All 10 Penn State wrestlers are still alive and eight are in the semifinals after the first session of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at the Breslin Student Center in East Lansing, Mich.
Nick Lee, Zain Retherford, Jason Nolf, Vincenzo Joseph, Mark Hall, Bo Nickal and Shakur Rasheed each won both of their afternoon session bouts to set them up for semifinal matchups Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, Carson Kuhn and Corey Keener will both be fighting to stay alive and punch their tickets to the NCAAs in Cleveland.
Lee will kick things off for the Nittany Lions in the semifinals with Illinois’ Mike Carr. Retherford will face Ohio State’s Ke-Shawn Hayes, Nolf and Joseph will see Michigan’s Alec Pantaleo and Logan Massa, respectively, Hall will take on Northwestern’s Johnny Sebastian, Nickal gets Illinois’ Emery Parker, Rasheed Purdue’s Christian Brunner, and Nevills will face Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder.
Keener will have his first consolation matchup against Wisconsin’s Jens Lantz, while Kuhn will fight to continue his quest to Cleveland with a match against Northwestern’s Sebastian Rivera.
The semifinal matches are tentatively slated to start at 7:30 p.m., after the first consolation round at 6 p.m. All of tonight’s matches can be viewed on BTN Plus and at FloWrestling.org, for those with paid subscriptions.
The championship finals will be aired at 3 p.m. Sunday on the Big Ten Network.
Other ways to follow Penn State’s progress this weekend include listening to Jeff Byers’ play-by-play radio broadcast on WRSC-AM 1390 in the State College area, or online at gopsusports.com.
Those on Twitter can also follow along with Centre Daily Times reporters Nate Cobler (@ncoblercdt) and Lauren Muthler (@lmuth125) who will be on scene, and with Penn State wrestling’s official account (@pennstateWREST).
Big Ten Tournament info
When: 6 p.m. Saturday: Session II (semifinals, consolations); 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)
How to follow along on Twitter: @ncoblercdt; @lmuth125; @pennstateWREST