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WE'RE TALKIN' WRESTLING: BIG TEN TOURNAMENT, SESSION II (updated with scores)

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The Big Ten Tournament picks up again this evening, with a pair (I think) of consolation rounds and the semifinals in the championship bracket.  Iowa has nine guys alive in the semifinals, which is as good as we could have hoped for, really.  Ballweg is in do or die action in his consolation match -- win and he's in the NCAA Tournament.  Lose and his season is done.  Iowa has a solid 19-point lead in the team race right now, but that could evaporate in a hurry with a bad showing in the semis.  Action gets underway at 5pm CST.

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AUDIO: 800 KXIC (free), Hawkeye All-Access ($$$), TheOpenMat (free)
liveblogAndy Hamilton
updated standings/brackets: Penn State Wrestling Club

TEAM STANDINGS
1) Penn State - 110.5 (5 finalists/4 in consos)
2) Iowa - 109 (4 finalists/5 in consos)
3) Minnesota - 96.5 (3 finalists/6 in consos)
4) Wisconsin - 78.5
5) Michigan - 67.5
6) Northwestern - 53
7) Illinois - 51
8) Ohio State - 49
9) Purdue - 44.5
10) Michigan State - 35
11) Indiana - 32

CONSOLATION BRACKET

149: (5) Cole Schmitt (Wisco) DEC (7-3) Mark Ballweg

SEMIFINALS
125: 
(1) Matt McDonough FALL (1:24) (5) Sean Boyle (Mich)
133: (2) Tyler Graff (Wisco) DEC (3-1 OT) (3) Tony Ramos
141: (3) Mike Thorn (Minn) DEC (7-5 OT) (2) Montell Marion
157: (2) Derek St. John DEC (5-2) (3) Jason Welch (jNW)
165: (1) Andrew Howe (Wisco) DEC (3-2 OT) (4) Aaron Janssen
174: (1) Ed Ruth (PSU) DEC (3-2) (5) Ethen Lofthouse
184: (2) Kevin Steinhaus (Minn) DEC (4-1) (3) Grant Gambrall
197: (2) Luke Lofthouse DEC (9-3) (3) Logan Brown (Purd)
HWT: (3) Blake Rasing DEC (2-0) (7) Joe Rizqallah (MSU)

 

Other relevant matches:
125: (3) Zach Sanders (Minn) vs. (2) Brandon Precin (jNW) -- root Sanders for McD's sake, Precin for Iowa's sake
133: (1) Andrew Long (PSU) vs. BJ Futrell (ILL) -- root Futrell
149: (1) Frank Molinaro (PSU) vs. (4) Eric Terrazas (ILL) -- root Terrazas
157: (1) David Taylor (PSU) vs. (5) Paul Young (IND) -- root Young
165: (2) Colt Sponseller (OSU) vs. (3) Cody Yohn (Minn) -- root Sponseller
184: (8) Quentin Wright (PSU) vs. (5) Tony Dallago (ILL) -- root Dallago
197: (1) Trevor Brandvold (Wisco) vs. (5) Sonny Yohn (Minn)-- root Brandvold, I guess
HWT: (1) Cameron Wade (PSU) vs. (4) Tony Nelson (Minn) -- root... I have no idea.  Nelson, probably.

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