November 27, 2007
Big Ten Network to Televise Minnesota-Iowa State Wrestling Meet Live in HD
Sunday's dual matchup features nation's top-ranked teams
CHICAGO – The Big Ten Network will televise the dual wrestling meet between No. 1 Minnesota and No. 2 Iowa State live at 2 PM CT Sunday from Minneapolis. The meet will be televised in high definition.
"It doesn't get any bigger than No. 1 vs. No. 2," Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman said, "and we're honored to bring a live national telecast of this event to more than 30 million homes."
The Golden Gophers, last year's NCAA champions, have won 23 consecutive dual meets, dating back to Nov. 25, 2006. They are ranked first in every national wrestling poll.
Minnesota (3-0) enters the match with a perfect dual record following convincing victories against Northern Illinois, Northern Colorado and North Dakota State, a shutout. Iowa State (5-0) was last year's NCAA runner-up.
The two teams met twice last season in dual competition. The Gophers were victorious both times, winning 19-13 in Ames and 24-11 in Minneapolis.
The Gophers are the two-time defending Big Ten champions while the Cyclones are the defending Big 12 champions.
This event marks the first of 10 wrestling meets to air on the Big Ten Network this season. The full schedule will be announced once dates and times are finalized.
Earlier this fall, the Big Ten Network became the first new network in cable or satellite television history to reach 30 million homes in its first 30 days. The network is available through DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-Verse, Insight Communications, WideOpenWest, RCN, Service Electric and more than 160 other cable operators.