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Tuesdays with Barry (Tuesday, July 8, 2014)
Date: Tue 07/08/14 09:28 AM

To Alumni, Family Friends and Coaches,

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend as we celebrated the birthday of the greatest experiment and commitment to freedom that any Country has ever undertaken.
This e-mail is a final reminder of the Kalscheur Steak Fry fundraiser that will be held in two weeks. This event is the most important fundraiser for the Badger Wrestling Club. We have made a major commitment to Wisconsin wrestling through the BWC and without your support it would not be possible. Without a strong club funding we would not be able to provide athletes opportunities like a Regional Training Center. We need to help top High School, College and Post Grads pursue their dreams of representing the USA at World and Olympic competition. This support helps the Badger program recruit top athletes across the country as they need to see we will help them in their NCAA and Olympic efforts.
The brochure for the Steak Fry is attached. We look forward to seeing you on the 22nd!

See everyone July 22!
GO BADGERS
Coach Davis

Below is a picture of the new mural in the Badger wrestling office. This is a shot of the Kohl Center of the finals of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships with 10,014 people in attendance. If you get the opportunity to stop by the Wrestling office you can look to find yourself in the picture!
 

 

Badgers release 2014-15 season schedule
Wisconsin set to host four home matches at the UW Field House
July 7, 2014

•2014-15 Schedule http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-wrestl/sched/wis-m-wrestl-sched.html

MADISON, Wis. - Coming off of a successful season last year, Coach Barry Davis and the Wisconsin wrestling squad are primed for a bigger run with Monday's release of the 2014-15 schedule.

The Badgers, who finished with a 12-6 overall record and a 16th-place finish at NCAAs last year, will open the season at the Loras Open in Dubuque, Iowa on Nov. 1 before competing at the University of Wyoming Open on Nov.8.

The Badgers then make their dual season debut at the UW Field House and open Big Ten Conference competition on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. against Maryland. This will mark the third time Wisconsin will face its new Big Ten opponent. The most recent matchup was in 2010 at the NWCA National Duals.

Following the first of four home duals, the Badgers will stay in the state of Wisconsin as they head to the Stevens Point Open in Stevens Point on Nov. 15. Less than a week later, UW will head to Lawrence Township, New Jersey to take on Ryder University on Nov. 20.

The team returns to Annapolis, Maryland on Nov. 22 to defend their title at the Navy Classic. Powered by three first-place finishes, two second-place finishes and two third-place finishes, the Badgers scored 164 team points in the 13-team field to finish first significantly ahead of second-place Navy's 106.5 points.

The next week the Badgers take on South Dakota State on Nov. 30 and will head to face North Dakota State the following day. On Dec. 6, UW will participate in the UNI Open in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Wisconsin heads back home on Dec.11 to undertake Indiana before heading to face-off with Nebraska on Dec.13. Two weeks later, the Badgers will close out the first half of the season at the Midlands Championships in Evanston, Illinois, Dec. 28-29.

Following a break, UW is scheduled to return to Evanston, Illinois on Jan. 9 to start the 2015 half of the season against Northwestern before competing in the Pat Flash Flanagan Open in Dubuque, Iowa on Jan. 10.

The Badgers return home on Jan.11 to battle Purdue at 1 p.m. The match will be the Boilermakers' first trip to the UW Field House since the 2011-12 season.

Wisconsin will be on the road Jan.23-25 to face Big Ten opponents Michigan and Michigan State, respectively

UW hosts the new Big Ten addition Rutgers for its last home dual of the season on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. The next day the Badgers will venture to Eau Claire to contest in the Blugold Open on Feb. 7 before challenging Illinois on Feb.8 at Huff Hall in Champaign, Illinois. UW last saw the Fighting Illini at home where the Badgers pulled out an exciting 19-18 victory.

After a week off, the Badgers will head to Iowa State to finish the dual season on Feb. 22 in Ames, Iowa.

The Big Ten Championship will be held in Columbus, Ohio from March 7-8, while the 2015 NCAA Championships will take place in St. Louis, Missouri, Mar. 19-21.

2014-15 Schedule http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-wrestl/sched/wis-m-wrestl-sched.html

Tuesdays with Barry (Thursday, June 26, 2014)
Date: Thu 06/26/14 04:38 PM
(Sorry a couple days late. A little helpless when Sandy goes on vacation!)

Badger Wrestling Alumni, Family and Friends,

Normally June is a month where things slow down a bit-not this year! As you all know, at the beginning of the month the Wisconsin Regional Training Center hosted the USA Wrestling Junior and Senior World Team Trials. This past week we were also the host of the USA Wrestling Cadet World Team Training Camp. There were nearly 30 of the top Cadet age athletes (15-17 years old), including 8 of the 10 Cadet Freestyle World Team members, training in the Badger Wrestling room from June 15-21. The entire Badger Coaching staff was involved with the athlete training along with NC State assistant coach Jamill Kelly. Lee Kemp also came and worked a couple of days with the Cadet Team and our Badger Team. Lee’s technique and skill in controlling the mat position was a great help to all of us!

Not only were these young men the top wrestlers in their age division in the USA, they were great ambassadors for our sport. These guys were here to become better wrestlers and they certainly made each other better. There was not a hint of any problems within the camp and outside of the camp.

We are not out of June yet and there are things to do. We have the Badger Technique camp June 28-July 2 that Coach Brandvold and Coach Hull will be heading up. Coach Ruschell is in Phoenix until July 3 (Phoenix in July-not the same ring to it as Phoenix in February!) training with the National Team in preparation for the World Team Trials in late July. I will be heading out on June 30 (the first day that the NCAA allows to communicate off campus, in person, with student athletes going into their Senior year) on the recruiting trail.

The other thing we are working on is the Kalscheur Steak Fry that will be July 22. Please find your way to attending this event in support of the Badger Wrestling Club. Our goal is to raise 25% more funds than we did last year. We have a couple of new activities planned, including hitting floating golf balls into a target in the Kalscheur pond for prizes. For us to meet our funding goals we need your help. The easiest and best way to make this happen is for you to bring one more friend than you did last year. This is also an opportunity for you to meet Head Football Coach Gary Anderson.

Part of the money we raise at the Steak Fry will be used in support of the Mike Griswold family. For those of you who have not heard, Mike passed away a little more than a week ago while running. Mike was a 3X letter winner for the Badgers in the early 1990’s and was only 44 years old. He has two children that we would like to help with their education expenses when they decide where they would like to attend college. Below is the link to the article in his hometown Oconomowoc paper.
http://www.livinglakecountry.com/oconomowocfocus/sports/oconomowoc-loses-one-of-its-good-guys-b99288711z1-262623781.html

Hope to see everyone July 22.
GO BADGERS
Coach Davis

Jordan elected to National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Jordan elected to National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Two-time NCAA champion to be inducted as an Outstanding American

June 20, 2014

MADISON, Wis.—Former Wisconsin wrestling standout Jim Jordan will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for the class of 2014 on Saturday, June 21 at the 38th-Annual Honors Banquet and Induction ceremony in Stillwater, Okla.

The Hall of Outstanding Americans demonstrates wrestling's pride in those who have used the disciplines of the sport to launch notable careers in other walks of life, such as science and technology, business and industry, government and the military, and the arts and humanities. New classes are inducted annually.

“It is humbling to be honored in such a way by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame,” Jordan said. “Through the sport of wrestling, I learned lessons about hard work and discipline that I have carried with me throughout my life. I’ve been blessed to have the support of a loving family and great coaches throughout my life, but I am particularly thankful for my experience in Badger wrestling and what it has meant to me and so many others who have been a part of one of the best programs in history.”

Jordan, a native of Champaign County, Ohio, graduated from Graham High School in 1982 as a four-time state wrestling champion with a record of 150-1. Jordan wrestled for the Badgers at 134 lbs. from 1982-1986 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. During that time, he was a three-time All-American and two-time NCAA champion.

Jordan finished his career with a 156-28-1 collegiate record and still holds the record for most career wins in school history. His 49 victories in 1985-86 also set the Wisconsin single-season record. Among his many other accomplishments, Jordan was a two-time Big Ten conference titlist and a 1985 National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star. His career was highlighted by his defeat of eventual six-time World and Olympic champion John Smith of Oklahoma State in the 1985 NCAA finals to win his first of two NCAA crowns.

“It’s a very elite status,” current Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis said of Jordan’s HOF induction. “He deserves it for his wrestling and his service in congress. He also deserves it for what he’s done to save Olympic wrestling.”

After graduating, Jordan returned to his home state to serve as an assistant coach at Ohio State from 1986-94 where he also earned his master’s degree in education and then later earned a law degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Jordan was elected to the Ohio General Assembly in 1994 and served three terms as a state representative of the 85th Ohio House District. In 2000, he won a seat in the Ohio Senate by a margin of 88 percent. He has represented Ohio’s 4th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since January 3, 2007. Jordan has received several awards during his tenure as a congressman, including National Legislator of the Year, the Freedom Fighter Award and the Thomas Jefferson Award.

Jordan’s brother, Jeff, also wrestled at Wisconsin and was a two-time All-American, Jim’s son Ben was an All-American in 2012 and son Isaac is a current member of the Badgers.

Jordan becomes the fourth former Badger to be elected into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and the first to be inducted into the Hall of Outstanding Americans. Other Badgers in the Hall of Fame include Russ Hellickson, Lee Kemp and former head coach George Martin.

Tuesdays with Barry (Tuesday, June 10, 2014)

Badger Wrestling Friends, Family and Alumni,

It was great to see many of you at the World Team Trials. This was a fantastic event that, by many opinions, was run as well as anyone has done. This would not have happened without the help from the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association membership and the leadership of the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation. Wisconsin has one of the best State Associations within USA Wrestling and that was put on display at the Trials. Thanks to all the volunteers that made this happen. We are working with USAW to host the USA Team Trials again next year.

This coming weekend Jesse Thielke will be participating in the Greco Roman World Team Trials in Florida. He is working to represent the USA for the 6th straight year after 4 years on the Junior World Team and last year’s Senior World 7th place finish. His biggest challenge with the new weights will likely be Spenser Mango who placed 5th in the World last year at 55kg.

We began our offseason practice on Monday with most of our returning athletes participating. We will be training four days a week until July 22, an important date for the Badger program. The Kalscheur's Steak Fry fundraiser is the evening of July 22 (Kalscheur Steak Fry Brochure 2014). This is the biggest funding source in support of the Badger Wrestling Club. Please mark your calendar to attend AND bring a friend. This is a great opportunity to meet the current Team members and to see some of our past Champions. Come have a great meal and bid on the auction items we will have there. For those of you who think they can golf, we have added a game at the Steak Fry. There will be a target in the pond to hit floating golf balls inside of for prizes! Attached is a copy of the brochure for the event.

Next week USA Wrestling will be having the Freestyle Cadet World Team Training Camp (15-17 years old) at the UW. The World Team and approximately 20 additional training partners will be staying at Lake Shore Dorms and training in the Badger Wrestling Room. Our entire staff will be working with USAW in preparing these young men for the World Championships in July in Slovakia. This is a great opportunity to expose 30 of the top young athletes to the University and our program.

Thanks for your support of the Badger program. See you at the Steak Fry on July 22. Head Football Coach Gary Anderson has just confirmed he will be able to attend!

Coach Davis

Tuesdays With Barry (5-27-2014)
Tue 05/27/14 02:14 PM
To Alumni, Family, and Friends
Our Team has just finished the spring semester of school and we are very proud of the academic success of our athletes. We have seen a significant effort by several of our athletes that has improved their grade point average. Congratulations to John Prezzia, Scott Liegel, Tyler Graff, Ryan Tobin and Jackson Hein for earning their Bachelors degree. Our efforts to position this Team to challenge for a National Title means little, if in the end, our Badger wrestlers have not prepared themselves to succeed in their next phase in life.

We have just returned from the University National Championships where we had five of our seven Badgers competing place, led by Greco-Roman Champion and Outstanding Wrestler Jesse Thielke. Connor Medbery finished third and Timmy McCall placed fifth in freestyle. Santonio Cathery placed sixth and Nik Veling eighth in Greco-Roman which qualified them to compete in the Junior World Team Trials this weekend.

The University Freestyle Championships has become one of the largest competitions that USA Wrestling hosts. The smallest freestyle weight was over 40 competitors with the largest weight topping 100!

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the World Team Trials this weekend. An important piece of Wisconsin Wrestling history will be recognized when USA Wrestling honors the 1979 World Team. One half of this World Championship Team had Wisconsin ties. Hellickson, Haines, Kemp, Soucie and Peterson will be in attendance along with other members and Coach Gable. Please make sure you stop over to the Coliseum Bar between sessions on Saturday and Sunday (3-6pm) to socialize with the Alumni and fans of the Badger Wrestling program.

Finally, a reminder to get your tickets to the Madison Sports Hall of Fame awards ceremony on June 11 in support of Coach Kleven. This induction is well deserved and let's show our support. The event starts with cocktails at 5:30, dinner at 7:00 and the award ceremony at 7:50. The entire event ends promptly at 9:00 p.m. Tickets cost $45 and usually the induction is attended by about 450 people. For an individual/group to order tickets they need to contact Peg Mueller by email madmem@charter.net or by phone at 238-5907 no later than June 4th to indicate the number of tickets they want to purchase. Then they have to send Peg a check made out to "Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club" for $45 for each ticket requested.

See you this weekend!
Go Badgers
Coach Davis

Three Badgers named to Amateur Wrestling News' All-Rookie Team

1979 FS World Team honored at World Team Trials; Madison WI, May31-June 1
Date: Wed 05/21/14 03:27 PM

For immediate release, May 21, 2014
1979 U.S. Freestyle World Team to be honored at World Team Trials in Madison, Wis., May 31-June 1

As part of the festivities alongside the U.S. World Team Trials for men’s and women’s freestyle wrestling, USA Wrestling will honor the successful 1979 U.S. Freestyle World Team.

The competition will be held at the Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., May 31-June 1.in Madison, Wis., May 31-June 1.

The celebration will mark the 35th anniversary of the team’s outstanding performance at the 1979 World Championships in San Diego, California.

The USA team placed second at the 1979 World Championships in freestyle with seven medalists and an individual champion. Many of the members of this World Team were among the top freestyle wrestlers in American history.

Claiming a gold medal for the United States was Lee Kemp, who competed at 74 kg/163 lbs. It was his second consecutive career World title, after winning the 1978 World gold medal. Kemp went on to add a third World title to his resume in 1982 and make the 1980 Olympic team.

Four U.S. athletes won silver medals at the 1979 World meet, Bobby Weaver at 48 kg/105.5 lbs., Jim Haines at 52 kg/114.5 lbs., John Peterson at 82 kg/180.5 lbs. and Russ Hellickson at 100 kg/220 lbs.

The team also had two bronze medalists, Joe Corso at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. and Andre Metzger at 62 kg/136.5 lbs.
Rounding out the team were Chuck Yagla at 68 kg/149.5 lbs. Laurent Soucie at 90 kg/198 lbs. and Dave Klemm at heavyweight.

In total, this World Team featured seven Olympians who earned 10 Olympic berths. Hellickson, Weaver and Peterson made two Olympic teams, while Haines, Corso, Yagla and Kemp were also Olympians.

John Peterson won an Olympic gold medal in 1972 and an Olympic bronze medal in 1976. Bobby Weaver won a 1984 Olympic gold medal. Russ Hellickson won a 1976 Olympic silver medal.

Coaching the team was the legendary Dan Gable, who was an Olympic and World champion as an athlete, and went on to coach numerous U.S. World and Olympic Teams. Gable is also considered the most successful college coach in history while leading the University of Iowa to 15 NCAA Div. I team championships.

This team holds special interest to wrestling fans in Wisconsin. Haines, Kemp, Soucie and Hellickson were all star athletes for the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Peterson attended the Univ. of Wisconsin – Stout.

At least seven team members are expected to attend in person (Haines, Yagla, Kemp, Peterson, Soucie, Hellickson and Klemm), as well as coach Dan Gable.

On Saturday evening, May 31st, between the first and second matches in the championship series, USA Wrestling will bring all of the past World and Olympic Team Members to the mat. A special moment will take place as the 1979 World Team is highlighted.

Fans will be able to get up close and personal with the members of the 1979 World Team as an autograph session will be staged at the conclusion of the final matches Saturday night.

Team videographer Donn Ernst will provide footage from this outstanding World Team which will be shown during the competition.

The U.S. World Team Trials will feature the top men’s and women’s freestyle wrestlers in the nation. The event will determine men’s and women’s freestyle athletes who will compete at the 2014 World Wrestling Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, September 8-14, as well as the U.S. national teams for the 2014-15 campaign in men’s freestyle and women’s freestyle.

Tickets are still available for this event through Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com. You can go directly to the U.S. World Team Trials ticket location on Ticketmaster by clicking here.
http://www.ticketmaster.com/asics-usa-wrestling-world-team-trials-madison-wisconsin-05-30-2014/event/07004C5BD4B29AB6?artistid=1004729&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=27&tm_link=artist_msg-0_07004C5BD4B29AB6

In addition, on Friday, May 30, the FILA Junior World Team Trials for men in both freestyle and Greco-Roman will also be held in Madison, Wis. at the Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center.

