Penn State Wins 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships




March 9, 2014

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Penn State Wins 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships

Penn State won its fourth-straight Big Ten Wrestling Championships title on Sunday, claiming first place with a score of 140.5. The Nittany Lions become just the fifth school to win four consecutive conference titles and the first since Iowa won 25 successive crowns from 1974-1998. Penn State took home two individual titles, as Ed Ruth and David Taylor closed their careers as just the 12th and 13th wrestlers to be crowned four-time Big Ten Champions.

Iowa finished in second place with 134 points, while Minnesota took third with 114.5. Fourth-place Ohio State (86.5 points) and fifth-place Nebraska (79 points) rounded out the top five.

Taylor was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year and Wrestler of the Championships. The senior becomes just the second grappler to be named Wrestler of the Year three times, joining Iowa’s Mark Ironside (1996-98). He is also the fourth consecutive Nittany Lion to be named Wrestler of the Championships. Head Coach Cael Sanderson took home Coach of the Year honors for the fourth year in a row, while Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis was tabbed Freshman of the Year. Tsirtsis becomes the second Wildcat to win the honor, joining Scott Schatzman in 1996.

For the second straight year, Illinois’ Jesse Delgado took home the 125-pound title. Delgado, the No. 2 seed, earned a 3-2 victory over top-seeded Nico Megaludis of Penn State in the second tiebreaker round. At 133, top-seeded Tony Ramos of Iowa posted a 2-1 decision against Wisconsin No. 2 seed Tyler Graff to win his first Big Ten title.

Ohio State’s Logan Stieber earned his third conference crown, as the No. 2 seed picked up a 7-3 decision against Penn State No. 1 seed Zain Retherford to claim the 141-pound title. The 149-pound crown went to No. 3 seed Tsirtsis, who earned a 6-2 decision against top-seeded Jake Sueflohn of Nebraska to clinch his first Big Ten title.

At 157, No. 2 seed James Green of Nebraska scored a 7-4 decision to defeat No. 4 seed Derek St. John of Iowa and take home the Huskers’ first individual wrestling crown. Taylor, a No. 1 seed at 165, won his fourth Big Ten title in as many seasons, earning the championship with a 14-5 major decision against Iowa No. 2 seed Nick Moore.

Nebraska No. 1 seed Robert Kokesh claimed the Huskers’ second Big Ten title, taking the 174-pound championship with a 6-4 decision against Iowa No. 3 seed Mike Evans to earn the crown. Top-seeded Ruth claimed his fourth consecutive Big Ten title, earning a 10-2 major decision over Iowa’s third-seeded Ethen Lofthouse at 184.

Ohio State No. 2 seed Nick Heflin won the 197-pound Big Ten title, taking a 5-3 sudden victory over top-seeded Morgan McIntosh of Penn State. Rounding out the group of individual Big Ten Champions was fifth-seeded heavyweight Tony Nelson of Minnesota, who took a 2-1 sudden victory against Indiana No. 2 seed Adam Chalfant to win his third conference crown.

The complete list of Big Ten individual awards and All-Big Ten honorees can be found below, while the full results are attached.

BIG TEN WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Wrestler of the Year:
David Taylor, Penn State
Freshman of the Year:
Jason Tsirtsis, Northwestern
Coach of the Year:
Cael Sanderson, Penn State
Wrestler of the Championships:
David Taylor, Penn State

2014 ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
Jesse Delgado, Illinois
Tony Ramos, Iowa
Tony Nelson, Minnesota
James Green, Nebraska
Robert Kokesh, Nebraska
Jason Tsirtsis, Northwestern
Nick Heflin, Ohio State
Logan Stieber, Ohio State
Ed Ruth, Penn State
David Taylor, Penn State


Day 2 of 100th Big Ten Wrestling Championships Is Now Underway

The third session of the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships is now underway at Wisconsin's Kohl Center. Consolation semifinals and seventh-place bouts begin at 11 a.m. CT, with first-, third- and fifth-place matches taking place in the championships' final session at 1 p.m.

Penn State holds a slight lead through two sessions at the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, with Iowa and Minnesota trailing entering Sunday's final sessions. The Nittany Lions have 122.0 team points, while the Hawkeyes follow with 121.0 points and the Gophers round out the top three with 86.0 points. The full team standings can be found here Get Acrobat Reader.

Iowa and Penn State are tied with five wrestlers slated for championship bouts on Sunday, while Nebraska and Ohio State have three and two wrestlers, respectively, competing for weight class titles. Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin will each have one wrestling in the finals.

Coverage of Session III can be found above, while the fourth and final session can be seen live on BTN. For complete coverage, visit Wisconsin's Championships Central page by clicking the link at the top of this page and follow @B1GWrestling and @BigTenChamps on Twitter.


Penn State Holds Slight Lead After Day 1

Penn State holds a slight lead through two sessions at the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, with Iowa and Minnesota trailing entering Sunday's final sessions. The Nittany Lions have 122.0 team points, while the Hawkeyes follow with 121.0 points and the Gophers round out the top three with 86.0 points. The full team standings can be found here Get Acrobat Reader.

Iowa and Penn State are tied with five wrestlers slated for championship bouts on Sunday, while Nebraska and Ohio State have three and two wrestlers, respectively, competing for weight class titles. Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin will each have one wrestling in the finals. Sunday's competition begins at 11 a.m. CT with consolation semifinals and seventh-place matches, while first-, third- and fifth-place matches are scheduled for 1 p.m. The championship bouts will be broadcast live on BTN. Full results can be found in the brackets above.


100th Big Ten Wrestling Championships Now Underway

The 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships are now underway from the Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin. The first session, which features preliminary and quarterfinal matches, begins at 10 a.m. CT. Session II follows at 5 p.m., as semifinals and the opening rounds of wrestlebacks conclude the day's action. Consolation semifinals and seventh-place matches get underway at 11 a.m. on Sunday, while first-, third- and fifth-place matches begin at 1 p.m.

To follow all of the action, follow the links at the top of the page, or follow @B1GWrestling and @BigTenChamps on Twitter.