What better way to kick off your spring break than the Big Ten Wrestling Championships?
Penn State wrestling will feature stars at each weight class this weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska, including four No. 1 seeds and two No. 2 seeds. Cael Sanderson’s group remains to be the top-ranked team in the country with a 17-0 overall record, but the Nittany Lions will face a long list of challengers from the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, and of course Iowa, among others.
This weekend’s action kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday with Session One, while Session Two will follow at 6:30 p.m. All of the action will be aired on the Big Ten Network, while you can follow along with updates and analysis throughout the tournament here.
Session One (Opening Bouts and Quarterfinals)
2:36 p.m. — Still some action to come in session one.
2:26 p.m. — That was a lot. Here’s how Penn State’s pair of top-ranked studs advanced to the semis:
2:24 p.m. — That was fast.
2:22 p.m. — Hello!
2:20 p.m. — 8-2 is the final score for Iowa’s Marinelli in a win over Creighton Edsell. Starocci currently leads Solis 4-2 at 174 pounds, however.
2:19 p.m. — While Edsell trails Marinelli, top-ranked Carter Starocci is ready to roll against Maryland’s Dominic Solis.
2:18 p.m. — Marinelli has locked up riding time on Edsell and leads 5-2 with a minute left.
2:12 p.m. — On to 165 pounds, where Creighton Edsell quickly falls behind 2-0 to Iowa’s Alex Marinelli.
2:11 p.m. — A couple clutch takedowns for Berge, and he secures a massive 5-3 upset of Young to advance to the semifinals at 157 pounds.
2:08 p.m. — Bartlett falls, but Berge leads No. 2 Kaleb Young 3-2 in the third period.
2:06 p.m. — No score between Berge and Young after one, while Bartlett trails 9-3 entering the final period against Gomez.
2:04 p.m. — Bartlett is down 6-2 after two periods, while Berge is now underway against Young of Iowa.
2:01 p.m. — Bartlett is quickly down 4-1 to Wisconsin’s Gomez.
1:52 p.m. — No. 7 Beau Bartlett and No. 10 Brady Berge are now set for their opportunities at upsets. Bartlett will take on No. 2 Austin Gomez of Wisconsin at 149 pounds, while Berge has Iowa’s Kaleb Young at 157.
1:47 p.m. — Keep it rolling! Lee grabs the 16-0 tech fall to advance to the semis with ease.
1:43 p.m. — RBY secures an 11-3 major decision to move on to the semifinal round. As for Nick Lee, he’s already up 8-0 after one period.
1:41 p.m. — RBY is still rolling against Purdue’s Ramos. On mat one, it’s now No. 1 Nick Lee against Wisconsin’s Joe Zargo.
1:40 p.m. — Hildebrandt is upset by DeAugustino. The seventh-ranked Wildcat managed a quick takedown early in the sudden victory period, and secures a 5-3 decision.
1:38 p.m. — RBY now flexes his muscle and stretches the lead to 6-2. Meanwhile, Hildebrandt is headed to a sudden victory period against DeAugustino.
1:37 p.m. — A reversal! That ties things up at two for Hildebrandt — along with riding time — while RBY is up 3-2.
1:35 p.m. — Hildebrandt has 1:31 of riding time but trails 2-0 entering the final period. RBY is down 2-1 early still against Ramos
1:33 p.m. — Hildebrandt is in a tight battle with DeAugustino while RBY is just about to get started against Purdue’s Matt Ramos.
1:29 p.m. — As Hildebrandt gets started, here’s Penn State’s full schedule of quarterfinal bouts:
125 lbs. – No. 2 Drew Hildebrandt vs. No. 7 Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern)
133 lbs. – No. 1 Roman Bravo-Young vs. No. 9 Matt Ramos (Purdue)
141 lbs. – No. 1 Nick Lee vs No. 8 Joseph Zargo (Wisconsin)
149 lbs. – No. 7 Beau Bartlett vs. No. 2 Austin Gomez (Wisconsin)
157 lbs. – No. 10 Brady Berge vs. No. 2 Kaleb Young (Iowa)
165 lbs. – No. 10 Creighton Edsell vs. No. 2 Alex Marinelli (Iowa)
174 lbs. – No. 1 Carter Starocci vs. No. 9 Dominic Solis (Maryland)
184 lbs. – No. 1 Aaron Brooks vs. No. 8 Kyle Cochran (Maryland)
197 lbs. – No. 2 Max Dean vs. No. 7 Greg Bulsak (Rutgers)
HWT – No. 3 Greg Kerkvliet vs. No. 6 Christian Lance (Nebraska)
1:27 p.m. — Now it’s Drew Hildebrandt in the 125-pound quarterfinal against No. 7 Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern).
1:26 p.m. — Easy.
