March 6, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Postseason action for Hoosier Wrestling begins on March 9 at the Big Ten Championships, hosted by the University of Illinois inside Assembly Hall.
Big Ten Wrestling Championships Central
The conference tournament will qualify 74 wrestlers for the NCAA Championships, the most of any league in the country. The next closest conference, the EIWA, earned just 45 automatic bids to the NCAAs. FightingIllini.com will be streaming each mat live for Saturday's action free of charge. Meanwhile, BTDN on IUHoosiers.com is set to stream all the action (fee) with the Big Ten Network broadcasting the Championships Finals starting at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday (March 10).
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INDIANA'S EXPECTED LINE-UP; National Rankings (RPI/Coaches Panel)
HOOSIER HISTORY AT THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
125 lbs - Joe Duca, r-So., (13-14)
133 lbs - Alonzo Shepherd, Fr., (5-10)
141 lbs - Alexander Gregory, r-Fr., (5-12)
149 lbs - Preston Keiffer, r-So., (2-8)
157 lbs - 5th-seeded Taylor Walsh, r-So., (27-7); 14/12
165 lbs - 7th-seeded Ryan LeBlanc, r-Jr., (19-6); 11/19
174 lbs - Cheney Dale, r-So., (8-18)
184 lbs - 7th-seeded Luke Sheridan, So., (21-11); -/31
197 lbs - none
285 lbs - 6th-seeded Adam Chalfant, r-Jr., (22-7); 18/15
Forty-one Hoosiers have won a total of 53 Big Ten individual titles over the years, the first coming in 1923 (Omar Held) and latest by Angel Escobedo
in 2010, his third consecutive conference crown.
PEAKING AT THE RIGHT TIME
Luke Sheridan has come alive in the past few weeks, ripping off eight consecutive victories overall and five straight wins in the Big Ten. His hot streak includes a pair of wins over nationally-ranked opponents.
ON PACE TO BE REMEMBERED
Amid just his second season competing for the Cream and Crimson, Taylor Walsh is racking up career win and fall totals that could etch his named into the all-time record books at IU.
Entering the weekend, Walsh owns 56 overall victories and 21 pins. The top-10 starts at 114 career wins and 31 falls.
Each of IU's three returning NCAA Qualifiers are ranked amongst the country's elite once again this season. True sophomore Luke Sheridan joined the Hoosier trio late in the season, coming in at #31. Here's where they stack up this week:
#12 Taylor Walsh (157 lbs.)
#13 Adam Chalfant (285 lbs.)
#17 Ryan LeBlanc (165 lbs.)
#31 Luke Sheridan (184 lbs.)
SPEAKING OF RANKINGS
The same four Hoosiers could be found in the final NCAA RPI & Coaches Panel Rankings. Here's how they shook out (RPI/Coaches Panel:
Taylor Walsh (14/12)
Ryan LeBlanc (11/19)
Adam Chalfant (18/15)
Luke Sheridan (-/31)
BEAT THE BEST TO BE THE BEST
Taylor Walsh and Adam Chalfant have combined to defeat nine nationally-ranked wrestlers this season. Walsh owns a 5-5 mark against the country's elite while Chalfant has recorded a quartet of triumphs over fellow ranked opponents. True sophomore Luke Sheridan has handed a pair of defeats to ranked-foes in the last month.
BIG TEN DOING BIG THINGS
As a conference, the Big Ten finished a combined 85-27 in 112 non-conference duals so far during the 2012-13 campaign, good for a 75.9 winning percentage.