March 8, 2014
The brackets have been released and the pairings are set to kick off the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships. The event, held at the Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, will begin tomorrow morning as the first session begins at 10 a.m. CT.
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers have nine grapplers seeded in the Big Ten Championships with the only weight class without a seeded Minnesotan being 125.
Fans will be able to follow all of the Big Ten action during the weekend through Gopher All-Access and the final matches will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network on Sunday afternoon.
For a complete listing of all of the pairings, please visit the championship website.
Gopher Wreslting Matchups
125: Redshirt freshman, Sam Brancale (14-8) was the only Gopher to not be included in the tournament seeding. He will take on No. 7-seeded senior Camden Eppert (14-11) of Purdue in the first session beginning on Saturday afternoon at 10 a.m. Top-seeded Nico Megaludis (23-2) of Penn State will battle Garrison White (13-14) of Northwestern in the preliminary round.
133: No. 3-seeded David Thorn (22-4) will have a bye in the preliminary round of competition. He will face the winner of the No. 11-seeded Joseph Duca (9-6) and No. 6-seeded Johnni DiJilious of Ohio State. The top-seeded wrestler at 133, Tony Ramos (24-2) of Iowa, will also have a bye in the preliminary round.
141: No. 3-seeded junior Chris Dardanes (22-5) of Minnesota will also have a bye in the preliminary round. He will wrestle for the first time in Madison in the quarterfinals against the winner of Brian Gibbs (11-20) of Michigan State and No. 6-seeded Danny Sabatello of Purdue (20-9).
149: No. 2-seeded Nick Dardanes (28-2) will kick off the preliminary round of competition by battling Rylan Lubeck (10-9) of Wisconsin. If Dardanes comes up victorious in the preliminary round, he will face No. 7-seeded James English of Purdue (8-3) who has a bye in the first round.
157: Dylan Ness (18-4), who earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament, will have a bye to start off the weekend. He will kick off his competitive weekend in the quarterfinals round with the winner of the No. 6 Taylor Walsh (30-3) of Indiana and No. 11 Randall Languis (18-20) of Ohio State. Last year, Dylan Ness won the Big Ten title in the 149 pound weight class.
165: No. 6-seeded senior Danny Zilverberg (15-12) will face No. 11-seeded Bobby Nash (15-15) of Michigan State in the preliminary round of competition. The winner will go on to face No. 3-seeded Pierce Harger of Northwestern (23-5).
174: No. 4-seeded Logan Storley will start the weekend off by taking on Nick Kaczanowski of Michigan State (7-11) in the first round of competition. The winner will go on to face No. 5-seed Tony Dallago of Illinois.
184: 2012 Big Ten Champion, Kevin Steinhaus (19-4), is the No. 2 seed in his respective weight class. He will have a bye in the first round of competition and will take on the winner of the No. 7 seeded- Jackson Hein (12-5) of Wisconsin and Luke Sheridan (19-4) of Indiana.
197: Redshirt junior Scott Schiller (26-3) earned the No. 3 seed and will have a bye in the preliminary round. He will then face the winner of the No. 11 Chris Heald (7-18) of Michigan and No. 6 Mario Gonzalez (8-1) of Illinois matchup.
HWT: Reigning Big Ten heavyweight champion, Tony Nelson (22-4), was seeded fifth in a very talented weight class. He will begin his quest for his third consecutive Big Ten title by facing the No. 12 seed, Chris Lopez (8-15) of Illinois.
You can watch all of action from Saturday on Gopher All-Access. Live bout updates as well as information regarding Session II and III will be posted on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #GopherTough.
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