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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?

Five teams you can't overlook come IHSA playoff time

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Five teams you can't overlook come IHSA playoff time

With the IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show just days away, here are five teams that you need to keep in mind when the brackets are announced. They could cause big matchup problems once the postseason begins. You can catch show live this Saturday night starting at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago+ with live streaming at nbcsportschicago.com/IHSAPairingShow and via the NBC Sports app.

Class 8A

Edwardsville: The Tigers (5-3) got off to a rough start and lost their first three games, including an opening week stunner, 53-49, to Naperville North. It was a game that the Tigers led 42-0 in the second quarter. However, coach Matt Martin and company are riding high with a five-game winning streak. They feature an explosive offense led by junior QB Kendall Abdur-Rahman and a deep group of backs. Keep an eye on freshman RB Justin Johnson. 

Naperville North: The afforementioned Huskies (5-3) have lost two of their last three games but don't be fooled. Naperville North can trade offensive punches with everyone in the 8A field behind QB Drake Davis, WR Nick Calcagno and a deep group of receivers. Senior LB Ryan Marrano leads the Huskie defense. The team has marquee wins over Edwardsville, Wheaton North, Lake Park and Naperville Central.

Class 7A

Mount Carmel: The Caravan (5-3) will wind up starting the state playoffs on the road.  And trust me: every opponent will not be excited to see this tradition-heavy program come to town. Mount Carmel will look towards its running game with QB Alek Thomas (a TCU baseball and football commit) along with a big offensive line led by senior Jeremy Cooper (Cincinnati). 

[MORE: Edgy Tim's Week 9 Power Rankings]

Class 6A

Providence Catholic: The Celtics (5-3) are coming off a tough Week 8 loss to Loyola. Don't let the three losses fool you. The combined record of the three teams Providence lost to is 22-3. Keep an eye on senior RB Deshon Gavin (WIU commit), a big and physical offensive line and a strong group on defense. Providence has won five of its last six games.

Class 5A

Rochelle: It is the last season for Hubs' veteran head coach Kevin Crandall. Rochelle (5-3) will look to run the football early and often. They also have a fast, physical defensive unit. Rochelle's three losses this season come to the likes of Sterling (8-0), Morris (7-1) and Johnsburg (8-0) and this team will be a tough out for every opponent in 5A. Rochelle is 157-95 under Crandall, including three 12-win seasons.

NBC Sports Chicago to air live coverage of the IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show on October 21

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NBC Sports Chicago to air live coverage of the IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show on October 21

NBC Sports Chicago to carry LIVE announcement for every first round match-up on Saturday, October 21 beginning at 8:00 PM CT; to also be streamed live on NBCSportsChicago.com & via the NBC Sports app

Bloomington, IL/Chicago, IL (October 17, 2017) -- The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Football Playoff Pairing Show returns to NBC Sports Chicago for its seventh season in 2017. NBC Sports Chicago, the multi-platform home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will air the show live on NBC Sports Chicago+ on Saturday, October 21 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM CT. Viewers are urged to visit NBC Sports Chicago’s “Channel Finder” page (NBCSportsChicago.com/channel-finder) for exact NBC Sports Chicago+ channel locations in their area.
The IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show, which will reveal the brackets and first round match-ups of all 256 playoff qualifiers across eight classes, can also be viewed via live interactive stream beginning at 8:00 PM on Saturday at NBCSportsChicago.com/IHSAPairingShow and via the NBC Sports app.

"The IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show' continues to be one of the most highly-anticipated events in the state of Illinois and we couldn't be prouder to once again showcase two-straight hours of live, interactive coverage across all platforms on Saturday night," said Kevin Cross, Vice President of Content for NBC Sports Chicago. 

NBC Sports Chicago anchor Leila Rahimi hosts the show and will be joined by a panel of experts on-set, including long-time IHSA TV announcer Dave Bernhard and Illinois high school football bracketologist Steve Soucie. IHSA TV veteran Camron Smith will breakdown each class with media members from around the state, including NBC Sports Chicago prep football expert “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran. Viewers are encouraged to interact with the show and ask questions to be answered during the program by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #IHSAbrackets.

The program will once again feature highlights, coaches interviews and media analysis from all over the state. In addition, NBC Sports Chicago will be gathering teams & fan reaction moments throughout the “Land of Lincoln” on Saturday from numerous school playoff pairing parties taking place that evening.

“This is one of the most anticipated nights of the year on the IHSA calendar,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “Student-athletes, coaches and communities around the state have put their hearts into the last nine weeks, and for 256 teams, it’s an amazing chance to celebrate their accomplishments, while looking ahead to the path to the IHSA Football State Finals. We appreciate the time and effort that our partners at NBC Sports Chicago put into making this night so special.”

The IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show kicks off NBC Sports Chicago’s playoff coverage of IHSA Football, which culminates with all eight state title games being televised and streamed by NBC Sports Chicago on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 24-25), live from Huskie Stadium on the Northern Illinois University campus in DeKalb.