The Big Ten Wrestling Championships wrap up Sunday, and five Nittany Lions have the chance to win titles.
Zain Retherford will be taking on familiar foe Brandon Sorensen of Iowa for the title at 149 pounds; Vincenzo Joseph will take on Illinois’s Isaiah Martinez in a rematch of last year’s NCAA finals at 165; Mark Hall will face Michigan’s Myles Amine at 174; Bo Nickal will take on Ohio State’s Myles Martin at 184; and Shakur Rasheed will take on Ohio State’s Kollin Moore at 197.
Nick Lee and Nick Nevills are both still in the hunt for third place. Lee will take on Sebastian Rivera of Northwestern and Nevills will face Maryland’s Yousef Hemida.
Meanwhile, senior transfers Corey Keener and Carson Kuhn are still battling to secure automatic bids to the national tournaments. Each needs one more win to punch their ticket to Cleveland. Keener will start his campaign Sunday against Purdue’s Ben Thornton, and Kuhn will likely face Michigan’s Drew Mattin.
Never miss a local story.
Junior Jason Nolf, who wrestled for the first time Saturday after sitting out for more than a month after suffering an injury against Rutgers, medical forfeited out of the tournament after going 2-0 with a pin and major decision.
At the end of the first day of competition, Ohio State leads the team race with 137.5 points, followed by Penn State with 124 and Michigan with 100.
The tournament continues Sunday with the consolations beginning at noon and can be viewed on BTN Plus. The remaining consolation matches can be viewed at FloWrestling.org. The championships will air at 3 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.
Big Ten Tournament info
When: noon Sunday: Session III (consolations); 3 p.m. Sunday: Session IV (Championships)
Where: Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Mich.
How to watch/stream online: All sessions will be available on BTN Plus (paid subscription required); all sessions except the championships can be streamed on FloWrestling.org (paid subscription required); the championship round will be shown on the Big Ten Network.
How to listen: WRSC-AM 1390 or gopsusports.com (Jeff Byers play-by-play)