The 2017 Big Ten Wrestling Championships begin Saturday morning and run through Sunday evening, when the conference will crown its top wrestlers.
Here are complete brackets for the 2017 Big Ten Wrestling Championships. This year’s championships will take place in Bloomington, Ind.
Follow along on our live blog for updated results throughout the weekend.
Here’s all the information you need on how to watch and follow the 2017 Big Ten Wrestling Championships.
Big Ten Wrestling Championships 2017 times, sessions
There will be two sessions on Saturday and one Sunday. Sessions I and II will be held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday. The final session, which will be the semifinals and finals for some weight classes and just the finals for others, will begin at noon ET.
Session I — 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 4
Session II — 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 4
Session III — 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 5
Session IV — 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 5
What TV channel are the Big Ten Wrestling Championships on?
Big Ten Network will broadcast the final session starting at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday — so really just the championship matches. The rest of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships will be available on BTN Plus.
Can I watch the Big Ten Wrestling Championships online?
You can, but only with a subscription to BTN Plus. BTN Plus is an online subscription platform through BTN2Go — think of it as getting BTN’s premium content.
A monthly subscription to BTN Plus costs $14.95 and can be canceled anytime. A yearly subscription costs $119.95. Find out more or subscribe here.
2017 Big Ten Wrestling Championships preview
Favorite: No. 1 seed Thomas Gilman, Iowa
2. Nick Suriano, Penn State
3. Tim Lambert, Nebraska
4. Ethan Lizak, Minnesota
5. Conor Youtsey, Michigan
Skinny: Gilman is undefeated, with wins against Suriano, Lambert (twice) and Lizak. It was a 3-2 decision against Suriano, whose only other loss was an injury default at the NWCA dual championship.
Favorite: 1. Nathan Tomasello, Ohio State
2. Eric Montoya, Nebraska
3. Cory Clark, Iowa
4. Zane Richards, Illinois
5. Stevan Micic, Michigan
Skinny: Tomasello is a two-time Big Ten champion at 125 pounds, but moved up a class this season. He’s undefeated this season, with wins against Montoya and Richards. Clark missed the match against Ohio State, but he has only two losses this season (one to Montoya).
Favorite: 1. Anthony Ashnault, Rutgers
2. Jimmy Gulibon, Penn State
3. Tommy Thorn, Minnesota
4. Colton McCrystal, Nebraska
5. Luke Pletcher, Ohio State
Skinny: Ashnault is No. 5 in the country and Gulibon is ranked 10th, according to InterMat. Ashnault is undefeated in Big Ten play, but has not faced Thorn, McCrystal or Pletcher. He won a 4-1 decision against Gulibon in January.
Favorite: 1. Zain Retherford, Penn State
2. Brandon Sorensen, Iowa
3. Micah Jordan, Ohio State
4. Alfred Bannister, Maryland
5. Kenny Theobold, Rutgers
Skinny: Retherford is the defending Big Ten and NCAA champion. He has not lost this season, though he had to grind out a 9-8 decision in the second tiebreaker period against Sorensen.
Favorite: 1. Jason Nolf, Penn State
2. Michael Kemerer, Iowa
3. Tyler Berger, Nebraska
4. Jake Short, Minnesota
5. Kyle Langenderfer, Illinois
Skinny: Nolf, Kemerer and Berger are the top 3 in the country in this weight class. Nolf handled both of them pretty easily in the regular season. His 9-4 decision against Kemerer was his closest match of the season. That’s Kemerer’s lone loss of the year, and he edged out Berger with a 3-2 decision when they met at the end of the regular season.
Favorite: Isaiah Martinez, Illinois
2. Logan Massa, Michigan
3. Isaac Jordan, Wisconsin
4. Vincenzo Joseph, Penn State
5. Joey Gunther, Iowa
Skinny: Martinez is a two-time defending Big Ten and NCAA champion at 157 pounds. Massa and Joseph are two of three wrestlers who were able to keep the decision relatively close against Martinez this season, losing 3-1 and 5-2, respectively.
Favorite: 1. Bo Jordan, Ohio State
2. Mark Hall, Penn State
3. Zach Brunson, Illinois
4. Myles Amine, Michigan
5. Alex Meyer, Iowa
Skinny: Jordan has only 12 matches on his résumé this season because of injuries, and he lost his most recent outing, 3-2 to Brian Realbuto of Cornell at the NWCA duals. Meyer is the only top-5 seed he’s faced, and Jordan prevailed in a 3-2 decision.
Favorite: 1. Bo Nickal, Penn State
2. Sammy Brooks, Iowa
3. Nate Jackson, Indiana
4. Myles Martin, Ohio State
5. TJ Dudley, Nebraska
Skinny: Nickal is 18-0 this season with 13 falls. Martin won the NCAA title at 174 pounds last year, but is No. 7 in the nation at 184. He has three losses in his last six outings, including decisions against Brooks and Nickal.
Favorite: 1. Brett Pfarr, Minnesota
2. Kollin Moore, Ohio State
3. Aaron Studebaker, Nebraska
4. Matt McCutcheon, Penn State
5. Ricky Robertson, Wisconsin
Skinny: Pfarr beat Studebaker for third place at the Big Ten Tournament last season. This season, he’s No. 2 in the nation, with his only loss against No. 1-ranked J’den Cox from Missouri. Pfarr has defeated all four of the other top-5 seeds this season.
Favorite: 1. Kyle Snyder, Ohio State
2. Connor Medbery, Wisconsin
3. Nick Nevills, Penn State
4. Michael Kroells, Minnesota
5. Collin Jensen, Nebraska
Skinny: Snyder, Medbery and Nevills are the top 3 heavyweights in the nation. Snyder is the defending Big Ten and NCAA champ (and the reigning Olympic champ, to boot), but he’s only 9-0 this season. One result was a decisive victory against Nevills. Medbery has not been defeated on the mat and also beat Nevills, though he did have to bow out in the middle of the Midlands Championships because of illness.