Another January weekend means another Big Ten slate of duals and other great matchups around the country.
Friday night's wrestling broadcast on the Big Ten Network features Ohio State at Michigan State. I'm not sure why we have to see the #3 team in the country face the eventual last place team in the Big Ten, but hey it'll be there. At 184, Kenny Courts (OSU) will take on John Rizqallah (MSU) in an interesting match.
Illinois travels to Iowa & Minnesota this weekend. It would be a heck of a time for Jesse Delgado to return to the sport of wrestling. He would face Thomas Gilman (Iowa) and then the struggling 125's for Minnesota. Gilman gave Delgado one of his only two losses last year on the way to his 2nd national championship. Delgado has actually wrestled this year, but it was just two matches he won against Rider and SIU-Edwardsville on Novermber 9th. Other matches on this road trip is the rematch of Zane Richards (Illinois) upset of Cory Clark (Iowa) at the Midlands, high powered undefeated 157's #1 Dylan Ness (Minnesota) vs #5 Isiah Martinez (Illinois), and a pair of 5th year seniors with the struggling #9 Nick Moore (Iowa) vs the having his best season #8 Jackson Morse. Zane Richards will also potentially face #1 Chris Dardanes (Minnesota) as well for a challenging weekend.
Rutgers will face Maryland in the battle of new Big Ten programs on Sunday. It's been a rude welcome to the toughest conference in the land for both programs. Now one of them can get a win and get some momentum going.
Virginia Tech will travel to Iowa State on Sunday in an interesting dual. Iowa State should win four matches and certainly could make the dual very close down to the wire.
We will write a full preview for Michigan and Ohio State on Sunday.