2019 Midlands finals setup (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
CHICAGO, Ill. - The 58th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, the nation's premier non-conference wrestling tournament, returns this year on Dec. 29-30 and will be available exclusively on B1G+.
In addition to assembling the top men's wrestlers from more than 35 teams across the country, the Midlands will also make history this year by adding a women's division. For the first time ever, more than 150 women's wrestlers from 11 different schools will participate in the championships and wrestle on Dec. 30.
Big Ten Network veteran wrestling broadcasters Shane Sparks and Jim Gibbons will anchor the four sessions on B1G+. For sessions one and two on Dec. 29, B1G+ will feature 10 individual mat cameras as well as a whip-around coverage focused on best action at a given moment. On Dec. 30, B1G+ will once again be home to individual mat cameras for both the men's and women's divisions in sessions three and four, along with the whip-around feed.
For fans interested in streaming the Midlands, more than 40 Big Ten duals this winter and Big Ten wrestling championships coverage it the spring, an annual wrestling pass is available on B1G+ for 15% off ($59.49) when using the code 'MIDLANDS'. To subscribe, visit www.bigtenplus.com, click on subscribe and choose the wrestling sport pass. After you create a B1G+ account, enter code 'MIDLANDS' under the payment details.
Eight Big Ten teams, including seven ranked in Intermat's top 25, are scheduled to compete. The list includes No. 1 Iowa, No. 4 Michigan, No. 12 Rutgers, No. 15 Northwestern, No. 16 Wisconsin, No. 17 Illinois, No. 18 Purdue and Indiana.
Additional 2021 Midlands coverage can be found on the B1G Wrestling Instagram page and Big Ten Network YouTube wrestling page.
Midlands Championships Schedule
Wednesday Dec. 29
Session 1: B1G+ (10:30 a.m)
Wednesday Dec. 29
Session 2: B1G+ (8 p.m.)
Thursday Dec. 30
Session 3: B1G+ (Noon)
Thursday Dec. 30
Session 4: B1G+ (7 p.m.)
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