1979 U.S. Freestyle World Team
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Bobby Weaver, 2nd place
52 kg/114.5 lbs. - James Haines 2nd place
57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Joe Corso 3rd place
62 kg/136.5 lbs. – Andre Metzger, 3rd place
68 kg/149.5 lbs. – Chuck Yagla, dnp
74 kg/163 lbs. – Lee Kemp, 1st place
82 kg/180.5 lbs. – John Peterson, 2nd place
90 kg/198 lbs. – Laurent Soucie, 6th place
100 kg/220 lbs. – Russ Hellickson, 2nd place
Heavyweight – David Klemm, dnp
Head Coach: Dan Gable
Videographer: Donn Ernst

FREESTYLE WORLD TEAM TRIALS SCHEDULE
at Madison, Wis., May 31 - June 1

SATURDAY, MAY 31
Men’s Freestyle: 57 KG, 97 KG, and 125 KG
Women’s Freestyle: 48 KG, 58 KG and 69 KG
10:00 am – Session I - Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Challenge Finals/Consolations and Third Place, Challenge Tournament finals
6:00 pm – Session II – Final World Team Trials and True Second Place Matches

SUNDAY, JUNE 1
Men’s Freestyle: 65 KG, 74 KG and 86 KG
Women’s Freestyle: 53 KG, 63 KG and 75 KG
10:00 am - Session I - Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Challenge Finals/Consolations and Third Place, Challenge Tournament finals
6:00 p.n. - Session II – Final World Team Trials and True Second Place Matches

Tuesdays with Barry 5-6-2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Dear Family, Friends and Alumni,

Several things that we want to update you on.

World Team Trials
You can get tickets thro
ugh www.ticketmaster.com  For group tickets (10 or more) order through Madison Ticket Agency at 608 267 3995.

USA Wrestling will be recognizing the 1979 World Team. Half of this Team had Wisconsin ties with Jim Haines, Lee Kemp, John Peterson, Laurent Soucie and Russ Hellickson. These men won a gold, 3 silvers and a 6th place as the Team finished second to the Soviet Union!

The Badger Wrestling Club and Coaching Staff has organized a social for Alumni and Fans between sessions on Saturday and Sunday at the Coliseum Bar, which is about a ½ mile from the Coliseum. There is a break from 3pm to 6pm each day after the elimination tournament leading to the best of 3 match finals. Please plan on coming over after the first session each day to see friends and talk with the Badger Coaching Staff and Badger Alumni.

Kleven to be inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame
On Wednesday, June 11 Duane Kleven will be inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame. It would be great to get representation from the Alumni he coached and Badger fans to attend in support of Duane. The event starts with cocktails  at 5:30, dinner at 7:00 and the award ceremony at 7:50.  The entire event ends promptly at 9:00 p.m. Tickets cost $45
and usually the induction is attended by about 450 people. For an individual/group to order tickets they need to contact Peg Mueller by email madmem@charter.net or by phone at 238-5907 by no later than June 4th to indicate the number of tickets they want to purchase.  Then they have to send Peg a check made out to "Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club" for $45 for each ticket requested. 
Congratulations Duane!

Regional Training Center
Everything is up and running with the RTC. This past weekend several High School athletes now training at the RTC won State Greco-Roman and Freestyle Championships. The next couple of weeks we will be training for the FILA Cadet National Championships in Ohio to qualify for the World Team. Coach Hull is one of the USA World Team Coaches that will be going with the Team to Slovakia for the World Championships in July. Our Badger wrestlers will also be going to Ohio competing in the University National Championships. This is one of the ways to qualify for the University World Championships in Hungary.

Steak Fry
Mark your calendar for the Kalscheur Steak Fry on July 22. This is the most important fund raising event of the year for the Badger Wrestling Club. Head Football Coach Gary Anderson and other Badger Coaches will be in attendance supporting our efforts. More information on that in a coming e-mail.

Coach Davis

  • Graff and Ruschell qualify for World Team Trials
     

  • Tuesdays with Barry 04/22/14 03:13 PM
    Badger Alumni, Family and Friends,
    The Badger Wrestling program had a successful weekend in Las Vegas at the Fila Junior Nationals and the US Open. At the Senior level Coach Ruschell led the way with a 3rd place finish at 70kg. His only loss was a close decision to the runner-up. The 70kg weight category is a World Championship weight only so the selection of the Team at that weight will take place at the Junior National Championships in Fargo ND in late July. Kyle will have a great opportunity to represent the USA at the World Championships in September.

    Tyler Graff made the semi-finals and was leading 4-1 when he got caught in one move (trapped arm gut wrench for you technique experts) and gave up 10 points. Even though he lost by 10 he had 3 takedowns to his opponents 1. Points happen quickly in freestyle if you are caught in certain situations, something he can fix. Tyler also has a legitimate shot at making the USA Team at the World Team Trials at the Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on May 31.

    Connor Medbery also competed well coming one match from placing. He beat the former NCAA Champion and 4th place finisher Zach Rey and lost by 1 point to the 5th place athlete. He will continue to compete to earn a spot in the final trials for the World Team.

    At the Junior level we were led by Champion Ricky Robertson. Ricky beat a top 12 NCAA athlete in the finals and the NCAA 3rd place finisher ended up 3rd at the weight. Ricky is now in the number one spot for the Junior World Team which will be determined at the Junior Team Trials on May 30 at the Alliant Energy Coliseum.

    Gabe Grahek and Andrew Crone finished 6th at 63kg and 66kg respectively and also qualified for the Junior World Team Trials. Andrew’s weight was the toughest in the tournament as both finalists were Cadet World Champions. I expect to see several NCAA All-Americans out of this weight before their careers are over, which includes Andrew!
    Our next competition will be the University Championships in Ohio in late May. We will be sending a large group to participate.

    Last and not least, Coach Hull wanted me to post a congratulations to his old High School Evansville/Albany for being
    recognized with the WIAA/Rural Mutual Insurance Sportsmanship Award. Only one wrestling team in the state, across all 3 divisions, receives this honor each year. Nice job Blue Devils!
    Go Badgers!
    Coach Davis
     

  • Tuesdays with Barry 4-15-2014
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Dear Family, Friends and Alumni,

    It has been a couple weeks since you have received an e-mail so I thought it was time to send you an update. A big Thank You to all of you who participated in the Bucks a Point fundraiser. Once all the money is collected we will be above the $30,000 plateau. We have collected around $17,000 to date with about 70% of the participants having already sent a check or paid online.

    On Wednesday we will have 10 current and former Badgers heading to Las Vegas for the US Open and the FILA Junior National Championships. We are taking the red eye back on Saturday night to get back for Easter. These competitions are qualifiers for the World Team Trials we are hosting on May 30-June 1 at the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum. We are still in need of some volunteers for the World Team Trials for any or all of the days from Thursday May 29 through Sunday June 1. If you are interested in helping please contact Mitch at mch@athletics.wisc.edu

    We are planning on having a social at the Coliseum Bar on Sunday June 1 from 3pm to 5:30pm for Badger fans and Alumni. The Coliseum Bar is about ½ mile north of the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum. I am looking forward to this as Kyle, Trevor and I were not able to spend much time at the socials at the Big Tens. This time Mitch will be busy with the World Team Trials and Kyle, Trevor and I will be able to attend.

    For those of you who were not able to make it to the Reunion at the Big Tens, we have attached the murals that have been put up in the wrestling room and the office (gallery below) The wrestling room mural has the names of the UW All-Americans in Lucite over the top of the picture from the USA-USSR dual in the Field House from May of 1973. Approximately 9000 people attended that dual which had several Badgers participating. Getting involved in international wrestling is the turning point in the UW Wrestling program. From 1973 until today the UW wrestling program has had at least one All-American every year except one!

    The mural in the office has much of the history of the program. Attached is that mural and a separate straight on picture to better see who is used. Can you identify the Badger athletes and coaches? The person that identifies the most individuals will win a ticket to the Steak Fry on July 22, as long as it is not in conflict with NCAA rules (recruit or recruit family, etc.) and a Large KEEP Olympic Wrestling t-shirt written in Farsi used for a dual against Iran last year at Grand Central Station in NYC. If there is a tie we will draw the winner from those who tied. TRUST ME! Send your e-mail response by April 24.
    Have a great Easter.
    GO BADGERS!
    Coach Davis

    Mural Gallery

     

    UW Wrestling Room Mural

    The wrestling room mural has the names of the UW All-Americans in Lucite over the top of the picture from the USA-USSR dual in the Field House from May of 1973.

    UW Office Mural

    Hall view.

    Wisconsin Office Wall Mural

    Mural in the UW Wrestling office with much of the history of the UW program.

    'Straight on' picture of mural in the UW Wrestling office.


     

  • Tuesdays With Barry 03/25/14
    Date: Tuesday 03/25/14 01:39 PM
    To Badger Alumni, Family and Friends,
    As most of you followed the NCAA Wrestling Championships we will do a brief summary of the results. Tyler Graff capped of one of the best careers of any Badger athlete with a runner-up finish. Tyler placed in the top 5 all four years he competed in the NCAA’s and became only the 4th , four time all-american in Badger Wrestling history. Tyler’s career is not over as he will be pursuing a spot on USA World and Olympic Teams.
    Zeke Jordan will lead our returning athletes with his all-american finish. All the returning Badgers won at least one match with Freshman Rylan Lubek and Ryan Taylor along with Sophomore Connor Medbery earning two wins. Connor wrestled very well but unfortunately had the toughest road of nearly anyone as he had to beat either last year’s NCAA Champion or the runner-up to earn all-american status-something he nearly did.
    We will be giving the team the week off before we start preparing for next year. Actually the staff may need it more as Trevor gets his ACL repaired and I have my other hip replaced this week. This coaching is a tough job! After the week we will be discussing the plans for the spring and summer with each of the guys. We will have several individuals in the Junior and University Freestyle and Greco-Roman National Championships along with a couple in the Senior Nationals in Las Vegas in April.
    I also want to take this opportunity to again thank those that participated in the Bucks a Point fundraiser for the Badger Wrestling Club. We expect to collect over $25,000 in pledges. As we told those who are participating in this, all the money will go towards getting post graduates, that are pursuing their Olympic aspirations, into the Badger wrestling room to train with the team. That is the number one thing we need to do to challenge for a National Title.
    Finally, we are proud of the effort and the season that our young men had this year. We are not anywhere close to satisfied with a 16th place finish at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Neither are the young men on this team. Next year begins now!
    Go BADGERS!
    Coach Davis



2014 Wisconsin Wrestling Awards Banquet

 
We Hope You Can Join Us At Our 2014 Wisconsin Wrestling Awards Banquet
Saturday April 5, 2014
Heritage Hall ~ Camp Randall Stadium
1440 Monroe St., Madison, WI 53711
Social – 5:30 PM
Dinner ~6:00 PM
Bacon Lettuce Avocado Tomato Pinwheels
Caesar Salad
Steamed Seasoned Asparagus ~ Sautéed Zucchini & Squash
Roasted Red Potatoes ~ Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Chef Carved Roast Strip Loin ~ Chef Carved Prime Rib
Mousse
Coffee/Soda
Following Dinner
Special Video Presentation
Program 7:00 PM
Cost: $25 per Person
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ESPN Coverage

Thursday March 20, 2014 - First Round
11:00 a.m. Central Time 
Mat Number   Network Link
  Mat 1 ESPN 3 Watch
  Mat 2 ESPN 3 Watch
  Mat 3 ESPN 3 Watch
  Mat 4 ESPN 3 Watch
  Mat 5 ESPN 3 Watch
  Mat 6 ESPN 3 Watch
  Mat 7 ESPN 3 Watch
  Mat 8 ESPN 3 Watch
  First Round ESPNU/Watch ESPN Watch
Thursday March 20, 2014 - Second Round
6:00 p.m.
Central Time   
   
 
  Mat 1 ESPN3 Watch
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  Mat 3 ESPN3 Watch
  Mat 4 ESPN3 Watch
  Mat 5  ESPN3 Watch
  Mat 6 ESPN3 Watch
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  Second Round  ESPNU/Watch ESPN Watch
Friday March 21, 2014 - Quarterfinals
10:00 a.m.
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  Mat 1 ESPN3 Watch
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Friday March 21, 2014 - Semifinals 
7:00 p.m.
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Saturday March 22, 2014 - Medal Round
10:00 a.m.
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  Medal Round- Mat 1 ESPN3 Watch
  Medal Round - Mat 2 ESPN3 Watch
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Saturday March 22, 2014 -Championship
7:00 p.m.
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Championship ESPN/Watch ESPN Watch

 

  • Badgers send eight to NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City
    Hein (184 lbs.) receives at-large bid, four Badgers earn seeds
    Online: http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/031214aaa.html

  • Brackets: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/wis/sports/m-wrestl/auto_pdf/2013-14/misc_non_event/NCAA.pdf

    MADISON, Wis. -- The NCAA announced qualifiers and brackets for all 10 weight classes today for the 2014 Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., and one Badger snagged an at-large bid, joining eight UW automatic qualifiers at the national tournament.
    Senior Jackson Hein, a 2013 national qualifier, received one of the final four bids for the 184 lbs., weight class. Hein battled with injury for much of a two-month span during the regular season but still ended the regular season with a 12-6 record. He was ranked as high as 11th on the season.
    At the Big Ten Championships last weekend, Hein lost to Indiana’s Luke Sheridan before falling to Illinois’ Lazarus Reyes in the consolation bracket. Sheridan and Reyes also qualified for the NCAAs.
    Hein qualified last year after a seventh-place finish in the Big Ten Championships. He then went on to go 1-2 at the NCAA championships.
    Redshirt freshman Ryan Taylor (17-4) earned a No. 7 seed at 125 lbs. and will face Eastern Michigan’s Jared Germaine (20-2) in Thursday’s first round action.
    Senior Tyler Graff (27-4) was seeded No. 5 at 133 lbs. and will wrestle Northwestern’s Dominick Malone (16-15) in the first round. Graff recorded a 24-9 technical fall against Malone on Jan. 26.
    At 149 lbs., Rylan Lubeck (12-12) will wrestle No. 14-seeded Scott Sakaguch (29-9) of Oregon State.
    Redshirt freshman Isaac Jordan (27-5) earned a No. 5 seed at 157 lbs. and will face Army’s Paul Hancock (27-12) in first round action.
    At 174 lbs., senior Scott Liegel (18-13) will face Oklahoma State’s No. 1-seeded Chris Perry (25-1).
    Hein will wrestle No. 1-seeded Ed Ruth (29-1) from Penn State.
    At 197 lbs., Timmy McCall (16-14) will face American’s No. 13-seeded Daniel Mitchell (24-7).
    Connor Medbery (24-7) earned a No. 9 seed at heavyweight and will face Missouri’s Devin Mellon (24-10) to start the tournament.
    Action begins at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 20 and continues until championships bouts on Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m.

    -xx
    Anna Poulter-Hendrickson
    Athletic Communications Assistant |University of Wisconsin
    Softball | Wrestling | Women's Basketball
    O: 608.265.3545 |C: 608.279.8653
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  • Tuesdays with Barry (March 11, 2014)
    To Alumni, Family and Friends,

    First of all

    THANK YOU

    This was a fantastic weekend for the sport of wrestling in the state of Wisconsin, the Badger Wrestling program and the Big Ten. It would not have happened without all of you. The coaches of the other Big Ten programs told us this was the best Big Ten Championships they had ever been a part of. The attendance totaled over 28,000 with the finals breaking the 10,000 mark! This happened because of every one of you supporting our sport.

    Not often do we talk about the administration side of athletics but we need to make sure they get their due on this one, starting with Athletic Director Barry Alvarez. Coach Alvarez made sure this event was important, starting with the Alumni Reunion on Friday night. He spent nearly 2 hours socializing with the 110 Alumni and 200 people in attendance. The Championships were run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The technical aspects of the event were first rate and the Coaches and Alumni that presented awards represented the rich history of the Badger program.

    None of the above would have mattered if the wrestling public did not come to watch. We could not have been prouder of what the wrestling community in Wisconsin did to make this event a success. The 1000 white out t-shirts looked great in the stands!

    BTW-The money that the Badger Wrestling Club did make on the white out effort will be going towards getting post graduate athletes training for USA Olympic and World Teams, into the Badger Wrestling room. These are the guys that will be in the wrestling room making our athletes better. That is the most important piece needed to challenge for an NCAA title.

    We are also very proud of the Badger Team. We have 8 individuals heading to the NCAA Championships, 4 of them are freshman! With every event there are highs and lows. The lows always seem harder to take than the thrill of the highs. You don’t always get what you deserve. Jackson Hein was never able to get healthy long enough this year to show what he was capable of. It hurts to know he could very well have been an All-American. Zeke Jordan and Tyler Graff were the better wrestler in their matches they lost to the reigning NCAA Champion and runner-up from Iowa, but in sport the better wrestler doesn’t always win that moment. The NCAA Championships are ahead for these two young men! On the other side, Ryland Lubeck stepped up and qualified to the NCAA’s by placing in the top 6 at 149. Jesse Thielke has continued to show great improvement in folkstyle this year and we will know tomorrow if he earned the wildcard into the NCAA’s. Ryan Taylor served notice to everyone outside the Badger program that he is a force by placing 3rd. Ryan lost a very close match in the semi’s to the Penn State wrestler that was ranked as high as #1 this year. He then beat the Iowa wrestler ranked in the top four in one of the most exciting matches this year. The person I may be most happy for is Senior Scott Liegel. Scott showed a determination that he deserved to be at the NCAA Championships and it was not going to be taken away. Timmy McCall and Connor Medbery round out our Team headed to the NCAA’s. These two can be All-Americans this year as well.

    The 7th place finish in the Big Tens is not where we believed we could be as we beat the 4th and 6th place teams during the year. When you look at the results the difference in 4th to 7th was not so much the number of matches won but the bonus points earned through pig tail advancement and superior decisions. Iowa, Penn State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Nebraska, Illinois and Michigan all got more points this way than we did. We have not emphasized this with our younger team but this will be important as we go into next year with a more experienced group of athletes. The most exciting statistic from this weekend is there are 13 freshman qualified to the NCAA Championships from the Big Ten-Wisconsin has 3 of them. If Jesse gets the Wildcard tomorrow we will have 4 of the 14 freshman!

