What to watch this week: NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals, ranked Big Ten showdowns

By Richard Immel, USA Wrestling | Jan. 03, 2017, 7:10 p.m. (ET)
 
 NCAA finalist T.J. Dudley and Nebraska host defending NCAA 
champions Penn State in the feature dual of the week.
Photo: Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com.
With holiday tournaments coming to a close, the college dual-meet season picks up in a major way this week with conference showdowns looming and six duals pitting top-20 teams against one another.

All six dual-meet matchups featuring ranked teams come out of the Big Ten Conference with the headliner taking place in Lincoln, Neb. at 3 p.m. (ET) on Sunday as No. 7 Nebraska looks to upend defending NCAA champion and current No. 2 Penn State. The Nittany Lions also travel to Minneapolis to battle fierce rival No. 13 Minnesota at 8 p.m. (ET) on Friday. Both of these duals can be viewed live on BTN Plus.

No. 3 Iowa and No. 15 Michigan take center stage on the Big Ten Network this Friday at 7 p.m. (ET). Fresh of a dominating victory at the 54th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, Iowa will get its first big dual-meet test of the season in Ann Arbor.

Fourth-ranked Ohio State is slated to face No. 17 Wisconsin on the road this Friday at 8 p.m. (ET) followed by a home dual against No. 11 Rutgers at Noon (ET) this Sunday. The Ohio State-Wisconsin match can be viewed live on BTN Plus while the Ohio State-Rutgers match will be televised live on Big Ten Network.

The talented Scarlet Knights also play host to two-time NCAA champion Isaiah Martinez and No. 12 Illinois at 7 p.m. (ET) on Friday. BTN Plus will live stream the event.

The Pac-12 Network will broadcast its first conference dual meet of the new year as No. 19 Arizona State hosts Cal Poly at 4 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. The match will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Arizona and Pac12.com. The Pac-12 Network will replay the match several times throughout the following week.

Other ranked teams that can be seen in dual-meet action this week are No. 6 Virginia Tech, No. 20 South Dakota State, No. 14 Central Michigan, No. 21 Appalachian State and No. 22 Northern Iowa.

The most important tournament of the weekend features 88 of the top NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, NJCAA and WCWA teams converging on Fort Wayne, Ind. for the NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals. All the action can be viewed live on Trackwrestling this Friday and Saturday.

For a complete listing of available wrestling broadcasts this week and throughout the year visit the USA Wrestling broadcast schedule. 

WRESTLING EVENTS TO WATCH THIS WEEK
Full Wrestling Broadcast Schedule

No. 3 Iowa vs. No. 15 Michigan
Date: January 6
Time: 7 p.m. (ET)
Watch: Big Ten Network

No. 11 Rutgers vs. No. 4 Ohio State
Date: January 8
Time: 12 p.m. (ET)
Watch: Big Ten Network

Cal Poly vs. No. 19 Arizona State
Date: January 8
Time: 4 p.m. (ET)
Watch: Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Live

NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals
Date: January 5-6
Time: 9 a.m. (ET) Both Days
Watch: Trackwrestling

Wyoming vs. American
Date: January 6
Time: 3 p.m. (ET)
Watch: Patriot League Network

Army West Point vs. American
Date: January 6
Time: 5 p.m. (ET)
Watch: Patriot League Network

North Carolina vs. American
Date: January 6
Time: 7 p.m. (ET)
Watch: Patriot League Network

No. 6 Virginia Tech vs. Princeton
Date: January 6
Time: 7 p.m. (ET)
Watch: Ivy League Digital Network

Ohio vs. Eastern Michigan
Date: January 6
Time: 7 p.m. (ET)
Watch: ESPN 3

No. 12 Illinois vs. No. 11 Rutgers
Date: January 6
Time: 7 p.m. (ET)
Watch: BTN Plus

No. 2 Penn State vs. No. 13 Minnesota
Date: January 6
Time: 8 p.m. (ET)
Watch: BTN Plus

No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 17 Wisconsin
Date: January 6
Time: 8 p.m. (ET)
Watch: BTN Plus

Northern Colorado vs. North Dakota State
Date: January 6
Time: 8 p.m. (ET)
Watch: NDSU All-Access

Boise State vs. No. 20 South Dakota State
Date: January 6
Time: 8 p.m. (ET)
Watch: Flowrestling

Columbia vs. Buffalo
Date: January 7
Time: 1 p.m. (ET)
Watch: ESPN 3

No. 12 Illinois vs. Maryland
Date: January 8
Time: 11 a.m. (ET)
Watch: BTN Plus

Old Dominion vs. Eastern Michigan
Date: January 8
Time: 12 p.m. (ET)
Watch: ESPN 3

No. 3 Iowa vs. Michigan State
Date: January 8
Time: 1 p.m. (ET)
Watch: BTN Plus

Navy vs. Maryland
Date: January 8
Time: 1 p.m. (ET)
Watch: BTN Plus

No. 14 Central Michigan vs. Ohio
Date: January 8
Time: 1 p.m. (ET)
Watch: ESPN 3

The Citadel/Clarion vs. No. 21 Appalachian State
Date: January 8
Time: 2 p.m. (ET)
Watch: App State TV

Sacred Heart vs. Buffalo
Date: January 8
Time: 2 p.m. (ET)
Watch: ESPN 3

Campbell vs. Chattanooga
Date: January 8
Time: 2 p.m. (ET)
Watch: Mocs Vision

Northern Illinois vs. No. 22 Northern Iowa
Date: January 8
Time: 2 p.m. (ET)
Watch: Flowrestling

No. 2 Penn State vs. No. 7 Nebraska
Date: January 8
Time: 3 p.m. (ET)
Watch: BTN Plus

Boise State vs. North Dakota State
Date: January 8
Time: 3 p.m. (ET)
Watch: NDSU All-Access

Northern Colorado vs. No. 20 South Dakota State
Date: January 8
Time: 3 p.m. (ET)
Watch: Flowrestling

Purdue vs. Northwestern
Date: January 8
Time: 3 p.m. (ET)
Watch: BTN Plus

No. 6 Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina
Date: January 8
Time: 7 p.m. (ET)
Watch: ACC Network Extra