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58th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships slated for December 29-30 in Hoffman Estates, Ill., with men's and women's divisions

by Northwestern Athletics

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (December 19, 2022) – Following a two-year hiatus, the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships will return to NOW Arena in suburban Hoffman Estates, Ill. The 58th edition of the most prestigious non-conference wrestling tournament in the nation will take place December 29-30.


For the first time in the renowned event's history, this year's edition of the Midlands Championships will feature a women's division, with participants from nine schools competing during the tournament's Day Two sessions on December 30.

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Joining the first-time women's field will be a stacked field of 43 men's programs. Eight Big Ten Conference teams are scheduled to be in action, including event host Northwestern, Iowa, Michigan, and Nebraska, all of which placed inside the top six at this past March's NCAA Championships.


This year's tournament will also honor longtime Northwestern wrestling head coach and founder of the Midlands Championships Ken Kraft, who passed away at the age of 85 on October 27, 2020. Kraft was a member of the Northwestern Hall of Fame and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Wildcat community and the sport of wrestling.

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A full schedule for both days of the 58th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships can be found below:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29

9:30 a.m. – First Session (10 Mats) – (Championship Rounds 1 & 2, Wrestlebacks)

7:00 p.m. – Second Session (10 Mats) – (Quarterfinals, Wrestlebacks)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30

11:00 a.m. – Third Session (8 Mats) – (Semis, consolation, 7th place match, women's division begins)

6:05 p.m. – Fourth Session (4 Mats) – (1st, 3rd, 5th place matches–men's and women's divisions)

Awards ceremony to conclude at 9:00 p.m.

Midlands Hall of Fame Inductions will be prior to the final session

HALL OF FAME

Three inductees will be added to the Midlands Championships Hall of Fame on December 30 before the final session. Honorees include Marjo Kraft, Leo Kocher (University of Chicago wrestling head coach), and longtime tournament administrator Lee Wahlgren.

Full list of participating teams at #Midlands58:

Men's Division:

Air Force Academy

No. 4 Arizona State

Binghamton

Bloomsburg

Brown

Bucknell

Buffalo

California Baptist

Central Michigan

Cleveland State

Edinboro

Franklin & Marshall

George Mason

Harper College

Harvard

Hofstra

Illinois

Indiana

No. 2 Iowa

No. 6 Iowa State

Johnson & Wales

No. 19 Lehigh

No. 5 Michigan

Naval Academy Preparatory School

No. 16 Nebraska

No. 21 North Carolina

North Central College

Northern Illinois

No. 22 Northern Iowa

No. 14 Northwestern

Oklahoma

Omega Training Center

Penn

No. 20 Pittsburgh

Princeton

Rhode Island College

No. 17 Rutgers

No. 18 South Dakota State

SIUE

Thomas Moore

Virginia

Wisconsin

Wisconsin-Whitewater

Women's Division:

NCAA No. 5 Augsburg

Aurora

NAIA No. 17 Brewton Parker College

NAIA No. 2 Grand View

NCAA No. 3 McKendree

NCAA No. 2 North Central College

NCAA No. 7 Presbyterian College

NCAA No. 19 Wisconsin-Stevens Point

High School No. 1 Wyoming Seminary



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