    Again, thanks for a great weekend!
    Coach Davis
     

  • Graff Gruff After 2nd Place Finish - Joe Shinners (3-9-2014)

  • Taylor, Ruth Pick Up Nittany Lions - Joe Shinners (3-9-2014)

  • Big Ten Fast Facts - Joe Shinners (3-7-2014)

Jordan Leads Badgers Into Big Tens
By Joe Shinners
                Much has been made of the late-season success that Wisconsin freshman Isaac Jordan has enjoyed this season.
                Knocking off the top-two ranked wrestlers in the country at the time will lead many to pump up the expectations for Jordan, the No. 1-seeded 157-pound wrestler heading into the 100th Big Ten Conference wrestling tournament this weekend at the Kohl Center in Madison.
                The tournament begins with preliminary matches at 10 a.m. Saturday. The top seven finishers at 125, 174 and 184 will advance to the NCAA tournament. The top eight finishers at 138, 157, 165 and 195 will advance to the NCAA tournament. The top six finishers at 141 and 149 will advance to the NCAA tournament. The top nine finishers will advance to the NCAA tournament at 285, the strongest field in the tournament. 
Wisconsin coach Barry Davis wasn’t buying any of the hype surrounding Jordan, who enters the tournament with the No. 1 seed at 157. That’s because the 157 weight class is a tossup at this point.
                “As a coach, you want to help the athletes be the best they can be,” said Davis at a press conference last week. “He has high expectations and that’s great – he should have. Our goal is about getting better.  As a coach, you want to help the athletes be the best they can be.”
 The focus, Davis seemed to be implying, is that while this weekend is important, he wants the Badgers peaking at the NCAA tournament not right now.
Jordan was definitely an ascending wrestler in late February when he knocked off Nebraska sophomore James Green (26-1) and Iowa senior Derek St. John (23-3) and won Big Ten wrestler of the week honors.
Jordan defeated Green by a 3-1 sudden victory in overtime when he was ranked No. 1 at the time. Jordan followed that up with a 3-1 victory over St. John, the defending 157 national champion.
Those two victories elevated Jordan to the No. 2 ranking behind Oklahoma State sophomore Alex Dieringer (25-1), who wrestled at Port Washington. Dieringer finished third at 157 at the national tournament a year ago.
Green fell to the No. 3 spot, followed by St. John, the 157 NCAA champion a year ago, at No. 4.
As a result, Jordan will probably face St. John in the semifinals with Green and Minnesota junior Dylan Ness (18-4) probably meeting in the other semifinal.
When asked if he thought Jordan should have been ranked No. 1, Davis was coy.
                “You could say that but no,” Davis said. “The guy that’s No. 1 took third last year. I leave that to the coaches.”
                With so much talent in the bracket, Davis knows the past is the past. St. John is a good example. He finished third at the Big Ten tournament a year ago only to have a stellar week at the NCAAs and win the national title.
                “(Jordan) had a good weekend last weekend and I hope he can do the same this weekend,” Davis said. “If you watch him in practice, he’s still running around laughing and giggling.”
                Davis is trying hard to lower expectations on Jordan, whose father and uncle were stars for the Badgers in the 1980s.
                Jim Jordan, Isaac’s father, won the 134-pound NCAA title in 1985 and 1986 and was a three-time all-American at UW. Jim still holds the school’s career victory record with 156.
                Jeff Jordan, Isaac’s uncle, was a two-time all-American at 150 in 1987 and 1988 while wrestling at UW.
                Ben Jordan, Isaac’s brother, wrestled for the Badgers and was an all-American at 165 in 2012.
                With all that family history, big things are expected from Isaac and why Davis is downplaying the expectations heading into the Big Ten tournament.
                Davis isn’t expecting a ton of family pressure to fall on Isaac.
“I think Jim lets (Isaac) do his own thing which is pretty nice,” said Davis.
Other Badgers
                Ryan Taylor, fr., 125, 14-3: Started the season unranked but finished No. 9. Finished 5-2 in the Big Ten. One of two wrestlers at weight class seeded No. 4 at 125. Received a first-round bye and has Penn State junior Nico Megaludis (23-2) in his half of draw. Awaits winner of preliminary match between Michigan freshman Conor Youtsey (16-9) and Indiana freshman Alonzo Shepherd (8-9).
                Tyler Graff, sr., 133, 25-3: Graf, a three-time all-American, is headed toward a semifinal showdown with Minnesota senior David Thorn (22-4). Should face Iowa senior Tony Ramos (24-2), the NCAA runner up a year ago, in the final. The two have not met this year.
                Jesse Thielke, fr., 141, 18-11. Tough bracket for Thielke as he will face top-seeded Penn State freshman Zain Retherford (26-0) in the quarterfinals.  Retherford and Ohio State’s Logan Stieber (22-1), a two-time NCAA champion, are expected to meet in the final.
                Rylan Lubeck, fr., 149, 10-9: Opens against Minnesota junior Nick Dardanes (28-2), an all-American a year ago, in the preliminaries. The weight class features Nebraska junior Jake Sueflohn (27-3), who wrestled at Arrowhead, as the No. 1 seed.
                Ben Cox, jr., 165, 4-7: It would take a huge tournament for Cox to move on. He’ll start against Illinois junior Jackson Morse (17-4) in the preliminaries. This weight class will be owned by Penn State senior David Taylor (26-0), who should win his fourth Big Ten title.
                Scott Liegel, sr., 174, 16-10: Should face Penn State junior Matt Brown (24-3), a NCAA finalist a year ago, in the quarterfinals after opening with a bye.
                Jackson Hein, sr., 12-5, 184:  Will open against Indiana sophomore Luke Sheridan (25-11) for the shot to take on Minnesota senior Kevin Stienhaus (19-4) in the quarterfinals. Is opposite three-time Big Ten champion Ed Ruth (25-1), the senior from Penn State who has won three Big Ten titles.
                Timmy McCall, jr., 13-12, 197: Opens against Michigan State junior Nick McDiarmid (17-8) with a shot at No. 1 seeded Morgan McIntosh (25-2), a senior from Penn State, in the quarterfinals.
                Connor Medbery, so, 21-5, 285: This is just a brutal weight class with a quality group of wrestlers at 285. Medbery opens against Ohio State freshman Nick Tavenello (20-14) with Indiana junior Adam Chalfant (23-2) waiting in the quarterfinals.
 

Big Ten Championships FAST FACTS! - Joe Shinners

What: 100th Big Ten Conference wrestling championships

Where: Kohl Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

When: Saturday and Sunday

Brackets: http://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/VerifyPassword.jsp?tournamentId=130880009

Schedule

Saturday: Session 1, 10 a.m. – Preliminary and quarterfinal matches; Session 2, 5 p.m. – Semifinals and wrestlebacks.

Sunday: Session 3, 11 a.m. – Consolation wrestlebacks and seventh-place matches; Session 4 – First, third and fifth-place matches, 1 p.m.

Tickets

(Can be purchased by calling 1-800 GOBADGERS or (608) 262-1440)

                All-session reserved tickets: sold out.

                General admission all session (2 tickets for Saturday; 1 ticket for both sessions Sunday): Adults, $36; Student/Youth/Senior, $24.

                Single session tickets, Saturday: Adult, $15; Student/Youth/Senior, $12.

                Sunday tickets (both sessions): Adult, $18; Student/Youth/Senior, $15.

                Parking: $15 cars; $50 buses. General – Lots 91, 29 and 46. Disabled – Lots 48 and 87. Buses – Lots 45 and 51.

Broadcast coverage

                Preliminaries: BTN will provide live streaming coverage beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Select matches will be shown in sessions II and III.

                Championships: Carried live on BTN. Coverage by Tim Johnson, Jim Gibbons and Shane Sparks.

Notes

                Returning champions: There are five returning one-time champions are in the field: Illinois junior Jesse Delgado (125; 20-2 at 125 this year), Minnesota junior Dylan Ness (149; 18-4 at 157), Penn State junior Matt Brown (174; 24-3 at 174), Minnesota senior Kevin Steinhaus (184-2012; 19-4 at 184) and Illinois senior Mario Gonzalez (197-2012; 8-1 at 197). Delgado won the 125 NCAA title a year ago.

Going for four: Penn State seniors Ed Ruth (25-1 at 184) and David Taylor (26-0 at 165) are both going for their fourth title each, trying to join the 11 four-time champions in Big Ten history. Ruth won the 174 title in 2011 and 2012 and the 184 title a year ago in the Big Ten. Ruth, a two-time NCAA champion having won titles in 2013 and 2012, owns a 128-3 career record. Taylor won the 157 Big Ten title as a freshman and the 165 title as a sophomore and junior. He owns a 125-3 career record. Taylor is a three-time NCAA finalist having won the 165 title as a sophomore.

Going for three: Two other wrestlers – Ohio State junior Logan Stieber and Minnesota senior Tony Nelson – are attempting to win their third Big Ten Titles. Stieber (22-1 at 141) won the conference title the last two years at 133. He also won the last two NCAA titles at 133. Nelson (22-4 at 285) won the past two conference titles at 285 and the past two NCAA 285 titles.

St. John back: Iowa senior Derek St. John (23-3), the defending NCAA champion at 157, is in the field at 157. He is the No. 4 seed.

Defending team champion: Penn State. The Nittany Lions are seeking their fourth consecutive title. They would be the first team to win four consecutive titles since Iowa won 25 consecutive titles from 1974 to 1998. Coaches team poll: A total of nine teams enter the tournament holding a ranking in the latest USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll. They are: No. 1 Minnesota, No. 2 Penn State, No. 3 Iowa, No. 7 Michigan, No. 8 Nebraska, No. 11 Ohio State, No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 19 Northwestern and No. 20 Illinois.

No. 1 seeds: Penn State junior Nico Megaludis (23-2 at 125), Iowa senior Tony Ramos (24-2 at 133), Penn State freshman Zain Retherford (26-0 at 141), Nebraska junior Jake Sueflohn (27-3 at 149), Wisconsin freshman Isaac Jordan (24-4 at 157), Taylor at 165, Nebraska junior  Robert Kokesh (29-1 at 174), Ruth at 184, Penn State freshman Morgan McIntosh (25-2 at 197) and Michigan freshman Adam Coon (28-1 at 285).

Toughest weight class: 285 should be the toughest weight class the tournament with seven of the top-eight ranked wrestlers nationally in the field. Coon holds down the No. 1 ranking, followed by Indiana senior Adam Chalfant (23-2), ranked No. 2, Northwestern junior Mike McMullan (11-2), ranked No. 4, Iowa junior Bobby Telford (18-4), ranked No. 5, Nelson, ranked No. 6, and Michigan State senior Mike McClure (23-5), ranked No. 7, and Wisconsin sophomore Connor Medbery (21-5), ranked No 8. That’s a packed bracket.

 

 


  • Barry Davis Press Conference (Approx. 2:00pm Friday, March 7)
    Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis will headline the Big Ten Championships press conference on Friday, March 7 at approximately 2 p.m. in the Kohl Center
    The news conference will be live-streamed on www.UWBadgers.com and a complete transcript will be available later that afternoon.

    CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
    March 8
    Session 1: 10 a.m.
    Session 2: 5 p.m.
    March 9
    Session 3: 11 a.m.
    Session 4: 1:12 p.m.
    When No. 15 Wisconsin (12-6, 5-3) hosts the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships on March 8-9 in the Kohl Center, it will be the sixth time the Badgers have hosted the championship event and the first time in the Kohl Center.
     

  • BTN will air Sunday’s championship bouts
    BTN will air Sunday’s championship bouts live starting at 1:12 p.m. BTN StudentU and www.InsideBadgerSports.com will provide live streams of Saturday’s matches and Sunday’s semifinals.
    More info: http://go.wisc.edu/B1GWrestling
     

  • Get a grip on Badgers wrestling

  • Big Ten Wrestling Championships Preview (bigten.org)

  • Madison.com Big Ten Preview

  • Andy Baggot: Zeke Jordan leads Badgers into Big Ten wrestling meet

  • Wisconsin Wrestling Online Big Ten Championships Directory

  • The Badgers Are Ready

  • The Badgers Are Ready
     

  • Tuesdays With Barry (March 4, 2014)
    From: Barry Davis < BAD@athletics.wisc.edu >
    Subject: TUESDAYS WITH BARRY
    Date: Tue 03/04/14 02:58 PM

    To Badger Wrestling Alumni, Family and Friends,
    It’s Crunch Time! The Big Ten Championships are just a few short days away and we are very excited to be hosting the 100th Championships! This will be a great competition and our coaching staff is looking forward to seeing many of you there. I want to thank you in advance for helping make this a home court advantage for your Badger wrestlers.

    We were informed yesterday that 7500 all session tickets have been sold. That is more than the past two hosts-COMBINED! We are expecting to get up to 10,000 spectators with ½ being Badger Wrestling fans. All we can say is Thank You! This will be the most Badger fans that our wrestlers have ever had supporting them. Make sure you wear your white-out t-shirt and for those who didn’t get the t-shirt, wear your Badger RED! An event like this can help our Team and recruiting for years to come if we all participate!

    A couple of reminders;
    For those of you who purchased the white-out t-shirt, if you had it mailed you should have those delivered by today. If you are picking them up you will be able to get them at the Nitty Gritty (unless you have made other arrangements with the wrestling office for Friday pick-up) before you enter the Kohl Center on Saturday or Sunday. They will be available an hour prior to the start of each session up to a half hour after the session starts. We do have about 100 t-shirts still available in adult sizes which we will have at the Nitty Gritty if you still want one. The cost is $7 each.

    Saturday evening social
    The Badger Wrestling Club will be hosting a social at the Quality Inn and Suites Ballroom which can hold around 350 people. We will do a short presentation about what we are doing starting right after the NCAA Championships that will be helping young men pursue their Olympic dreams. This will make a difference in our effort to be a contender for the NCAA title! To make it happen we need everyone’s help. The flyer for the social is linked below.

    Thanks you for the support and enthusiasm over this past year. We are not yet where we want to be but we are going the right direction. I am most proud of the young men on this team right now that hung in and got us to the verge of being in the top ten much sooner than most expected. It has really been a privilege to coach them.

    See you all this weekend and make some noise in the Kohl Center.

    Go Badgers!
    Coach Davis

    UW Badger Big Ten Social March 8
     

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  • TUESDAY'S WITH BARRY (2-25-2014)

    Date: Tue 02/25/14 02:43 PM

    Badger Wrestling Alumni, Family and Friends:

    Crunch time is here! We have now completed the dual season and we as coaches are proud of what these young men did this season to date and the improvement they have made. We went into the weekend with a chance to tie for the Big Ten Dual meet title. Even though we lost both matches there were many bright spots against two top ten teams. The difficult part of the weekend was not being able to have Tyler Graff finish off his college dual meet career on the mat. He will be ready for the most important competitions coming up which is what really matters.

    The Nebraska match was a great dual and would have likely been won had Tyler competed. Most everyone agrees it would have been a 10 point swing in the team score, more than enough to change the outcome.

    Against Iowa we won three matches that will impact the seeding in the Big Tens. The dual finished off with Connor Medbery beating the number #3 ranked heavyweight with a late takedown. He now enters the Big Ten Championships in a weight class that is likely the toughest in the 100 year history of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships. Seven of the top eight ranked heavyweights in the country are competing next week. In addition to Connor’s victory we had Jesse Thielke win by major and two one point losses where both Lubeck and McCall were close to takedowns at the end.

    The most impressive result of the weekend were the matches that Zeke Jordan wrestled. There likely is not another time in UW dual meet history when a Badger beat both the undefeated #1 ranked wrestler and the defending NCAA Champion in a 42 hour period! Zeke is recognized this week by USA Wrestling as the “Wrestler of the Week”. Go to
    www.themat.com

    We look forward to hosting the Alumni Reunion and the Big Ten Championships next week. The turnouts for both are impressive and speaks well for the Badger wrestling alumni and the State of Wisconsin. We have over 100 Alumni registered for the reunion and expect more than 8000 in attendance for the Big Ten Championships. Thanks for the support of the Badger Wrestling program. It can be a difference maker for each of the guys when they step out on the mat in a little more than a week.

    Go Badgers!
    Coach Davis
     

  • Jordan named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week
    A pair of upsets and a national honor propel freshman to No. 2 ranking

    Online: http://go.wisc.edu/Jordan_B1G
    Highlights: http://youtu.be/j8bH86mYE3w

    Feb. 25, 2014

    MADISON, Wis. – The accolades keep adding up for Wisconsin freshman Isaac Jordan. Fresh off a pair of upsets last weekend, the now No. 2 ranked wrestler at 157 lbs. has been named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week.

    On Monday, Jordan earned USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week honors.

    Today he earns the nation’s toughest wrestling conference’s weekly award.

    Jordan started his weekend off with a 3-1 upset over then-No. 1 ranked James Green of Nebraska on Friday night. A takedown in the second sequence of sudden-victory overtime by Jordan handed Green his first loss of the season.

    The Urbana, Ohio native’s big weekend continued on Sunday with a 3-1 decision over Iowa’s Derek St. John. St. John, then-ranked No. 2, is the reigning NCAA champion and three-time All-American.

    Jordan overcame a one-point deficit in the third period to complete his historic weekend. He recorded an escape with 1:38 remaining to even things up before tallying his match-winning takedown with just 29 seconds left to win 3-1.

    The victories propelled Jordan from a No. 7 ranking to No. 2 in InterMat’s weekly poll. Green fell from No. 1 to No. 3 and St. John dropped to No. 4.

    Jordan holds a 24-4 record, posting a 17-0 dual meet record, and is in position to be the No. 1 seed at next month’s Big Ten Championships in Madison, Wis.

    The Big Ten Championships will take place in the Kohl Center on Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9. The start of Session 1 is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday with Session 2 scheduled for a 5 p.m. start. On Sunday, Session 3 will begin at 11 a.m. with the championships finals getting underway at 1 p.m.
     

