Last week on March 8th the Big Ten Conference wrestling tournament was held at Ohio State University, In Columbus Ohio. This tournament was one for the ages, with a excess amount of historical events occurring. For instance the University of Illinois crowned their first ever Big Ten freshman of the year recipient Isaiah Martinez, who upset favorite Dylan Ness of Minnesota, but Illini favorite Jesse Delgado who was upset by Nathan Tomasello a red-shirt freshman from Ohio State. Delgado is the defending NCAA champ at 125 pounds. Other teams such as Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio State, Northwestern, Penn State, and Nebraska also had quite eventful tournaments.
Northwestern had a couple great individual performances coming from Mike McMullan at heavyweight, and defending national champion Alex Tsirtsis at 149 pound. Tsirtsis who was previously ranked number one and was upset by freshman Brandon Sorenson of Iowa got another shot and Sorenson in the finals, and won his 2nd straight Big Ten title. Tsirtsis and Sorenson had a hard fought battle for the 149 pound crown but Sorenson was edged out by by Tsirtsis by a decisions 2-1. Northwestern also saw some promise in Heavyweight Mike McMullan who also avenged another loss of his this season in the finals edging Bobby Telford of Iowa by decision 4-3. McMullan not only avenged a Midlands finals loss to Telford, and His first Tournament title since his 2010 season.
Nebraska crowned another champ Robert Kokesh at 174 pounds, taking his second Big Ten title, and Penn States Matt Brown at 184. Penn State crowned another Champion as well at 197 upsetting the number one seeded Kyle Snyder of Ohio State.
Ohio State was another team who had a great tournament, and they had great performances by Nathan Tomasello previously mentioned, who upset Delgado, and three time national champ Logan Stieber. Stieber the favorite to win his fourth NCAA individual title, won his fourth Big Ten title. Stieber became the fourteenth Big Ten wrestler to achieve the title as a four time Big Ten champ. Ohio States Stieber on top of making NCAA Big Ten history, Stieber was also named the Big Ten wrestler of the year as well as the Big Ten wrestler of the Championship as he tech falled Josh Dwieza of Iowa In a time of 3:04. Ohio States’ head coach Tom Ryan also won the title of Big Ten coach of the year, As well as a Big Ten co title shared with Tom Brands, and the Iowa Hawkeye.
For more details on other team, or individual finishes, as well as other awards including first team all Big Ten visit http://www.bigten.org/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/030815aac.html