Big Ten Wrestling. The 14 teams that make up the country's most dominant wrestling conference this year have gathered in Minneapolis to showcase powerhouse programs. Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan and more. It's the intense, emotional, fiery battle college wrestling fans that itches since the beginning of the season. On Sunday morning and into the evening, the action continues.
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Nine of the ten weight categories will be the # 1 nationally-leading wrestler on Saturday, and this high-profile group will also feature six previous NCAA champions, eight former Big Ten champions, and an unbeaten true freshman phenomenon respectively. It's the Titan clash, and although Penn State is expected to clean up Nittany Lions, nothing will be passed on in March.
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Here are The questions we had in the fights on Saturday:
Big question: Will Spencer Lee find the magic needs in March to defeat Sebastian Rivera and bring his momentum towards the national tournament?
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– Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling (@Hawks_Wrestling) March 6, 2019  The young Iowa star crashed down to Rivera in Midlands in December and missed his double against the northwest in early February. The pair had not gathered since the famous Chicago battle. Since then, Rivera's only loss came against 133-pound Stevan Micic in a super game during the northwestern Michigan dual. He was not defeated at 125 this year, while Lee suffered two defeats this year, one against Rivera and another against Nick Piccininni of the state of Oklahoma. Lee's recent loss to Stillwater worried Iowa fans, but a Big Ten title would silence the critics. Lee finished out Rivera 12-0 at last year's Big Ten tournament before finishing third and being named Freshman of the Year.
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Will Rivera undo the results of last year's match against Lee and wrestle his first Big Ten title? Maybe, but also outside of Lee, the competition is tough. Minnesota-based Sean Russell, a 2017 All-American, holds the # 3 in the bracket and a # 6 nationally. Lee beat Russell 4-0 in January, but apart from that loss, Russell did not lose to a Big Ten opponent. He should have a shot at the bronze and maybe higher, and he should not be ignored. The 125-pound weight has another top 10 international player in RayVon Foley of Michigan State, and he's on the side of Rivera's side, which means they could face each other in the quarter-finals. This is undoubtedly a wild weight with some big stars setting the stage for an intense wrestling weekend.
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Big question: Can Michigan's Stevan Micic challenge?
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When the NCAA champion broke out of the season after his chronic back injury in 2018, this was a weight class it suddenly closed again. The 133-pound weight was nationally stacked by the All-Americans Nick Suriano, Tariq Wilson, Luke Pletcher and Ethan Lizak to the two young stars Daton Fix and Austin DeSanto. One athlete and only one athlete survived his battle for ranked matches this year to emerge with a flawless record from the regular season: defending Big Ten champion Stevan Micic. The Michigan junior has won 13 victories this year with notable victories over Pletcher and Suriano, and he will witness this weekend.
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In the Big Ten, DeSanto takes second place with Rutgers – Nick Suriano in 3rd place of Penn State's Roman Bravo-Young and Pletcher of Ohio State complete the top five places, Lizak is seventh. Micic is the only athlete in this weight category to win a 133-pound Big Ten title. This creates additional tension for the other wrestlers fighting for their first Big Ten crown. If that's not enough, another interesting element of this weight class is the element "A Beat B, B Beat C and C Beat A". DeSanto had a recent defeat against Daton Fix and Suriano suffered a defeat against the same opponent. Prior lost Fix against Micky Phillippi No. 5, who also lost against Korbin Myers and Suriano. Wrestling will take place in Big 12 the same weekend, so the Big Ten wrestlers are likely to compete in the NCAA tournament again, but for the time being they are free from the young cowboy. Nine NCAA bids and a conference title are at stake this weekend, not to mention NCAA seeds, adding even more intensity at 133.
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Will Ohio State Joey McKenna defend his title?
The only weight class without a national No. 1 seed in the brace, 141, will be a dog fight between Joey McKenna of Ohio State, Nick Lee and Penn State's best-seeded Mike Carr from Illinois. Carr earned first place as a result of his undefeated conference record, although he enters the tournament with a loss more than Lee and five wins less than McKenna. Young fighting Illini will chase his first Big Ten title after finishing second last year, but he will face a veteran in the fight against Big Ten champion McKenna. In his 18 games, Ohio State Buckeye lost only twice, once against number 1 Yianni Diakomihalis and once against number 2 Nick Lee. He will bring that experience and success to the mat in Minneapolis and defend his title, but the road will not be easy.
As number three, McKenna will find a harder route to the final than Lee or Carr, but he defeated Carr last year and could do the same this weekend. Carr will also need to pass the former All-American Chad Red to reach the final, which should not be a problem if he struggles with the seed. Post-season wrestling is just about surprises. This will be a focus you need to focus on, and a potential rematch between McKenna and Lee in Pennsylvania State (Ohio) will add excitement to 141 at the top of the podium.
