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Eight Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Team, as announced on Thursday. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30, have sophomore eligibility and be nominated by his or her sports information director. The complete list of Big Ten honorees is below.

Eileen Brandes, Field Hockey, Michigan
Josh Ihnen, Wrestling, Nebraska
Tucker Lane, Wrestling, Nebraska
Ulrike Denker, Rowing, Ohio State
Sean Duddy, Hockey, Ohio State
Andrew Elliott, Swimming & Diving, Ohio State
Kelsey Amy, Field Hockey, Penn State
Miguel Pineda, Gymnastics, Penn State

Big Ten Wrestling Season in Review

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Penn State Repeats as NCAA Champion: Penn State won its second national championship in as many seasons, leading a group of six Big Ten teams in the top 10 at the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships. The national title marks Penn State's second as a member of the Big Ten, and the conference's sixth in a row. The Nittany Lions racked up 143.0 team points, followed by Minnesota in second (117.5) and Iowa in third (107.5). Seven of the 10 weight class titles were won by Big Ten wrestlers, as Iowa's Matt McDonough (125 pounds), Ohio State's Logan Stieber (133), Michigan's Kellen Russell (141), Penn State's Frank Molinaro (149), David Taylor (165) and Ed Ruth (174), and Minnesota's Tony Nelson (285) each hauled in national championships. McDonough and Russell each picked up their second national crowns, while Stieber, Molinaro, Taylor, Ruth and Nelson each won their first. Click here to read more on the Nittany Lions' championship run.

Penn State's Taylor Wins Hodge Trophy: Following his first NCAA title, Penn State 165-pounder David Taylor was awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy, given to the National Wrestler of the Year. Taylor concluded the season at 32-0 overall en route to Big Ten and national titles and is just the third sophomore to win the award after Iowa's Brent Metcalf won it in 2008 and current Nittany Lion head coach Cael Sanderson earned the honors in his second season at Iowa State in 2000. Click here to read more on Taylor's Hodge Trophy.

Awards All Around: Nearly half of the All-America honors awarded at the NCAA Championships were given to Big Ten wrestlers, as the conference grapplers earned 34 of the 80 accolades. Minnesota led the way with seven wrestlers who were tabbed All-Americans after placing in the top eight in their respective weight classes, followed by Iowa and Penn State with six each. Illinois and Ohio State each placed four in the top eight, while Michigan, Nebraska and Northwestern each had two and Wisconsin had one. Following the NCAA Championships, Penn State 165-pounder David Taylor and Minnesota head coach J Robinson each received national awards. Taylor earned the 2012 NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Wrestler, Most Dominant Wrestler and Gorriaran Awards, while Robinson was named the national Coach of the Year.

Penn State Wins Second Straight Big Ten Championship: Penn State claimed its second straight Big Ten Championships title, winning three individual weight class crowns en route to the championship. The Nittany Lions totaled a team score of 149 points, while Minnesota followed in second place with 134 and Iowa took third with 126. Fourth-place Illinois (105.5) and fifth-place Ohio State (91) rounded out the top five. Click here to read more on Penn State's Big Ten title.

All-Big Ten, Individual Awards Announced: The 2012 All-Big Ten team, along with the conference's individual award winners, were announced following the conclusion of the Big Ten Championships. Penn State's David Taylor was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year for the second consecutive season, while Nittany Lion head coach Cael Sanderson picked up his second Coach of the Year honor in as many years. Ohio State's Logan Stieber was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Michigan's Kellen Russell and Penn State's Frank Molinaro were named Co-Wrestler of the Championships. Earning spots on the All-Big Ten team after winning their respective weight class titles were Illinois' Mario Gonzalez (197), Iowa's Matt McDonough (125) and Derek St. John (157), Russell (141), Minnesota's Tony Nelson (285) and Kevin Steinhaus (184), Stieber (133), and Penn State's Molinaro (149), Taylor (165) and Ed Ruth (174).

