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Ken Kraft Midlands and Soldier Salute events to stream live exclusively on B1G+, Dec. 29-30

by Big Ten Network

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CHICAGO, Ill. – The 2022 collegiate wrestling year closes in prestigious fashion, as the 58th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships and the inaugural Soldier Salute live stream exclusive on B1G+, Dec. 29-30.

A season-long wrestling pass is available for $69.99 on B1G+, BTN’s home for non-televised events and on-demand archives. For a limited time, through Friday, Dec. 23, at 11:59 p.m. ET, new subscribers can purchase a wrestling sport package for $35 by using the code HOLIDAYS at checkout. The subscription not only includes access to both the Midlands Championships and Soldier Salute, but more than 70 additional non-televised Big Ten wrestling events, 2023 Big Ten Wrestling Championships Coverage and replays of televised duals.

Big Ten Network veteran wrestling broadcasters Shane Sparks and Jim Gibbons will anchor the Midlands Championships coverage on B1G+. For sessions one and two on Dec. 29, B1G+ will feature 10 individual mat cameras as well whip-around coverage focused on 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, which begins a new tradition of recognizing and honoring our former, current, and future service members. 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 benefiting both organizations.

Competitors from eight 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 Northwestern, No. 8 Minnesota, No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 23 Rutgers, No. 27 Illinois, No. 29 Purdue and Indiana.

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

Midlands Championships Schedule

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

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

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

Friday Dec. 30 Session 3 B1G+ Noon

Friday Dec. 30 Session 4 B1G+ 7 p.m.

Soldier Salute Schedule

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

Thursday Dec. 29 Session 1 B1G+ 10 a.m.

Thursday Dec. 29 Session 2 B1G+ 7 p.m.

Friday Dec. 30 Session 3 B1G+ 11 a.m.

Friday Dec. 30 Session 4 B1G+ 7 p.m.