TheWrestlingTalk.com 's Stephen Hammersley runs down the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Tournament Finals.
The 2010 Big Ten Wrestling Finals are ready to roll today with the Iowa Hawkeyes, led by Head Coach Tom Brands and elite 149-pounder Brent Metcalf, well on their way to another Big Ten Wrestling title.
This event features the best of the midwest and many future MMA stars.
Four-time NCAA Wrestling Champion Cael Sanderson had a good thing going heading into the Semi-Finals yesterday. However, his squad dropped six of seven matches to advance just one Nittany Lion to the Big Ten Finals.
At 125, Iowa's Freshman Phenom, Matt McDonough, has a shot to pick up the No. 1 seed with a win over defending NCAA Champ, Indiana's Angel Escobedo.
133 pits Minnesota star Jayson Ness against another well rounded Hawkeye. We'd give the edge to Ness in this one nine times out of 10.
Reece Humphrey seems to be a shoe in for the the Big Ten title. However, Thorn's big move capabilities make him a threat against just about anyone.
Probably the most lopsided of today's event is the 149 pound matchup between Iowa monster Brent Metcalf verses Ohio State's Lance Palmer. Palmer is not a push over by any means. Metcalf is just one tough beast.
With Minnesota's Dustin Schlatter out of the lineup at 157 (don't ask me how a guy that doesn't compete in a qualifier can qualify, but it can happen...), the No. 1 seed went to Colton Salazar, who will compete with No. 2 Cyler Sanderson, Cael's younger brother.
Andrew Howe should lock down 165 without much of a problem.
SUNDAY’S FINALS MATCHUPS
No. 1 Angel Escobedo (Indiana) vs. No. 2 Matt McDonough (Iowa)
No. 1 Jayson Ness (Minnesota) vs. No. 2 Daniel Dennis (Iowa)
No. 1 Reece Humphrey (Ohio State) vs. No. 2 Mike Thorn (Minnesota)
No. 1 Brent Metcalf (Iowa) vs. No. 2 Lance Palmer (Ohio State)
No. 1 Colton Salazar (Purdue) vs. No. 2 Cyler Sanderson (Penn State)
No. 1 Andrew Howe (Wisconsin) vs. No. 3 Colt Sponseller (Ohio State)
No. 1 Jay Borschel (Iowa) vs. No. 3 Scott Glasser (Minnesota)
No. 1 John Dergo (Illinois) vs. No. 3 Phil Keddy (Iowa)
No. 5 Sonny Yohn (Minnesota) vs. No. 2 Trevor Brandvold (Wisconsin)
No. 1 Nathan Everhart (Indiana) vs. No. 2 Dan Erekson (Iowa)