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In The Polls

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Nine Big Ten wrestling teams are ranked in the latest NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll, with four conference squads earning top-five consideration. Penn State takes over the top spot this week, followed by No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Iowa. Illinois checks in at No. 6, while Nebraska sits at No. 9. Northwestern and Michigan sit at Nos. 12 and 14, respectively, while Purdue comes in at No. 21.

Click HERE for the complete poll.

Weekend Schedule

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Nov. 30
#20 Edinboro at MICHIGAN STATE - 7 p.m.

Nov. 30 - Dec. 1
#14 MICHIGAN at Cliff Keen Invitational - ALL DAY [1]
#9 NEBRASKA at Cliff Keen Invitational - ALL DAY [1]
#5 OHIO STATE at Cliff Keen Invitational - ALL DAY [1]
WISCONSIN (rv) at Cliff Keen Invitational - ALL DAY [1]

December 1
INDIANA at Hoosier Duals - ALL DAY
Stevens Tech at #13 NORTHWESTERN - 6 p.m.
Duke at #13 NORTHWESTERN - 7:30 p.m.
#4 IOWA at Iowa State - 7:30 p.m.

December 2
#2 PENN STATE at Nittany Lion Open - ALL DAY
#3 Oklahoma State at #1 MINNESOTA - 2 p.m.

Legend
[1] Las Vegas, Nev.

Weekend Schedule

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November 24
#6 ILLINOIS at Journeyman Duals - ALL DAY - Troy, Mich.
#4 IOWA at Iowa City Duals - ALL DAY
#23 PURDUE at Northeast Duals - ALL DAY - Troy, N.Y.
#1 MINNESOTA at North Dakota State - 2 p.m.
Northern Iowa at WISCONSIN (rv) - 8 p.m. - BTN.com

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November 16
#4 IOWA at Chattanooga/ vs. Cumberland (Tenn.)/ vs. #17 Virginia - ALL DAY
#16 MICHIGAN at #10 Oregon State - 4 p.m.
#21 Lehigh at #2 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. - www.BTN.com
MICHIGAN STATE at Eastern Michigan - 7 p.m.
#5 OHIO STATE at #12 Virginia Tech - 7 p.m.
#25 WISCONSIN at Old Dominion - 7 p.m.
#1 MINNESOTA at #9 NEBRASKA - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com

November 17
#6 ILLINOIS at Lindenwood Open - ALL DAY [1]
#23 PURDUE at NIU Duals - ALL DAY [2]

November 18

INDIANA at Keystone Classic - ALL DAY [3]
#13 NORTHWESTERN at Keystone Classic - ALL DAY [3]
#16 MICHIGAN at Stanford - 11 a.m.
#24 Boise State at #1 MINNESOTA - Noon
North Carolina at #9 NEBRASKA - 1 p.m.
#2 PENN STATE at West Virginia - 2 p.m.
#18 Pittsburgh at #5 OHIO STATE - 2 p.m.
South Dakota State at #9 NEBRASKA - 2 p.m.
#25 WISCONSIN at #12 Virginia Tech - 2 p.m.

Legend
[1] St. Charles, Mo.
[2] DeKalb, Ill.
[3] Philadelphia, Pa.

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 64 ranked wrestlers in this week's InterMat College Rankings, with five grapplers holding the No. 1 ranking in their respective class. Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough, Ohio State 133-pounder Logan Steiber, Iowa 157-pounder Derek St. John, Penn State 184-pounder Ed Ruth and Minnesota heavyweight Tony Nelson each sit 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 is checks in at No. 1, followed by No. 2 Iowa and No. 3 Minnesota. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten teams and wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Penn State
2. Iowa
3. Minnesota
5. Ohio State
7. Illinois
13. Northwestern
14. Nebraska
24. Michigan
26. Wisconsin
30. Purdue
42. Indiana
48. Michigan State

125
1. Matt McDonough, IOWA
2. Nico Megaludis, PSU
3. Jesse Delgado, ILL
6. David Thorn, MINN
8. Nikko Triggas, OSU
14. Sean Boyle, MICH
18. Camden Eppert, PUR

133
1. Logan Steiber, OSU
3. Tony Ramos, IOWA
6. Chris Dardanes, MINN
8. Cashe Quiroga, PUR
10. Levi Mele, NU
19. Rossi Bruno, MICH

141

3. Tyler Graff, WIS
4. Hunter Stieber, OSU
5. B.J. Futrell, ILL
8. Nick Dardanes, MINN
11. Steve Dutton, MICH
14. Mark Ballweg, IOWA

149
3. Dylan Ness, MINN
6. Andrew Alton, PSU
7. Cam Tessari, OSU
11. Eric Grajales, MICH
13. Jake Sueflohn, NEB
14. Ivan Lopouchanski, PUR

157
1. Derek St. John, IOWA
2. Dylan Alton, PSU
3. Jason Welch, NU
5. James Green, NEB
16. Josh Demas, OSU

165
2. David Taylor, PSU
4. Mike Evans, IOWA
6. Conrad Polz, ILL
9. Cody Yohn, MINN
10. Taylor Massa, MICH
14. Pierce Harger, NU
20. Ryan LeBlanc, IND

