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Big Ten Wrestling Standings 2/10/2015

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There are 23 days until Big Ten Wrestling Championships. Let's take a look at the conference standings.

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Half of the league has already concluded their full 9-dual conference slate.  Just over three weeks remain until weigh-ins at the Big Ten Conference Championships.  Let's take a look at the team standings, and individual seeding possibilities.  As always, all rankings are courtesy of the fine fellas at InterMat.

Team Standings

School Conf.Record Overall Record
Natl Rank
Iowa 8-0 13-0 1
Nebraska 8-1 11-1 10
Ohio State 8-1 12-3 3
Minnesota 7-2 11-2 4
Wisconsin 7-2 9-3 18
Penn State 6-3 10-3 6
Illinois 6-3 12-4 11
Michigan 4-4 6-5 17
Rutgers 2-7 12-7 23
Purdue 1-7 8-8 24
Northwestern 1-7 9-8 25
Michigan State 0-7 9-8 NR
Maryland 0-8 5-14 NR
Indiana 0-7 2-8 NR

Right off the bat, we see the inherent problem with a 9-dual schedule for a 14-team conference.  The #10 Cornhuskers are 8-1, but guess which four Big Ten foes they missed?  That would be Iowa, Ohio State, Minnesota, and Penn State - the four highest ranked teams.  How convenient.  At the opposite end of the scale is Rutgers.  Their nine duals included all of the top 7 squads in the conference, plus Northwestern (who has been ranked as highly as 9th nationally this season) and Maryland.  Woof.  Fortunately for them, the Knights return practically their entire squad next season.  Expect them to climb the conference ladder quickly in 2015/16.

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Seed Natl Rank Wrestler School Overall Conf Total Conf.Duals Bonus%
1 1 Delgado Illinois 5-0 3-0 3-0 40%
2 5 Gilman Iowa 16-1 11-0 9-0 76%
3 7 Tomasello Ohio State 21-4 10-1 8-1 58%
4 12 Lambert Nebraska 16-6 10-1 8-1 21%
5 8 Conaway Penn State 22-4 7-3 7-2 46%
6 20 Youtsey Michigan 17-9 7-5 6-2 19%
7 NR McCabe Rutgers 9-8 4-4 4-4 13%
8 NR White jNW 12-12 4-4 4-4 12%
US NR Rogaliner Sparty 9-10 4-5 1-5 26%
US NR Lizak Minnesota 12-7 3-4 1-3 40%
US NR Assad Purdue 6-13 1-5 0-2 14%
US NR Cavallaris Wisconsin 0-3 0-3 0-3 0%
US NR Polacek Maryland 4-12 0-6 0-5 6%
US NR Forfeit Indiana NA NA NA NA

Our Guy: Jordan looks like a lock for the 5-seed at Big Tens.  He's beaten both of the guys immediately behind him, and lost to the three immediately in front of him. That would give Jordan a quarterfinal rematch with Nebraska's #12 Lambert (who upset Jordan at the Scuffle but just lost to Michigan's Youtsey), and a semi-final match with #1 Delgado, who is wearing a giant shoulder harness and clearly wrestling with one arm right now.

Estimated NCAA Bids: 6

Overall: If you have BTN Plus, go watch Delgado wrestle Wisconsin's Jimenez/Cavallaris, and see if you agree with me that the defending national champ has one arm.

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Seed Natl Rank Wrestler School Overall Conference Conf.Duals Bonus%
1 1 Dardanes Minnesota 16-0 6-0 5-0 55%
2 7 Taylor Wisconsin 12-1 8-0 8-0 61%
3 10 DiJulius Ohio State 20-2 6-2 6-2 43%
4 5 Gulibon Penn State 16-4 8-2 7-2 22%
5 11 Sabatello Purdue 20-6 7-4 5-2 30%
6 8 Richards Illinois 18-4 10-4 6-3 35%
7 18 DelVecchio Rutgers 15-6 5-4 5-4 25%
8 6 Clark Iowa 10-4 6-4 3-4 46%
9 9 Bruno Michigan 11-6 3-5 1-2 20%
10 NR Montoya Nebraska 12-9 5-5 5-4 24%
US 20 Alexander Maryland 11-7 4-6 3-5 20%
US NR Malone jNW 16-14 2-7 2-6 27%
US NR Esquivel Sparty 8-8 2-4 1-3 18%
US NR Sheppard Indiana 2-13 0-8 0-7 6%

Our Guy: Jimmy's gutsy win over Iowa's Clark moves him clear of most of the jumble at this weight.  Not all of it, though.  I have him as the 4-seed, but he's beaten 3-seed DiJulius and lost to 5-seed Sabatello.  So prepare for a little movement come tournament time.