  • Jordan named USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week
    Freshman recorded a pair of upsets over top-ranked opponents over weekend
    Feb. 24, 2013
    Online: http://go.wisc.edu/USA_Wrestling
    MADISON, Wis. – Redshirt freshman Isaac Jordan has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week, announced today by USA Wrestling.
    Each week, TheMat.com selects an Athlete of the Week based upon performance within wrestling for that week.
    Wrestling at 157 lbs., No. 7 Jordan started his weekend with a 3-1 decision over Nebraska’s No. 1 James Green. Jordan scored a takedown in the second sequence of sudden-victory overtime claim the upset.
    Green, a two-time All-American, entered the contest with an unblemished 26-0 record.
    Two days later, Jordan used a late takedown to upset returning NCAA champion and second-ranked Derek St. John of Iowa 3-1. St. John is a three-time All-American and two-time NCAA finalist.
    Jordan holds a 24-4 record, posting a 17-0 dual meet record, and is in position to be the No. 1 seed at next month’s Big Ten Championships in Madison, Wis.
    The Big Ten Championships will take place in the Kohl Center on Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9. The start of Session 1 is set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with Session 2 scheduled for a 5 p.m. start. On Sunday, Session 3 will begin at 11 a.m. with the championships finals getting underway at 1 p.m.
     

  • 2014 UW Badger Wrestling Summer Camps
     

  • Jordan and Medbery post wins over top-ranked Hawkeyes in Badgers’ loss
    No. 7 Jordan beats No. 2 St. John, No. 10 Medbery defeats No. 3 Telford

    Online: http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-wrestl/recaps/022314aaa.html

    Feb. 23, 2014

    MADISON, Wis.-- Redshirt freshman Isaac Jordan had a weekend to remember at the UW Field House.

    Two days after defeating No. 1-ranked James Green of Nebraska, Isaac Jordan took down No. 2-ranked Derek St. John in nail-biting fashion in No. 15 Wisconsin's (12-6, 5-3) loss to No. 3 Iowa (14-2, 7-1) Sunday afternoon on Senior Day.

    The Badgers failed to overcome a strong start from Iowa and fell, 28-10, to close out the regular season.

    Wrestling at 157 lbs., Jordan overcame a one-point deficit in the third period to complete his historic weekend. He recorded an escape with 1:38 remaining to even things up before tallying his match-winning takedown with just 29 seconds left to win 3-1.

    Jordan and St. John met earlier this season at the Midlands Championships with St. John, then the No. 1-ranked wrestler, coming out on top by decision, 5-3, in the first sudden victory period. Jordan's win Sunday was his fourth over a ranked opponent and his overall record now sits at 24-4.

    "Weekend-wise, overall we wrestled well," Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis said. "Things are coming. We've got two weeks to get ready, make some small adjustments and move forward from there. Now it is behind us and now we get ready for Big Tens."

    Redshirt sophomore Connor Medbery was able to close out the weekend on a positive note by defeating 3rd-ranked Bobby Telford. After Telford tied things up at one after his escape with 1:10 remaining, Medbery sealed the deal with a takedown with 22 seconds remaining to give him the victory by decision, 3-1.

    Medbery improves to 21-6 with the win and now has three wins over ranked opponents.

    Early on, two pins in the first two matches hurt the Badgers. No. 9 Ryan Taylor suffered just his third loss of the season at 125 lbs., after being pinned in 2:03 by Cory Clark. Matt Cavallaris, replacing injured Tyler Graff, then fell to No. 3 Tony Ramos after being pinned in 6:23 to give the Hawkeyes a quick 12-0 advantage.

    Jesse Thielke got the Badgers on the board with a major decision win over Ethan Owens by a score of 12-1. The redshirt freshman now has five-straight wins and sits at 17-11 on the season.

    Rylan Lubeck (149 lbs.) and Timmy McCall (197 lbs.) were the two other bright spots for the Badgers on the day, as each nearly beat ranked wrestlers. Lubeck was down 2-0 to No. 7 Brody Grothus late in the third and had riding time secured but was unable to convert in his late push, falling 2-1.

    McCall, who was going for his second win over a ranked opponent, was all knotted up with No. 13 Nathan Burak deep into the third period, but Burak came out on top, 2-1, after securing 1:30 of riding time.

    "(Rylan) Lubeck had an opportunity and so did McCall," Davis said. "But the thing is, they put themselves in a position to win. That is the main thing and they are competing."

    The Big Ten Championships will take place in the Kohl Center on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9. The start of Session 1 is set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with Session 2 scheduled for a 5 p.m. start. On Sunday, Session 3 will begin at 11 a.m. with the championships finals getting underway at 1 p.m.

    -
    Anna Poulter-Hendrickson
    Athletic Communications Assistant |University of Wisconsin
    Softball | Wrestling | Women's Basketball
    O: 608.265.3545 |C: 608.279.8653
    ap2@athletics.wisc.edu |www.UWBadgers.com

     

  • No. 15 Badgers notch wins over ranked opponents in loss to No. 8 Huskers
    No. 7 Jordan gives No. 1 Green first loss of season, No. 9 Taylor defeats No. 11 Lambert
    Online: http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-wrestl/recaps/022114aac.html
    Feb. 21, 2014
    MADISON, Wis.-- The 15th-ranked Wisconsin wrestling team (12-5, 5-2) appeared to have all the momentum heading into intermission over No. 8 Nebraska (12-2, 6-2) thanks to No. 7 Isaac Jordan's thrilling upset win at 157 lbs., but the Huskers proved to be too much and ultimately prevailed, 22-15.
    With the Badgers down 9-6 heading into the 157 lbs., bout, 7th-ranked redshirt freshman Isaac Jordan squared off against undefeated and No. 1-ranked James Green and emerged victorious in gripping fashion.
    Down 1-0 in the third period with under 90 seconds remaining, Jordan recorded an escape to even things up and send it into sudden victory. After the sudden victory period and the tiebreaker sets didn't crown a winner, Jordan notched a takedown 21 seconds into the second sudden victory period to hand Green his first loss in 27 matches this season.
    "He had a game plan and he stuck to it," Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis said. "One little mistake in the second period where he let Green get in too deep, but overall a solid performance.
    "Isaac knows wrestling, he understands the sport and he stuck to the plan. Great match."

    No. 9 Ryan Taylor got the action started with a 5-3 sudden victory decision over No. 11-ranked Tim Lambert at 125 lbs.
    At 141 lbs., redshirt freshman Jesse Thielke notched his fourth-straight win, shutting out Colton McCrystal by decision, 5-0.
    With Jordan's win, the teams entered the break tied 9-9.
    Nebraska appeared to have regrouped following the intermission and rattled off three straight bonus-point victories to take a 13-point lead.
    Austin Wilson took down Frank Cousins by major decision at 165 lbs., by a score of 13-0 and 3rd-ranked Robert Kokesh defeated No. 20 Scott Liegel by technical fall, 16-1, at 174 lbs.
    Nebraska closed out the run with 9th-ranked TJ Dudley's major decision victory over Dylan Iczkowski at 184 lbs., 11-2, and suddenly found themselves on top by a score of 22-9.
    Timmy McCall, who entered the dual with a 12-11 record, got UW back on track at 197 lbs., by winning by decision, 8-3, over Caleb Kolb. No. 10 Connor Medbery then closed things out for the Badgers at heavyweight with his 20th win of the season, defeating Collin Jensen, who was also going for his 20th victory, by decision, 5-2.
    Wisconsin was without 5th-ranked Tyler Graff at 133 lbs., and Jackson Hein at 184 lbs. due to injury.
    The Badgers close out the regular season Sunday at 1 p.m. on Senior Day against No. 3 Iowa at the UW Field House.
    -xxx-
    Anna Poulter-Hendrickson
    Athletic Communications Assistant |University of Wisconsin
    Softball | Wrestling | Women's Basketball
    O: 608.265.3545 |C: 608.279.8653
    ap2@athletics.wisc.edu  | www.UWBadgers.com

     

  • Isaac Jordan carrying on UW wrestling tradition

  • Badgers Closing out the regular season
     

  • Tuesdays with Barry (February 18, 2014)
    Tue 02/18/14 12:49 PM

    Badger Alumni, Fans and Friends,

    What a big week we have coming up for our Team. The final duals of the season, and for our seniors their careers, will be held in the Field House against two of the top teams in the country. Your support at the Nebraska and Iowa matches will be a big help for our team. There will be some of the best match-ups we have had all year in these final two duals so your support can make a difference! Truthfully, it is actually time to wrestle someone else after 19 days of training-things are getting a little testy in the room!

    A couple of reminders as we will now have a social after every home dual at the RED ZONE sports bar on Regent Street just 3 blocks from the Field House. Everyone is invited to be there and talk with the Coaches. I have attached a flyer for these socials.

    We will also have a Social at the Quality Inn and Suites after the Saturday evening session at the Big Tens. Those who are attending the Big Ten’s make sure you bring your friends. I will send a flyer for this social next week.

    Another reminder is to get your “white out” t-shirts for the Big Tens. Please order by Feb 24 to ensure we can get those done on time. If you order after that date we will do our best to get them done in time for the Big Tens but can’t give you a guarantee. Please get this info to anyone you know will be attending. This would be a big statement to white out the Wisconsin section. The link to order is below.

    www.usawrestlingproducts.com/badgerbig10shirt

    We have been hinting about a big announcement over the past few weeks and here it is. The USA Wrestling Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Team Trials will be held at the Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on May 30-June 1, 2014! Along with these trials we will have the Junior World Greco-Roman and Freestyle Team Trials as well. This is being hosted by the Wisconsin Regional Training Center in conjunction with the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation, Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association and the Madison Area Sports Commission. Tickets will go on sale March 8, coinciding with the Big Ten Wrestling Championships. You will receive more information on this in the future as USA Wrestling is making the announcement on this today.

    Go Badgers!

    Coach Davis
     

  • UW Badger Wrestling looking for a few more volunteers to cover Big Tens
     

  • Almost Tuesdays with Barry..... (Wed 02/12/14 12:40 PM)

    To Alumni, Family and Friends,
    There is a lot of information that we want to get to you. We will also have a special announcement that will be sent to you in another e-mail. That will be coming shortly so stay tuned!
    For those of you who will be attending the Nebraska and/or the Iowa matches we will be having a social at the RED ZONE sports bar after the matches. The RED ZONE is located on the corner of Regent and Charter about 3 blocks from the Field House and everyone is invited. This is hosted by the Badger Wrestling Club and will be something that we will do from now on after every home match. We want the opportunity for everyone to get together and to meet with the coaches and our Directors of the Badger Wrestling Club.
    The Nebraska and Iowa duals are important and will have some great match-ups that will play significantly into the seeding for the Big Ten Championships. Nebraska will be a great dual with the signature match being at 157 where #6 ranked Zeke Jordan will face #1 ranked James Green. If we pull off the Team victory then the winner of our match with Iowa will have a share of the Big Ten Dual season championship! BIG WEEKEND!
    The Big Ten Championships are less than a month out and the events are shaping up. We expect to have 100 Alumni at the Reunion on Friday. We also are finishing up plans for the Badger Wrestling Club social on Saturday night at the Quality Inn and Suites where everyone is invited. What is really exciting is to look at the seating assignments for the Teams at the Big Ten Championships See Below! Thanks to everyone supporting the Team. Make sure you get your t-shirts to white out the Wisconsin section! You can get the t-shirt even if you are not attending the Championships. The link to order is below. Please forward this link to anyone you know that is coming to the Big Tens or who you think would be interested. It is a simple design that can make a strong statement. FYI – If you have ordered tickets for Big Ten’s the Ticket Office is beginning mailing tomorrow and all should be out by early next week.

    www.usawrestlingproducts.com/badgerbig10shirt

    By the way-the Team is doing great. We are in the middle of our 19 day training cycle at the hardest part. These young men are doing all that is asked of them. After the season we will start doing some video interviews of the guys that will be attached to the communications so that you can get an opportunity to know them better.

    Thanks everyone-you will hear from us again soon.
    GO Badgers!
    Coach Davis

    The schedule for the Big Ten Championships is as follows:
    Session 1 (Saturday, 10:00am) – competition through quarterfinals and the consolation first round.
    Session 2 (Saturday, 5:00pm) – competition through the championship semifinals and competition up to, but not including, consolation semifinals.
    Session 3 (Sunday, 11:00am) – consolation semifinals will be on three mats followed by seventh place matches on three mats.
    Session 4 (Sunday, 1:00pm) – championship, third, and fifth place matches in each weight division on three mats.

    Kohl Center Seating



     

  • LET'S WHITE OUT THE BIG TEN
    Tue 02/11/14 02:55 PM

    To Badger Wrestling Family, Fans, and Alumni:
    We are looking for your help in reaching out to those who purchased tickets to attend the Big Ten Wrestling Championships. Please let them know about the opportunity to help us make a statement at the Big Tens. Thanks for your help!
    Sincerely,
    Badger Coaching Staff and the Badger Wrestling Team


    LET’S WHITE OUT THE BIG TEN!

    We have over 2000 Badger fans that ordered tickets in the Wisconsin section. This means we will have nearly all the seats in the lower bowl between the free throw lines of the Kohl Center! We know there are hundreds more Wisconsin fans that also purchased general admission sections. We appreciate the support of the Badger Team and know the 100th Big Ten Wrestling Championships will be a great show.

    One of the things that can be done to make the atmosphere even better is to white out the entire middle section and other parts of the arena! Attached is a 100% cotton T-shirt that is available for $7 that is being offered to get the job done! To get the T-shirt in time for the Big Tens, orders must be placed by February 24, 2014 through the link below. T-Shirts can be picked up at the Nitty Gritty Bar and Restaurant located at 229 N Francis Street, less than a block from the Kohl Center. T-Shirts can be picked up one hour before and after the start of the 10:00am session on Saturday March 8 and the 11:00am session on Sunday March 9. For those who want the T-shirts shipped we can do that but can’t guarantee the T-shirt will arrive prior to the Big Ten Championships.

    You don’t have to attend the Big Ten Championships to order the T-shirt as we would like to have you wear this at future UW Wrestling duals as well, or just to promote Wisconsin Wrestling.

    Link to order T-shirts: www.usawrestlingproducts.com/badgerbig10shirt

    Go Badgers!
  • Tuesdays With Barry (Tuesday, February 4, 2014)

  • Big Ten Wrestling coming to the Kohl Center

    Big Ten Wrestling coming to the Kohl Center (March 8-9)
    http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/020414aaa.html

    • Purchase Tickets http://tinyurl.com/ky2ocmr 

    MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin will host the 100th annual Big Ten wrestling championships Saturday-Sunday, March 8-9, in the Kohl Center. With the championship action just a few weeks away, fans should act fast to secure their tickets.

    All-session general admission tickets and single-session tickets are on sale now. All tickets can be PURCHASED HERE
     http://tinyurl.com/kpr24cz  or by phone at 1.800.GO.BADGERS or 608.262.1440.
    Links to:

    Competition Schedule
    Saturday, March 8 – Session 1
    Gates open – 9 a.m.
    Competition begins – 10 a.m.

    Saturday, March 8 – Session 2
    Gates open – 4 p.m.
    Competition begins – 5 p.m.

    Sunday, Match 9 – Session 3
    Gates open – 10 a.m.
    Competition begins – 11 a.m.

    All-Session Tickets
    $36 General Admission Adult
    $24 General Admission Student/Youth/Senior
    Single Session Tickets

    Saturday (Two separate sessions)*
    $15 General Admission Adult
    $12 General Admission Student/Youth/Senior
    *Building will be cleared in between sessions

    Sunday
    $18 General Admission Adult
    $15 General Admission Student/Youth/Senior

    The Wisconsin Wrestling team is current ranked 15th in the nation. With a 12-4 overall record, the Badgers will enjoy the week off before concluding the regular season next weekend against Nebraska on Friday, February 21 at 7 p.m. and against Iowa on Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m. Both matches are at the UW Field House.


     
    Tuesdays With Barry (Tuesday, February 4, 2014)
    To Alumni, Friends and Family,

    We had a solid dual against the 21st ranked Bison of North Dakota State. The Badgers were led by Scott Liegel who beat 9th ranked Hayden Zillmer 3-2. Ryan Taylor, Tyler Graff, Zeke Jordan and Connor Medbery all earned major decision and Jesse Thielke also got win on Sunday. As we begin a 19 day training cycle before our next dual, we will be working on what it will take for each one of our athletes to get qualified to the NCAA Championships.

    Monday and Tuesday the Team was given off and encouraged to not even come in. We will have a tough two weeks of training before we host two top 10 teams with Nebraska and Iowa to finish off the dual season. We encourage you to make plans to attend and send off Seniors Tyler Graff, Scott Liegel and Jackson Hein on a high note. We will also start having a social gathering with the coaches after dual meets, beginning with the Nebraska dual. It will be at the REDZONE Sports Bar about 3 blocks from the Field House on Regent Street. Everyone is invited. We will provide more information on this in future communications.

    The Big Ten Championships are taking shape and will be a great weekend for the Badger Wrestling program and supporters. At the deadline for priority tickets orders (Jan 31) we have 5000 tickets sold with 2000 in the Wisconsin section. That means Wisconsin will occupy the lower bowl between the free throw lines ON BOTH SIDES! Thanks everyone! So here is the next thing you can do to help.

    We would like to do what no one else has done at the Big Ten Championships-let’s white out the middle section of the arena! We are ordering a white T-Shirt with a red W on the chest and the word “wrestling” inside the W (see attached). The cost of the shirt is only $7. You will receive a separate e-mail shortly on how to order the shirt and get it for the Big Ten Championships. Please encourage everyone you know that is attending the Big Ten’s to participate. This type of branding will show great support for our Team, the program and help with recruiting. (info will be posted as received)

    Stay tuned-we hope to have an announcement of another effort to raise the profile of wrestling in Wisconsin shortly! Have a great week.