1:21 p.m. — On to the quarterfinals! Drew Hildebrandt and Roman Bravo-Young are both up shortly.
1:15 p.m. — Uh, that was easy. A first-period pin for Kerkvliet, and he too is on to the quarters.
1:13 p.m. — Kerkvliet is up 2-0 quickly with a takedown.
12:59 p.m. — The big fella has his mat assignment.
12:40 p.m. — Nine wrestlers now set to go in the quarterfinals for Penn State. If heavyweight Greg Kerkvliet takes care of business against Maryland’s Zach Schrader, it’ll be a perfect 10 all to the next round for Cael Sanderson’s team.
12:37 p.m. — Edsell’s quick takedown earns him 3-1 decision in the sudden victory period. Iowa’s Alex Marinelli awaits him in the 165-pound quarterfinals.
12:36 p.m. — Let’s do that sudden victory! Still tied at one after three periods.
12:35 p.m. — A penalty point puts this one tied at one entering the final minute.
12:33 p.m. — Edsell had a takedown but an official review reversed it, so he’s up 1-0 entering the final period against Lohrey.
12:27 p.m. — No score between the Boilermaker and Nittany Lion after one.
12:19 p.m. — Two bouts, two wins for the Nittany Lions. Now it’s Creighton Edsell’s turn against Hayden Lohrey of Purdue.
12:18 p.m. — Well, that was pretty easy. Four takedowns, an escape, and plenty of riding time give Berge the 10-2 major decision.
He now has No. 2 Kaleb Young of Iowa in the quarterfinals.
12:14 p.m. — Berge draws closer to an early upset. He leads 6-2 and has racked up 1:55 of riding time entering the final period.
12:12 p.m. — Lighting quick. A smooth takedown late in the first period makes it 4-1 Berge.
12:10 p.m. — Berge makes the first move with a quick takedown.
12:08 p.m. — No. 10 Brady Berge is up next at 157 pounds. He’ll go for the upset against Wisconsin’s No. 7 Garrett Model.
12:05 p.m. — A textbook takedown for Bartlett to get things going for the Nittany Lions.
12:03 p.m. — Following a review, Bartlett survives Blockhus 3-2. He moves on to the quarterfinal at 149 pounds and will take on No. 2 Austin Gomez of Wisconsin.
12:00 p.m. — Bartlett is now up 3-1 with an escape and a takedown.
11:58 a.m. — Bartlett falls behind 1-0 on an escape by Blockhus in the second period.
11:54 a.m. — Here we go! Bartlett now takes the mat against Blockhus of Minnesota.
11:40 a.m. — Beau Bartlett will wrestle shortly!
11:39 a.m. — No. 1 Nick Lee will take on No. 8 Joseph Zargo in the 141-pound quarterfinal.
11:29 a.m. — Two of Penn State’s wrestlers now have quarterfinal assignments after this morning’s opening action:
125 lbs. — No. 2 Drew Hildebrandt vs. Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern)
133 lbs. — No. 1 Roman Bravo Young vs. No. 9 Matt Ramos (Purdue)
11:23 a.m. — Still nothing doing just yet, but here is the order of Penn State’s opening bouts:
11:07 a.m. — No action for the Nittany Lions just yet as the first couple of bouts get underway. Beau Bartlett is still up first at 149 pounds, however.
10:42 a.m. — Each weight-class bracket can be found here on the Big Ten’s website.
10:34 a.m. — Here’s the first round slate for Sanderson’s team. All No. 1 and No. 2 wrestlers have byes, while Beau Bartlett will get the action going against Michael Blockhus of Minnesota.
125 lbs. – No. 2 Drew Hildebrandt vs. BYE
133 lbs. – No. 1 Roman Bravo-Young vs. BYE
141 lbs. – No. 1 Nick Lee vs BYE
149 lbs. – No. 7 Beau Bartlett vs. No. 10 Michael Blockhus (Minnesota)
157 lbs. – No. 10 Brady Berge vs. No. 7 Garrett Model (Wisconsin)
165 lbs. – No. 10 Creighton Edsell vs. No. 7 Hayden Lohrey (Purdue)
174 lbs. – No. 1 Carter Starocci vs. BYE
184 lbs. – No. 1 Aaron Brooks vs. BYE
197 lbs. – No. 2 Max Dean vs. BYE
HWT – No. 3 Greg Kerkvliet vs. No. 14 Zach Schrader (Maryland)
10:03 a.m. — Live action doesn’t get started until 11 a.m., but January’s Penn State-Iowa dual is currently being re-aired on the Big Ten Network. Remember that?
10:01 a.m. — There will be a lot to keep up with this weekend, so get yourself prepped by checking out the seeding and brackets. Along with that, check out our preview for the Nittany Lions here.