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Penn State's Matt Brown has been named an NCAA Elite 89 Award recipient, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 88 championships, it was announced on Tuesday. The Elite 89 recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individuals who have reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. Additionally, Ohio State's Max Stearns was named an NCAA Elite 89 recipient for fencing.

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Big Ten Wrestling Season in Review

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Third Times a Charm: Penn State won its third NCAA Wrestling Championships title in as many seasons after picking up two individual weight class titles. The Nittany Lions totaled 123.5 team points en route to the national title, while third-place Minnesota and fourth-place Iowa finished in the top five with 103 and 73 points, respectively. The Nittany Lions' Ed Ruth (184 pounds) and Quentin Wright (197) each won titles to push Penn State to the national crown, while Illinois' Jesse Delgado (125), Ohio State's Logan Stieber (133), Iowa's Derek St. John (157) and Minnesota's Tony Nelson (285) also won national championships on Saturday to give the Big Ten six of the 10 individual champions. PENN STATE RECAP

All-America Awards: Over a third of the All-America honors awarded at the NCAA Championships were given to Big Ten wrestlers, as the conference grapplers earned 29 of the 80 accolades. Minnesota led the way with eight wrestlers who were tabbed All-Americans after placing in the top eight in their respective weight classes, followed by Penn State with five and Iowa with four. Illinois and Ohio State each placed three in the top eight, while Nebraska and Northwestern each had two and Purdue and Wisconsin had one. Click HERE to see the full list.

Penn State Claims Third Consecutive Big Ten Championship: Penn State won its third straight Big Ten Wrestling Championships title, claiming first place with a score of 151. The Nittany Lions claimed four individual titles en route to the conference championship. Minnesota finished in second place with 139 points, while Iowa took third with 133.5. Fourth-place Ohio State (109.5 points) and fifth-place Illinois (85.5 points) rounded out the top five. Click HERE for the full release.

All-Big Ten, Individual Award Winners Announced:
The 2013 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 Ed Ruth was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, while Nittany Lion head coach Cael Sanderson and Minnesota's J Robinson shared Coach of the Year honors. Wisconsin's Connor Medbery was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Illinois' Jesse Delgado was named Wrestler of the Championships. Earning spots on the All-Big Ten team after winning their respective weight class titles were Illinois' Delgado (125), Minnesota's Dylan Ness (149) and Tony Nelson (285), Northwestern's Jason Welch (157), Ohio State's Hunter Stieber (141) and Logan Stieber (133) and Penn State's Matt Brown (174), Ruth (184), David Taylor (165) and Quentin Wright (197).

Hawkeyes Claim Big Ten Dual-Meet Title: Iowa finished with a perfect 8-0 record in conference duals en route to the Big Ten regular season dual-meet title. Click HERE on the Hawkeyes' dual-meet title.

Gophers Win National Duals Championship: Minnesota won its second consecutive NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals championship, emerging victorious from the 32-team field. The Golden Gophers defeated Virginia Tech (28-8), Iowa (22-15) and Oklahoma State (28-9) en route to the title. Click HERE to read more on the Gophers' National Duals title.

The NCAA announced its qualifier allocations for the 2013 Wrestling Championships on Thursday, with the Big Ten matching a conference record and receiving the most of any conference with 74. The Big Ten will send at least six automatic qualifiers in all 10 weight classes, including nine 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 final coaches' panel and RPI rankings were also released on Thursday, with 86 grapplers appearing in the top 33 of their weight class. Five Big Ten wrestlers hold the top coaches' panel ranking in their class, as Ohio State's Logan Stieber (133 pounds), Northwestern's Jason Welch (157), Minnesota's Logan Storley (174), Penn State's Ed Ruth (184) and Minnesota's Tony Nelson (HWT) each close the regular season as the top-ranked wrestlers in the country. The conference also boasts 74 wrestlers in the top 33 of their respective classes in the second and final edition of the RPI rankings, with five taking the top spots. Ohio State's Stieber (133), Penn State's Dylan Alton (157) and David Taylor (165), Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus (184) and Nelson (HWT) each hold No. 1 RPI rankings to close the regular season.

For the complete breakdown of qualifier allocations, final coaches' panel and RPI rankings, click HERE.


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Feb 22
#11 Central Michigan at MICHIGAN STATE - 7 p.m. (BTN.com)

Feb 22-23
#8 ILLINOIS at NWCA National Duals - ALL DAY (BTN)
#2 IOWA at NWCA National Duals - ALL DAY (BTN)
#4 MINNESOTA at NWCA National Duals - ALL DAY (BTN)
#5 OHIO STATE at NWCA National Duals- ALL DAY (BTN)

Feb. 23
#14 PURDUE vs. Buffalo - 9:30 a.m.
NORTHWESTERN at INDIANA - 2 p.m. (BTN)
#14 PURDUE at Franklin & Marshall - 11:30 p.m.

Feb. 24
PENN STATE at Rutgers - 1 p.m.

