Lineups Set for Big Ten v Big 12 Challenge
Cliff Keen to Sponsor Big Ten Wrestling Championships
ANN ARBOR, MI – In its continued support of Big Ten Wrestling, Cliff Keen Athletic announces their sponsorship of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships event, to be held March 6-7 at Crisler Arena on the campus of the University of Michigan.
Cliff Keen Athletic will be on-site at the Big Ten Championships to support the competing teams, along with fan interaction, prize give-aways, and a product display showcase.
In December, Cliff Keen began a media partnership program with the Big Ten Network for its Wrestling telecasts of the 2009-10 scholastic calendar. The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based wrestling company showcased its wrestling-specific media to the Big Ten Network each week during the college season. The Big Ten Network boasted some of the premier wrestling dual meet match-ups this season, culminating with LIVE coverage of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships airing March 7th at 2:00 PM.
The current media plan includes commercial spots, on-air mentions, spotlights on Cliff Keen and their products each week, as well as a special feature and links on the bigtennetwork.com.
For over 50 years, Cliff Keen has been the leading manufacturer of wrestling equipment and uniforms, serving the collegiate, high school, and international wrestling marketplaces, as well as the officiating market. In addition, Cliff Keen has long been a provider to dozens of nationally recognized collegiate wrestling programs. Cliff Keen Athletic is the namesake company of former University of Michigan wrestling coach Cliff Keen, who spent nearly a half-century as the school’s winningest wrestling coach and assistant football coach.
All-American Cole Konrad was named Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the
recording seven straight wins. He won the heavyweight crown at the Southern
Scuffle last Friday and then clinched Minnesota's win over Arizona State
with a win against fourth-ranked Cain Velasquez. It is the second time
Konrad has been honored this year.
At the Southern Scuffle, Konrad rolled to the title with six
victories, five coming by pin. He needed just 1:12 to pin Missouri's Sean
Connole to advance to the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he dominated
15th-ranked Mike Faust of Virginia Tech with a 17-4 major decision. In the
championship, he pinned eighth-ranked Tanner Garrett of Navy in just 1: 28.
Last night with the second-ranked Golden Gophers holding a
20-19 lead over
No. 16 Arizona State, Konrad delivered with a 3-2 decision against
Velasquez. It was Konrad's fourth win in five tries against the Sun Devil
Konrad is ranked number one in the country with a 20-0 record.
Ten of his 20
wins have been by fall. The two-time All-American has won 49 of his last 50
matches and currently sports a 99-13 career record.
Konrad and the Golden Gophers return to the mat on Jan. 14-15
travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the National Duals.
Illini Wrestlers Are Big Ten Champs!
Tirapelle and Friedl Win Big Ten Individual Titles, Mark Johnson Named Big Ten Coach of the Year
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Behind the performances of Big Ten Champions Alex Tirapelle (157) and Pete Friedl (174), the Illini wrestling team won their first Big Ten team title since 1952 with a final score of 130. Head coach Mark Johnson was named the 2005 Big Ten Coach of the Year, his second time to win the award (2001). Tirapelle won his second Big Ten title and Friedl his first. The Illini placed nine wrestlers in the conference's top-6 to ensure all nine will be in St. Louis in two weeks for the NCAA Championships. Illinois' 130 points also tie the school record for the Big Ten Championship.
"This is a great accomplishment for our program," Johnson said. "I have said all along that this is a step for our program. If you can win this tournament, then it means you can win a national title - they are almost one in the same. It was very special to win it here (Iowa City). I spent 10 years of my life here. If it wasn't Champaign, I'm glad it was Iowa City."
"Our team wrestled pretty well today, not great," Johnson continued. "But we talked on the way over here about finishing and that's what Alex (Tirapelle) and Pete (Friedl) did today. We knew we had clinched the title heading into the Brian's (Glynn) match and that took a little bit of the pressure off us."
The Illini entered the day's activities with five individuals in the finals, but lost the first two bids at titles. Kyle Ott (Jr., Huber Heights, Ohio), the 125-pound No. 1 seed, got the first takedown over No. 2 Nick Simmons of Michigan State, but Simmons scored a takedown in the second to give him a 4-2 win. At 133 pounds, Mark Jayne (Sr., Elyria, Ohio) lost only his third match of the year, but unfortunately all three came at the hands of No. 2 seed Mack Reiter of Minnesota. Reiter locked Jayne up for a pin at 4:34. The team race became heated at that time as Illinois only led the Gophers by 5.5 points. Michigan also became a factor in the team race as they pulled to within eight points of Illinois with champions at 141 and 149.
