Big Ten Network announces record-breaking wrestling schedule for 2019-20

By BTN | Oct. 17, 2019, 1:29 p.m. (ET)
Most matches in network history; New B1G Story featuring Iowa’s Alex Marinelli

CHICAGO, Ill. – With the Big Ten seeking its 14th consecutive wrestling national championship, BTN will bring fans along for the ride with the most wrestling coverage in network history – a 40% increase from last season.

BTN’s schedule begins with a non-conference matchup as No. 17 Virginia Tech heads to Columbus on Nov. 17 at noon ET to face the No. 4 Buckeyes and includes the Big Ten Championships, a Super Saturday dual between Rutgers and No. 7 Michigan from Madison Square Garden, a battle of last year’s top-two team finishers at the NCAA tournament in No. 1 Penn State and Ohio State and a primetime matchup between the top-ranked Nittany Lions and No. 2 Iowa on Friday, Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. ET. Jim Gibbons, Tim Johnson and Shane Sparks will once again anchor BTN’s coverage.

“The Big Ten is home to the most dominant wrestling programs in the country and that distinction has made wrestling the fourth most-watched sport on BTN,” said BTN President François McGillicuddy. “Our goal is to continue to showcase and amplify Big Ten Wrestling, including an increase in our live event broadcasts, a commitment to original storytelling and an investment in on-campus digital content.”

BTN will debut a new wrestling-centric episode of The B1G Story, a documentary-style program produced by the Emmy-nominated BTN Originals team. At 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 1, The B1G Story: Alex & Eli will explore the friendship and bond of Iowa wrestler Alex Marinelli and former Wisconsin wrestler, Eli Stickley.

According to FloWrestling’s rankings, the Big Ten has nine teams ranked in the top 25. Four-time defending national champion and No. 1 Penn State is looking for its ninth title in the past 10 seasons, but will face stiff competition from No. 2 Iowa, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 7 Michigan, No. 9 Nebraska, No. 11 Minnesota, No. 16 Northwestern and No. 24 Illinois.

Additionally, BTN+ will carry nearly 100 matches, also a new record-high. A portion of those streamed events will be televised on delay on BTN as part of the Student U initiative.

All televised matches and The B1G Story can be streamed exclusively on the FOX Sports app.

BTN’s wrestling schedule is below and is also subject to change.

2019 BTN/FOX Sports App Wrestling Schedule

Day

Date

Visiting Team

Home Team

Time (ET)

Sunday

November 17, 2019

Virginia Tech

at

Ohio State

12:00 PM

Sunday

December 1, 2019

Wisconsin

at

Iowa

8:00 PM

Sunday

January 5, 2020

Oregon State

at

Michigan

4:00 PM

Friday

January 10, 2020

Wisconsin

at

Minnesota

9:00 PM

Friday

January 17, 2020

Ohio State

at

Wisconsin

9:00 PM

Saturday

January 18, 2020

Indiana

at

Northwestern

2:30 PM

Saturday

January 18, 2020

Nebraska

at

Iowa

9:00 PM

Sunday

January 19, 2020

Maryland

at

Michigan State

3:00 PM

Friday

January 24, 2020

Penn State

at

Nebraska

7:00 PM

Friday

January 24, 2020

Ohio State

at

Iowa

9:00 PM

Sunday

January 26, 2020

Ohio State

at

Minnesota

8:30 PM

Friday

January 31, 2020

Penn State

at

Iowa

9:00 PM

Saturday

February 1, 2020

Rutgers*

vs.

Michigan*

1:00 PM

Friday

February 7, 2020

Penn State

at

Wisconsin

9:00 PM

Saturday

February 8, 2020

Iowa

at

Michigan

8:00 PM

Sunday

February 9, 2020

Penn State

at

Minnesota

2:00 PM

Friday

February 14, 2020

Michigan

at

Nebraska

9:00 PM

Saturday

February 15, 2020

Ohio State

at

Penn State

7:30 PM

Saturday

February 15, 2020

Minnesota

at

Iowa

9:30 PM

Sunday

February 16, 2020

Purdue

at

Illinois

2:00 PM

Sunday

February 16, 2020

Michigan

at

Wisconsin

4:00 PM

Thursday

February 20, 2020

Northern Iowa

at

Wisconsin

9:00 PM

Sunday

February 23, 2020

Oklahoma State

at

Iowa

8:00 PM

Sunday

March 8, 2020

B1G Championships

at

Rutgers

3:30 PM

*Match at Madison Square Garden