    Coach Davis
     

  • Liegel's win at 174 lbs., helps UW to fifth win over ranked opponent

  • NCAA D1 Career Results

  • This Week in Wrestling: A break from the grueling Big Ten
     

  • Tuesdays with Barry (UW Head Coach Barry Davis Tuesday, January 28, 2014)
    Alumni, Family and Friends,

    The #18 Badger Wrestling Team continues to move forward with wins over Indiana and #15 Northwestern to improve our record to 5-1 in the Big Ten. We have now beaten the #9, #10 and #15 ranked Teams. The guys have worked hard-which most teams do at this level- but more importantly we have continued to improve! We had 12 days between competitions which allowed us to concentrate on training instead of simply preparing for the next match. The toughest part of a longer training break is maintaining weight but the Team has done a great job with this. After our match with #23 North Dakota State on Sunday we will be able to go back to training mode as our next Duals will be at home on February 21 against Nebraska and then finish up on Feb 23 verses Iowa (both ranked in the top 10).

    There were some important wins this past weekend. Against Indiana, Zeke Jordan beat #4 ranked Welsh who leads the nation in pins (somewhere in the mid 20’s). Rylan Lubeck and Jackson Hein also defeated nationally ranked opponents. It was great to get Jackson back into the line-up as he had competed only once since early December. Tyler Graff, Jesse Thielke, Scott Liegel and Tim McCall also picked up wins.

    Sunday’s match against Northwestern was a great performance as this was one that looked tough to win on paper. Ryan Taylor and Tyler Graff started us off well as both earned major decisions. Jesse Thielke followed up with win over Northwestern’s Greco, who was the favorite going in. With another win by Zeke Jordan, the Badgers had a 14-3 lead at the intermission. Scott Liegel got a pin for the Badgers that put the match out of reach. Jackson Hein closed out the wins for the Badgers, but not the excitement. Tim McCall had a couple of great throws in a tight match until late in the third and Connor Medbery nearly earned the victory against last year’s NCAA runner-up. Connor was very close to a takedown as time ran out and had McMullen on his back out of bounds earlier.

    When it comes to the Big Ten Championships it really won’t matter what your seed is at heavyweight as everyone has been beaten by someone else in the Big Ten. This may be the toughest weight in the 100 year history of the Big Ten as eight Big Ten Heavyweights are ranked in the top 12 in the nation! This means the number one seed will wrestle the nation’s 12th ranked heavyweight in the quarter finals. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

    This Sunday we will take on the #23 NDSU at 1:00pm at the UW Field House. This is Team day where Teams get in free, but need to register in advance. We will also be signing autographs after the match. With a 1pm start it is early enough to get to the match and watch the Super Bowl, so we need you to be at the Field House on SUNDAY!

    GO BADGERS

    Coach Davis

    BIG TEN WRESTLING TICKETS - JANUARY 31 DEADLINE

    Big Ten Wrestling Tickets; January 31 Ordering Deadline!
    Date: Mon 01/27/14 03:27 PM
    Badger Wrestling Supporters
    This is the final reminder to get your Big Ten Wrestling tickets ordered by January 31. The ticket office will be assigning seats to all orders at that time. The Wisconsin section has the priority until that date. Tickets ordered after that time will be best available seating. Seating for the Wisconsin section right now is in the lower level between the free throw lines –if you get your order in by JANUARY 31! The link to order tickets is below.
    Mitch Hull 608 262 5588


     Go to THIS LINK: http://tinyurl.com/pml45wv
     

  • Badgers top No. 16 Northwestern on the road
    UW claims three bonus point victories to improve to 5-1 in Big Ten
    Online:
    http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-wrestl/recaps/012614aab.html  
    Jan. 26, 2014
    EVANSTON, Ill.-- The 19th-ranked Badgers (11-4 overall, 5-1 Big Ten) notched their fourth victory over a ranked opponent Sunday afternoon by defeating No. 16 Northwestern (6-5, 1-5) 23-15.
    Wisconsin defeated Indiana, 23-12, Friday night to pick up a pair of conference road victories over the weekend.
    “Those were two big wins on the road,” said UW assistant coach Trevor Brandvold. “We are getting better every match and that has been good to see.”
    No. 10 Ryan Taylor and No. 6 Tyler Graff once again got the Badgers off to a strong start and each recorded bonus-point victories. Taylor won by major decision, 21-8, over Garrison White at 125 lbs., while Graff recorded a four-point technical fall over Dominick Malone in 1:13. Taylor’s 21 points were the second-highest mark he has recorded in a match this season while Graff earned his eighth technical fall victory of the year.
    Jesse Thielke then recorded the biggest win for the Badgers on the day. He battled in back-and-forth fashion with Pasquale Greco at 141 lbs., and ultimately came away with the victory, 5-4. Greco was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, resulting in the loss of a point for the Wildcats and Thielke’s win gave the Badgers a commanding 11-0 lead.
    “Jesse Thielke had a big win for us today,” continued Brandvold. “We are getting better every time we step on the mat.”
    After TJ Ruschell fell by major decision at 149 lbs., to Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis by a score of 13-2, No. 7 Isaac Jordan grabbed his 21st win of the season with a 6-3 decision over Ben Sullivan at 157 lbs. Jordan’s win comes two days after recording his first victory over a top-5 opponent this season.
    Following Frank Cousins’ 4-0 loss to No. 9 Pierce Harger at 165 lbs., Scott Liegel turned in an impressive performance by pinning Robert Coukos in 1:44. The fall was Liegel’s third of the season and it gave the Badgers a 20-7 lead.
    Senior Jackson Hein recorded UW’s last victory of the day by defeating Jacob Berkowitz by decision, 8-3, at 184 lbs. With the win, Hein improves to 10-3 on the season.
    Northwestern then rattled off a pair of wins with ranked wrestlers to close out the match. At 197 lbs., No. 17 Alex Polizzi pinned Timmy McCall in 5:57 while No. 4 Michael McMullan won by decision over No. 10 Connor Medbery, 4-3.
    “Connor (Medbery) had a great heavyweight match,” concluded Brandvold. “That kid was in the national finals last year and Connor lost by a point. I like that. Having Jackson (Hein) back was big also. Overall it was a good weekend.”
    The Badgers return home next Sunday when to host North Dakota State. The match is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at the UW Field House.
    ---
    Anna Poulter-Hendrickson
    Athletic Communications Assistant |University of Wisconsin
    Softball | Wrestling | Women's Basketball
    O: 608.265.3545 |C: 608.279.8653
    ap2@athletics.wisc.edu  | www.UWBadgers.com

     

  • Badgers pick up 10th win of season at Indiana
    Date: Fri 01/24/14 09:29 PM
    Badgers pick up 10th win of season at Indiana
    No. 19 Wisconsin defeats Hoosiers, 23-12, in Bloomington

    Online: http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-wrestl/recaps/012414aaa.html
    Jan. 24, 2014
    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- No. 19 Wisconsin’s road trip got off on the right foot Friday night with a 23-12 win over Indiana in University Gymnasium in Bloomington, Ind.
    Wisconsin (10-4 overall, 4-1 Big Ten) posted seven wins, six by decision and one by technical fall, on its way to its 10th win of the season.
    The dual got underway at 149 lbs., where Rylan Lubeck started UW off with a 4-2 sudden victory decision over Eric Roach.
    The 157-pound match featured a matchup of ranked wrestlers as Wisconsin’s No. 7 Isaac Jordan took the mat against Indiana’s No. 5 Taylor Walsh. Jordan posted his first career win over a top-five opponent with a 2-1 decision over Walsh.
    Frank Cousins suffered the Badgers’ first defeat of the night, falling 8-6 at 165 lbs., to Ryan LeBlanc.
    Scott Liegel, Jackson Hein and Timmy McCall rattled off three-straight Badger wins to give UW a 15-3 lead after six matches. Liegel defeated Mat Irick, 6-2, at 174 lbs., Hein posted a 3-2 win over No. 17 Luke Sheridan at 184 lbs., and McCall earned a 4-2 decision over Garret Goldman at 197 lbs.
    No. 10 Connor Medbery suffered his first pin of the season, getting stuck at 1:35 by No. 8 Adam Chalfant at heavyweight.
    Indiana (7-6, 0-5) claimed its second-straight victory when Alonzo Shepard defeated Matt Cavallaris, 4-1, at 125 lbs., but Wisconsin was able to finish the night with a pair of wins to earn the victory.
    At 133 lbs., No. 6 Tyler Graff tallied his seventh technical fall of the season with a 19-4 win over Chris Caton. At 141 lbs., Jesse Thielke earned his 13th win of the season with a 10-4 decision over Trevor Moody.
    Wisconsin continues Big Ten action on the road on Sunday when it visits No. 16 Northwestern for a noon dual meet in Welsh-Arena in Evanston, Ill. The Badgers return home to Madison to host North Dakota State on Sunday, Feb. 2 in a 1 p.m. dual meet at the UW Field House.

    Anna Poulter-Hendrickson
    Athletic Communications Assistant |University of Wisconsin
    Softball | Wrestling | Women's Basketball
    O: 608.265.3545 |C: 608.279.8653
    ap2@athletics.wisc.edu | www.UWBadgers.com
     

  • This Week in Badger Wrestling

  • Tuesdays with Barry (1/21/14)
     

  • Tuesdays with Barry (1/21/14)
    To Alumni, Friends and Family,

    This was a relatively quiet week for the Badger Wrestling Program as we have a 12 day break from wrestling competition until we take a road trip to wrestle Indiana on Friday and Northwestern on Sunday. The past week of training was one of the hardest weeks of training we have had all year. The week allowed us to concentrate on conditioning, team and individual technique. The Team responded well as we feel it was our best week of training this year. This break also allowed us the time to get a few guys healthy as well.

    Just because we did not have any matches doesn’t mean that we did not have a couple of important competitions. On Friday afternoon (after practice) the Badger Wrestling Team had a bowling tournament where the guys made 4-man teams in an 8 team tournament. In the end, Da Monstars (Ben Cox, Jay Yde, Dylan Iczkowski and Brock Horwath) edged out The Staff Infection (Barry Davis, Mitch Hull, Kyle Ruschell and trainer Gary Johnson). The Coaches blew a nearly 40 pin lead into the 9th frame losing on the last ball thrown for a team average of 151 to 152! Like we say in wrestling “every PIN matters”! See the attached photo for a look at the winning team!

    On Sunday the Badger Wrestling Team challenged the Women’s Softball Team in a slow pitch game on the indoor football field in the McClain Center. It was a great Game that ended up tied after the two inning regulation game. All the innings played after the 2nd were just “exhibition” as far as the official scorer (that’s me) is concerned. The Softball team and coaches may look at it a little differently but we were the home team so we make the rules! A rematch may be in order this summer on Goodman’s Diamond!

    Those of you that have been following the college season have seen that this season has been one of the more unpredictable ones. Every defending NCAA Champion has lost at least one match. Last week 3 of the top 5 ranked Teams got beat by lower ranked teams. This will make for a great Big Ten and NCAA Championship. There are a few weights in the Big Ten where a top 5 finish will get you a top 8 seed at the NCAA’s.

    We are also nearing the end of being able to get the priority reserved tickets for the Big Ten Championships. We met with the ticket office last week and there are over 1600 reserved tickets in the Wisconsin section. Our goal is to increase that another 50% to 2400 by the reserved deadline of January 31. We now occupy almost 40% of the lower bowl reserved and we want to get that to 60%. We will be assigning the seats to the Wisconsin section before we allocate out to the rest of the Big Ten Team so take advantage of this priority and order before Jan 31. After that date the seating will be assigned as available.

    Finally, the Badger Wrestling community lost a dear friend and fan this week with the passing of Ruth Moll. Those of you who were Badger wrestlers and fans from the mid 70’s through the 80’s will remember Ted and Ruth as they were at nearly every Badger Wrestling match and volunteered 100’s of hours for the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation and USA Wrestling. Ted served as President of the Badger Wrestling booster club. Their son Mike was the athletic trainer for the wrestling team and is now the Head Athletic Trainer for the Badger Football Team. The Badger Wrestling Club will make a donation to Ruth’s charity on behalf of the Badger wrestlers that she befriended over the years.

    Coach Davis
    Tuesdays with Barry
    http://youtu.be/8X24QNPoNHU
     

  • Tuesdays with Barry (UW Head Coach) (1-14-2014)
    To Alumni, Fans, Family and Friends,

    The Badgers had a big weekend after hosting #9 Ohio State and traveling to Minnesota to take on the #2 Gophers. The Friday night match against the Buckeyes was a great one for the 600 fans that braved the ice to attend the match. We actually did not think we would have that many people risk their safety and their vehicles to slide into the Field House. Those that made it got their money’s worth as the Badgers upset the Buckeyes 22-15. The Badgers were led by Timmy McCall as he pulled off the biggest win of his career upsetting #4 Heflin in overtime. Timmy nearly took Heflin down at the end of regulation then went right after him for the takedown in overtime. Ryan Taylor (11th) also came through with a pin over #17 Nick Roberts. Also winning for the Badgers were Tyler Graff (#6), Zeke Jordan (#7), Frank Cousins and Connor Medbery (#10). Rylan Lubeck and Scott Liegel lost close matches that could have made the win even more decisive. This is the second top 10 team the Badgers have beaten this year.

    On Sunday we faced the #2 Gophers in Minneapolis. Coach Robinson has a tough and experienced Team of mostly Juniors and Seniors. We started the dual with Taylor and Graff both winning tough matches. The Badgers were also favored at 157# but Jordan was unable to wrestle. The rest of the matches went to the Gophers as they have six of the final eight weights ranked in the top 5 in the Nation with the final two weights for the Gophers are ranked #1. McCall and Medbery both showed they are capable of competing with the best in the country. We did have several people comment how hard we competed. We are not at the level of the Gophers right now, but we are closing the gap!

    The Gophers will be in the National hunt along with #1 Penn State and #3 Iowa. This bring us to the next point. Mark your calendars and get your tickets to attend the Big Ten Wrestling Championships March 8-9. For the Alumni make sure you are here on March 7 for the Alumni Reunion!!! The Big Ten Championship will be the NCAA Championships two weeks before the NCAA Championships! One example 7 of the top 10 ranked Heavyweights compete for Big Ten teams (the 8th guy is ranked 12!). We need a big crowd to show the support wrestling has in Wisconsin and to also support our Badger athletes.

    We also need you to attend the social we are having at the Quality Inn and Suites on Saturday March 8 after the second session. We will be talking about the Badger Wrestling Club and how this is going to make a difference in our efforts to be in National Title contention. Below is the link for ordering tickets. Make sure you purchase your tickets by January 31 and select the Wisconsin section. Also included is the link to the Quality Inn and Suites as we have 100 rooms reserved at $85 per night which includes breakfast. Let them know you want rooms in the Badger Wrestling group.

    Finally, If you have someone that we could add to our database please forward to Mitch Hull at mch@athletics.wisc.edu. We have a lot more home addresses than e-mail. This is especially true for our Alumni.

    GO Badgers

    Hotel information
    http://www.qualitysuitesmadison.com/

    Big Ten Ticket information
    http://ev11.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetGroupList?groupCode=GS&linkID=wisc&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=

    Tuesdays with Barry VIDEO: http://youtu.be/tmmq1cA4-og
     

  • Ryan Christensen signs LOI with Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin wrestling team lost its first Big Ten dual meet
     

  • Tuesdays with Barry (1/08/14)
    (I know! It's Wednesday, but the weather threw us off!!)
    Date: Wed 01/08/14 01:33 PM

    Dear Wrestling Fans, Family and Alumni,
    After a couple weeks off for the Holiday season it is now time to resume our “Tuesday’s with Barry” communication. On the standard dates of Dec 29-30, the Badgers participated in the prestigious 51st Midlands Championships. As a Team we placed 8th which is not where we should have been. We ended up shorthanded without Ryan Taylor at 125 and having to withdraw Jackson Hein and Connor Medbery at 184 and HWT. The points from these individuals would have likely brought us into the top 4. Though we did not compete as well as we would have liked in the final matches of the day there were several good performances. Scott Liegel placed 6th with two last second wins in a row and placed ahead of the Northern Iowa athlete he lost to in the dual. Rylan Lubeck pinned a past NCAA Champion and placed 8th. Freshmen Andrew Crone and Ricky Robertson wrestled well showing they have a bright future. Zeke Jordan lost an overtime match with current NCAA Champion St John from Iowa in the semis. This will be a great rematch when we host the Hawkeyes in the last dual of the year on Feb 23. Tyler Graff became the 22nd athlete to win over 20 matches in 4 years at the Midlands. Tyler placed 4th with two very close and frustrating losses. Most experts will say that the four best 133lb wrestlers were at the Midlands and any one of the four can win the NCAA title.

    This coming week will be a big challenge as we face two top 10 ranked teams. On Jan 10 we host the 9th ranked Ohio State. The Buckeyes are led by NCAA Champion Logan Stieber at 141lbs. along with rankings of 5th and 4th at 133lbs and 197lbs.

    On Sunday Jan 12 we will be at Minnesota taking on the 2nd ranked Gophers. The Gophers are strong throughout the line-up, led by 2X NCAA Champion Nelson at HWT. The last 4 weights are ranked no lower than 5th.

    Both Duals are webcast on the cbssports network. You will need to register and pay separately as the Ohio State match is part of the Wisconsin package and the Minnesota dual is part of the Minnesota package. You can go to the athletic department web pages for each of the Teams to register.

    We have some great news off the mat as the cumulative GPA of the Team for the first semester of the year was nearly a 3.0! We are very proud of the focus the young men on the Badger Wrestling Team!

    Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Big Ten wrestling championships March 8-9! The headquarter hotel for the Badgers is the Quality Inn and Suites. The rate is $85 per night-we will have a social in the ballroom at the hotel on Saturday after the session. The link to the hotel is below. We have 100 rooms reserved.
    http://www.qualitysuitesmadison.com/

    Interview with Coach Davis:
    http://youtu.be/NimI9xg1cQ4
     

  • Badgers conclude 2013 at Midlands Championships (12-31-2013)
    Graff places fourth, Jordan and Liegel take sixth

    EVANSTON, Ill. – The No. 23 Wisconsin wrestling team concluded the 2013 portion of its schedule at the 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill., Monday night. Four Badgers placed in the top eight to conclude tournament action.

