March 11, 2013

Big Ten Wrestling Championship 2013

A weekend o' wrasslin' with a big congrats going out to the NWJJA team members who fought at the Revolution: Perry / Scotty / Omar / Randy.  From the sounds of it you had some killer matches and everyone fought well.  While you all were nursing soreness I was relaxing and enjoying the privilege of watching the 2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championships held this year at the University of Illinois. 

A superb day of grappling that is a great primer for the national title coming up in two weeks (held at Iowa St. University this year), we saw some history unfold right in front of our eyes.  Here is the breakdown of the championship matches:

125#'s: Delgado, a sophomore All American, from Illinois pushed the pace and completely dominated Iowa's McDonough who looked shell shocked after the match. 

133#'s: The 133 pound championship brought two undefeated records to the table with Ohio State's Logan Stieber fighting Iowa's Tony Ramos.  Logan owns the center of the mat and pushes the pace putting Ramos hesitantly on his heels the whole match.  Logan secures his second Big Ten title in as many years! 




141#'s: Logan's brother Hunter Stieber (of course from Ohio State) brings the same style game to the mat with a bit more muscle.  Fighting Mark Balweg from Iowa, Hunter maintains an aggressive game constantly attacking and pestering his opponent.  Winning on points the Stieber brothers become the first brothers to win Big Ten titles since the Brand brothers did with Iowa in the early 90's.  Some anticipate perhaps dual NCAA titles to the brothers.  We shall see.

149#'s: In what was one of the most exciting matches of the day Minnesota's Dylan Ness comes from behind and pins Nebraska's Jake Sueflohn with a beautiful reversal.  This is Ness' first Big 10 title!

157#'s: Another come from behind win was mounted by Jason Welch of Northwestern who nails the pin fall on Nebraska's James Green taking home his first Big 10 title as well! 

165#'s: Penn State has THE top team in the NCAA right night and David Taylor came out to put a clinic on Conrad Polz of Illinois.  Taking his third championship home, Taylor beat up on Polz 9-1! 

174#'s: Matt Brown of Penn St. looked a bit slow to get into his rhythm, but he must has smelled the coffee brewing as Brown cleaned house with a 6 point 2nd period (2= takedown / 4=near fall) on Iowa's Mike Evans.  For those of you keeping track at home Iowa was shut out in the finals! 

184#'s: If you have not heard the name Ed Ruth in college wrestling, well then you have not been paying attention!  The Penn St. standout has been nothing short of dominant throughout his career and was named Intermat Wrestler of the Year 2012!  With his 6-3 win over Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus, Ruth amassed an impressive 35-7 point differential over his opponents in the Big 10 Championship alone! 

197#'s: The big boys brought some impressive setups and strategy as Penn St.'s Quentin Wright used repeated underhook attempts to get his opponent Scott Schiller (Minnesota) to cease changing levels.  Then Wright faked the underhook attempt and shot the double!  Beautiful work on his way to securing the 197# title for PSU! 

Heavyweight: Tony Nelson from Minnesota goes on to win his second Big 10 title over Mike McMullary of Northwestern.

 Team Standings: What can be said about powerhouse Penn St. wrestling that has not already been blogged about!?  They are dominant under Chael Sanderson and will be the team to beat at the NCAA Championships in two weeks.  Though Minnesota fought a gallant fight they could not squeeze by the dominance of PSU lead by 184# stud Ed Ruth.  The Big Ten remains the most difficult conference in NCAA wrestling.  Here are the final standings:
  1. Penn St. (Three Big 10 Titles in a row)
  2. Minnesota
  3. Iowa
  4. Ohio State
Congrats to all wrestlers for a season of hard work and incredible grappling!
Cheers
Jake 

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