Minnesota, Penn State Share Big Ten Dual-Meet Title: Minnesota and Penn State each finished the Big Ten regular season with 7-1 records in conference duals en route to shares of the Big Ten regular season dual-meet title. The Golden Gophers closed the regular season with a 14-3 overall record, while the Nittany Lions boasted a 13-1 overall mark. Click here to read more on Minnesota and Penn State's dual-meet title.

Minnesota Claims National Duals Title: Minnesota took the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals championship, emerging victorious from the 32-team field. The Golden Gophers defeated Kent State (35-3), Missouri (26-7), Iowa (16-15) and Oklahoma State (18-13) en route to the title. Minnesota led a trio of Big Ten teams that advanced to the Final Four, as Illinois and Iowa joined the Gophers in the semifinals. Click here to read more on the Gophers' National Duals title.

Penn State's Taylor Wins Hodge Trophy

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Penn State sophomore 165-pounder David Taylor has been awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy, given to the National Wrestler of the Year. Taylor, the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, finished the season at 32-0 overall en route to Big Ten and NCAA titles. Taylor is just the third sophomore to win the award after current Nittany Lion head coach Cael Sanderson won it in his sophomore season at Iowa State.

Click here to read more on Taylor's Hodge Trophy.

NCAA Championships Mat-by-Mat Live Stream Information

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ESPN3.com will be providing live mat-by-mat streaming coverage of the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Click the links below to tune in.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15
Session I

Session II

FRIDAY, MARCH 16
Session III

Session IV

SATURDAY, MARCH 17
Session V

Session VI

Big Ten Automatic NCAA Qualifiers

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With the 2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships coming to a close on Sunday, 74 Big Ten wrestlers locked up berths to the NCAA Championships based on automatic qualifier allocations. The complete breakdown of automatic qualifiers from the Big Ten can be found below.

125 pounds
1. Matt McDonough, IOWA
2. Zach Sanders, MINN
3. Jesse Delgado, ILL
4. Levi Mele, NU
5. Nico Megaludis, PSU
6. Camden Eppert, PUR

133 pounds
1. Logan Stieber, OSU
2. Tony Ramos, IOWA
3. B.J. Futrell, ILL
4. Zac Stevens, MICH
5. Cashe Quiroga, PUR
6. Chris Dardanes, MINN
7. Frank Martellotti, PSU

141 pounds
1. Kellen Russell, MICH
2. Montell Marion, IOWA
3. Hunter Stieber, OSU
4. Nick Dardanes, MINN
5. Jake Sueflohn, NEB

149 pounds
1. Frank Molinaro, PSU
2. Dylan Ness, MINN
3. Eric Grajales, MICH
4. Taylor Walsh, IND
5. Cam Tessari, OSU
6. Ivan Lopouchanski, PUR
7. Kaleb Friedley, NU
8. Eric Terrazas, ILL
9. Dan Osterman, MSU

157 pounds
1. Derek St. John, IOWA
2. Jason Welch, NU
3. Dylan Alton, PSU
4. Anthony Jones Jr., MSU
5. James Green, NEB
6. Josh Demas, OSU

165 pounds
1. David Taylor, PSU
2. Mike Evans, IOWA
3. Robert Kokesh, NEB
4. Conrad Polz, ILL
5. Cody Yohn, MINN
6. Pierce Harger, NU
7. Dan Yates, MICH
8. David Cheza, MSU

174 pounds
1. Ed Ruth, PSU
2. Logan Storley, MINN
3. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
4. Lee Munster, NU
5. Jordan Blanton, ILL
6. Nick Heflin, OSU
7. Justin Zeerip, MICH
8. Curran Jacobs, MSU
9. Ryan LeBlanc, IND

184 pounds
1. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
2. Josh Ihnen, NEB
3. Quentin Wright, PSU
4. Tony Dallago, ILL
5. Grant Gambrall, IOWA
6. Ian Hinton, MSU
7. Braden Atwood, PUR

