Big Ten Wrestlers Begin NCAA Championships Thursday
March 17, 2010
A total of 66 Big Ten student-athletes travel to Omaha, Neb., this weekend for the NCAA Wrestling Championships, scheduled to begin Thursday. The six-session championships will run through Sunday with Sessions Three, Four, Five and Six being televised by the ESPN family of networks.
Each weight class will be represented by at least five conference student-athletes, including six at 125 pounds, seven at 133 pounds, five at 141 pounds, eight at 149 pounds, six at 157 pounds, seven at 165 pounds, seven at 174 pounds, seven at 184 pounds, eight at 197 pounds and five at 285 pounds.
The Iowa Hawkeyes seek their third consecutive national championship and 22nd in school history. The Hawkeyes have placed a wrestler in each of the 10 weight classes at this year's national championship, nine of which are seeded in the top 12 of their respective weight classes. Four Big Ten wrestlers check in as the top overall seed in their weight class, including Indiana's Angel Escobedo at 125 pounds, Big Ten Wrestler of the Year Jayson Ness of Minnesota at 133 pounds, Big Ten Wrestler of the Championships Lance Palmer of Ohio State at 149 pounds and Wisconsin's Andrew Howe at 165 pounds.
The three-day, six-session event will begin with preliminary matches at Noon ET on Thursday and will continue into the evening session beginning at 7:30 p.m. The third session will begin Friday at 10:30 a.m. with quarterfinal action and wrestlebacks dominating the schedule. The championships fourth session begins at 7 p.m. and will feature semifinal action. Saturday morning brings the conclusion of the consolation bracket as third-, fifth- and seventh-place winners will be decided, beginning at 11 a.m. The sixth and final session is scheduled for Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., where NCAA weight class champions will be crowned.
Thursday's opening session will be streamed through NCAA.com. Sessions Three, Four and Five will air live on ESPNU and the championship finals will be broadcast live Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.