Postseason Arrives with Big Ten Championships
March 7, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
INDIANA SPORTS RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Seventy-four tickets to the NCAA Wrestling Championships are on the line this weekend in the Kohl Center as the Big Ten holds its 100th edition of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships. Each conference school sends 10 grapplers to battle it out for league crowns.
The Big Ten Network will be in Madison covering all the action. The first three sessions can be viewed online by the Big Ten Digital Network and Sunday's medal round will be aired live on BTN. In addition, TrackWrestling.com will be the source for live results throughout the competition.
Session 1 | Watch Live | BTDN
Session 2 | Watch Live | BTDN
Session 3 | Watch Live | BTDN
Session 4 | Watch Live | BTDN
Big Ten Wrestling Championships Central
(includes links to live video, session schedule, ticket info and more)
125 lbs - Alonzo Shepherd, So. (8-9)
133 lbs - Joe Duca, r-Jr. (9-6)
141 lbs - Trevor Moody, r-Fr. (4-9)
149 lbs - Eric Roach, r-So. (17-13)
157 lbs - Taylor Walsh, r-Jr. (30-3)
165 lbs - Ryan LeBlanc, r-Sr. (33-10)
174 lbs - Matt Irick, r-Fr. (8-16)
184 lbs - Luke Sheridan, Jr. (25-11)
197 lbs - Garret Goldman, r-So. (10-15)
285 lbs - Adam Chalfant, r-Sr. (23-2)
The B1G led all conferences by earning 74 of the 290 automatic bids. The next closest league garnered 47 selections. At the completion of all conference tournaments, an NCAA committee will choose the final 40 at-large competitors for the national championships.
BIG TEN'S NCAA QUALIFIER ALLOCATIONS BY WEIGHT CLASS
125 lbs - 7
133 lbs - 8
141 lbs - 6
149 lbs - 6
157 lbs - 8
165 lbs - 8
174 lbs - 7
184 lbs - 7
197 lbs - 8
285 lbs - 9
Saturday, March 8
Session I - 11 am ET/10 am CT
Session II - 6 pm ET/5 pm CT
Sunday, March 9
Session III - Noon ET/11 am CT
Medal Round - 2 pm ET/1 pm CT
Complete Match Notes
Four Hoosiers earned NCAA bids for the Big Ten, ranking in the top-33 of both the Coaches Panel and RPI:
Coaches Panel: Chalfant (#4), Walsh (#8), LeBlanc (#24), Sheridan (#29)
RPI: Chalfant (#2), Walsh (#12), LeBlanc (#19), Sheridan (#24)
MATCHING UP WITH THE ELITE
Adam Chalfantsits at 23-2 overall entering the postseason and owns a strong track record amongst the nation's best. He has won seven of eight bouts versus top-10 foes and posts a 10-1 mark against all nationally-ranked opponents.
PIN KING - Taylor Walsh
• Has already set the all-time IU record with 24 pins (previous record: 19 by Rod Chambelin in 1981)
• 24 pins lead the nation
• Ranks 2nd in school history with 45 career falls (47, Viktor Sveda; 1998-2002)
• Pinned at least four foes in all four tournaments
• Recorded a 15-bout consecutive pinning streak
B1G WINS TOTAL
Hoosiers Ryan LeBlanc and Taylor Walshare slotted second and third in the Big Ten with 33 and 30 overall wins, respectively. LeBlanc ranks fourth nationally while Walsh's 30 victories are good for top-15 in the country. In addition, Walsh's 234pins (1st nationally) and LeBlanc's 11 major decisions (t-4th in NCAA) are tops in the Big Ten.
Ryan LeBlanc is quickly approaching admittance into the 100-win club as an owner of 98 career victories. In addition, he needs six more W's this season to crack IU's all-time top-10 for wins in a season. Teammate Taylor Walshis nine wins shy of the top-10 as well.
BIG TEN DOING BIG THINGS
As a conference, the Big Ten went a combined 86-16 in 102 non-conference duals during the 2013-14 campaign, good for a 84.3 winning percentage. Nine B1G schools can be found in the most recent USA Today Coaches Poll Top-25 and Intermat's Top-25.