197 pounds
1. Mario Gonzalez, ILL
2. Matt Powless, IND
3. Sonny Yohn, MINN
4. Andrew Campolattano, OSU
5. Morgan McIntosh, PSU
6. A.J. Kissel, PUR
7. James Nakashima, NEB

285 pounds
1. Tony Nelson, MINN
2. Bobby Telford, IOWA
3. Cameron Wade, PSU
4. Mike McMullan, NU
5. Adam Chalfant, IND
6. Steve Andrus, MSU
7. Tucker Lane, NEB
8. Cole Tobin, WIS
9. Ben Apland, MICH
10. Peter Capone, OSU

In the Polls

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Minnesota remained the top-ranked wrestling team in the nation in the final NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll of the season, earning nine of the 10 first-place votes en route to the top ranking. The other eight ranked Big Ten teams remained in the same spots as last week, with Penn State checking in at No. 2, Iowa holding No. 4, and Illinois rounding out the top five at No. 5. Ohio State ranks sixth, followed by No. 8 Nebraska in the top 10. Michigan holds No. 14, while No. 18 Northwestern and No. 25 Purdue round out the top 25 entering this weekend's Big Ten Championships.

Click here to see the complete rankings.

The NCAA announced its qualifier allocations for the 2012 Wrestling Championships on Thursday, with the Big Ten setting a conference record and receiving the most of any conference with 74. The Big Ten will send at least five automatic qualifiers in all 10 weight classes, including 10 automatic bids at heavyweight, and boasts the highest amount of qualifiers of any conference in each class. The automatic bids will determine 290 of the 330 qualifiers for the NCAA Championships, while the remaining 40 slots will be filled by four at-large selections in each class. The 74 qualifiers marks the most in the Big Ten since the NCAA implemented the current qualifying process and 10 more than last year's total of 64.

 

The final coaches' panel and RPI rankings were also released on Thursday, with 82 grapplers appearing in the top 33 of their weight class. Four Big Ten wrestlers hold the top coaches' panel ranking in their class, as Iowa's Matt McDonough (125 pounds), Michigan's Kellen Russell (141), and Penn State's Frank Molinaro (149) and David Taylor (165) each close the regular season as the top-ranked wrestlers in the country. The conference also boasts 80 wrestlers in the top 33 of their respective classes in the second and final edition of the RPI rankings, with four taking top spots. Minnesota's Zach Sanders (125), Iowa's Tony Ramos (133), and Penn State's Taylor (165) and Ed Ruth (174) each hold No. 1 RPI rankings to close the regular season.

 

For the complete breakdown of qualifier allocations, click here. The final coaches' panel rankings can be seen here, while the RPI rankings can be found here.

In the Polls

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After claiming the NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals championship last weekend, Minnesota has taken over the No. 1 national ranking in the latest NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll. The Gophers lead the group of nine ranked Big Ten teams, jumping from No. 3 to No. 1 this week. Penn State remains at No. 2, while No. 4 Iowa and No. 5 Illinois also maintain their top-five status. Ohio State checks in at No. 7, while Nebraska follows at No. 8. Michigan stands at No. 14, followed by No. 18 Northwestern. Purdue enters the poll this week, checking in at No. 25.

Click here for the complete poll.

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 64 ranked wrestlers in this week's InterMat College Rankings, with four grapplers holding the No. 1 ranking in their class following the end of the Big Ten regular season. Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough, Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell and Penn State 149-pounder Frank Molinaro and 165-pounder David Taylor each remain in the top spot in their weight class' rankings. The Big Ten also boasts the top three squads in the team rankings, as Penn State remains at No. 1, followed by No. 2 Minnesota and No. 3 Iowa. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten teams and wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Penn State (1 last week)
2. Minnesota (3)
3. Iowa (4)
6. Michigan (6)
T-8. Ohio State (8)
14. Nebraska (T-15)
16. Illinois (17)
T-19. Northwestern (T-20)
31. Indiana (31)
35. Purdue (37)
T-42. Michigan State (T-43)
T-45. Wisconsin (T-46)

