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Wisconsin wrestling: Big Ten announces preliminary seeds for conference championships

UW looks to have a couple of wrestlers that could make some noise in State College.

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Trent Hillger (285 pound) at last year’s Big Ten Championships
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The Big Ten Wrestling Championships will take place March 6-7, 2021, at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. with Penn State serving as host. For Wisconsin Badgers wrestling fans, who sadly won’t be allowed in attendance, this should be a fun weekend on Big Ten Network. For the first time, BTN and Big Ten Network+ will offer live linear and streaming coverage of all four sessions at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships. Linear coverage on the Big Ten Network is also available on the FOX Sports app.

As we have noted throughout the season, the Big Ten is the most difficult and talented conference in the country for wrestling. The Badgers haven’t had the season they’d hoped for (1-6-0 and finishing No. 12 in the conference) as a team, but a number of individual wrestlers are hoping to perform well and earn an invitation to the NCAA Tournament.

Here is where each UW wrestler is pre-seeded for the upcoming championships:

125: No. 6 Eric Barnett
133: No. 10 Kyle Burwick
141: No. 14 Dominic Dentino
149: No. 12 Drew Scharenbrock
157: No. 8 Garrett Model
165: No. 14 Josh Otto
174: No. 8 Jared Krattiger
184: No. 2 Chris Weiler
197: No. 14 Andrew Salemme
285: No. 6 Trent Hillger

UW’s best chance for a Big Ten title is at 184 with Weiler. Unfortunately, the No. 1 seed in his weight class is Penn State’s Aaron Brooks who won the weight class last year as a freshman. Check out Off Tackle Emprie’s preview for more info.

The Iowa Hawkeyes boast four top-seeded wrestlers, with 125-pounder Spencer Lee, 141-pounder Jaydin Eierman, 165-pounder Alex Marinelli and 174-pounder Michael Kemerer. Minnesota’s Gable Steveson (285), Nebraska’s Eric Schultz (197), Northwestern’s Ryan Deakin (157), Ohio State’s Sammy Sasso (149), along with Penn State’s Roman Bravo-Young (133) and Brooks (184) round out the group of top-ranked grapplers.

Here are the full seeds.