Even if you can’t make it to Northwestern University for the 50th edition of the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, you have multiple options to keep up with the action from this two-day college wrestling classic that’s been a post-Christmas tradition since 1963.
This year’s Midlands promises to be talent-rich, with nearly 100 of the nation’s ranked wrestlers expected to take to the mats Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s what you need to know to be “in the know” about the 2012 Midlands:
Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (suburban Chicago)
Schedule: All times Central:
- Saturday, Dec. 29: Session I starts at 9:30 a.m.; Session II begins at 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 30: Semifinals, Consolations, and 7th place matches begin at noon; Parade of Champions begins at 6:30 p.m… with finals (1st, 3rd and 5th-place matches) starting at 7:00 p.m.
Official website: Northwestern, host school for the 2012 Midlands, has a dedicated website, chock-full of facts, figures and history about this prestigious amateur wrestling event.
Audio: Takedown Wrestling will provide live, whistle-to-whistle audio coverage of all the action both Saturday and Sunday from Welsh-Ryan Arena. Scott Casber, Steve Foster, Jeff Murphy, Brad Johnson and Greg Zafros will provide the play-by-play, available at TheMat.com.
InterMat live blog: The amateur wrestling website InterMat will provide live coverage of the 2012 Midlands online at its website.
TheOpenMat/Amateur Wrestling News live coverage: The TOM/AWN website will provide both a live blog and live audio coverage of the Midlands at its website.
Twitter: Stay on top of the action thanks to @NU_Wrestle / @NU_SportsLIVE
TV: The Big Ten Network will provide live coverage of the 2012 Midlands finals at 7:00 p.m. Central.
Brackets/seeds: Official brackets for the 2012 Midlands were unveiled Saturday morning… while official seeds were announced Friday night. To see the complete list, visit TOM/AWN.
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