The 157-pound final became pivotal in Illinois' title hopes as Tirapelle (Jr., Clovis, Calif.) faced Michigan's Ryan Bertin for a rematch of last year's finals. Bertin got on the board first with a reversal in the second period. Two escapes for Tirapelle tied the match at two apiece. With the clock ticking down, Tirapelle scored a quick single-leg takedown at the 18-second mark for the final 4-3 victory. Tirapelle won his 96th career victory with his finals championship. With the win, he also tied the series record with Bertin, each having four wins apiece. The four points for the team gave Illinois 125, a six-point cushion over Minnesota. Still not out of harm's way, the Illini solidified the race with its win in the 174 pound finals.
"I am definitely more excited about the team win," Tirapelle said. "We haven't won since 1952, that's a long time for a team. Ryan and I have wrestled eight times and we're four and four. Nothing really changes with us. We both go out and wrestle our own match."
Friedl (Jr., Orland Park, Ill.) met Northwestern's Jake Herbert for the rubber match between the two wrestlers. Working off a shot by Friedl, Herbert scored first with a takedown in the first period. Friedl got two escapes to tie the match, but a Herbert escape in the third gave him a one-point lead, until Friedl hit a strong double-leg with three seconds remaining to win 4-3. In the last of Illinois' five finals matches, senior Brian Glynn (Orland Park, Ill.) couldn't come up with the offensive score, dropping a 3-2 decision to Penn State's Eric Bradley, the tournament's No. 2 seed at 184.
"We can celebrate this for awhile. We worked extremely hard all year for this title and I think we deserve it," Glynn said. "I am almost more happy about winning it for Mark (Johnson) and Jim (assistant coach Heffernan) because it shows the hard work and dedication they have given to the program."
Four other wrestlers placed for the Illini. At 141 pounds, Cassio Pero (So., Chicago Heights, Ill.) exceeded his seed (No. 4) with a third-place victory over Northwestern's Ryan Lang, 4-2. Junior Tyrone Byrd (Jr., Clinton, Ill.) got the upset at 197 pounds over No. 2 seed Nathan Moore of Purdue. Donny Reynolds (So., Frankfort, Ill.) at 165 and heavyweight Mike Behnke (So., Villa Park, Ill.) both took sixth.
The Illini will be back in action in two weeks at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo., March 17-19. During Mark Johnson's 12-year tenure at Illinois, the Illini have finished in the top-10 on eight occasions with the best placing of fifth in 2001.
1. Illinois - 130
2. Minnesota - 123.5
3. Michigan - 118
4. Iowa - 94.5
5t. Indiana - 89
5t. Wisconsin - 89
7. Penn State - 72.5
8. Michigan State - 70.5
9. Northwestern - 68.5
10. Purdue - 38.5
11. Ohio State - 26.5
1st: Alex Tirapelle (157), Pete Friedl (174)
2nd: Kyle Ott (125), Mark Jayne (133), Brian Glynn (184)
3rd: Cassio Pero (141)
5th: Tyrone Byrd (197)
6th: Donny Reynolds (165), Mike Behnke (Hwt)
125: No. 1 seed #2 Kyle Ott (17-3)
Quarterfinals: Technical fall No. 8 seed Charlie Falck (Iowa), 18-3
Semifinals: Dec. No. 5 seed Bobbe Lowe (Minn), 3-1
Finals: Lost to No. 2 seed Nick Simmons (MSU), 4-2
133: No. 1 seed #5 Mark Jayne (28-2)
Pigtail: Won by fall Daniel Quintela (NW), 4:49
Quarterfinals: Major dec. No. 8 seed Ryan Froese (MSU), 13-5
Semifinals: Dec. No. 4 seed Mario Galanakis (Iowa), 4-3
Finals: No. 2 seed Mack Reiter (Minn)
141: No. 3 seed #12 Cassio Pero (25-13)
Quarterfinals: Lost to No. 6 seed Ryan Lang (NW), 3-2
Consolation 1st Round: Dec. Jason Johnstone (OSU), 8-6
Consolation Quarterfinals: Won by injury default No. 7 seed DeWitt Driscoll (PSU)
