Another weekend, another major title for Penn State wrestling to defend.
The Nittany Lions are in Bloomington, Ind., for the 2017 Big Ten championships. They are the defending champions and favorites after completing the regular season undefeated.
Penn State won the NCWA dual championship for the second straight year two weekends ago by defeating Oklahoma State, 27-13. The Nittany Lions will try to capture a second consecutive NCAA title two weekends from now at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
The Nittany Lions have nine wrestlers with top-four seeds at the Big Ten meet. Three of them are No. 1 seeds — Zein Retherford at 149 pounds, Jason Nolf at 157 and Bo Nickal at 184.
One big question is the health of freshman Nick Suriano at 125 pounds. He injured his ankle at the NCWA dual championship, but coach Cael Sanderson told the Centre Daily Times he’s optimistic about Suriano for the weekend.
If Suriano is affected by the injury, his work in the regular season — he’s ranked No. 2 in the nation by InterMat — should still get him an at-large bid to the NCAA championships.
Penn State wrestling at the Big Ten championships meet time, details
Time: Opening round at 10 a.m. Saturday; championship round starts at 3 p.m. Sunday
Date: Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5
Location: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind.
Rankings: Penn State (14-0, 9-0 Big Ten) is No. 1 in the nation, according to Intermat.
Which TV channel broadcasts Penn State wrestling at the Big Ten tournament?
The championship matches will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network at 3 p.m. Sunday.
How can I watch Penn State wrestling at the Big Ten tournament online?
The portion of the tournament before the championship round will be streamed with a BTN Plus subscription on BTN2GO. Information about BTN Plus subscriptions can be found here.
How can I listen to Penn State wrestling at the Big Ten tournament on the radio?
The meet will be on the Penn State Wrestling Radio Network. WRSC-AM 1390 in State College is the flagship station. It will also be available online at gopsusports.com.
Who is calling Penn State wrestling at the Big Ten tournament?
Jeff Byers will handle play-by-play for the Nittany Lions.
Penn State wrestling at the Big Ten tournament seeds, matchups
No. 2 Nick Suriano, Penn State, Fr. (16-2) vs. Ben Thornton, Purdue, RS Soph. (24-12)
No. 7 Elijah Oliver, Indiana, Soph. (12-6) vs. Michael Beck, Maryland, Jr. (9-14)
No. 3 Cory Clark, Iowa, Sr. (12-2) vs. No. 14, Triston Law, Penn State, Soph. (0-2)
No. 6 Bill Rappo, Maryland, RS Sr. (13-11) vs. No. 11 Jason Ipsarides, Northwestern, Soph. (10-11)
No. 2 Jimmy Gulibon, Penn State, RS Sr. (13-7) BYE
No. 7 Javier Gasca III, Michigan State, RS Jr. (24-7) vs. No. 10 Alec McKenna, Northwestern, RS Fr. (9-13)
No. 1 Zain Retherford, Penn State, RS Jr. (19-0) vs. Nate Limmex, Purdue, RS Fr. (11-13)
No. 8 Chris Perez, Indiana, RS Sr. (9-8) vs. Nick Trimble, Michigan State, RS Sr. (13-13)
No. 1 Jason Nolf, Penn State, RS Soph. (19-0) BYE
No. 8 Jake Danishek, Indiana, RS Jr. (18-11) vs. No. 9, TJ Ruschell, Wisconsin, RS Sr. (14-6)
No. 4 Vincenzo Joseph, Penn State, Soph. (14-3) BYE
No. 5 Joseph Gunther, Iowa, RS Fr. (17-6) vs. Bryce Martin, Indiana, RS Jr. (15-7)
No. 2 Mark Hall, Penn State, Fr. (24-2) BYE
No. 7 Jacob Morrissey, Purdue, RS Jr. (14-8) vs. No. 10 Chris Pfarr, Minnesota, RS Jr. (16-11)
No. 1 Bo Nickal, Penn State, RS Soph. (18-0) BYE
No. 8 Hunter Ritter, Wisconsin, RS Fr. (17-11) vs. No. 9 Mitch Sliga, Northwestern, Jr. (16-8)
No. 4 Matt McCutcheon, Penn State, RS Jr. (15-3) BYE
No. 5 Ricky Robertson, Wisconsin, RS Jr. (23-12) vs. Matt Correnti, Rutgers, Fr. (13-10)
No. 3 Nick Nevills, Penn State, RS Soph. (16-2) vs. Dan Perry, Michigan, Fr. (21-3)
No. 6 Brooks Black, Illinois, RS Jr. (11-5) BYE