March 3, 2012
2012 Big Ten Championship Notes
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Purdue University - Mackey Arena
West Lafayette, Ind.
Session 2 Notes
The University of Iowa has the most finalists in tomorrow's competition, advancing six wrestlers in the championship semifinals. The Hawkeyes will wrestle for titles at 125, 133, 141, 157, 165 and 285. Minnesota has five finalists (125, 149, 174, 184 & 285), and Penn State has three (149, 165, 174).
Penn State is the only team with all 10 of its wrestlers still alive in competition.
Iowa's sixth-seeded Derek St. John upset No. 2 seed Dylan Alton of Penn State to advance to the finals at 157 pounds. St. John needed sudden victory to score the match's only takedown and win, 3-1. Fellow Hawkeye Bobby Telford, seeded sixth at 285 pounds, advanced to the finals as well. They are the two lowest seeds to reach the final.
Twenty eight wrestlers were eliminated from competition in the consolation prelims, 12 wrestlers who lost their first two matches will wrestle for ninth place at their respective weights, competing for a bid to the NCAA Championships. (149, 174 & 285 pounds) The extra matches to determine the ninth-place finishers do not count towards team scoring.
Three unseeded wrestlers earned spots on the podium. The group is comprised of Wisconsin's Austin Hietpas, Purdue's Brandon Nelsen and Michigan State's David Cheza.
Wisconsin's Cole Tobin was the lowest seeded wrestler to earn a placing position, going into the tournament as the No. 12 seed at heavyweight. He upset Michigan's No. 3 seed Ben Apland to advance through the consolation prelims and will wrestle tomorrow for seventh place.