CSN to carry live coverage of the 2017 Iowa High School Athletic Association Wrestling State Championships

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CSN to carry live coverage of the 2017 Iowa High School Athletic Association Wrestling State Championships

CSN Chicago to Televise & Live Stream (via CSNChicago.com, IHSSN.com, and the NBC Sports app) LIVE HIGH-DEFINITION COVERAGE of the

IHSAA Individual Championship Wrestling Class 3A Semifinals (Friday, Feb. 17 at 3:30 PM), 1A & 2A Semifinals (Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 PM) and Finals (Saturday, Feb. 18 at 6:00 PM)

Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN) to Produce and Provide Live coverage of the Wrestling State Championships

featuring the announcing tandem of Iowa Wrestling Hall of Famers MARK IRONSIDE & legendary Olympic Gold Medalist DAN GABLE

Chicago, IL (February 14, 2017) -- CSN Chicago (CSN), the television and digital home for the most in-depth coverage of the local and regional preps sports scene, along with the Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN), will deliver LIVE high-definition coverage of the 2017 Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Wrestling State Championships on Friday, February 17 & Saturday, February 18 from the sold-out Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines, IA.  Iowa wrestling fans can look forward to EIGHT HOURS of live individual championships action-packed coverage during the weekend beginning with the Class 3A Semifinals on Friday afternoon from 3:30-5:00 PM CT, followed by Friday night primetime coverage of the Class 1A & 2A Semifinals (7:30-10:00 PM CT), all of which leads up to four-straight live hours of the always-thrilling Class 1A/2A/3A Finals on Saturday night starting at 6:00 PM CT

In addition -- EVERY IHSAA Wrestling State Championship telecast on CSN will be accessible LIVE via CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app on tablets and smart phones.  Authenticated CSN subscribers can watch live IHSAA Wrestling State Championships action from anywhere in the United States.  Fans can also visit IHSNN.com to access the CSNChicago.com live stream.  For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit the following link: csnchicago.com/live-faq.

Calling the action for CSN’s live coverage of the IHSAA Wrestling State Championships features Iowa/National Wrestling Hall of Famers Mark Ironside handling play-by-play, along with the legendary Dan Gable providing expert analysis.  Ironside captured two NCAA titles and four Big Ten titles for the University of Iowa, and was also a four-time All-American for the Hawkeyes, who was coached by Gable during his stellar collegiate run.  In 1998, Ironside won the Dan Hodge Trophy, wrestling’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, as the nation’s top collegiate wrestler.  Gable, considered by many as the greatest wrestler in United States history, won every major championship available to an American wrestler, climaxed by a Gold Medal in the 1972 Olympic Games.  Following three state high school titles at West Waterloo in Iowa, Gable captured three Big Eight titles and National Collegiate honors in 1968 and '69 at Iowa State, winning a stunning 100 college matches in a row.  Turning to coaching, Gable joined the University of Iowa staff in 1973 and became head coach in '77.  Starting in 1978, his Hawkeyes won a record nine consecutive NCAA team titles.  He stepped down in 1997 with a 355-21-5 dual meet record, 15 NCAA team trophies and 45 individual champions. His Hawkeyes won all 21 of their Big Ten meets.  He also was World Freestyle coach and the 1980 and '84 U.S. Olympic team coach.

This year’s roster of standout athletes includes 18 state champions from 2016, six of whom are attempting to win their third-straight state title, including seniors Marcus Coleman (Ames), Ryan Leisure (Clear Lake), Brody Teske (Fort Dodge) and Bryce West (Solon), along with juniors Chase Shiltz (Creston/Orient-Macksburg) and Alex Thomsen (Underwood).  In addition, there are 23 undefeated wrestlers heading into the state tournament (10 in Class 3A, 3 in Class 2A, 10 in Class 1A), including John Henrich (39-0) of Akron-Westfield and Dalton Nelson (25-0) of North Butler who could potentially meet in Class 1A (160 lb. group) and Sam Gregory (36-0) of Treynor and Daniel Bishop (34-0) of Hinton, who may battle in the Class 1A (182 lb. group).  Plus, Chase Shiltz (52-0) of Creston/Orient-Macksburg in Class 2A (182 lb. group) is the only 50-win undefeated wrestler in the entire state of Iowa.

CSN Chicago is currently available throughout the entire state of Iowa in HD on DIRECTV (ch. 665), DISH Network (ch. 429), along with numerous cable providers across the state.  As noted earlier, authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers can also view the IHSAA Wrestling State Championships on CSNChicago.com, IHSSN.com, and the NBC Sports app.  In addition, CSN Chicago is also available on additional platforms including Playstation Vue and DIRECTV Now.  Viewers who currently do not receive CSN Chicago as part of their service are urged to contact their provider and ask that CSN be added to their service.  For a complete schedule and additional details about CSN’s coverage of the IHSAA State Championships, fans can visit csnchicago.com/iowa for more information.

IMPORTANT PROGRAMMING NOTE: CSN will carry and provide live stream coverage of the IHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships, featuring eight playoff semifinal match-ups (airing March 9-10), along with live coverage of the Class 1A-4A state title games (airing March 10-11).  Full details on coverage specifics will be announced the week of March 6.

More Iowa high school wrestling coverage:

By the Numbers: Iowa high school state wrestling tournament

Advice on how to win an Iowa wrestling state title from Dan Gable and Mark Ironside

Iowa high school wrestling triva: How many can you get right?