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 65 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 Stieber, Iowa 157-pounder Derek St. John, Minnesota 174-pounder Logan Storley and Penn State 184-pounder Ed Ruth each sit in the top spot in their weight class' rankings. The Big Ten also boasts four of the top five squads in the team rankings, as Penn State checks in at No. 1, followed by No. 2 Iowa, No. 4 Minnesota and No. 5 Ohio State. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten teams and wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Penn State
2. Iowa
4. Minnesota
5. Ohio State
8. Illinois
13. Nebraska
T19. Northwestern
22. Wisconsin
28. Michigan
T36. Michigan State
38. Indiana
39. Purdue

125
1. Matt McDonough, IOWA
2. Nico Megaludis, PSU
3. Jesse Delgado, ILL
12. Nikko Triggas, OSU
13. David Thorn, MINN
16. Sean Boyle, MICH
20. Camden Eppert, PUR

133
1. Logan Stieber, OSU
2. Tony Ramos, IOWA
3. Tyler Graff, WIS
8. Chris Dardanes, MINN
10. Daryl Thomas, ILL
13. Jordan Conaway, PSU
16. Cashe Quiroga, PUR

141

2. Hunter Stieber, OSU
3. B.J. Futrell, ILL
8. Mark Ballweg, IOWA
9. Nick Dardanes, MINN

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

157
1. Derek St. John, IOWA
2. Jason Welch, NU
5. Dylan Alton, PSU
6. James Green, NEB
12. Taylor Walsh, IND

165
2. David Taylor, PSU
8. Conrad Polz, ILL
9. Taylor Massa, MICH
13. Nick Moore, IOWA
14. Cody Yohn, MINN
15. Ryan LeBlanc, IND

174
1. Logan Storley, MINN
3. Mike Evans, IOWA
4. Robert Kokesh, NEB
6. Nick Heflin, OSU
7. Matt Brown, PSU
8. Jordan Blanton, ILL
9. Lee Munster, NU
10. Dan Yates, MICH

184
1. Ed Ruth, PSU
5. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
8. Josh Ihnen, NEB
14. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
17. John Rizqallah, MSU
19. Tony Dallago, ILL
20. C.J. Magrum, OSU

197
2. Quentin Wright, PSU
11. Scott Schiller, MINN
12 Andrew Campolattano, OSU
14. Mario Gonzalez, ILL
16. Jackson Hein, WIS
17. Braden Atwood, PUR
19. Nathan Burak, IOWA

Hwt
2. Tony Nelson, MINN
6. Bobby Telford, IOWA
7. Michael McClure, MSU
9. Mike McMullan, NU
11. Connor Medbery, WIS
12. Jimmy Lawson, PSU
13. Peter Capone, OSU
14. Adam Chalfant, IND

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February 15
#22 Iowa State at MICHIGAN STATE - 7 p.m.

February 16
#15 Edinboro at #2 IOWA - 8 p.m.

February 17
INDIANA vs. Lindenwood-Belleville/Knox/at SIUE - ALL DAY [1]
#19 MICHIGAN at #9 Oregon State - 4 p.m. [2]
#19 MICHIGAN vs. #7 Virginia Tech or #25 Oklahoma - 6 p.m. [2]
#13 NEBRASKA vs. Virginia - 1 p.m. [2]
NORTHWESTERN at South Dakota State - 2 p.m.
Rider at #3 PENN STATE - 2 p.m.
#16 PURDUE vs. Wyoming - 11 a.m. [2]
#16 PURDUE at #6 Missouri/Maryland (rv) - 1 p.m. [2]
#18 WISCONSIN vs. #1 Oklahoma State/#24 Northern Iowa/Kent State - ALL DAY [2]

Legend
[1] SIUE Duals
[2] NWCA National Duals

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February 8
#5 OHIO STATE at #19 MICHIGAN -  6 p.m. (BTN)
#3 PENN STATE at #15 Pittsburgh - 7 p.m.
#2 IOWA at #8 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m. (BTN)
NORTHWESTERN at Northern Illinois - 8 p.m.

February 10
#19 MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE - 2 p.m. (BTN.com)
#4 MINNESOTA at #18 WISCONSIN - 2 p.m.
#3 PENN STATE at #5 OHIO STATE - 4 p.m. (BTN.com)
#13 NEBRASKA at #2 IOWA - 3 p.m. (BTN.com)
#8 ILLINOIS at NORTHWESTERN - 8 p.m.

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February 1
No. 6 ILLINOIS at No. 5 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m.
No. 17 MICHIGAN at INDIANA - 7 p.m. (BTN.com)
MICHIGAN STATE at No. 13 NEBRASKA - 8 p.m. (BTN.com)
No. 18 PURDUE at NORTHWESTERN (rv) - 8 p.m. (BTN.com)
No. 1 PENN STATE at No. 3 IOWA - 9 p.m. (BTN)

February 3
MICHIGAN STATE at No. 4 MINNESOTA - Noon (BTN.com)
No. 17 MICHIGAN at No. 18 PURDUE - 1 p.m. (BTN.com)
No. 1 PENN STATE at No. 6 ILLINOIS - 2 p.m.

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January 25

No. 23 NORTHWESTERN at MICHIGAN STATE - 6 p.m. (BTN)
INDIANA at No. 20 WISCONSIN - 8 p.m. - (BTN.com)

January 26
No. 4 IOWA at No. 3 MINNESOTA - 4 p.m. (BTN)

January 27
INDIANA at No. 6 ILLINOIS - 2 p.m. (BTN.com)
MICHIGAN STATE at Ohio - 2 p.m.
No. 13 NEBRASKA at No. 1 PENN STATE - 2 p.m. (BTN.com)
No. 23 NORTHWESTERN at No. 18 MICHIGAN - 2 p.m. (BTN.com)

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January 18
No. 4 IOWA at No. 18 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. (BTN.com)
No. 6 OHIO STATE at INDIANA - 7 p.m. (BTN.com)
No. 19 WISCONSIN at No. 1 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. (BTN)
No. 5 ILLINOIS at No. 14 NEBRASKA - 8 p.m. (BTN.com)

January 20
No. 1 PENN STATE at No. 22 PURDUE - 1 p.m. (BTN.com)
No. 4 IOWA at MICHIGAN STATE - 2 p.m. (BTN.com)
No. 19 WISCONSIN at No. 6 OHIO STATE - 2 p.m. (BTN.com)
No. 21 NORTHWESTERN vs. Northern Iowa - 3 p.m.
No. 21 NORTHWESTERN at SIUE - 5 p.m.


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