
19. Colton Salazar, Sr., PUR

165
2. Andrew Howe, Jr., WIS
7. Cody Yohn, So., MINN
9. Colt Sponseller, Sr., OSU
15. Aaron Janssen, Sr., IOWA

174
2. Ed Ruth, Fr., PSU
8. Scott Glasser, Sr., MINN
11. Luke Manuel, Sr., PUR
12. Jordan Blanton, Jr., ILL
14. Nick Heflin, Fr., OSU
16. Ethan Lofthouse, Fr., IOWA
19. Ben Jordan, So., WIS

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

197

2. Trevor Brandvold, Sr., WIS
5. Sonny Yohn, Jr., MINN
6. Matt Powless, Jr., IND
9. Logan Brown, Sr., PUR
13. Anthony Biondo, Sr., MICH
15. Luke Lofthouse, Sr., IOWA
19. Tyler Dickenson, Jr., MSU

HWT
7. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
9. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
10. Ben Apland, So., MICH
16. Mike McClure, Fr., MSU
18. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS
19. Ricky Alcala, Sr., IND

WRES: In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten wrestling teams appear in the latest USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, released on Tuesday. After winning the Virginia Duals over the weekend, Penn State leads the way at No. 2. Wisconsin is not far behind, checking in at No. 3. Fifth-ranked Minnesota and 10th-ranked Iowa round out the Big Ten teams in the top 10. Michigan climbs four spots to No. 11 in this week's poll, while Illinois falls to No. 15. Purdue holds No. 21 and Northwestern checks in at No. 22.

Eight teams also appear in the top 25 of the InterMat Tournament Rankings, released on Monday. Penn State again leads the way at No. 2, followed by Wisconsin at No. 4, Minnesota at No. 5 and Iowa at No. 10. Illinois checks in at No. 15, followed by No. 18 Michigan, No. 19 Northwestern and No. 24 Indiana in the top 25. Purdue ranks 37th in the latest edition, with No. 39 Ohio State and No. 45 Michigan State rounding out the Big Ten contingent.

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

WRES: Wisconsin's Schmitt Named Wrestler of the Week

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Wisconsin 149-pounder Cole Schmitt has been named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Schmitt won four bouts, including two over ranked opponents, to lead the fourth-ranked Badgers to a third-place finish at the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals last weekend.

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

Click here for more information on Schmitt.

WRES: Weekend Roundup

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JANUARY 7

West Virginia def. #10 ILLINOIS, 18-15
#7 IOWA def. SIU-Edwardsville, 49-0
#15 MICHIGAN def. Liberty, 37-9 [1]
#15 MICHIGAN def. Buffalo, 29-7 [1]
#2 PENN STATE def. VMI, 42-3 [1]
#2 PENN STATE def. Edinboro, 37-12 [1]

JANUARY 8

#15 MICHIGAN def. #9 Lehigh, 21-18 [1]
#2 PENN STATE def. #15 MICHIGAN, 24-12 [1]
MICHIGAN STATE def. Lock Haven, 28-12 [3]
MICHIGAN STATE def. Oakland, 45-0 [3]
MICHIGAN STATE def. Eastern Michigan, 19-15 [3]
#5 MINNESOTA def. Northern Illinois, 26-9 [2]
#5 MINNESOTA def. #6 Boise State, 18-17 [2]
#1 Cornell def. #24 OHIO STATE, 27-6 [2]
Northern Iowa def. #24 OHIO STATE, 20-19 [2]
#2 PENN STATE def. #23 Kent State, 27-15 [1]
#2 Oklahoma State def. #18 PURDUE, 26-6 [2]
#17 Central Michigan def. #18 PURDUE, 21-19 [2]
#4 WISCONSIN def. South Dakota State, 42-3 [2]
#4 WISCONSIN def. #22 American, 23-16 [2]

JANUARY 9

INDIANA def. Cleveland State, 44-3 [4]
INDIANA def. SIU-Edwardsville, 45-0 [4]
INDIANA def. Gardner-Webb, 41-6 [4]
#1 Cornell def. #5 MINNESOTA, 20-16 [2]
#4 WISCONSIN def. #5 MINNESOTA, 19-17 [2]
#21 NORTHWESTERN def. Millersville, 42-6 [5]
#21 NORTHWESTERN def. Drexel, 44-3 [5]
#21 NORTHWESTERN def. #20 Pittsburgh, 17-15 [5] 
#12 Virginia Tech def. #4 WISCONSIN, 20-19 [2]

Legend
[1] Virginia Duals - Hampton, Va.
[2] Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals - Cedar Falls, Iowa
[3] Spartan Duals - East Lansing, Mich.
[4] IU Quad - Bloomington, Ind.
[5] Pittsburgh Duals - Pittsburgh, Pa.

WRES: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 7

#2 PENN STATE vs. VMI [1] - 9 a.m. ET
#15 MICHIGAN vs. Liberty [1] - 11 a.m. ET
#2 PENN STATE/VMI vs. Old Dominion/Edinboro [1] - 1 p.m. ET
#15 MICHIGAN/Liberty vs. Buffalo/Virginia (rv) [1] - 3 p.m. ET
West Virginia at #10 ILLINOIS - 7 p.m. CT
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at #7 IOWA - 7 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com