    • No. 8 Tyler Graff finished fourth at 133 lbs. following a 3-0 decision to No. 1 AJ Schopp of Edinboro.

    • No. 9 Isaac Jordan placed sixth at 157 lbs. after suffering a 3-1 decision to Virginia Tech’s Nick Brascetta. Scott Liegel also finished sixth at 174 lbs., falling to Virginia Tech’s Zach Epperly, 7-5.

    • Wisconsin finished eighth in the team standings with 62.5 points.

    • The Badgers resume Big Ten Conference action on Friday, Jan. 10 when they host No. 9 Ohio State at 7 p.m. in the UW Field House.

    133 lbs.
    #8 Tyler Graff (UW) maj. dec. Kyle Springer (IND), 21-7
    #8 Tyler Graff (UW) dec. Randy Cruz (UN-Lehigh), 6-1
    #7 Joe Colon (UNI) dec. #8 Tyler Graff (UW), 6-3
    #8 Tyler Graff (UW) maj. dec. Kevin Norstrem (UN-VA Tech), 20-7
    #8 Tyler Graff (UW) maj. dec. #17 Rossi Bruno (MICH), 16-6
    #8 Tyler Graff (UW) dec. Alen Waters (UN-Missouri), 9-3
    #1 AJ Schopp (Edinboro) dec. #8 Tyler Graff, 3-0

    141 lbs.
    Jesse Thielke (UW) maj. dec. Drew Longo (UN-Lehigh), 14-4
    #5 Rick Durso (F&M) dec. Jesse Thielke (UW), 7-4
    Jesse Thielke (UW) maj. dec. Clay Cathey (NDSU), 13-4
    Todd Preston (Harvard) dec. Jesse Thielke (UW), 6-0

    149 lbs.
    Neal Molloy (IND) dec. TJ Ruschell (UW), 4-2
    TJ Ruschell (UW) maj. dec. Elroy Perkin (UWW), 12-3
    TJ Ruschell (UW) maj. dec. Derrick Evanovich (Maryland), 16-4
    Brandon Nelsen (PUR) dec. TJ Ruschell (UW), 7-4

    Andrew Crone (UN-UW) dec. Blake Santi (Harper), 8-1
    Brandon Sorensen (IOWA) dec. Andrew Crone (UN-UW), 6-4
    Andrew Crone (UN-UW) dec. Rob Jillard (NIU), 10-6
    Alex Griffin (PUR) dec. Andrew Crone (UN-UW), 9-5

    Rylan Lubeck (UW) dec. Elroy Perkin (UWW), 4-3
    Rylan Lubeck (UW) dec. Frank Goodwin (Maryland), 3-1
    Rylan Lubeck (UW) fall Darrion Caldwell (RAW), 2:15
    Blake Roulo (UN-GM) dec. Rylan Lubeck (UW), 5-3
    Rylan Lubeck (UW) dec. Alex Griffin (PUR), 2-1
    Brody Grothus (IOWA) dec. Rylan Lubeck (UW), 8-4
    Chad Walsh (Rider) dec. Rylan Lubeck (UW), 5-1

    157 lbs.
    #9 Isaac Jordan (UW) maj. dec. Nick Olejnik (NDSU), 12-2
    #9 Isaac Jordan (UW) maj. dec. Tyler Grimaldi (Harvard), 12-3
    #9 Isaac Jordan (UW) fall Chad Ryan (COL), 2:22
    #1 Derek St. John (IOWA) dec. #9 Isaac Jordan (UW), 5-3, SV1
    Isaiah Martinez (UN-ILL) dec. #9 Isaac Jordan (UW), 7-5
    Nick Brascetta (UN-VA TECH) dec. #9 Isaac Jordan (UW), 3-1

    165 lbs
    #10 Jackson Morse (ILL) dec. Frank Cousins (UW), 9-2
    Frank Cousins (UW) FFT Kevin Bialka (NU)
    Frank Cousins (UW) dec. Pat Robinson (PUR), 8-2
    Devon Gobbo (Harvard) dec. Frank Cousins (UW), 9-3

    Chad Lowman (Grand View) dec. Ben Cox (UW), 6-2
    Jake Davis (E. MICH) fall Ben Cox (UW), 2:11

    174 lbs.
    Scott Liegel (UW) dec. Eric Morris (Harvard), 9-7
    Scott Liegel (UW) dec. Dan Schiferl (UWO), 6-5
    Scott Liegel (UW) dec. Landon Williams (Wartburg), 8-2
    #6 Mike Evans (IOWA) maj. dec. Scott Liegel (UW), 12-4
    Scott Liegel (UW) dec. Collin Zeerip (MICH), 6-2
    Scott Liegel (UW) dec. Monte Schmalhaus (Utah Valley), 5-1
    Brock Gutches (S OR) dec. Scott Liegel (UW), 1-0
    Zach Epperly (UN-VA TECH) dec. Scott Liegel (UW), 7-5

    184 lbs.
    Ricky Robertson (UN-UW) dec. Deshoun White (SIU), 3-2
    #2 Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa) dec. Ricky Robertson (UN-UW), 7-4
    Ricky Robertson (UN-UW) FFT Jackson Hein (UW)
    Ricky Robertson (UN-UW) dec. Phillip Joseph (E. MICH), 4-1
    Sam Brooks (IOWA) dec. Ricky Robertson (UN-UW), 11-4

    Zach Hernandez (COL) dec. Jackson Hein (UW), 3-2
    Jackson Hein (UW) dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 3-1
    Ricky Robertson (UN-UW) FFT Jackson Hein (UW)

    197 lbs.
    Vince Pickett (Edinboro) maj. dec. Timmy McCall (UW), 8-0
    Willie Miklus (MIZZO) dec. Timmy McCall (UW), 8-7

    HWT
    #10 Connor Medbery (UW) TF Alex Macki (UN-SDSU), 15-0 (4:51)
    #10 Connor Medbery (UW) dec. Chris Lopez (ILL), 4-0
    #6 JT Felix (BSU) dec. #10 Connor Medbery (UW), 7-4
    Steve Dwyer (Beebe) FFT #10 Connor Medbery (UW)

     

  • Graff, Jordan and Liegel set for championship bouts at Midlands (12-30-2013)
    No. 8 Tyler Graff will wrestle for third, Liegel and No. 9 Jordan for fifth

    Online: http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/123013aaa.html

    Dec. 30, 2013

    EVANSTON, Ill. – A trio of Wisconsin wrestlers remain alive at the 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill., and will wrestle tonight in the finals at 8 p.m. live on BTN.

    Three wins, including two by major decision, propelled No. 8 Tyler Graff into the third-place bout at 133 lbs. where he will face No. 1 seeded and No. 1 ranked AJ Schopp of Edinboro. Schopp was knocked into the wrestlebacks by Northern Iowa’s No. 7 Joe Colon. Colon also knocked Graff into the consolation bracket in the senior’s third match of the tournament.

    Rylan Lubeck’s run ended with an eighth-place finish at 149 lbs. Lubeck defeated Purdue’s Alex Griffin by decision before suffering a pair of losses.

    No. 9 Isaac Jordan wrestled tough against Iowa’s No. 1 Derek St. John, but ultimately came up short, falling 5-3 in the first sudden victory. Jordan will face No. 2-seed Nick Brascetta from Virginia Tech in the fifth-place match at 157 lbs.

    One point separated Scott Liegel from the third-place bout at 174 lbs. Liegel lost by a 1-0 decision to Brock Gutches from Southern Oregon and will wrestle Zach Epperly from Virginia Tech for fifth place.

    Ricky Robertson’s tournament run came to an end against Iowa’s Sam Brooks at 184 lbs. Robertson posted a 3-2 record in his first Midlands Championships. An injury forced No. 10 Connor Medbery to end his tournament run early. Medbery went 2-1 in action on Sunday.

    133 lbs.
    #8 Tyler Graff (UW) maj. dec. Kyle Springer (IND), 21-7
    #8 Tyler Graff (UW) dec. Randy Cruz (UN-Lehigh), 6-1
    #7 Joe Colon (UNI) dec. #8 Tyler Graff (UW), 6-3
    #8 Tyler Graff (UW) maj. dec. Kevin Norstrem (UN-VA Tech), 20-7
    #8 Tyler Graff (UW) maj. dec. #17 Rossi Bruno (MICH), 16-6
    #8 Tyler Graff (UW) dec. Alen Waters (UN-Missouri), 9-3

    141 lbs.
    Jesse Thielke (UW) maj. dec. Drew Longo (UN-Lehigh), 14-4
    #5 Rick Durso (F&M) dec. Jesse Thielke (UW), 7-4
    Jesse Thielke (UW) maj. dec. Clay Cathey (NDSU), 13-4
    Todd Preston (Harvard) dec. Jesse Thielke (UW), 6-0

    149 lbs.
    Neal Molloy (IND) dec. TJ Ruschell (UW), 4-2
    TJ Ruschell (UW) maj. dec. Elroy Perkin (UWW), 12-3
    TJ Ruschell (UW) maj. dec. Derrick Evanovich (Maryland), 16-4
    Brandon Nelsen (PUR) dec. TJ Ruschell (UW), 7-4

    Andrew Crone (UN-UW) dec. Blake Santi (Harper), 8-1
    Brandon Sorensen (IOWA) dec. Andrew Crone (UN-UW), 6-4
    Andrew Crone (UN-UW) dec. Rob Jillard (NIU), 10-6
    Alex Griffin (PUR) dec. Andrew Crone (UN-UW), 9-5

    Rylan Lubeck (UW) dec. Elroy Perkin (UWW), 4-3
    Rylan Lubeck (UW) dec. Frank Goodwin (Maryland), 3-1
    Rylan Lubeck (UW) fall Darrion Caldwell (RAW), 2:15
    Blake Roulo (UN-GM) dec. Rylan Lubeck (UW), 5-3
    Rylan Lubeck (UW) dec. Alex Griffin (PUR), 2-1
    Brody Grothus (IOWA) dec. Rylan Lubeck (UW), 8-4
    Chad Walsh (Rider) dec. Rylan Lubeck (UW), 5-1

    157 lbs.
    #9 Isaac Jordan (UW) maj. dec. Nick Olejnik (NDSU), 12-2
    #9 Isaac Jordan (UW) maj. dec. Tyler Grimaldi (Harvard), 12-3
    #9 Isaac Jordan (UW) fall Chad Ryan (COL), 2:22
    #1 Derek St. John (IOWA) dec. #9 Isaac Jordan (UW), 5-3, SV1
    Isaiah Martinez (UN-ILL) dec. #9 Isaac Jordan (UW), 7-5

    165 lbs
    #10 Jackson Morse (ILL) dec. Frank Cousins (UW), 9-2
    Frank Cousins (UW) FFT Kevin Bialka (NU)
    Frank Cousins (UW) dec. Pat Robinson (PUR), 8-2
    Devon Gobbo (Harvard) dec. Frank Cousins (UW), 9-3

    Chad Lowman (Grand View) dec. Ben Cox (UW), 6-2
    Jake Davis (E. MICH) fall Ben Cox (UW), 2:11

    174 lbs.
    Scott Liegel (UW) dec. Eric Morris (Harvard), 9-7
    Scott Liegel (UW) dec. Dan Schiferl (UWO), 6-5
    Scott Liegel (UW) dec. Landon Williams (Wartburg), 8-2
    #6 Mike Evans (IOWA) maj. dec. Scott Liegel (UW), 12-4
    Scott Liegel (UW) dec. Collin Zeerip (MICH), 6-2
    Scott Liegel (UW) dec. Monte Schmalhaus (Utah Valley), 5-1
    Brock Gutches (S OR) dec. Scott Liegel (UW), 1-0

    184 lbs.
    Ricky Robertson (UN-UW) dec. Deshoun White (SIU), 3-2
    #2 Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa) dec. Ricky Robertson (UN-UW), 7-4
    Ricky Robertson (UN-UW) FFT Jackson Hein (UW)
    Ricky Robertson (UN-UW) dec. Phillip Joseph (E. MICH), 4-1
    Sam Brooks (IOWA) dec. Ricky Robertson (UN-UW), 11-4

    Zach Hernandez (COL) dec. Jackson Hein (UW), 3-2
    Jackson Hein (UW) dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 3-1
    Ricky Robertson (UN-UW) FFT Jackson Hein (UW)

    197 lbs.
    Vince Pickett (Edinboro) maj. dec. Timmy McCall (UW), 8-0
    Willie Miklus (MIZZO) dec. Timmy McCall (UW), 8-7

    HWT
    #10 Connor Medbery (UW) TF Alex Macki (UN-SDSU), 15-0 (4:51)
    #10 Connor Medbery (UW) dec. Chris Lopez (ILL), 4-0
    #6 JT Felix (BSU) dec. #10 Connor Medbery (UW), 7-4
    Steve Dwyer (Beebe) FFT #10 Connor Medbery (UW)
     

  • Badgers open action at Midlands Championships (12-29-2013)
    No. 9 Isaac Jordan remains unbeaten after first two sessions
    Online: http://go.wisc.edu/akzhjf
    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Action has drawn to a close on day one at the 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Championships and six Wisconsin wrestlers remain alive with No. 9 Isaac Jordan the lone unbeaten Badger.
    Wisconsin is tied for sixth with Northern Iowa with 39 team points, while five other Big Ten Conference teams make up the top 10.
    Action continues on Monday with the third session, semifinals, consolation matches and seventh place matches starting at noon.
    The Big Ten Network will air the finals live at 8 p.m.
    At 133 lbs., No. 8 Tyler Graff’s run to a title ended with a 6-3 decision to Northern Iowa’s No. 7 Joe Colon. Graff will face Virginia Tech’s Kevin Norstrem in wrestlebacks on Monday.
    Jesse Thielke was knocked out of the tournament by Harvard’s Todd Preston at 144 lbs. Thielke posted a pair of major decisions before bowing out.
    The Badgers entered three wrestlers at 149 lbs., TJ Ruschell, Rylan Lubeck and Andrew Crone all represented Wisconsin at the tournament. Ruschell and Crone suffered a pair of losses, leaving Lubeck to continue action on Monday. The redshirt freshman will wrestle Alex Griffin of Purdue in his first bout.
    A pair of major decisions and a fall advanced No. 9 Isaac Jordan to the semifinals at 157 lbs. where he will face Iowa’s No. 1 Derek St. John.
    At 165 lbs., both Badger wrestlers were knocked out of competition as Frank Cousins and Ben Cox each suffered a pair of losses, ending their Midlands run.
    Scott Liegel blazed through the first three rounds of action at 174 lbs., before encountering Iowa’s No. 6 Mike Evans in the quarterfinals. Liegel suffered a 12-4 major decision to Evans to fall into wrestlebacks.
    Wrestling unattached at 184 lbs., Ricky Robertson is working his way through wrestlebacks, posting a pair of wins to close out the day and compete tomorrow. Jackson Hein suffered an injury and was forced to forfeit his final match of the day.
    At 197 lbs. , Timmy McCall suffered a pair of losses, making a quick exit at the tournament.
    No. 10 Connor Medbery posted a pair of wins before suffering a 7-4 decision to No. 6 JT Felix from Boise State. Medbery will face Steve Dwyer in wrestlebacks on Monday.

    133 lbs.
    #8 Tyler Graff (UW) maj. dec. Kyle Springer (IND), 21-7
    #8 Tyler Graff (UW) dec. Randy Cruz (UN-Lehigh), 6-1
    #7 Joe Colon (UNI) dec. #8 Tyler Graff (UW), 6-3

    141 lbs.
    Jesse Thielke (UW) maj. dec. Drew Longo (UN-Lehigh), 14-4
    #5 Rick Durso (F&M) dec. Jesse Thielke (UW), 7-4
    Jesse Thielke (UW) maj. dec. Clay Cathey (NDSU), 13-4
    Todd Preston (Harvard) dec. Jesse Thielke (UW), 6-0

    149 lbs.
    Neal Molloy (IND) dec. TJ Ruschell (UW), 4-2
    TJ Ruschell (UW) maj. dec. Elroy Perkin (UWW), 12-3
    TJ Ruschell (UW) maj. dec. Derrick Evanovich (Maryland), 16-4
    Brandon Nelsen (PUR) dec. TJ Ruschell (UW), 7-4

    Andrew Crone (UN-UW) dec. Blake Santi (Harper), 8-1
    Brandon Sorensen (IOWA) dec. Andrew Crone (UN-UW), 6-4
    Andrew Crone (UN-UW) dec. Rob Jillard (NIU), 10-6
    Alex Griffin (PUR) dec. Andrew Crone (UN-UW), 9-5

    Rylan Lubeck (UW) dec. Elroy Perkin (UWW), 4-3
    Rylan Lubeck (UW) dec. Frank Goodwin (Maryland), 3-1
    Rylan Lubeck (UW) fall Darrion Caldwell (RAW), 2:15
    Blake Roulo (UN-GM) dec. Rylan Lubeck (UW), 5-3

    157 lbs.
    #9 Isaac Jordan (UW) maj. dec. Nick Olejnik (NDSU), 12-2
    #9 Isaac Jordan (UW) maj. dec. Tyler Grimaldi (Harvard), 12-3
    #9 Isaac Jordan (UW) fall Chad Ryan (COL), 2:22

    165 lbs
    #10 Jackson Morse (ILL) dec. Frank Cousins (UW), 9-2
    Frank Cousins (UW) FFT Kevin Bialka (NU)
    Frank Cousins (UW) dec. Pat Robinson (PUR), 8-2
    Devon Gobbo (Harvard) dec. Frank Cousins (UW), 9-3

    Chad Lowman (Grand View) dec. Ben Cox (UW), 6-2
    Jake Davis (E. MICH) fall Ben Cox (UW), 2:11

    174 lbs.
    Scott Liegel (UW) dec. Eric Morris (Harvard), 9-7
    Scott Liegel (UW) dec. Dan Schiferl (UWO), 6-5
    Scott Liegel (UW) dec. Landon Williams (Wartburg), 8-2
    #6 Mike Evans (IOWA) maj. dec. Scott Liegel (UW), 12-4

    184 lbs.
    Ricky Robertson (UN-UW) dec. Deshoun White (SIU), 3-2
    #2 Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa) dec. Ricky Robertson (UW), 7-4
    Ricky Robertson (UN-UW) FFT Jackson Hein (UW)
    Ricky Robertson (UN-UW) dec. Phillip Joseph (E. MICH), 4-1

    Zach Hernandez (COL) dec. Jackson Hein (UW), 3-2
    Jackson Hein (UW) dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 3-1
    Ricky Robertson (UN-UW) FFT Jackson Hein (UW)

    197 lbs.
    Vince Pickett (Edinboro) maj. dec. Timmy McCall (UW), 8-0
    Willie Miklus (MIZZO) dec. Timmy McCall (UW), 8-7

    HWT
    #10 Connor Medbery (UW) TF Alex Macki (UN-SDSU), 15-0 (4:51)
    #10 Connor Medbery (UW) dec. Chris Lopez (ILL), 4-0
    #6 JT Felix (BSU) dec. #10 Connor Medbery (UW), 7-4
     

  • Tuesdays With Barry Tue 12/17/13 10:10 AM
    Tue 12/17/13 10:10 AM

    To Badger Wrestling Alumni, Family and Friends,

    As we near the Christmas celebration we want to wish all of you a great holiday and hope you are able to spend the time with everyone you care about. In a few days our student athletes will finish exams and get a short stay at home before participating in the prestigious Midlands Championships in Evanston IL on Dec 29-30.

