Big Ten Network to air EAS Sports Nutrition Div. I National Duals on Monday, Feb. 17

By Jason Bryant NWCA | Feb. 13, 2014, 6:12 p.m. (ET)
The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced two live airings of the upcoming EAS Sports Nutrition/NWCA Division I National Duals presented by Hibiclens and the United States Marine Corps in honor of Cliff Keen.

The Big Ten Network will air one semifinal round live at 1 p.m. Eastern on Monday, February 17 and will come back to air the championship finals at 4 p.m. Eastern later the same day.

Big Ten schools Minnesota, Ohio State and Illinois are in the 14-team field this season.

Tim Johnson, Jim Gibbons and Shane Sparks will provide commentary and on-site interviews as they have all season long.With the Big Ten seeking its eighth-straight national championship, BTN’s 2013-14 wrestling coverage, presented by returning sponsor Cliff Keen Athletic, is the most extensive in network history.

“We’re extremely pleased to be working with the Big Ten Network again this year for distribution of the National Duals,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “Last year at Minnesota, the Big Ten Network stepped up and got the event streamed, and now they’re going beyond that to provide the wrestling community two of the nation’s exciting duals that will culminate in a national dual meet championship.”

Minnesota is the defending Division I National Duals Champion. The Golden Gophers are ranked No. 1 in the most recent USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll.

Launched in 2007, the Big Ten Network is in more than 52 million homes across the United States and Canada, including carriage by all the major video distributors.. In total, BTN and the Big Ten Digital Network, will provide live coverage for more than 50 wrestling events this season.

“The wrestling community has really benefitted from the creation of the Big Ten Network,” said Moyer. “In the past, we’d only see it in a few pockets around the country. The Big Ten Network has the ability to bring the drama of a dual meet championship into the homes of wrestling fans nationwide like never before.”

The first day of action will be streamed live on Flowrestling.org as part of the Flo Pro subscription service. Flowrestling will also provide live streams of the other second semifinal and the third-place match.

Matchups
Seed listed first, USA Today/NWCA Ranking in parenthesis

#1 (1) Minnesota first-round bye
#8 (19) Chattanooga vs. #9 (20) North Dakota State, 1 p.m.
#5 (17) Iowa State vs. #12 Kent State, 1 p.m.
#4 (13) Ohio State vs. #13 Hofstra, 1 p.m.
#3 (10) Oklahoma vs. #14 Bloomsburg, 3 p.m.
#6 (18) Illinois vs. #11 Central Michigan, 3 p.m.
#7 (16) Virginia Tech vs. #10 (25) Oregon State, 3 p.m.
#2 (4) Cornell first-round bye

Schedule

Sunday, February 16

Preliminaries – 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Consolations – 5 p.m.
Quarterfinals – 7 p.m.

Monday, February 17
Semifinals & Consolations – 1 p.m. (One semifinal live on BTN)
Finals & Third Place – 4 p.m. (Finals live on BTN)

About the NWCA
Founded in 1928, the NWCA strives to promote and provide leadership for the advancement of amateur wrestling, primarily at the scholastic and collegiate levels. The association is headquartered in Manheim, Pa. The three core competencies are coaching development, student-wrestler welfare, and promotion/advocacy. The NWCA has 10,000 members and educational programs that serve 230,000 students each year.

About the Big Ten Network
A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, BTN is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With more than 800 events, all in HD, the 24/7 network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. BTN2Go is the 24/7 simulcast of BTN that delivers live and on-demand programming via the internet, smartphones and tablets to customers of participating video providers. Events include football, men’s and women’s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Olympic sports and championship events; studio shows; and classic games. The network televises and streams more Olympic sporting events and women’s sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities. The groundbreaking Student U initiative provides real-world experience for students interested in careers in sports television. The network is available to more than 90 million homes across the United States and Canada, and currently has agreements with more than 300 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Atlantic Broadband, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Rogers Cable (Canada), Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. For additional information, go to www.BTN.com.

About EAS Sports Nutrition
Abbott, a global health care company and maker of EAS products, has more than 85 years of innovation in leading-edge nutritional science. Whether you are an elite athlete, fitness enthusiast or weekend warrior, EAS develops performance nutrition products that can help you play hard and recover strong. A brand you can trust, EAS and its team of scientists, researchers and all-around fitness enthusiasts take pride in making products that are impactful, clean and safe – so you can keep pushing yourself to the next level. Visit EAS.com or facebook.com/EASbrand.

About the United States Marine Corps
On November 10, 1775, the Marine Corps was established by the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since then, the Marine Corps, through service on land, in air, and at sea, have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term “Marine” has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue. Whether facing our nation’s foes or conducting humanitarian relief and disaster recovery operations at home or abroad, today’s Marine Corps stands ready to continue in the same proud tradition of faithful service to the United States. For more information, visit http://www.Marines.com.

About Hibiclens
Hibiclens is an antiseptic antimicrobial skin cleanser possessing bactericidal properties that can be part of an effective defense for preventing the spread of skin infections. Its active ingredient works in a unique way — it kills germs on contact and bonds to the skin to keep killing microorganisms up to 6 hours after washing. Hibiclens® has been proven to kill MRSA (in vitro) and other staph infections.

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