Estimated NCAA Bids: 10

Overall: Look out for Wisconsin's Taylor.  He destroyed Illinois' Zane Richards by tech fall, using a simple throw by for a bunch of takedowns, and getting back points from a tilt out of a mat return.  Dude is definitely country strong, and would seem to match up well with Minnesota's Dardanes (who sat out both of his matches this weekend).

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Seed Natl Rank Wrestler School Overall Conference Conf.Duals Bonus%
1 1 Stieber Ohio State 19-0 9-0 8-0 84%
2 8 Abidin Nebraska 18-2 10-0 9-0 41%
3 4 Dardanes Minnesota 16-2 7-1 6-1 42%
4 9 Ashnault Rutgers 17-4 7-4 7-2 40%
5 6 Dziewa Iowa 14-5 7-4 4-3 40%
6 12 Rodrigues Illinois 13-7 7-3 6-3 25%
7 NR Moss Penn State 16-12 3-7 3-5 27%
8 NR Lawrence Purdue 15-12 3-5 3-4 19%
US NR Fisher Michigan 17-13 5-8 3-5 29%
US NR Oster jNW 14-11 3-6 3-5 38%
US NR Brown Maryland 13-9 6-6 3-5 28%
US NR Thielke Wisconsin 3-7 2-6 2-6 18%
US NR Gasca Sparty 9-4 1-4 0-2 44%
US NR Brown Indiana 8-13 0-7 0-6 16%

Our Guy: None of us knew it, but apparently Kade was not cleared to wrestle Jeva in the BJC match until just before weigh-ins.  "Cleared" of what?  I have no idea, but that's the phrasing Cael used in his post-match presser.  Let's hope it's nothing serious.  Kade's made giant leaps forward this year, and I'd like to see him keep that rolling.

Estimated NCAA Bids: 6

Overall: Goldy's Nick Dardanes gave Logan Stieber his first match of the season, dropping a 10-9 nail biter over the weekend (Minnesota lost the dual to Ohio State).

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Seed Natl Rank Wrestler School Overall Conference Conf.Duals Bonus%
1 2 Sorensen Iowa 18-1 11-0 7-0 48%
2 3 Tsirtsis jNW 26-1 9-1 7-1 37%
3 13 Pantaleo Michigan 14-4 7-1 7-1 28%
4 17 Theobold Rutgers 19-5 9-3 7-2 27%
5 18 Beitz Penn State 13-7 6-4 6-3 26%
6 6 Stieber Ohio State 1-2 1-1 1-1 0%
7 NR Arthur Nebraska 13-9 5-5 4-5 9%
8 NR Langenderfer Illinois 12-10 4-7 3-6 32%
9 NR Lubeck Wisconsin 5-8 3-6 2-6 0%
US NR Nelsen Purdue 14-10 5-7 2-5 33%
US NR Short Minnesota 10-8 2-5 2-5 9%
US NR Trimble Sparty 5-11 1-6 1-5 9%
US NR Moody Indiana 3-13 1-6 1-6 5%
US NR Dorsay Maryland 1-8 1-5 1-4 9%

Our Guy: Zack's been wrestling well.  He's proven that he's right there with the top guys in this weight.  Just a little bit more, and he can start knocking them off.  I like his chances this post season.

Estimated NCAA Bids: 5

Overall: We have the same problem here as we've had for the last few weeks.  We don't project many NCAA bids for Big Tens, yet the field is loaded with past qualifiers who are having uneven seasons (or, no season at all, like Hunter Stieber).  That could make this weight class awfully entertaining, or frightening, depending upon your perspective.