Consolation Semifinals: Won by injury default No. 4 seed Mike Simpson (Ind)
Third-Place Match: Dec. No. 6 seed Ryan Lang (NW), 4-2
157: No. 2 seed #3 Alex Tirapelle (28-2)
Pigtail: Major dec. Matt McCarty, (MSU), 15-3
Quarterfinals: Dec. No. 7 seed C.P. Schlatter (Minn), 4-1
Semifinals: Dec. No. 3 Joe Johnston (Iowa), 9-5
Finals: Dec. No. 1 seed Ryan Bertin (Mich), 4-3
165: No. 5 seed #12 Donny Reynolds (21-9)
Pigtail: Won by fall Greg Hagel (NW), 4:54
Quarterfinals: Lost to No. 4 seed Jake Donar (Wis), 6-2
Consolation 1st Round: Dec. Keegan Mueller (OSU), 6-5
Consolation Quarterfinals: Dec. No. 8 seed Bryan Harney (MSU), 7-1
Consolation Semifinals: Lost to No. 3 seed Matt Nagel (Minn), 5-1
Fifth-Place Match: Lost to No. 6 seed Max Dean (Ind), 3-2
174: No. 1 seed #3 Pete Friedl (33-3)
Quarterfinals: Dec. No. 8 seed James Yonushonis (PSU), 10-6
Semifinals: Dec. No. 5 seed Brady Richardson (Ind), 6-2
Finals: Dec. No. 2 seed Jake Herbert (NW), 4-3
184: No. 1 seed #4 Brian Glynn (30-3)
Quarterfinals: Dec. No. 8 seed Andy Rios (Ind), 6-2
Semifinals: Dec. No. 4 seed Ben Wissel (PU), 5-2
Finals: No. 2 seed Eric Bradley (PSU)
197: No. 5 seed #14 Tyrone Byrd (24-9)
Quarterfinals: Dec. No. 4 seed Phil Davis (PSU), 2-1
Semifinals: Lost to No. 1 seed J.D. Bergman (OSU), 2-0
Consolation Semifinals: Pinned by No. 7 seed Ryan Flaherty (WI), 0:48
Fifth-Place Match: Dec. No. 2 seed Nathan Moore (PU), 6-3
Hwt: No. 7 seed #20 Mike Behnke (14-11)
Quarterfinals: Lost to No. 2 seed Greg Wagner (Mich), 7-5 ot
Consolation 1st Round: Dec. Max Lossen (MSU), 5-4
Consolation Quarterfinals: Dec. No. 6 seed Kirk Nail (OSU), 3-1ot
Consolation Semifinals: Lost to No. 4 seed Dustin Fox (NU), 5-2
Fifth-Place Match: Lost to No. 5 seed Matt Fields (Iowa), 12-3
FOR 2005 BIG TEN WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS ANNOUNCED
PARK RIDGE, IL - The preliminary seeds for the 2005 Big Ten Wrestling Championships were announced today by Conference officials. The pre-seeds are determined by a vote amongst the League's head wrestling coaches after consideration of regular-season results. The 2005 Big Ten Wrestling Championships will take place on Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, at Carver Hawkeye Arena on the campus of the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. The Championships bracket will be set on Friday, March 4.
Illinois and Michigan lead all schools with four top pre-seeds apiece. Kyle Ott (125 lbs.), Mark Jayne (133 lbs.), Pete Friedl (174 lbs.) and Brian Glynn (184 lbs.) all received top seeds for the Fighting Illini. For the Wolverines, Josh Churella (141 lbs.), Eric Tannenbaum (149 lbs.), Ryan Bertin (157 lbs.) and Ryan Churella (165 lbs.) each earned the top spots in their respective divisions. Illinois' Jayne is the defending Big Ten Champion at 133 lbs., as is Michigan's Churella at 149 lbs.
Minnesota and Ohio State each boast a No. 1 preliminary seed
entering the Championships. J.D. Bergman of Ohio State will
wrestle as the top seed at 197 lbs., while Minnesota's Cole Konrad
will battle as the premier grappler in the heavyweight division.
Konrad placed third at Big Tens last year and carries a 31-2 record,
including an 8-0 record in Big Ten dual action, into the Championships
Less than one week remains until all 11 League schools will take to the mats for the 2005 Big Ten Wrestling Championships. Iowa will look to defend its Big Ten title, which they won last season at Ohio State. The Hawkeyes (129.5) bested runner-up Minnesota (124.5) by five points, while Illinois (98.5), Michigan (96.0) and Penn State (90.0) rounded out the top five.
