Near the entrance to the Iowa wrestling room, the names of the Hawkeyes’ Big Ten champions and All-Americans line the wall as both a reminder of the program’s tradition and a goal for the current squad.
Both sides of the wall hold value for the historic wrestling program, and this weekend provides an opportunity to add to that legacy. The Big Ten wrestling championships open today at Indiana’s Assembly Hall and conclude Sunday afternoon.
Iowa finished the dual season 13-2 and ranked No. 3 nationally. In tournament competition, Iowa enters the Big Ten championships in about the third slot. The Hawkeyes have one top seed in 125-pounder Thomas Gilman (24-0). Penn State and Ohio State each have three No. 1 seeds.
“Individuals will take care of the team race,” Iowa coach Tom Brands said this week. “We want a good team result, and that starts with individual results. We’ve got a ’25-pounder that starts things off right. We’ve got five guys in the top three seeds, and after that we’ve got a smorgasbord.
“We’ve got to get ready to wrestle every match one at a time. Nothing has really changed from every other week that we talk about. Get ready to wrestle your match and do what you do best. We’ve made progress and now our best wrestling has got to show up.”
Iowa wrestling at Big Ten championships time, details
Time: Session 1 begins at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT Saturday
Date: Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5
Location: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind.
Hear from Coach Brands and members of the team as Iowa heads to the B1G Wrestling Championships this weekend: https://t.co/sSPWaTjXr4
— Hawkeye Wrestling (@Hawks_Wrestling) February 28, 2017
Which TV channel broadcasts Iowa wrestling at the Big Ten championships?
BTN airs Sunday’s finals live beginning at 2 p.m. Central Time.
How can I watch Iowa wrestling at the Big Ten championships?
BTN Plus will stream the tournament’s early-round action. BTN will stream the championship round from its BTN2GO app and from the BTN.com website.
How can I listen to Iowa wrestling on the radio?
For Iowa wrestling, 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) is the flagship station.
Who is calling Iowa wrestling at the Big Ten championships?
Steven Grace will handle play-by-play with analyst Mark Ironside for KXIC. Tim Johnson, Jim Gibbons, and Shane Sparks call the action for BTN.
B1Gs top Preseeds: 125-Gilman; 133-Tomasello; 141-Ashnault; 149-Retherford; 157-Nolf; 165-IMar; 174-BoJo; 184-Nickal; 197-Pfarr; Hwt-Snyder.
— K.J. Pilcher (@kjpilcher) February 27, 2017
Iowa wrestling lineup
125: No. 1 (seed) Thomas Gilman (24-0)
133: No. 3 Cory Clark (12-2)
141: No. 6 Topher Carton (21-6)
149: No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (22-3)
157: No. 2 Michael Kemerer (25-1)
165: No. 5 Joey Gunther (17-6)
174: No. 5 Alex Meyer (20-5)
184: No. 2 Sammy Brooks (21-2)
197: No. 7 Cash Wilcke (14-8)
HWT: (no seed) Steven Holloway (6-10)