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Seed Natl Rank Wrestler School Overall Conference Conf.Duals Bonus%
1 2 Martinez Illinois 22-0 11-0 9-0 72%
2 1 Ness Minnesota 20-0 8-0 8-0 60%
3 3 Green Nebraska 18-3 8-3 7-2 45%
4 10 Murphy Michigan 18-9 9-3 6-2 11%
5 11 Welch Purdue 21-7 9-4 5-2 12%
6 8 Alton Penn State 7-3 3-1 2-1 20%
7 12 Demas Ohio State 9-4 4-4 2-4 0%
8 14 Perrotti Rutgers 13-6 3-4 3-3 43%
US 16 Kelly Iowa 11-5 7-5 3-4 22%
US NR Mascola Maryland 12-11 6-7 3-5 25%
US NR Donar Wisconsin 9-9 2-4 2-4 15%
US NR Blanton Indiana 7-11 3-6 2-3 12%
US NR Curley Sparty 3-7 0-4 0-2 11%
US NR Sullivan jNW 4-12 0-7 0-6 23%

Our Guy: It sounded like Dylan wanted to go on Sunday, but the staff chose to give him a little more rest.  As much as I'd have liked to have seen Dylan beat on Iowa's Mike Kelly, and give PSU a shot at beating Iowa, holding him out was the right call.  It's the post-season that matters for Dylan.

Estimated NCAA Bids: 6

Overall: Dylan Ness barely survived Ohio State's Demas this weekend, and Rutgers' Perrotti has won three straight to climb out of the basement and into the seeds.  That, by my estimation, puts Iowa's Kelly on the seeding bubble.

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Seed Natl Rank Wrestler School Overall Conference Conf.Duals Bonus%
1 2 I.Jordan Wisconsin 16-0 9-0 8-0 68%
2 5 B.Jordan Ohio State 13-0 9-0 8-0 62%
3 8 Morse Illinois 19-4 7-4 6-3 44%
4 7 Harger jNW 22-5 7-4 6-2 41%
5 9 Moore Iowa 10-5 7-4 5-2 50%
6 6 Walsh Indiana 22-4 11-3 4-3 63%
7 10 Massa Michigan 9-5 3-4 3-3 33%
8 17 Wanzek Minnesota 13-8 3-4 3-4 32%
US 18 Hammond Penn State 19-9 6-4 5-4 44%
US NR Wilson Nebraska 11-10 5-4 5-4 24%
US NR Visicaro Rutgers 4-8 2-6 1-5 7%
US NR Wildmo Sparty 12-12 1-7 0-5 33%
US NR Robinson Purdue 9-12 1-6 1-6 13%
US NR Mannion Maryland 1-14 0-8 0-7 12%

Our Guy: Wow.  That's a memory that will last a lifetime.  Congratulations, Garett.

Estimated NCAA Bids: 7

Overall: With each passing week, this weight looks more and more like a Jordan vs. Jordan final.  The rest of the spots are completely up in the air.  But the top two look pretty solid to me.

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Seed Natl Rank Wrestler School Overall Conference Conf.Duals Bonus%
1 1 Kokesh Nebraska 23-0 11-0 9-0 43%
2 2 Brown Penn State 22-2 9-1 9-0 68%
3 3 Evans Iowa 12-1 9-1 6-1 52%
4 4 Storley Minnesota 21-3 7-2 6-2 52%
5 10 Brunson Illinois 20-4 9-4 6-3 35%
6 15 Jackson Indiana 17-7 4-4 4-2 31%
7 13 Martin Ohio State 14-7 7-3 3-2 18%
8 NR Cousins Wisconsin 14-9 5-8 4-5 7%
US NR Bakuckas Rutgers 13-11 2-9 2-7 39%
US NR Proctor Sparty 6-10 2-5 2-3 8%
US NR Welch Purdue 14-13 3-8 2-5 14%
US NR Salazar Michigan 11-8 4-6 2-3 15%
US NR Snook Maryland 5-12 3-6 2-4 17%
US NR Forfeit jNW 0-0 0-0 0-0 0%


Our Guy: Has Penn State had a more consistent guy than Hulk Hands?  I'm not counting wrestling savants Taylor and Ruth, who are completely out of the ordinary.  And maybe that is the wrong question to ask, since there appear to be nothing but dedicated, hard working guys in that room.  But Matt Brown comes to freaking work every. single. day, doesn't he?

Estimated NCAA Bids: 7

Overall: It's the top four, and then everyone else.  It's been that way for two years now.