For the second consecutive year, Illinois and Michigan will enter the Big Ten Championships as the League's Dual Meet co-Champions. The Fighting Illini and Wolverines each ended the 2005 campaign with 7-0-1 records. Then-No.5 Michigan tied No. 2 Illinois, 17-17, on February 6 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the University of Iowa Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-424-2957 or online at <http://www.hawkeyesports.com>www.hawkeyesports.com.
The complete list of pre-seeds follows.
2005 BIG TEN WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS PRELIMINARY SEEDS
1. Kyle Ott, Illinois
2. Nick Simmons, Michigan State
3. Joe Dubuque, Indiana
4. John Velez, Northwestern
5. Bobbe Lowe, Minnesota
6. Adam Smith, Penn State
7. Brandon Tucker, Purdue
8. Charlie Falck, Iowa
1. Mark Jayne, Illinois
2. Mack Reiter, Minnesota
3. Tom Clum, Wisconsin
4. Mario Galanakis, Iowa
5. T.J. Enright, Ohio State
6. Mark Moos, Michigan
7. Bryan Heller, Penn State
8. Brian Dyer, Indiana
1. Josh Churella, Michigan
2. Andy Simmons, Michigan State
3. Cassio Pero, Illinois
4. Mike Simpson, Indiana
5. Alex Tsirtsis, Iowa
6. Ryan Lang, Northwestern
7. DeWitt Driscoll, Penn State
8. Ed Gutnik, Wisconsin
1. Eric Tannenbaum, Michigan
T2. Ty Eustice, Iowa
T2. Doug Withstandley, Purdue
4. Anton Dietzen, Illinois
5. Darren McKnight, Michigan State
6. Craig Henning, Wisconsin
7. Steven Wolery, Ohio State
8. Jack Decker, Penn State
1. Ryan Bertin, Michigan
2. Alex Tirapelle, Illinois
3. Joe Johnston, Iowa
4. Nathan Galloway, Penn State
5. Brandon Becker, Indiana
6. Tyler Turner, Wisconsin
7. C.P. Schlatter, Minnesota
8. Mike Kimberlin, Northwestern
1. Ryan Churella, Michigan
2. Mark Perry, Iowa
3. Matt Nagel, Minnesota
4. Jake Donar, Wisconsin
5. Donny Reynolds, Illinois
6. Max Dean, Indiana
7. Nick Hayes, Northwestern
8. John DeCeault, Purdue
1. Pete Friedl, Illinois
2. Jake Herbert, Northwestern
3. R.J. Boudro, Michigan State
4. Nick Roy, Michigan
5. Brady Richardson, Indiana
T6. Gabriel Dretsch, Minnesota
T6. Kelly Flaherty, Wisconsin
8. James Yonushonis, Penn State
1. Brian Glynn, Illinois
2. Eric Bradley, Penn State
3. Brady Reinke, Wisconsin
4. Ben Wissel, Purdue
5. Paul Bradley, Iowa
T6. Roger Kish, Minnesota
T6. Mike Tamillow, Northwestern
8. Andy Rios, Indiana
1. J.D. Bergman, Ohio State
2. Nathan Moore, Purdue
3. Matt Delguyd, Northwestern
4. Phillip Davis, Penn State
5. Tyrone Byrd, Illinois
6. Willie Breyer, Michigan
7. Ryan Flaherty, Wisconsin
8. Matt Koz, Minnesota
1. Cole Konrad, Minnesota
2. Greg Wagner, Michigan
3. Pat DeGain, Indiana
4. Dustin Fox, Northwestern
5. Matt Fields, Iowa
6. Kirk Nail, Ohio State
7. Mike Behnke, Illinois
8. Joel Edwards, Penn State
Illinois' Byrd Named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week
Byrd gave the Fighting Illini a huge boost in their 25-12 win at No. 15 Wisconsin, which opened the Conference dual season for Illinois. The 197-pound junior scored a huge upset over No. 8 Ryan Flaherty, 3-1, and then went on to win his second match of the weekend, 9-2, over Zach Garren of N.C. State. Byrd claimed his second victory on very little rest as the match against N.C. State took place just 14 hours after the team returned home from Madison. For Byrd, the win over Wisconsin's Flaherty was his third upset of the season. He improved to 14-4 on the season.
This is Byrd's first career Wrestler of the Week selection. He is the first Illini grappler to claim the weekly honor since Alex Tirapelle on January 2, 2004.