A Dozen Years of Dominance
Big Ten wrestling has dominated the national scene over the past 12 years, highlighted by its efforts at the 2008 NCAA Championships

by Jeff Smith

Over the span of March 20-22, 2008, the Big Ten and its wrestling squads threw a party, and were generous to invite the rest of the nation to attend. Yes, the party was officially named the 2008 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, and the words “Big Ten” were nowhere to be found in the title, on signs, or even on the trophies. Yet when the dust settled inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis Mo., it was in fact, The Big Ten Party.

“When you have a conference where institutions have fully-funded programs, people want to be part of that,” Tom Ryan, Ohio State head coach, said of the Big Ten atmosphere. “I feel the competition has gotten much tougher since I was at Iowa.”

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