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Freshman Ross Powell, sophomore Jacob Smith and freshman Max Ortega warm up before wrestling practice Wednesday at Assembly Hall. The team heads to Ann Arbor this weekend for the Big Ten Championships.

IU tries to end a 67-year drought at Big Tens

Forty-seven nationally ranked wrestlers, eight teams in the top 25, and 21 out of the last 30 National Championship teams are just a few reasons why the Big Ten is the best wrestling conference in the country.

Hoosiers gain key victories

Angel Escobedo is lucky that his family and friends were not late for Senior Night at University Gym. Donning white shirts with a winged letter “A,” Escobedo’s entourage did not get to see him on the mat for long.

Indiana's Angel Escobedo celebrates his victory over Minnesota's Jayson Ness in a 125 pound championship match at the NCAA wrestling national championships Saturday, March 22, 2008 in St. Louis.

IU seniors to grapple at University Gym mats for final time Friday

Friday night will be the last time the Hoosier faithful will see Angel Escobedo get the Hoosiers off to an early lead at 125 pounds, the last time they will see Matt Coughlin compete in a grind-it-out match at 149 pounds, the last time fans can get on their feet for a Trevor Perry pin at 175 pounds, and the last time they will get a chance to witness Nate Everhart secure a Hoosier victory at heavyweight.

IU junior and 157-pound grappler Kurt Kinser locks up with Sean Nemec of Ohio State during Sunday's dual meet at University Gym in Bloomington. While Kinser won, bringing his Big Ten record to 4-0, the No. 14 Hoosiers lost to the No. 4 Buckeyes by a score of 22-13.

IU splits matches against Big Ten foes

IU coach Duane Goldman has repeatedly stressed the need for upset victories in Big Ten play.   On Friday night, Goldman got exactly what he was asking for, in dramatic fashion.

Angel Escobedo, a former NCAA National Champion, prepares himself at the IU vs. Iowa match on February 20, 2009. Escobedo, who won the 125 lbs. weight class, was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the 28th Annual Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas.

Grapplers’ grueling workout regimen paying off

As the wrestlers shuffle along their practice room’s mat-covered floor, IU coach Duane Goldman barks out orders. “Keep your head up,” he implores them. “Touch the ground.” Assistant coach Joe Dubuque, who wrestled for Goldman for two national championships at IU, works with team members, bending low at the knee, lifting his head and showing them proper technique. “Gotta get better today,” he shouts.

IU freshman wrestler Nathan Everhart takes down his Michigan opponent August 14, 2008 at University Gym. The Hoosiers beat the Wolverines 21-15.

Everhart hopes to end career as nation's best

When senior Nate Everhart arrived on the IU campus his freshman year, he was far from the physical beast he is today. Weighing below 200 pounds, Everhart was not intimidating many wrestlers with his size.   The Tinsley, Ill., native received offers to play baseball at Iowa and Missouri but decided wrestling at a Big Ten school and getting a Big Ten education was the right path. IU coach Duane Goldman knew that he was getting a guy with brains and brawn.

IU puts perfect record on the line

The IU wrestling team will not be allowed to ease into the Big Ten season.  The No. 11 Hoosiers will open up their season on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. today when they travel to No. 19 Wisconsin.

No. 13 Hoosiers remain perfect on season

On Saturday afternoon, the wrestling team got exactly the performance it was looking for heading into a two-and-a-half-week break from competition.

Senior wrestler Angel Escobedo hand fights with another wrestler during practice Oct. 26 at Assembly Hall. Escobedo finished fifth in the NCAA tournament last year and is a former national champion.

Two-time wrestling champ Dubuque mentors Escobedo

When Angel Escobedo was a redshirt freshman, he watched Joe Dubuque win the second of his back-to-back National Championships at 125 pounds.   Dubuque might not have realized it, but he was setting the bar for Escobedo’s future with IU wrestling.

2 IU wrestlers win Vegas event

IU senior wrestlers Angel Escobedo (125 pounds) and Nate Everheart (heavyweight) claimed individual titles at the 28th Annual Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas this weekend.

Senior wrestler Angel Escobedo practices with a teammate Oct. 26. Escobedo, Paul Young, Eric Cameron and Nathan Everhart all went 5-0 on the day Saturday at Hoosier Duals, bringing the team to 6-0 on the season.

IU posts 5-0 showing in dual meet

The Hoosiers were able to defend their No. 11 national ranking on Saturday, going 5-0 in the Hoosier Duals at University Gym.

IU defeats Wabash 45-0

The IU wrestling team posted a 45-0 victory at Wabash College on Tuesday.  The Hoosiers didn’t lose a single match, getting dominant performances from every weight class.

Hoosiers stay in-state for year's 1st dual meet

After a successful start to the season at the Michigan State Open on Sunday, the Hoosiers will get a chance to ride their momentum as they travel to Crawfordsville, Ind., to take on Wabash College.

Hoosiers face Hoosiers in wrestling intrasquad scrimmage

The IU wrestling team squared off against each other in their intrasquad meet at Bloomington North High School on Tuesday. While all starting spots were up for grabs, the two most competitive battles were in the 141- and at 157-pound weight classes.

Senior wrestler Angel Escobedo hand fights with another wrestler during practice Monday. Escobedo finished fifth in the NCAA tournament last year and is a former national champion.

2008 wrestling champion seeks redemption

Senior Angel Escobedo has nothing to prove today, but, as the season approaches, he will have to demonstrate that he is the best the nation has to offer once again. The IU wrestling team will be kicking off its season at 7 p.m. today with its annual intrasquad scrimmage at Bloomington High School North.

Indiana's Joe Dubuque celebrates after upsetting number one seed Sam Hazewinkel 3-1 in the 125-pound semifinal match Friday, March 18, 2005 at the NCAA Division I wrestling championships in St. Louis.

2-Time NCAA champ to coach at IU

Dubuque, a two-time national champion Hoosiers grappler, has joined coach Duane Goldman’s IU wrestling staff as an assistant.

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