Big Question: Is this the year that Micah Jordan finally wins a Big Ten title?
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Micah Jordan was a successful leader in four different weight classes during his success his career as Buckeye. Back at 149 and ready to rumble, Jordan enters the tournament with # 2, a 22: 1 record and a 13-win winning streak. His only loss came against Anthony Ashnault's # 1 Cliff Keen tournament in a high profile 14:10 battle. Ashnault wants to be the first Rutgers wrestler to win a national title later this month. First, however, he wants to win his third Big Ten title (the first two titles will be valued at 141 pounds in 2016 and 2017). Ashnault, a sixth year sixth year, has been ranked # 1 on the Big Ten and nationwide since Feb. 3, when he made an important decision to defeat Matthew Kolodzik (No. 1) from Princeton.
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This weight class will be a veteran fight, with Jordan and Ashnault taking the top two places, but the rest of the tough ones. Pound occupation should not be excluded. Pat Lugo, Thomas Thorn, Cole Martin and Brady Berge also lead the top 20 national rankings. They hope to at least be able to fight for the win and secure one of the six coveted tickets for the Big Stage in Pittsburgh.
Big question: How many bonus points does Jason Nolf bring?
The 157-pound weight class at the Big Ten tournament is tough and is filled by seven of the nation's top eight wrestlers. However, the best-placed wrestler Jason Nolf is undefeated and the clear favorite in a weight that will send nine automatic qualifiers to the NCAA tournament. The big-ten tournament is unlikely to be part of the final round of the postseason for Nolf, the 157-pound defending champion who has scored bonus points in over 85 percent of his games. Nolf was untouchable this year, and the Big Ten should not be an exception. Already this year he has defeated Tyler Berger, Ryan Deakin and Alec Pantaleo, the other four best athletes in the weight class.
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If (and that's a big if) someone would break down the champion, the best contender would be one of those three wrestlers. Berger or Pantaleo had both made medical gains against Nolf at last year's Big Ten tournament, but both suffered losses from the Nittany Lion earlier this year. Outside of these two games, Nolf's only losses in his entire career came in the form of an injury to John Van Brill and two defeats to Isaiah Martinez. This is Jason Nolf's year, and he has no reason why he should not be the favorite again to win this weight class again.
Big question: Will twice national champion Vincenzo Joseph finally win his first Big Ten title?
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The first Penn State wrestler to win national titles as a freshman and second grader just misses a thing in his resume as he enters his third Big Ten championship: an individual conference title. The 165-pound star is unbeaten this season with 21 wins. In the ranking of the most dominant wrestlers, he is in third place of the nation, but he still lacks a big-ten title. Twice Isaiah Martinez was from Illinois. Joseph beat Martinez twice at the national tournament, but he failed to defeat the Fighting Illini in early March. Now that Martinez is out of the way, this could be Joseph's year, but the road will still not be easy. His biggest threat will come from Alex Marinelli of Iowa, another undefeated wrestler hit by a pin after 2:44 of wrestling against Jonce Blaylock of the state of Oklahoma. He also beat Wisconsin's Evan Wick, Nebraska's Isaiah White and Shields. Marinelli is tough, and with the two recent wins over Blaylock and Wick, he's in a hot phase.
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Joseph has a similar impression Victories, including victories over Michigan's Logan Massa, Chance Marsteller by Lock Haven, and Josh Shields of Arizona State. This weight class will host nine NCAA tournament automatic qualifiers, and the top five wrestlers will face either Joseph, Marinelli or both this year. Wisconsin's Wick holds third place in the tournament, followed by White and Massa. Joseph Joseph Joseph has an exceptional 80.95 percent bonus rate compared to Marinelli's excellent 70 percent rate. The 165-pound final could be a fight between two unbeaten wrestlers, but Marinelli and Joseph both have to go that far if they want to meet each other.
Big question: How dominant will the title of Big Ten master Mark Hall be?
The 174-pound weight class will be fun at the NCAA Championship, and the conference tournament is certainly exciting; However, like the 157 pounds, this weight is controlled by an athlete in a Penn State singlet. Mark Hall has crossed his wrestling schedule this year to set a 23:23 record with wins over ranked opponents such as Rangers. Zahid Valencia No. 3, Myles Amine No. 4, No. 5 Jordan Kutler, No. 9 Mikey Labriola and No. 9 to collect. 10 Dylan Lydy. He also won a Southern Scuffle title and is the clear favorite if he wants to add another Big Ten title to his CV. With the goal of challenging Hall, All-American Myles Amine of Michigan, a 15-2 junior who lost only to Hall and Valencia, will return. Amine kept Hall within a point during the final bout, and if he survives the annoyance, he gets important team points in a tight team race for second place.
