ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced the preliminary seeds for the 2017 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, which are set for March 4-5 at Indiana. Six schools boast at least one top-seeded wrestler, with Ohio State and Penn State leading the way with three apiece.
Penn State and Wisconsin will bring a seeded wrestler in each of the 10 weight classes, while Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio State each boast a seeded grappler in nine classes.
The pre-seeds, as voted on by the conference's coaches, rank the top eight wrestlers in five weight classes, along with all 14 starters in five weight classes due to the Big Ten receiving nine or more NCAA Championships qualifier allocations in those classes.
Ohio State boasts three top-seeded wrestlers, with 133-pounder Nathan Tomasello, 174-pounder Bo Jordan and 285-pounder Kyle Snyder claiming the top spot in their weight classes. Penn State also holds three No. 1 seeds, with 149-pounder Zain Retherford, 157-pounder Jason Nolf and 184-pounder Bo Nickal earning top billing in their weight classes. The Fighting Illini's Isaiah Martinez (165), the Hawkeyes' Thomas Gilman (125), the Golden Gophers' Brett Pfarr (197) and the Scarlet Knights' Anthony Ashnault (141) round out the group of top-ranked grapplers.
Six of this year's top seeds claimed titles at last year's Big Ten Championships, with Tomasello (125), Ashnault (133), Retherford (149), Martinez (157), Nickal (174) and Snyder (285) earning top honors a year ago.
For more information on the 2017 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, visit the Big Ten Championships Central page on Indiana's website HERE. The complete list of Big Ten Championships pre-seeds can be found below.