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Major holiday events Midlands Championships and Soldier Salute to live stream exclusively on B1G+

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Ken Kraft Midlands Championships awards (Photo by John Konstantaras/Northwestern Athletics)

The 59th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships and the second annual Soldier Salute live stream exclusively on B1G+, Dec. 29-30.


As wrestling season ramps up, a season-long wrestling pass is available for $69.99 on B1G+, the Big Ten Network’s home for non-televised events and on-demand archives. The subscription includes access to both the Midlands Championships and Soldier Salute, as well as more than 80 additional non-televised Big Ten wrestling events, 2024 Big Ten Wrestling Championships coverage and on-demand replays of televised duals. Additionally, you can watch up to four live streams/mats simultaneously on one screen at bigtenplus.com or with Apple TV.


Big Ten Network veteran wrestling broadcasters Shane Sparks and Jim Gibbons will anchor the Midlands Championships coverage on B1G+. For the first two sessions on Dec. 29, B1G+ will feature 10 individual mat cameras along with whip-around coverage focused on the 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.


Individual mat cameras will be available for all four sessions of the Soldier Salute. The tournament is hosted by the Iowa City Area Sports Commission and 100% of the annual tournament proceeds will be split between the United Service Organizations (USO) and a development fund targeted towards the continued growth of high school girls wrestling. As part of its coverage commitment, the Big Ten Network will also make a contribution benefitting both organizations.


Competitors from 10 Big Ten men’s programs are expected to compete across both tournaments, including several ranked in Intermat’s top 30. The list includes No. 2 Iowa, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 10 Michigan, No. 12 Minnesota, No. 14 Rutgers, No. 23 Illinois, No. 30 Wisconsin, Michigan State, Northwestern and Purdue. The Iowa women’s program will also compete at the Solider Salute.


Additional Big Ten wrestling coverage can be found on the B1G Wrestling Instagram page and the Big Ten Network YouTube wrestling page.


Midlands Championships Schedule

Day/Date/Session Coverage/Platform/Time (ET)

Friday Dec. 29 Session 1 B1G+ 10:30 a.m.

Friday Dec. 29 Session 2 B1G+ 8 p.m.

Saturday Dec. 30 Session 3 B1G+ Noon

Saturday Dec. 30 Session 4 B1G+ 7:05 p.m.

Soldier Salute Schedule

Day/Date/Session Coverage/Platform/Time (ET)

Friday Dec. 29 Session 1 B1G+ 11 a.m.

Friday Dec. 29 Session 2 B1G+ 4:30 p.m.

Saturday Dec. 30 Session 3 B1G+ Noon

Saturday Dec. 30 Session 4 B1G+ 6 p.m.


Midlands Championships website


Soldier Salute website


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