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The 28-9 score from Wednesday's dual looks bad, without question, but let me assure you it was not as bad as it looked.
The IU wrestling team rebounded from their loss to Northwestern on Wednesday with a win over Eastern Michigan this morning, but were brought back to earth with an afternoon defeat at the hands of Missouri.
Highlighted by a Kurt Kinser headlock for a pin, IU took six of the ten matches, including the final three which turned a 13-13 tie into a decisive 24-13 final margin.
Senior Paul Young avenged a loss earlier this season to Navy's Bryce Saddoris in the semifinals of this weeks Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, North Carolina on his way to a run to the finals at 157 pounds.
Pulling the upset tonight will still be a tall order for IU wrestlers, but tonight's match against mighty Minnesota just got a little more interesting with the news that Sonny Yohn, ranked 5th nationally by Intermat at 197 for the Golden Gophers, will probably not be in the lineup tonight.
125 lbs.: Zack Sanders tech fall 22-7 over Justin Brooks
Basically a series of Sanders takedowns and Brooks escapes with a few nearfalls for Sanders to force the tech fall.
The Big Ten Championships are this Saturday and Sunday. Bragging rights and automatic qualifier berths for the national tournament are at stake.
The Big Ten has released the brackets for this weekend's conference tournament and for the most part, IU has made out about as favorably as could be reasoonably expected.
With 11 man brackets*, five of the eight seeded wrestlers in a weight class randomly receive byes to the second round.
I will be posting periodic updates throughout the day about the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, but you can also find live blogs for the event at both Intermat and TheOpenMat.
In their fourth match-up of the season, junior Matt Powless at 197 pounds was upset by Michigan States Tyler Dickenson 7-4.
Today is certainly not playing out the way IU hoped. After Matt Powless was upset in the opening round, all but one wrestler in the championship bracket's second round lost, including upsets of senior Kurt Kinser at 149 pounds and graduate student Ricky Alcala, both to opponents they had previously defeated this season.
Freshman Justin Brooks, Mitchell Richey and Ryan LeBlanc each lost as expected to higher ranked opponents.
The lone victor in the second round was senior Paul Young at 157 pounds who dominted Colton Salazar of Purdue 13-5 after losing to him two weeks ago.
Day 1 of the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships was not kind to the Hoosiers. Five of the team's 10 entrants were eliminated.
Sophomore Mitchell Richey, last year's starter at 141 pounds, and junior Ryan Konz, who has experience last season at both 157 and 165 pounds.
Following the appearance of a gay slur on newly hired assistant wrestling coach Nick Simmons' Twitter page, both the Athletic Department and the Division of Student Affairs in the Office of the Dean of Students will investigate the incident.
At roughly 1 a.m.
In a close match, IU once again could not deliver against a Big Ten foe, this time against Wisconsin.
After the first day of the Big Ten Championships for wrestling, five Hoosiers are still in the running for a spot in the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Joe Duca was the first Hoosier to kick off Session II, with a 6-2 decision over Northwestern's Dom Malone.
Evanston, Ill. will be the center of collegiate wrestling this week as Northwestern hosts the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, which is often considered to be the premier amateur-wrestling tournament during the season.
IU will be one of more than 40 schools competing in the prestigious tournament.