Big Ten Network to Air Live Wrestling This Winter

Dec. 5, 2007

CHICAGO - Every Big Ten wrestling team will make at least one live appearance this winter on the Big Ten Network.  The network will televise 11 total events and 10 of those, including the Big Ten Championships and portions of the Midlands Classic, will be carried live.

The network will have a live wrestling and hockey doubleheader on six consecutive Fridays in January and February.  The wrestling coverage begins with the Iowa at Ohio State dual meet at 6 PM ET on January 18.

"The Big Ten is the nation's most powerful wrestling conference and there is a strong following for the sport in Big Ten Country," network president Mark Silverman said.  "We look forward to bringing the best of college wrestling to a national audience."

The Big Ten Network will provide live coverage of the Midlands Classic Championship Finals at 8 PM ET Sunday, December 30.  That presentation will be preceded by a one-hour program recapping the event's Consolation Finals.  Hosted by Northwestern University, the Midlands Classic will also feature five other Big Ten teams including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State and Purdue.

Additional live regular season telecasts include: Wisconsin at Indiana at 5 PM ET on January 25, Illinois at Michigan at 6 PM ET on February 1, Minnesota at Northwestern at 7:30 PM ET on February 8, Michigan State at Penn State at 5 PM ET on February 15, Purdue at Illinois at 6 PM ET on February 22 and Michigan State at Michigan at noon ET on February 24.

The Oklahoma State at Iowa match will air at 6 PM ET January 6 on a delayed basis due to scheduling conflicts.

The network also televised the Iowa State at Minnesota match live last Sunday.

Nine of the conference's 11 teams are ranked in the current USA Today/InterMat/NWCA top 25 poll and six are in the top 10, including No. 2 Minnesota, No. 4 Iowa, No. 5 Penn State, No. 7 Michigan, No. 9 Northwestern, No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 13 Ohio State, No. 17 Indiana and No. 18 Illinois.




Air Date                           Time                Event

Sunday, December 2     3:00pm ET        #2 Iowa State at #1 Minnesota (LIVE)

Sunday, December 30    7:00pm ET        Midlands Classic Consolation Finals (delayed)

Sunday, December 30    8:00pm ET        Midlands Classic Championship Finals (LIVE)

Sunday, January 6         6:00pm ET        #3 Oklahoma State #4 at Iowa (delayed)

Friday, January 18         6:00pm ET        #4 Iowa at #16 Ohio State (LIVE)

Friday, January 25         5:00pm ET        #9 Wisconsin at #17 Indiana (LIVE)

Friday, February 1         6:00pm ET        #18 Illinois at #10 Michigan (LIVE)

Friday, February 8         7:30pm ET        #1 Minnesota at #5 Northwestern (LIVE)

Friday, February 15       5:00pm ET        Michigan State at #6 Penn State (LIVE)

Friday, February 22       6:00pm ET        Purdue at #18 Illinois (LIVE)

Sunday, February 24      12:00pm ET      Michigan State at #10 Michigan (LIVE)

Sunday, March 9           TBA                 Big Ten Championships (LIVE)