One of the sometimes glorious aspects of the sport of amateur wrestling is the relative smallness of its community. This can be hot and cold for its fans when it comes to coverage, as live cable video is a real rarity (women's basketball remains more popular, somehow, so one can slightly forgive the Big Ten Network for this unfortunate reality) and we're left to scour the Internet for second tier media like radio or live chats. But sometimes live video is available via a (usually paid) Internet stream and we get a real bonus: journalism students doing the 'analyst' and play-by-play commentary. This, as you might imagine, can provide a real range of experiences. Sometimes, we might get a former high school wrestler or mat girl, who is not only knowledgeable, but has a nice voice and is entertaining and enjoyable. Other times, well, you can kinda tell they've been rounded up out of desperation.
The BTN Student broadcast of the Penn State - Nebraska wresting match on February 3 at Nebraska Coliseum in Lincoln has gained a bit of message board infamy for the quality and hilarity of its student-led broadcast. Now, FOS contributor CowbellMan has taken it to new heights with this 13-minute video of the key highlights. Hopefully, it can serve as an amusing warning to those students embarking on covering a sport with which they may not be familiar to do more homework, like learning a few rules and some very basic vernacular, before so doing. Enjoy!