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Hall and Amine should lift off two of the eight automatic qualifying bids for the NCAA tournament in this weight as the clear top two in that weight. Outside of these two returning All-American Americans, five of the next six pre-seed wrestlers hold a national ranking, including Labriola in 9th place, Lydy in 10th, Ryan Christiansen in 11th, Devin Skatzka in 12th, and Ethan Smith in place 15. Christiansen took second place behind Skatzka and Smith for the Big Ten tournament, and he's a bit of a joker who has wrestled three times since Midlands in December. The Big Ten tournament is all about the wild. Christensen's last win was a 13-0 win against Cameron Kelly of Southern Illinois Edwardsville on February 24, and he has cracked Labriola earlier this season. Is he healthy and ready to go or is he being taken down by one of the other six top 10 men in his weight? This depth in the middle of the seed arouses interest, but Hall and Amine should finish in the top two on the podium.
Big question: Can Shakur Rasheed fight for a place on the podium?
The 184-pound mount was built for Myles Martin of the NCAA The 2016 champion has finished third, second and second in his three Big Ten appearances as Buckeye, but this year Martin looks set to leave a legacy in the tournament with a tournament victory Year over rank 184, he will be unbeaten in the tournament, but his biggest competition comes from No. 2, Penn State's Shakur Rasheed, the Nittany Lion was injured in the Penn State lineup this year, but he comes along 17: 0 into the tournament, Rasheed has not been tested against the best athletes in weight, especially compared to some of his other opponents, Taylor Venz and Emery Parker, who will be a question mark to the Nittany Lions, but if he struggles to the point of seed , his teamp The only difference was to separate Penn State from the rest of the field in team rankings.
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Martin should drive to a shot at the championship, but the question will be with who he met on Sunday night in Minnesota among the big ones Lights will compete. With a lot of returning All-Americans at that weight, 184 is deep, but the weight is top-heavy. The state of Ohio needs Martin to win here and ideally some bonus points. On the other hand, Penn State should not need Rasheed to win to win the team title, but Rasheed is still a competitor. He will want to defeat any opponent, including Martin, but the big question is whether he is healthy and capable of doing so.
Big question: Can Bo Nickal secure a championship?
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Bo Nickal was a force of nature this season, holding 15 of his opponents two more. He has earned either a fall or a tech crash in the last six games. Five of these victories came against the opponents of the Big Ten. Nickal has scored bonus points in 95.45 percent of his games and leads the nation in the ranking of the most dominant wrestlers with an average of 5.41 team points per game. This Big Ten tournament is Nick's last shot when he won a conference title in a Penn State singletle, and he has shown through his performances this year that he should have no problem finishing first on the podium on Sunday to reach.
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Ohio State's Kollin Moore also has a push to win a title, but he'll have to take a different approach against Nickal than he did when he suffered a pin in February against the Nittany Lion. Nickal set Moore on the back in the first period, much as he did at the 2018 NCAA tournament against Myles Martin. Again, team points will be important to Ohio State. The Buckeyes can not pin-drop at 197 if they want to beat Michigan and Iowa in the team race, and Moore will be able to fight Nickal. However, to reach the final, Moore will likely have to defeat No. 4 Jacob Warner of Iowa in what is likely to be a close matchup.
It is expected that Bo will take over Nickal 197, since he has done all year and with two other nationally ranked top 5 guys in that weight, the tension for this group is seething.
Big question: Will a former All-American miss out on any of the eight automatic NCAA heavyweight allotments?
It's Gable Steveson's world, and the rest of the Big Ten wrestlers only live in this world. The freshman scored an unbeaten record in his first year in a Minnesota singlet and beat 27 opponents on the way to # 1. He is the clear favorite in weight but No. 2 Anthony Cassar and Mason Parris of Michigan will still want to challenge the undefeated gopher. The real question, however, is not Steveson, but rather whether an All-American will miss an automatic ticket to Pittsburgh. He manages to secure a big ten ranking in the tournament, but having reached eighth place last year, he is an unoccupied threat to the podium. Sam Stoll, returning from America, is eighth, but also out of the list of seven automatic qualifiers based on his pre-seed. Stoll defeated Hemida earlier this year, but earlier he lost to David Jensen, the # 7 Big Ten seed Hemida defeated earlier this year. Both wrestlers lost to Hillger and Hemida also lost to Parris and Steveson in the Big Ten. Jensen, who sits in the magical place # 7, automatically qualifies for the NCAA tournament when he fights for the seed, but he should also fear Hemida. The Cornhusker lost this year against his Terrapin opponent 8-6 and holds a 14-4 record compared to Hemidas 11-5 record. Both, Hemida and Jensen, both lost to Steveson. Look out for Steveson to get a bonus point through the Big Ten tournament, but pay special attention to the athletes seeded in the lower half of the conference. With only seven automatic bids, an All-American could hope for a place for placeholders.