Champaign, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference released brackets on Friday for all 10 weight classes of this weekend's wrestling championships at Assembly Hall.
Nine Husker wrestlers earned pre-seedings by the conference: Shawn Nagel (No. 8 at 133), Ridge Kiley (No. 6 at 141), Jake Sueflohn (No. 4 at 149), James Green (No. 4 at 157), Austin Wilson (No. 8 at 165), Robert Kokesh (No. 3 at 174), Josh Ihnen (No. 3 at 184), Caleb Kolb (No. 11 at 197) and Spencer Johnson (No. 9 at HWT). Kiley, Sueflohn, Green and Kokesh earned first-round byes in their respective weight classes.
At 125 pounds, Eric Coufal will face No. 3-seed Jesse Delgado of Illinois in the first round. Nagel will take on Michigan's Rossi Bruno at 133 pounds for a spot against Ohio State's Logan Stieber in the quarterfinals. At 165 pounds, Wilson battles No. 9-seed Mark Martin of Ohio State and the winner will meet Penn State's David Taylor in the quarterfinals.
Ihnen (184) is matched up against Michigan's Chris Heald in the first round, with the winner facing No. 6-seed Tony Dallago of Illinois. At 197 pounds, Kolb is set to wrestle No. 6-seed Nathan Burak of Iowa in the first round for a spot against No. 3-seed Mario Gonzalez of Illinois. Johnson will meet No. 8-seed Ben Apland of Michigan at heavyweight for a chance to grapple with Minnesota's Tony Nelson in the quarterfinals.
Full brackets can be downloaded above and the tournament website is at: http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/ill-big10-12-wrestl-championships.html. Saturday's first session starts at 10 a.m. CT and will be available on Big Ten Digital Network with a subscription required. Check Huskers.com and the tournament website for updates throughout the Big Ten Championships.