Recruiting News and Notes: Ben Bryant commits to Cincinnati

Recruiting News and Notes: Ben Bryant commits to Cincinnati

Ben Bryant (QB), Lyons Township

Lyons Township senior three-star quarterback Ben Bryant (6-foot-3, 195 pounds), who originally gave Wisconsin his verbal commitment only to have the Badgers rescind his verbal scholarship offer, has given Cincinnati his verbal commitment.

"It was a much harder decision this time around compared to the first time I committed," Bryant said. "When I committed the first time (to Wisconsin) I had two offers. This time around I had a lot of options and some great offers, but Cincinnati is the best place for me."

Bryant is thrilled to have ended his recruiting process again and can now focus on his upcoming senior season while also putting to rest the entire ordeal with Wisconsin.

"I've put the whole Wisconsin deal behind me and I stand my statement that I sent out on my Twitter account and that's all I have to say. I had some great offers and options and it was a great problem to have. I can just focus now on my team this summer and having a great senior season."

Bryant joins Simeon wide receiver Jayshon Jackson and Mount Carmel senior offensive linemen Jeremy Cooper as part of the Bearcats Class of 2018. 

Jeff Griffin (DL), Homewood-Flossmoor

Northern Illinois continues to do well with filling out its Class of 2018. The Huskies added another Chicagoland piece when Homewood-Flossmoor senior defensive linemen Jeff Griffin (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) became the team's ninth in-state commitment and 14th overall pledge.

"I visited NIU (last Saturday) and that visit really sold me on NIU," Griffin said. "I always wanted to stay closer to home for school and once NIU stepped up and offered me it was a hard offer to turn down. After the visit on Saturday I was sold on NIU so I called up the coaches and committed."

Griffin is also hoping to help NIU add a few more pieces from Homewood-Flossmoor's talented senior class.

"I'm definitely already talking to Justin (Hall) and Mario (Wright II) about joining me at NIU."

Seniors' athlete Justin Hall and linebacker Mario Wright II have both listed Northern Illinois as one of their favorite schools this summer. 

[RELATED: Recruiting News and Notes - Jyran Mitchell commits to NIU]

Indiana State recruiting

Indiana State head coach Curt Mallory has been on fire when it comes to the Sycamores recruiting this summer. Mallory, who was a long-time assistant coach at various stops in Illinois, now has an amazing 24 verbal commitments — including two recent additions in Bishop McNamara safety Giavion Mason (6-foot-0, 190 pounds) and Lindblom wide receiver CJ Rutherford (6-foot-0. 170 pounds).

So why the Sycamores?

Rutherford pointed towards the strength of the coaching staff as a big factor in his decision.

"I really love the coaching staff at Indiana State," Rutherford said. "Coach Mallory brought in a staff that has a lot of experience and several of his coaches worked with him when he was at Michigan. The coaches made us feel comfortable and at home at Indiana State and I'm just excited to be a part of helping the football program win."

Recruiting News

Who are the Top 5 uncommitted players remaining in the Class of 2018?

Carterville tight end Luke Ford (6-foot-7, 245 pounds) has offers from literally every Power 5 school in the nation. Ford originally committed to Arkansas.

Oswego DT Noah Shannon (6-foot-2, 290 pounds) was committed to Minnesota but reopened his recruiting process. Shannon has shown heavy interest in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Indiana and Arkansas.

Bolingbrook DT Dashaun Mallory (6-foot-2, 265 pounds) added a camp offer from Michigan State, and has a Top 3 list of the Spartans, along with Iowa State and Toledo. 

Waubonsie Valley tight end Charles Robinson (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) listed Iowa State, Minnesota and Mississippi State as his Top 3 favorite schools.

Bolingbrook wide receiver I'Shawn Stewart (5-foot-11, 165 pounds) camped earlier this summer with Wisconsin and also made a recent visit to Syracuse. 

58 Days to Kickoff: St. Viator

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58 Days to Kickoff: St. Viator

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: St. Viator

Head coach: Dave Archibald

Assistant coaches: Chase Murdock (DC/LB), Kyle Jenkins (DL), Gregg Kirkwood (DB), Frank Laterza (Asst. DB/ST), Bob Lamick (OL), Casey Lynde (WR), Al Panzeca (RB), Dan Hall (K), Mike Tubridy (Football Operations)

How they fared in 2016: 6-5 (4-3 East Suburban Catholic Conference), made the Class 6A state playoff field, defeated Rockford Boylan then lost to Lake Forest.

[MORE: 59 Days to Kickoff - McHenry]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – @ Rolling Meadows

Sept. 1 – Lake Forest

Sept. 8 – @ Marian Catholic

Sept. 15 - Benet Academy

Sept. 22 - Carmel

Sept. 29 – @ Marian Central Catholic

Oct. 6 - St. Patrick

Oct. 13 - @ Nazareth Academy

Oct. 20- @ Notre Dame

Biggest storyline: Can the Lions make a deeper run this fall?

Names to watch this season: senior QB/K Bryce Hellgeth, senior DL/OLB Michael Wittich 

Biggest holes to fill: The Lions will need to find a go-to receiver with the graduation of standout tight end Cole Kmet (Notre Dame). St. Viator will also be inexperienced on the defensive line.

EDGY's early take: The Lions had a nice season in 2016 and return 12 starters back (seven offense, five defense). If St. Viator can fill in a handful of key spots, they have a great shot of getting back into the playoffs.