    In this e-mail we would like to take the opportunity to recognize what a great sport that we participate in and what an outstanding group of young men that are on this Team.

    Earlier this year we were put on the chopping block by the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In a short 6 months our sport rallied around the world like no other sport could have done. The Badgers (past and present) did their part by participating in the resolution to keep wrestling in the Olympic Games passed by the Wisconsin State legislature. Coach Ruschell and his dad were featured at the State resolution in Kentucky. We should be proud of not only what our sport was able to do to stay on the Olympic program but how we did it. Through the commitment of someone selling t-shirts to help fund the effort, to Wall Street, to celebrities, other sport stars and politicians-everyone was involved. The day after the IOC announcement Congressman Jordan called USA Wrestling to ask where they needed him to help. The first person in Washington DC stepping forward was a Badger!

    We can also be thankful for the young men that are currently in the Badger Wrestling program. This is one communication that will not touch base on what they have done on the mat. We as coaches recognize that we are hired to train these young men to win wrestling matches. Individually this is only 4-5 years of someone’s 80+ year life. As important as winning is (AND IT IS), we hope we make a bigger impact than the time we spend teaching and holding them accountable for their athletic performance. Last year our Team won the Athletic Department Community Service award AND the Champs Cup (combination of community service, GPA and performance). Even though you don’t do this for the recognition-let’s always make sure that does not go unrecognized.

    The other thing we can be thankful for is what this sport can and does do for individuals. There are hundreds to thousands of stories of wrestling changing lives and we have attached one of them. This was an ESPN “Outside The Lines” documentary that was done in 2009 and then updates in August. Coach Hull was with USA Wrestling when Leroy and Dartanyan were invited by the US Olympic Committee and USA Wrestling to the Olympic Training Center to visit with our National Team. It was their involvement in wrestling (and the commitment of one special person) that gave these young men an opportunity to a better life. Please take the time to read the article and watch the video. Quote from the writer and producer Lisa Fenn “But what I found on the wrestling mats at Cleveland's Lincoln-West High School in 2009 caused my spirit to sink and soar, all in the same moment.” Make sure you have 20 minutes as once you start watching you will not stop.

    Have a Blessed Holiday

    Badger Wrestling Coaching Staff

    http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/9454322/why-stayed
     

  • NCAA picks Madison Square Garden for 2016 wrestling championships

  • Tuesday's with Barry
    Date: Tue 12/10/13 03:18 PM


    Dear Badger Wrestling Friends, Family and Alumni,

    It was a good week for the Badgers as we began the Big Ten season with wins over #7 Illinois and Michigan State. One of the many great matches from the Illinois dual was at 149 where TJ Ruschell beat a fellow Kentucky wrestler by a 10-3 score. This is the first time they had wrestled in college. They did wrestle in middle school and high school where TJ had been 0-8 having only scored escapes in all those matches. Does this mean that Kyle (his brother and college coach) is better coach than his dad (TJ’s high school coach) or his older brother (TJ’s middle school coach)?!? We will leave that to the Ruschell family to decide over Christmas Dinner!

    The Badger wrestlers that did not go to Michigan State went to the Dubuque Open. The Badgers were led by Ricky Robertson who won at 184 and Eric Peissig who also won at 197, beating a top recruit from last year who is now on the Iowa Hawkeye Team. Other place winners were Gabe Grahek (2nd at 141), Andrew Crone (4th at 141), Seth Liegel (3rd at 157), Jake Stilling (3rd at 174), and Brandon Weber (4th at 184).

    We have only one competition over the next month (Midlands). Emphasis will now go to things to work on as a Team and individually to be prepared for the duals in January and February and eventually the Big Ten and NCAA Championships.

    Off the mat we are currently working on organizing the Alumni dinner along with the social on Saturday of the Big Tens for everyone! Recruiting the future Badger wrestlers is also in full swing.

    Enjoy your week and keep in touch.
    Badger Coaching Staff

    Tuesdays with Barry link: http://youtu.be/cCUXRbj7k30
     

  • Badgers roll Spartans in Big Ten dual

  • Former wrestling great Terry Shockley picked to head National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum

  • Dubuque Jim Fox Open

  • Wisconsin takes down No. 7 Illinois in Big Ten opener

  • Wisconsin 19, No. 7 Illinois 18
    Date: Fri 12/06/13 09:16 PM
    Wisconsin takes down No. 7 Illinois in Big Ten opener
    Big wins by Jordan and Medbery lead Badgers to 19-18 victory

    Online: http://go.wisc.edu/lz28o9

    MADISON, Wis.--The Wisconsin wrestling team opened up Big Ten action on solid footing Friday night, defeating No. 7 Illinois, 19-18, in a tightly contested dual inside the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center.

    With the Fighting Illini (6-2 overall, 0-1 Big Ten) up 15-13 with just two matches remaining, No. 10 Isaac Jordan (157 lbs.) arguably put together the most complete match of the night by dominating No. 15 Zac Brunson. Jordan ran out to an 8-0 lead before Brunson committed a series of stalling penalties that eventually led to his disqualification.
    Jordan was on top 11-0 and had riding time secured before Brunson was ruled out, giving Wisconsin (7-3, 1-0) six points and a four-point lead with just one match remaining.

    Redshirt junior Ben Cox (165 lbs.) then held Matt Nora to a 4-1 decision win, giving Wisconsin its first win over a top-10 opponent and second win over a ranked team this season.

    “It was a good win,” said assistant coach Kyle Ruschell. “The guys wrestled a lot tougher than last week and coming off a loss like that we really needed to change what we were doing intensity wise out there on the mat. The guys came out ready to go today.”

    The Badgers and Fighting Illini went back-and-forth through the first four matches before No. 1 Jesse Delgado (125 lbs.) pinned No. 19 Ryan Taylor in 44 seconds. The loss was Taylor’s second of the year and it gave Illinois a 12-7 lead.

    No. 5 Tyler Graff then won by decision, 10-4, over No. 13 Zane Richards in the second match featuring two ranked wrestlers. Graff was up 4-3 lead heading into the third period but recorded an escape and two takedowns to run away with his 14th win of the season.

    Momentum shifted back in the Fighting Illini’s favor after Steven Rodrigues recorded a three-point near fall in the final seconds of the third period over Jesse Thielke at 141 lbs. Thielke dropped the match by decision, 5-2, and fell to 9-7 overall on the year.

    Redshirt freshman TJ Ruschell then brought the Badgers right back into it with a 10-3 win over John Fahy to pull the Badgers within two before Jordan’s dominating performance.

    Redshirt sophomore No. 6 Connor Medbery protected his perfect record by recording a major decision victory over Chris Lopez at Hwt. It was Mebery’s seventh match in which he won in bonus-point fashion and he improves to 15-0 on the season.

    No. 15 Jackson Hein also continued his winning ways after narrowly escaping with a 3-2 victory over Nikko Reyes at 184 lbs. Reyes entered with a 10-1 record, but Hein sealed the victory with an escape with 1:44 remaining in the third period.

    The Badgers continue Big Ten action on Sunday at Michigan State. The dual with the Spartans is set to begin at 1 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on Big Ten Network.

    UWCONSIN vs. No. 7 ILLINOIS
    Friday, Dec. 6 • THE SHELL • Madison, Wis.
    Attendance: 806
    Dual Meet Recap Team Scoring
    UW, IL UW ILL
    174: #16 Tony Dallago (ILL) dec. Scott Liegel (UW), 6-4 0 3
    184: #15 Jackson Hein (UW) dec. Nikko Reyes (ILL), 3-2 3 3
    197: #7 Mario Gonzalez (ILL) dec. Timmy McCall (UW), 8-6 3 6
    Hwt.: #6 Connor Medbery (UW) maj. dec. Chris Lopez (ILL), 9-1 7 6
    125: #1 Jesse Delgado (ILL) fall #19 Ryan Taylor (UW), 0:44 7 12
    133: #5 Tyler Graff (UW) dec. #13 Zane Richards (ILL), 10-4 10 12
    141: Steven Rodgrigues (ILL) dec. Jesse Thielke (UW), 5-2 10 15
    149: TJ Ruschell (UW) dec. John Fahy (ILL), 10-3 13 15
    157: #10 Isaac Jordan (UW) dis. #15 Zac Brunson (ILL) 19 15
    165: Matt Nora (ILL) dec. Ben Cox (UW), 4-1 19 18
    -xxx-
    Anna Poulter-Hendrickson
    Athletic Communications Assistant |University of Wisconsin
    Softball | Wrestling | Women's Basketball
    O: 608.265.3545 |C: 608.279.8653
    ap2@athletics.wisc.edu |www.UWBadgers.com

  • Big Ten season starts in Madison

  • Wisconsin Wrestling Tuesdays With Barry (12-3-2013)

  • Wisconsin Wrestling Tuesdays With Barry (12-3-2013)
    To UW Friends, Family and Alumni,
    We hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving and still have some cash left from the Black Friday shopping.
    Below is the link to “Tuesdays with Barry” as he recaps the match with Northern Iowa and looks forward to two very important Big Ten matches this weekend.
    Tuesdays with Barry link: http://youtu.be/8iG0JP6itAc
    We look forward to seeing some of you at the match against #8 Illinois on Friday. The match will take place in the Shell (officially known as the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center), next to the Football stadium. We have moved to this site so the Badger Volleyball Team can host one of the NCAA Regionals that night in the Field House. This is a great advantage for our Volleyball Team and expect this will get them into the round of 16 next week! Since we moved locations admission to the match is free.
    For those of you who can’t make it to the match, there will be a live webcast starting at 7pm. Go to the Badger Wrestling page of the www.uwbadgers.com official website to get logged in. The webcast is free.
    Finally, the Michigan State match on Sunday will be on the Big Ten Network at 1pm Central Time. If Aaron Rogers doesn’t play for the Packers again this week we highly encourage you to watch the MSU dual live instead of later on broadcast re-run.
    GO BADGERS
    Badger Coaching Staff

  • Dec. 7 UW vs. Illinois Moved to Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center

  • Slow start thwarts Wisconsin on road at Northern Iowa

  • UW Wrestling US Capitol Visit photos courtesy Pam Ruschell

  • UW Wrestling at Navy Classic photos courtesy Pam Ruschell

  • Badgers travel to No. 16 Northern Iowa

  • LIVE STREAM: UW vs. UNI at Cedar Falls Saturday, November 30, 2013

  • Tuesdays with Barry (November 26, 2013)

  • Graff named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week
    Senior's 13-0 record and bonus point wins earn him first weekly honor
    Online: http://go.wisc.edu/b37d2q
    Nov. 26, 2013
    MADISON, Wis. – Six bonus point victories -- including four technical falls and two major decisions -- an unblemished record and Navy Classic title have earned Wisconsin’s Tyler Graff Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors. It is Graff’s first weekly award and the No. 24 Badgers’ first honor since January, 2011.
    “Tyler is having a great year right now,” head coach Barry Davis said. “He is doing all of the right things, he’s focused, he learned so much from last year.
    “I think the biggest part is he is dominating more on top than before, I think that is the biggest difference,” Davis continued. “He’s not taking guys down as much and making them ride more and turn more. I think that’s making him more effective all around as an athlete.”
    Ranked No. 2 at 133 lbs., Graff started the week with his eighth dual meet victory, a technical fall against American’s Esteban Gomez-Rivera (22-7, 7:00), on Thursday.
    The senior then notched technical falls against Citadel’s Clarence Arrington (21-5, 3:59), Franklin and Marshall’s Robert Ruiz (23-7, 6:41) and West Virginia’s Gage Swartz (21-4, 3:41) at the Navy Classic on Saturday.
    Graff continued to roll with major decisions over Mackenzie McGuire of Kent State (11-3) and No. 17 Nathan Pennesi of West Virginia (16-4) to earn the tournament title at 133 lbs., and improve his record to 13-0.
    Graff’s tournament title fueled the Badgers to a first-place team finish out of 14 teams at the tournament.
    Wisconsin returns to dual meet action on Saturday when it travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to face No. 17 Northern Iowa. The first match is scheduled for 7 p.m.
    -xxx-
    Anna Poulter-Hendrickson
    Athletic Communications Assistant |University of Wisconsin
    Softball | Wrestling | Women's Basketball
    O: 608.265.3545 |C: 608.279.8653
    ap2@athletics.wisc.edu | www.UWBadgers.com

  • Wisconsin places first at Navy Classic, three Badgers earn top spot

  • 2013 Navy Classic Results/Brackets

  • Wisconsin improves to 6-2 after rolling at American

  • Update from Coach Barry Davis (11-19-2013)
    Badger Wrestling Family,
    Results
    As we come off of our first two weeks of competition we want to update you on what is happening. We began the season with a convincing win over UT-Chattanooga winning 9 of the 10 matches. This was a great start heading into the duals two days later at the Hokie Open. Unfortunately there were some injuries coming out of the match that forced us to shuffle the line-up which included forfeiting a weight. This played a part in losing two of the three duals. If this was just an individual competition we would have come out feeling much better as we returned with 4 individuals undefeated (Ryan Taylor, Tyler Graff, Zeke Jordan and Connor Medbery) and Jackson Hein beat two ranked opponent (one in the top 8). The extra athletes that went with the Team were able to compete in the open tournament that was held during the duals. HWT Brock Horwath finished 3rd and Rylan Lubeck was 6th.

    This past Friday we dualed UW-Parkside and UW-Whitewater at Whitewater. These are D-II and D-III programs that we needed to compete against to help promote these programs at their universities and in the state. Whitewater did a great job with promotion and presentation as we competed in a packed field house. It was also good for us as we were able to rest the individuals that were injured from the weekend prior and get back-ups valuable experience.

    Speaking of the current non-varsity wrestlers/redshirts-these young guys are doing a great job! While we were at the Hokie Open with some of the team the rest of the guys went on their own to the Loras Tournament in Dubuque IA. We had everyone wrestle in the Gold division even though most of the guys were freshman and could have wrestled in the Silver division. We had several place finishers, led by Ricky Robertson who finished 2nd at 197. Last weekend we competed in the Dan Gable Open in Oshkosh. The Badgers were led by Seth Liegel at 165, who defeated 2X D-III National Champion Nazar Kulchytskyy of UW-Oshkosh in the finals. Other Champions for the Badgers were: 141 Andrew Crone (beat teammate Gabe Grahek in the finals), 157 Justin Weber, 174 Jake Stilling, 197 Ricky Robertson (beat teammate Eric Peissig in the finals) and HWT Brock Horwath.

    What’s Next
    This weekend we are traveling to our Nation’s capital to dual American University on Thursday and then participate in the Navy Classic on Saturday. While we are in Washington DC, Zeke’s dad (otherwise known as Congressman Jim Jordan) will take us to the White House and the Capital. It is important to us that we make the time to see two of the most important buildings in our country. The line-up is:

    125-Ryan Taylor
    133-#2 Tyler Graff
    141-#18 Jesse Thielke
    149-TJ Ruschell
    157-#6 Zeke Jordan
    165- Ben Cox/Frank Cousins
    174-Scott Liegel
    184-#11 Jackson Hein/Dylan Iczkowski
    197-Timmy McCall
    Hwt- #6 Connor Medbery

    Recruits
    We can now officially announce the recruiting class for 2014. We are very excited about this group as they are not only good athletes but are quality young men. To find out more you can go to the link below.
    http://go.wisc.edu/jfefqk

    Big Tens
    As you all probably know, we will be hosting the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at the Kohl Center on March 8-9. We will be having an alumni dinner on March 7 and a social for fans, family and alumni after the evening session on Saturday, March 8 in the ballroom at the Quality Inn and Suites. The Hotel is been blocked for us at a rate of $85 per room. If you would like to reserve one of the rooms you can call 608 274 7200 and ask for the Badger Wrestling Block. A link to the hotel is below. You will receive more information on this in December and January.

    http://www.qualitysuitesmadison.com/

    Tickets in the Wisconsin section can be ordered by going to the following site.

    http://ev11.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetGroupList?groupCode=GS&linkID=wisc&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=

    Seats will not be assigned until late January so you have some time to decide how many tickets you will need. Our goal is to get 10,000 in attendance-which would break the record.
    Finally
    The Badger Coaching Staff wishes you a great Thanksgiving and hope all of you can spend time with your families.
    On UWCONSIN!