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Seed Natl Rank Wrestler School Overall Conference Conf.Duals Bonus%
1 8 Brooks Iowa 12-2 8-0 8-0 61%
2 20 Robertson Wisconsin 16-4 8-1 8-1 21%
3 15 Dudley Nebraska 15-6 7-4 7-1 25%
4 10 Courts Ohio State 14-4 7-3 7-2 32%
5 12 Abounader Michigan 14-6 7-2 6-2 19%
6 13 Pfarr Minnesota 18-7 8-3 6-3 35%
7 19 McCutcheon Penn State 19-10 7-4 5-4 32%
8 NR Reyes Illinois 11-8 5-4 5-4 20%
US NR Parfumi Rutgers 11-10 4-4 2-4 28%
US NR Kissel Purdue 12-9 3-6 1-6 16%
US NR Rizqallah Sparty 9-9 1-7 1-5 12%
US NR Sliga jNW 9-15 3-7 1-7 4%
US NR Masengale Indiana 6-14 0-5 0-5 13%
US NR Gardner Maryland 0-13 0-8 0-8 0%

Our Guy: I'm still firmly on the Matt McCutcheon bandwagon.

Estimated NCAA Bids: 7

Overall: Take a look at the 2, 3, and 4 seeds.  It's soft and gooey.  Matt can make a run at Big Tens.

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Seed Natl Rank Wrestler School Overall Conference Conf.Duals Bonus%
1 3 Snyder Ohio State 22-2 11-1 8-1 54%
2 4 McIntosh Penn State 21-2 10-1 8-1 45%
3 5 Schiller Minnesota 17-3 7-2 7-2 63%
4 6 Burak Iowa 9-2 5-2 3-2 26%
5 14 Studebaker Nebraska 15-6 9-3 7-2 36%
6 8 Huntley Michigan 15-5 4-5 3-3 45%
7 16 Polizzi jNW 20-7 6-4 4-4 41%
8 15 McCall Wisconsin 16-7 6-5 5-4 3%
US 9 Atwood Purdue 8-4 2-3 2-3 28%
US NR Koepke Illinois 13-11 4-7 4-5 11%
US NR McDiarmid Sparty 6-10 2-5 2-3 12%
US NR Campolattano Rutgers 1-4 1-4 1-4 0%
US NR Fitzgerald Maryland 6-14 1-8 1-7 21%
US NR Sheridan Indiana 12-12 0-7 0-6 37%

Our Guy: more than likely, Morg's secured at least the 2-seed.

Estimated NCAA Bids: 8

Overall: Ohio State's Snyder beat Goldy's Schiller this weekend with a last second takedown, 3-1.  So, he'll probably have the top seed, and Morg won't get a rematch unless they both make the final.

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Seed Natl Rank Wrestler School Overall Conference Bonus%
1 3 Medbery Wisconsin 21-1 11-1 9-0 68%
2 2 Telford Iowa 14-1 9-1 7-1 45%
3 4 McMullan jNW 18-2 6-2 6-1 48%
4 7 Coon Michigan 20-3 12-1 6-1 44%
5 6 Lawson Penn State 11-1 5-1 5-1 48%
6 17 Jensen Nebraska 11-9 6-6 5-4 25%
7 12 Myers Maryland 5-2 3-2 3-2 0%
8 NR Black Illinois 12-10 5-6 4-4 17%
9 13 Kroells Minnesota 16-11 6-6 4-5 21%
10 14 Smith Rutgers 10-6 3-6 3-6 26%
US 9 Tavanello Ohio State 13-7 0-3 0-2 45%
US NR Goldman Indiana 5-10 5-7 1-5 0%
US NR Nash Sparty 6-7 1-5 1-4 44%
US NR Robinson Purdue 1-2 1-2 1-2 0%

Our Guy: Asked by a reporter what he thought of how Jimmy Lawson did on Sunday, Cael replied, "well, he didn't really DO anything."   Cael softened his language after that, but he clearly felt the same frustration many of us here at BSD felt.  Heavyweight has been up in the air all season long.  It seems like it might continue through the end of the year.

Estimated NCAA Bids: 7

Overall: I gave Wisconsin's Medbery the top seed here, even though his loss came to Iowa's Telford, because I like that Medbery works to score points.