If You Host It...

March 3, 2005

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The line from "Field of Dreams" says, "They will come to Iowa, for reasons they can't even fathom."

When in comes to this weekend, everyone knows why they come to Iowa.

Iowa City and Carver-Hawkeye Arena will play host to the 2005 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, the most heated tournament in the nation outside of the NCAA Championships. Some might even say the Big Ten event is more intense than the NCAAs due to the percentage of ranked wrestlers in the tournament field.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6, the Big Ten will send its best wrestlers to the mat in order to determine who will make it to the NCAA Championships on March 17-19. Seven wrestlers from each weight class earn automatic berths into the NCAA field, and two others will receive at-large bids.

Wrestling begins on Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m. with the championship bracket pigtails and first round matches. A 6 p.m. session on Saturday will run the championship bracket semifinals and two consolation rounds. The NCAA bids will be handed on during the final session on Sunday at noon. All times are Central Daylight.

Event: 2005 Big Ten Wrestling Championships

Dates: March 4-5, Saturday and Sunday

Location: University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)

Arena: Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Tickets: 800-424-2957; All-session pass costs $35 for an adult, $20 for a child

Online Information: www.HawkeyeSports.com

Pre-Seed No. 1 Seeds:
125 - Kyle Ott, Illinois (Jr., 15-2)
133 - Mark Jayne, Illinois (Jr., 25-2)
141 - Josh Churella, Michigan (Fr., 16-1)
149 - Eric Tannenbaum, Michigan (Fr., 29-3)
157 - Ryan Bertin, Michigan (Sr., 24-0)
165 - Ryan Churella, Michigan (Jr., 28-1)
174 - Pete Friedl, Illinois (Jr., 30-3)
184 - Brian Glynn, Illinois (Sr., 28-3)
197 - J.D. Bergman, Ohio State (So., 33-6)
285 - Cole Konrad, Minnesota (So., 31-2)

Boilermakers in the Pre-Seeds:
125 - Brandon Tucker (Fr., 10-14) ~ No. 7
149 - Doug Withstandley (Jr., 25-8) ~ No. 2 (tie)
165 - John DeCeault (So., 17-12) ~ No. 8
184 - Ben Wissel (Jr., 15-11) ~ No. 4
197 - Nathan Moore (So., 22-9) ~ No. 2




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