  • Photo's UW vs UWW and UW Parkside photos courtesy Pam Ruschell

  • Badgers announce 2013 signing class
    Date: Tue 11/19/13 04:11 PM
    Wisconsin welcomes six to the mat in the fall of 2014
    Online: http://go.wisc.edu/jfefqk
    Nov. 19, 2013

    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin wrestling team has signed six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, head coach Barry Davis announced today. Ryan Christensen (Woodinville, Wash.), Johnny Jimenez (St. Charles, Ill.), Luke Rowh (Hastings, Minn.), Jens Lantz (Ellsworth, Wis.), Jared Scharenbrock (Sun Prairie, Wis.) and Tyler Schmidt (Merrill, Wis.) will join the Badgers in the fall of 2014.
    “We as a staff are very excited about the kids that committed to us already,” said Davis. “We were six-for-six in kids that we wanted. There is a wide base of kids, what I mean by that is different weight classes, from Johnny Jimenez being at 125 and
    Tyler Schmidt at heavyweight
    “I think every kid knows how to wrestle, (how to) compete at a high level, understands the sport at a high level too and we couldn’t be more excited about that.”

    Ryan Christensen (Woodinville, Wash.)
    State, district and regional champion senior year … state finalist, district and regional champion as a sophomore … member of World of Wrestling World All-Star Team (2011) … Washington Cadet Dual Team (5th in Greco/7th in Freestyle) … Cadet national champion (170 lbs. 2012 Fargo) … currently ranked No. 4 at 182 lbs. by InterMat

    Johnny Jimenez (St. Charles, Ill.)
    Three-time state, regional, sectional and conference champion … as a junior, placed third at Ironman, first at Cheesehead, second at Dvorak … named co-MVP and co-Captain … 51-2 as a junior … as a sophomore named co-MVP … Fargo All American … 23-1 record … as a freshman placed fourth at Ironman, second at Cheesehead, first at Dvorak … 41-4 record … member of the Overtime Tour De Force Camp 2010-13

    Luke Rowh (Hastings, Minn.)
    Placed third and fifth at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament … Fargo Cadet All-American finishing 3rd … Fila Cadet place winner

    Jens Lantz (Ellsworth, Wis.)
    Three-time state champion … Fargo All-American … School-boy, cadet and junior national team member … multiple time folkstyle All-American

    Jared Scharenbrock (Sun Prairie, Wis.)
    Conference, regional, section and state champion senior year with a perfect 46-0 record as a junior … placed second at state as a sophomore with only loss in championship bout (49-1) … conference and regional champion as a freshman … member of Wisconsin National Team freshman, sophomore and junior Year … took second at ASICS Folkstyle Nationals freshman year … fourth at Fargo (Cadet Greco) in 2011 … seventh at Cliff Keen Folkstyle Nationals junior year

    Tyler Schmidt (Merrill, Wis.)
    Folkstyle, Greco and Freestyle state champion as a junior … Wisconsin Nationals runner up (Greco, 2013) … member of Wisconsin National Greco/Freestyle Dual team as a sophomore … folkstyle state qualifier freshman and sophomore years… currently ranked No. 18 at 222 lbs. by InterMat.com

    Anna Poulter-Hendrickson
    Athletic Communications Assistant |University of Wisconsin
    Softball | Wrestling | Women's Basketball
    O: 608.265.3545 |C: 608.279.8653
    ap2@athletics.wisc.edu  | www.UWBadgers.com


Preview UW at Chattanooga Friday, November 8, 2013

by Many77

Chattanooga Dual

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 09:45:30 AM

by Manty77

Man, I'm so excited for the start of the season I can barely stand it. I took a look at Chattanooga's team and here's what I found:

125: Taylor will wrestle Zach Bridson (RFr). No D1 stats but is a 4X New Hampshire state champ with a 183-17 high school record. He won Beast of the East twice, which is a very big deal. This will be a good gauge of how healthy Taylor is, and how well he can do against good competition. I hope he secures the W here because two days later he faces two ranked opponents.

133: Graff faces Nick Soto (JR). Soto was a '12 and '13 National Qualifier and won the Hokie Open in '12. He has notable wins against several top wrestlers including Jarrod Garnett, Futrell, David Thorn, and Parisi. Interestingly, Wisconsin product Zach Zehner who wrestles for Wyoming pinned Soto when they last met. And not that it really matters, but I always like to look at HS stats to get a feel for how a kid transitions to D1. Soto was a 2 timer from FL with a 137-8 record over 3 years. Graff should win this match, but it may not be a cakewalk.

141: Thielke will take on Shawn Greevy, a JR with a 24-16 D1 record. Not much info on Greevy other than that he was a PS State runner-up in HS. I'm 'all in' with Thielke on this bout.

149: Ruschell goes against Michael Hooker (Fr). This should be an extremely good match. Hooker holds the TN career wins record at 240, was a 5X State finalist, and was a 3X champ. He took 3rd in Freestyle and 4th in Greco at the latest University Nationals. If Ruschell can pull off the win that should do wonders for his confidence heading into Sunday where he faces two top 10 ranked opponents.

157: Isaac Jordan matches up against Alex Hudson (SR). Hudson was a '13 National Qualifier and has a D1 career record of 16-7. His only notable win was against Grothus from Iowa. In HS Hudson finished as a 3X State Champ with a 187-6 record. Jesus, as most everyone associated with D1 wrestling will tell you, every wrestler on a D1 roster really was a State Champ, and often a multi state champ. My bet is that Hudson has absolutely nothing for Zeke, and gives up a Tech Fall.

165: Cox against Cory Mock. Along with Soto at #133, Mock is their other big gun. Mock transferred from NC this past year and brings his 65-28 D1 record to the Mocs. He was a National Qualifier in '11 and '12, and in HS he was a 4 timer with an outstanding 191-9 record. As a side note, after HS he spent a year training at the Olympic Training Center. This guy is the real deal.

174: It's not clear who starts for Chattanooga at 174 but it'll be either John Lampe (SO) or Sean Mappes (SO). Neither one has any D1 stats but they were each state champs. Lampe was a 2X KY state champ with a 120-8 record, and Mappes was an IN state champ and finished his SR year with a sparkling 46-0 record. My bet is that Liegel takes it to whichever one he wrestles, and walks away with a MD.

184: Hein faces Levi Clemons (JR). Clemons sat out last season but was a NQ in '12 at 174# and has a 27-29 D1 record. Clemons is from FL where he was a 3X state champ and was 160-14 over his last 3 years. He also finished 4th in Greco and 3rd in FS in the '09 FILA Cadets. My prediction is that Hein takes it to him and walks away with the W.

197: Timmy against Jared Johnson (Fr). This may end up being a very tough match. I know nothing about Johnson other than that he was a MO state champ and finished his Sr. season with a 50-0 record, and won all matches by pin or forfeit (hmmmm . . . sounds a bit like Medbery coming out of college). He holds the MO state record with most wins at 182, and most pins at 126. Timmy was a beast last summer with some great wins, so if he doesn't lose his concentration my bet is on him.

285: Connor takes on Kevin Malone (JR). Malone has had a solid D1 career so far with a record of 43-22. In looking through his bio I don't see any big HS accolades, so I get the feeling he may be one of the very few on the Mocs roster without a HS title. Anyway, Connor is the man and I don't care who he is wrestling. I predict he walks away with a pin fall.

Just 3.5 more days until the action begins. Can't wait.



Wisconsin Badger Intrasquad Write Up

Saturday, November 2, 2013 09:45:30 AM

Earlier this week on the WI msg board Asst. Coach Brandvold emphasized that this Intrasquad would NOT be a wrestleoff to determine starters but, instead, was a week of simulated prep to mirror getting ready for an actual dual. IMO, all of the winners listed below will be the starters, with the possible exception of 149 and 165.

Surprisingly, there was a very nice crowd and it seemed to be nearly the same size as that of a real dual meet. The reason this was surprising is because several prep sports (football, soccer, and CC) are holding their playoffs/state meets, and kids and parents are all over the place. And, the Badgers are hosting a coach's clinic in Green Bay so many regular attendees were there, instead.

People were arriving almost an hour early and there was a lively buzz in the stands. Everyone is very pumped for the upcoming season. This is in stark contrast to the gloom that's been over the program for the past few years after it imploded due to the Donnie fiasco, and the subsequent departure of so many talented wrestlers/prospects.

We Badger fans could keep whining about losing Howe, Rutt, McCauley, Cody Caldwell and others that don't readily come to mind but you know what, IT NO LONGER MATTERS! The squad looked spectacular and their top20 ranking is legit. Most wrestling fans know about the big guns, Graff, Thielke, Zeke Jordan, and Medbury, but wait 'til they get a look at RFr Taylor at #125 and the ever-improving Liegel at #174.

So, without further ado, here are the results:

197: Timmy McCall (R) maj. dec. Eric Peissig (W), 8-0 4 0

McCall was 11-3 as a RS last year winning one tourney and finishing 3rd in another. The kid looks like a beast. If you ever saw Herschel Walker with his shirt off, that's what McCall looks like. I have no idea how he gets down to 197 since he looks more like a 215 pounder. Anyway, he is quick and incredibly strong. He easily beat Peissig, who is a true FR joining the Badgers after a 49-0 Sr. HS career, but without any notable national accolades. As a side note McCall carries a 3.9 GPA and Peissig graduated 1st in his class with a 4.0. Wow. McCall is a RJr and I expect him to be around .500 this year since 197 is brutal in the Big10 with 7 wrestlers ranked in the top20.


174: Scott Liegel (R) tech. fall Brett Hochstaetter (W), 17-2 (6:16) 9 0

Liegel is an incredible athlete and it's a shame he waited until his Jr. year to walk-on. He finished his HS career as an undefeated state champ and he also won the pole vaulting championship that year. He then was on the Badgers football team for two years before turning his efforts back to wrestling. His father also was a state champ and wrestled for the Badgers. Anyway, last year Lliegel finished 15-17, with a 4-2 record at Midlands and an 8th at Cliff Keene. Against Hochstaetter he showed quickness, strength, and nice mat awareness. His shots flowed and he wrestled a flawless match. If he keeps this up he WILL surprise many throughout the season and he could make a little noise at Nationals. It's a shame this is his last season.

141: Jesse Thielke (W) maj. dec. Thomas Glenn (R), 13-5 9 4

It's hard to believe Thielke is just a RFr, since we've all been reading about him for so many years and have eagerly anticipated his debut. And he did not disappoint. At first I was surprised that he was only shooting to his right, but then on his 3rd TD he nailed a beautiful single to the left. He looked like a seasoned SR out there and there and it'll be a real treat watching him for the next 4 years. I know that all his detractors say "he's just a Greco guy, and that doesn't translate to Folk" but they are flat out wrong. He is going to quickly vault up the standings from his current #13 spot. As a side note, the current crop of WI boys in the top20 really is special. It was a blast watching Thielke, Dieringer, Sueflohn, Monk, and a bunch of other standouts all competing against each other during the same era.

165: Ben Cox (W) dec. Frank Cousins (R), 6-2 9 7

This result was surprising. Although they always wrestle close matches, Cousins IMO seems to normally come out on top. With his experience from being the starter the past two years I didn't anticipate this reversal. At any rate, Cox looked very solid and simply took it to Cousins. Cox's shots were beautifully timed and executed, and he was a grinder on top. Cousins had no answers for him. I'm not sure who will be the starter, but I expect similar results from this weight as last year where Cousins finished 7-14, and 2-2 at Midlands.

Hwt: Connor Medbery (W) dec. Brock Horwath (R), 4-1 9 10

Not a lot to say about this match. Medbery looks to be about the same size as last year (about 240) and Howarth looked HUGE. I bet Howarth needs to cut to make weight. Anyway, it was sorta your typical HWT match with just a bit more shooting. Medbery had no problem controlling the match, and seemed to intentionally not show a lot. It was hard to tell if he improved over last year, but I certainly expect him to take a step up and finish as an AA this year, and finish with at least a win or two against Nelson, McMullen, and Telford.

125: Ryan Taylor (W) fall Matt Cavallaris (R), (6:49) 9 16

This was the match many of the diehard Badger fans were waiting to see. Taylor was a 3 timer in HS and the #35 overall recruit in '12. He redshirted last year and did not compete, so he has fallen off the radar. The scuttlebutt around Madtown is that he is holding his own against Graff and Thielke. After watching him that's believable. He already has a college wrestler's body and he looked like a seasoned vet out there. He was explosive, strong, and flowed beautifully. He will be able to hold his own in the Bigs and I expect to see him join the top20 pretty darn quickly.

157: Isaac Jordan (R) maj. dec. Justin Weber (W), 12-3 13 16

Jordan made a huge splash last year while redshirting his first year on the team. He started by knocking off the defending DII champ in the finals of a tourney and then kept that up by finishing third at Midlands, beating Dong, Pena, Peppleman, and Walsh. Last night he was solid against Weber and controlled every aspect of the match. There really is nothing notable to say other than that he supported his #8 ranking and that we Badger fans are in for a real treat watching him for the next 4 years.

184: Jackson Hein (R) dec. Dylan Iczkowski (W), 5-2 16 16

Hein may very well be my favorite wrestler for the simple fact that he defines what it means to put in hard work. Although he was a HS state champ with a 54-3 record he really didn't have any big accolades when he joined the Badgers. He toiled away buried in the depth chart under Brandvold for a few years and then he grabbed opportunity by the throat when given the chance. He finished 7th in the Big10 last year with a 21 -12 record, had 4 wins over ranked opponents, and finished the season ranked #18 overall. This year he drops down from 197 and enters the season ranked #13. I'm looking for big things from him, and am a bit bummed that he's in his last year. On a side note, last week my 9th grade son came home and said "Hey dad, I have a new assistant gym teacher at school and I hear he's a wrester. His name is Jackson Hein . . . maybe you've heard of him??"

133: Tyler Graff (R) maj. dec. Gabriel Grahek (W), 19-6 20 16

Not a lot to say here except that I'm sick and tired of seeing all the Ramos publicity. Graff has one SV against Ramos, Ramos has one SV against Graff, and Ramos has one 3-1 victory against Graff that could have easily gone the other way. I don't think Ramos will get quite as lucky this year and I doubt Graff will make the mistakes he's made in the past against him, when he surprisingly went into stall-mode and got called for it. Last night I was a little surprised that Graff seems to have put on even more muscle and I have no idea how he is able to make 133. He clearly has been putting in the time it takes to finally take that final step to the top spot on the podium. I expect nothing less from him.

149: TJ Ruschell (R) dec. Rylan Lubeck (W), 2-1 (TB2) 23 16

This year the Badgers did a really cool thing and had us vote on Faceboook for the match we wanted to see last. And this was it. TJ is the younger bro' of Kyle Ruschell and he entered the Badger program with nary a blip. Totally under the radar with no national recognition. Lubeck, on the other hand was ranked #127 on the list of top recruits and had an outstanding HS career. Last year TJ nipped Rylan in the wrestleoff, and then they traded wins in the finals of two tourneys during their RS season. TJ is way bigger than Rylan so I suspect in the future they will end up in different weight classes than each other. At any rate, this match did not disappoint. TJ executed a beautiful single in the 1st and as he hoisted the leg high in the air Rylan surprising launched himself in the air and did a somersault. They ended up on the mat with Rylan's leg twisted grotesquely against his thigh. In certain cases the Ref might have awarded 2 to TJ but in this case he called potentially dangerous and had them restart. The 1st finished with no points. Rylan chose up and they fought to another scoreless period. Rylan then dominated TJ racking up riding time but just couldn't keep him down with just a few seconds on the clock before TJ escaped. The 1st extra period ended up scoreless, and then RJ rode Rylan out in the next one. It was a real nailbiter in the 3rd until TJ gutted out an escape with just a few secs left, for a 2-1 victory.

So, there you have it sportsfans. Until next time. And if there are any typos, too Dang bad. It's too long to go back and proof. I have things I need to do today.


UW Schedule 2013-2014

11/01/13

 vs. Intrasquad Scrimmage #

UW Field House

Red 23, White 16
 

11/08/13

 at Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee

6:00 p.m. CT
 

11/10/13

 Hokie Open

Salem, Virginia

All Day
 

11/15/13

  vs. UW-Parkside

Whitewater, Wisconsin

6:00 p.m. CT

 

 at UW-Whitewater

Whitewater, Wisconsin

7:30 p.m. CT
 

11/21/13

 at American

Washington D.C.

7:30 p.m. CT
 

11/23/13

 Navy Classic

Annapolis, Maryland

All Day
 

11/30/13

at Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

7:00 p.m. CT
 

12/06/13

 vs. Illinois *

UW Field House

7:00 p.m. CT
 

12/08/13

 at Michigan State * TV

East Lansing, Michigan

1:00 p.m. CT
 

12/29/13

 Midlands Championships

Evanston, Illinois

All Day
 

12/30/13

 Midlands Championships

Evanston, Illinois

All Day
 

01/10/14

 vs. Ohio State *

UW Field House

7:00 p.m. CT
 

01/12/14

 at Minnesota *

Minneapolis, Minnesota

1:00 p.m. CT
 

01/24/14

 at Indiana *

Bloomington, Indiana

7:00 p.m. CT
 

01/26/14

 at Northwestern *

Evanston, Illinois

12:00 p.m. CT
 

02/02/14

 vs. North Dakota State

UW Field House

1:00 p.m. CT
 

02/21/14

 vs. Nebraska *

UW Field House

7:00 p.m. CT
 

02/23/14

 vs. Iowa *

UW Field House

1:00 p.m. CT
 

03/08/14

 Big Ten Championships

Madison, Wisconsin

All Day

03/09/14

 Big Ten Championships

Madison, Wisconsin

All Day
 

03/20/14

 NCAA Championships

Oklahoma City, Okla.

All Day

03/21/14

 NCAA Championships

Oklahoma City, Okla.

All Day

03/22/14

 NCAA Championships

Oklahoma City, Okla.

All Day

2013-2014 Schedule at UWBadgers.com

 

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