125
1. Matt McDonough, IOWA (1)
2. Zach Sanders, MINN (2)
6. Jesse Delgado, ILL (6)
8. Nico Megaludis, PSU (8)
10. Levi Mele, NU (10)
17. Johnni DiJulius, OSU (17)

133
2. Logan Stieber, OSU (2)
3. Tony Ramos, IOWA (3)
4. B.J. Futrell, ILL (4)
7. Chris Dardanes, MINN (8)
8. Cashe Quiroga, PUR (9)
14. Zac Stevens, MICH (14)
18. Ridge Kiley, NEB (19)

141
1. Kellen Russell, MICH (1)
4. Hunter Stieber, OSU (4)
5. Montell Marion, IOWA (5)
8. Nick Dardanes, MINN (8)
9. Jake Sueflohn, NEB (9)

149
1. Frank Molinaro, PSU (1)
7. Eric Grajales, MICH (8)
9. Dylan Ness, MINN (10)
12. Ivan Lopouchanski, PUR (11)
16. Cam Tessari, OSU (16)
18. Taylor Walsh, IND (18)
19. Eric Terrazas, ILL (19)

157
2. Jason Welch, NU (2)
5. Dylan Alton, PSU (5)
8. James Green, NEB (6)
9. Anthony Jones, MSU (9)
18. Josh Demas, OSU (18)
20. Derek St. John, IOWA (NR)

165
1. David Taylor, PSU (1)
6. Mike Evans, IOWA (6)
7. Robert Kokesh, NEB (7)
11. Ben Jordan, WIS (11)
12. Conrad Polz, ILL (12)
13. Dan Yates, MICH (13)
14. Cody Yohn, MINN (14)

174
2. Ed Ruth, PSU (2)
5. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA (8)
6. Logan Storley, MINN (5)
8. Justin Zeerip, MICH (7)
9. Jordan Blanton, ILL (9)
10. Nick Heflin, OSU (10)
14. Lee Munster, NU (12)
17. Tyler Koehn, NEB (17)
18. Curran Jacobs, MSU (18)

184
2. Quentin Wright, PSU (2)
6. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN (7)
7. Josh Ihnen, NEB (8)
9. C.J. Magrum, OSU (9)
11. Grant Gambrall, IOWA (NR)
20. Braden Atwood, PUR (19)

197
3. Matt Powless, IND (3)
7. Sonny Yohn, MINN (7)
12. Morgan McIntosh, PSU (12)
14. Max Huntley, MICH (14)
18. Mario Gonzalez, ILL (18)

HWT
3. Tony Nelson, MINN (4)
5. Cameron Wade, PSU (6)
8. Tucker Lane, NEB (9)
11. Ben Apland, MICH (12)
12. Mike McMullan, NU (13)
13. Bobby Telford, IOWA (14)

Weekend Roundup

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FEBRUARY 16
#25 Central Michigan def. MICHIGAN STATE, 21-12

FEBRUARY 17
#18 NORTHWESTERN def. INDIANA, 27-7

FEBRUARY 19
#1 Oklahoma State def. #5 ILLINOIS, 19-15 [1]
#4 IOWA def. #5 ILLINOIS, 28-6 [2]
#3 MINNESOTA def. #4 IOWA, 16-15 [1]
#3 MINNESOTA def. #1 Oklahoma State, 18-13 [3]
#8 NEBRASKA def. Northern Iowa, 26-16
#2 PENN STATE def. #9 Pittsburgh, 33-6
PURDUE (rv) def. #25 Central Michigan, 19-18

Legend
[1] NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals Semifinals - Stillwater, Okla.
[2] NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals Consolation - Stillwater, Okla.
[3] NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals Finals - Stillwater, Okla.
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