Big Ten Network Announces Wrestling Television Schedule
On the heels of the station’s first-ever wrestling event broadcast, Big Ten Network officials announced the remainder of their 2007-08 wrestling television schedule Wednesday. The first-year network will televise the Big Ten Championships, Midlands Classic and nine dual meets, including Minnesota’s Feb. 8 match-up with Northwestern in Chicago. The start time for that match has been changed to 6:30 p.m. CST.
The network will have a live telecast on six consecutive Fridays in January and February beginning with Iowa at Ohio State dual meet on January 18.
“The Big Ten is the nation’s most powerful wrestling conference and there is a strong following for the sport in Big Ten Country,” Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman said. “We look forward to bringing the best of college wrestling to a national audience.”
Last Sunday, the BTN’s first foray into wrestling featured a live broadcast of No. 1 Minnesota’s showdown with No. 2 Iowa State at Williams Arena, an 18-13 victory for the Cyclones. The network will return to Minneapolis March 9 to televise the finals of the Big Ten Championships from Williams Arena.
Additional live regular season telecasts include: Wisconsin-Indiana at 5 p.m. ET on January 25, Illinois-Michigan at 6 p.m. ET on February 1, Michigan State-Penn State at 5 p.m. ET on February 15, Purdue-Illinois at 6 p.m. ET on February 22 and Michigan State-Michigan at noon ET on February 24.
Nine of the conference’s 11 teams are ranked in the current NWCA/Intermat/USA Today top 25 poll, including No. 2 Minnesota, No. 4 Iowa, No. 5 Penn State, No. 7 Michigan, No. 9 Northwestern, No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 13 Ohio State, No. 17 Indiana and No. 18 Illinois.
Currently, the Big Ten Network is available in Minnesota on DirecTV (channel 220) and Dish Network (channel 439).