JANUARY 8

#5 MINNESOTA vs. Northern Illinois [2] - 9 a.m. CT
#24 OHIO STATE vs. #1 Cornell [2] - 9 a.m. CT
Lock Haven at MICHIGAN STATE [3] - 11 a.m. ET
#18 PURDUE vs. #2 Oklahoma State [2] - 11 a.m. CT
#4 WISCONSIN vs. South Dakota State [2] - 11 a.m. CT
Oakland at MICHIGAN STATE [3] - 1 p.m. ET
#5 MINNESOTA/Northern Illinois vs. #6 Boise State/#14 Iowa State [2] - 1 p.m. CT
#24 OHIO STATE/#1 Cornell vs. #13 Missouri/Northern Iowa [2] - 1 p.m. CT
Eastern Michigan at MICHIGAN STATE [3] - 3 p.m. ET
#18 PURDUE/#2 Oklahoma State vs. #12 Virginia Tech/#17 Central Michigan [2] - 3 p.m. CT
#4 WISCONSIN/South Dakota State vs. #11 Oregon State/#22 American [2] - 3 p.m. CT
#15 MICHIGAN at Virginia Duals - 2 p.m./8:30 p.m. ET
#2 PENN STATE at Virginia Duals - 2 p.m./8:30 p.m. ET

JANUARY 9

#21 NORTHWESTERN vs. Millersville [4] - 9 a.m. ET
Cleveland State at INDIANA [5] - 10 a.m. ET
#5 MINNESOTA at National Duals - 11 a.m./3 p.m. CT
#24 OHIO STATE at National Duals - 11 a.m./3 p.m. CT
#18 PURDUE at National Duals - 11 a.m./3 p.m. CT
#4 WISCONSIN at National Duals - 11 a.m./3 p.m. CT
#21 NORTHWESTERN vs. Drexel [4] - 11 a.m. ET
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at INDIANA [5] - Noon ET
Gardner-Webb at INDIANA [5] - 2 p.m. ET
#21 NORTHWESTERN at #20 Pittsburgh [4] - 3 p.m. ET

Legend
[1] Virginia Duals - Hampton, Va.
[2] Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals - Cedar Falls, Iowa
[3] Spartan Duals - East Lansing, Mich.
[4] Pittsburgh Duals - Pittsburgh, Pa.
[5] Indiana Duals - Bloomington, Ind.

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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All 11 Big Ten wrestling teams are represented in the latest InterMat individual rankings, with 56 conference wrestlers earning top-20 status in their respective weight classes. Northwestern 125-pounder Brandon Precin and Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell each lead their classes, earning the top ranking in this week's rankings. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

125
1. Brandon Precin, Sr., NU
2. Matt McDonough, So., IOWA
6. Zach Sanders, Jr., MINN
16. Frank Martellotti, Fr., PSU

133
3. Tyler Graff, So., WIS
6. Andrew Long, So., PSU
7. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
11. Tyler Clark, Jr., IOWA
16. Ian Paddock, So., OSU
18. Zac Stevens, Sr., MICH

141
1. Kellen Russell, Jr., MICH
2. Mike Thorn, Sr., MINN
3. Jimmy Kennedy, Sr., ILL
7. Andrew Alton, Fr., PSU
17. Mark Ballweg, So., IOWA

149
7. Frank Molinaro, Jr., PSU
10. Cole Schmitt, So., WIS
11. Eric Terrazas, Jr., ILL
12. Andrew Nadhir, Sr., NU
15. Kurt Kinser, Sr., IND

157
3. David Taylor, Fr., PSU
7. Paul Young, Sr., IND
9. Jason Welch, So., NU
12. Colton Salazar, Sr., PUR
18. Derek St. John, Fr., IOWA
19. David Cheza, Jr., MSU

165
2. Andrew Howe, Jr., WIS
7. Cody Yohn, So., MINN
10. Colt Sponseller, Sr., OSU
15. Aaron Janssen, Sr., IOWA

174
2. Ed Ruth, Fr., PSU
8. Scott Glasser, Sr., MINN
10. Luke Manuel, Sr., PUR
11. Jordan Blanton, Jr., ILL
14. Nick Heflin, Fr., OSU
16. Ethan Lofthouse, Fr., IOWA
19. Ben Jordan, So., WIS

184
5. Travis Rutt, Jr., WIS
7. Kevin Steinhaus, Fr., MINN
12. A.J. Kissel, Sr., PUR
17. Grant Gambrall, So., IOWA
19. Tony Dallago, Fr., ILL
20. C.J. Magrum, So., OSU

197
2. Trevor Brandvold, Sr., WIS
5. Sonny Yohn, Jr., MINN
6. Matt Powless, Jr., IND
9. Logan Brown, Sr., PUR
15. Anthony Biondo, Sr., MICH
16. Luke Lofthouse, Sr., IOWA
20. Tyler Dickenson, Jr., MSU

HWT
7. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
8. Ben Apland, So., MICH
9. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
16. Mike McClure, Fr., MSU
18. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS
19. Ricky Alcala, Sr., IND

WRES: In the Polls

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After a week off, a new batch of NWCA/USA Today and InterMat wrestling rankings have been released, with several Big Ten teams earning new positions in both polls.

Penn State moves up from No. 4 to No. 2 in the NWCA poll after tying for first place at last week's Southern Scuffle. The Nittany Lions are followed by No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 5 Minnesota in the top five. Iowa checks in at No. 7 in this week's poll, followed by No. 10 Illinois, No. 15 Michigan, No. 18 Purdue, No. 21 Northwestern and No. 24 Ohio State.

Penn State also moved up in the InterMat Tournament Rankings, holding No. 4 in this week's edition. No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 6 Minnesota follow closely behind, while No. 11 Michigan, No. 12 Iowa and No. 15 Illinois round out the top 15. Northwestern checks in at No. 21, followed by No. 23 Indiana, No. 37 Purdue, No. 39 Ohio State and No. 44 Michigan State.

To see the complete NWCA/USA Today poll, click here. The InterMat rankings can be found here.

WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Weekly Release - Jan. 4

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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 web site. Click here to see the complete release.