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Big Ten Championships Press Conference quotes

Northwestern Univ., Evanston, Ill. 4:30 p.m. Press Conference Tim Cysewski, Northwestern Univ. head coach "It is going to be wide open. Four or five teams will be challenging for the title. Individually, it is as deep as nine guys trying to qualify for seven slots and wildcards. There will be a lot of hard fought matches right from the get go. There will be some great athletes left behind. That the way this tournament goes. The Big Ten will leave some good kids home. This is the toughest conference in the nation." Our goal is to qualify as many as we can. We have a shot at five qualifiers. We have a young group this year. There are freshman and sophomores; I have just one junior on the team. For a lot of them, this is their first time at the Big Tens. Hosting the tournament is a big advantage for them. Sleeping in their own beds, knowing their surroundings. We'll see how it helps. We've been healthy for the last 6-7 weeks. I'm confident in their chances." J Robinson, Univ. of Minnesota head coach "We're excited about being here. This tournament makes a statement about the depth of the Big Ten, with teams like Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and others. The seeds make a difference. We've had a pretty good year so far. We are healthy and looking forward to this meet." "I don't think 72 qualifiers is enough. There's an NCAA formula, and were supposed to have something like 84 based upon our performance. There is a limit on the number of qualifiers at the NCAA Championships. If you look at wrestling's history, they capped it back in the 1970's where there were like 700 programs. As its gone down, the cap stays. You are eliminating great athletes. I say open it up. Go from 330 to 450 wrestlers. The smaller schools can still get to the dance, then. It's not big enough now. I'd go back to putting Div. II, Div. II, NAIA, all coming in. You want it to be an event everybody can get to. It can be like the Junior Nationals, why it is so prestigious. It's huge. When a kid's on the awards stand and the chart rolls down to the floor, that's great." "We have a good, balanced team for duals. Our team balance is more fitting for the Big Ten than the NCAAs. It will help us more here. The balance has to work at each weight class. We need to get 10 good guys all at once. We may not have many No. 1s on our team, but we can go with No. 2s and 3s. That's how we look at handling this tournament." Jim Zalesky, Univ. of Iowa head coach "We are also looking forward to this tournament. We have some good individuals and some spots we struggle at. To win, we have to wrestle above our seeds. We have some guys who are No. 6, some who aren't seeded at all. The guys seeded well have to perform to their ability. You can't overlook anybody here. You take them one at a time. This is good practice for the NCAA's but this is also the tournament we need to deal with right now." (About losing twice to Minnesota this year) "They have been dog fights. We had to fight hard. We had our chances. At this meet, the key is scoring points. You need 10 guys to score. We worked on the idea that everybody has to score points." (About the seeding) "It used to take four hours. Now, it's pre-seeded. Now it's done much easier. Everybody is mostly satisfied with them." Joe McFarland, Univ. of Michigan head coach "We are excited to be competing here. Our guys have been looking forward to this for three weeks. Like Ken Kraft said at the seeding meeting, this is the best two or three weeks of college wrestling every year. We aren't as strong as the Minnesotas and the Iowas. A lot of teams can make noise here - Ohio State, Illinois, others. I want to get all 10 guys at the nationals. We have one No. 1 and a bunch of No. 4s. We have to overachieve to make any noise here." "We are trying to take our program to the next level. It was in good shape when I came here. I am looking to take the next step. I want to try to compete with Iowa and Minnesota on a yearly basis. We are not there yet. The young guys are a big key. We have five underclassmen; I want them to be at the NCAAs this year. They need to get the national experience and help move the team forward."
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