174
2. Nick Heflin, OSU
4. Matt Brown, PSU
5. Logan Storley, MINN
6. Jordan Blanton, ILL
7. Robert Kokesh, NEB
8. Grant Gambrall, IOWA
10. Lee Munster, NU
14. Dan Yates, MICH

184
1. Ed Ruth, PSU
4. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
6. Josh Ihnen, NEB
8. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
11. Tony Dallago, ILL

197
3. Quentin Wright, PSU
7. Mario Gonzalez, ILL
10. Andrew Campolattano, OSU
12. Scott Schiller, MINN
18. Braden Atwood, PUR
20. Max Huntley, MICH

Hwt
1. Tony Nelson, MINN
5. Mike McMullan, NU
6. Bobby Telford, IOWA
9. Ben Apland, MICH
12. Adam Chalfant, IND
13. Mike McClure, MSU
16. Connor Medbery, WIS
19. Peter Capone, OSU

In The Polls

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Ten Big Ten wrestling teams are ranked in the latest NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll, with four conference squads earning top-five consideration. The top five spots remain unchanged, as No. 1 Minnesota, No. 2 Penn State, No. 4 Iowa and No. 5 Ohio State remain in the same position as the preseason poll. Nebraska also remains at No. 9, while Northwestern moves to No. 13 and Michigan checks in at No. 16. Purdue and Wisconsin also appear in the rankings for the first time this season, clocking in at Nos. 23 and 25, respectively.

For the complete rankings, click HERE.

Weekend Schedule

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November 9
#14 NORTHWESTERN at Stanford - 9:30 p.m.

November 10

#6 ILLINOIS at Harold Nichols Cyclone Open - ALL DAY [1]
INDIANA at NIU Quad - ALL DAY [2]
#1 MINNESOTA at Bison Open - ALL DAY [3]
#23 Old Dominion at PURDUE (rv) - 1 p.m. (www.BTN.com)
T7 Missouri at PURDUE (rv) - 3 p.m. (www.BTN.com)
#9 NEBRASKA at Northern Colorado - 8 p.m.

November 11
MICHIGAN STATE at Michigan State Open - ALL DAY
#18 Pittsburgh at #13 MICHIGAN - 2 p.m. (www.BTN.com)
#9 NEBRASKA at Wyoming - 3 p.m.

Legend
[1] Ames, Iowa
[2] DeKalb, Ill.
[3] Fargo, N.D.


Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 61 ranked wrestlers in this week's InterMat College Rankings, with five grapplers holding the No. 1 ranking in their respective class. Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough, Ohio State 133-pounder Logan Steiber, Iowa 157-pounder Derek St. John, Penn State 184-pounder Ed Ruth and Minnesota heavyweight Tony Nelson each sit 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 is checks in at No. 1, followed by No. 2 Iowa and No. 3 Minnesota. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten teams and wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Penn State
2. Iowa
3. Minnesota
5. Ohio State
6. Illinois
12. Northwestern
T13. Nebraska
T18. Michigan
25. Wisconsin
32. Purdue
T41. Indiana
T51. Michigan State

125
1. Matt McDonough, IOWA
2. Nico Megaludis, PSU
3. Jesse Delgado, ILL
6. Nikko Triggas, OSU
11. David Thorn, MINN
14. Sean Boyle, MICH
17. Camden Eppert, PUR

133
1. Logan Steiber, OSU
3. Tony Ramos, IOWA
6. Chris Dardanes, MINN
8. Cashe Quiroga, PUR
10. Levi Mele, NU

141

3. Tyler Graff, WIS
4. Hunter Stieber, OSU
5. B.J. Futrell, ILL
7. Nick Dardanes, MINN
12. Steve Dutton, MICH
15. Mark Ballweg, IOWA

149
3. Dylan Ness, MINN
6. Andrew Alton, PSU
7. Cam Tessari, OSU
11. Eric Grajales, MICH
14. Jake Sueflohn, NEB
16. Ivan Lopouchanski, PUR

157
1. Derek St. John, IOWA
2. Dylan Alton, PSU
3. Jason Welch, NU
5. James Green, NEB
18. Josh Demas, OSU

165
2. David Taylor, PSU
4. Mike Evans, IOWA
6. Conrad Polz, ILL
7. Taylor Massa, MICH
10. Cody Yohn, MINN
15. Pierce Harger, NU
19. Ryan LeBlanc, IND

174
2. Nick Heflin, OSU
4. Jordan Blanton, ILL
5. Matt Brown, PSU
6. Logan Storley, MINN
7. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
8. Robert Kokesh, NEB
10. Lee Munster, NU
14. Dan Yates, MICH

184
1. Ed Ruth, PSU
4. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
6. Josh Ihnen, NEB
9. Tony Dallago, ILL

197
3. Quentin Wright, PSU
8. Mario Gonzalez, ILL
9. Andrew Campolattano, OSU
11. Scott Schiller, MINN
17. Braden Atwood, PUR
19. Max Huntley, MICH

Hwt
1. Tony Nelson, MINN
5. Mike McMullan, NU
6. Bobby Telford, IOWA
11. Ben Apland, MICH
12. Adam Chalfant, IND
16. Connor Medbery, WIS
17. Mike McClure, MSU







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.