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  • Badgers open season with Intrasquad Scrimmage

  • Frank Cousins, freshmen shine in intrasquad scrimmage UWIntrasquad10-30-2014

  • Badgers open season with Intrasquad Scrimmage
    Date: Wed 10/29/14 11:10 PM

    Oct. 29, 2014

    Madison, Wis. – More than 825 fans got a sneak peek into the 2014-15 wrestling season on Wednesday night at the Intrasquad Scrimmage. There were twelve matches on the night, the first starting at 7 p.m.

    There were three matches for the 174 lbs. class. In the first, Frank Cousins took down Alex Yde in a 7-4 decision. Ben Cox faced Jake Stilling, where he won with a takedown with 13 seconds left in overtime. The winner of the two matches, Cousins and Cox, wrestled in the last match of evening with Cousins claiming victory in a 5-2 decision.

    Two true freshman duos, Luke Rowh against Jacob Pedersen (141/149 lbs.) and Jared Scharenbrock against Cullen Pedersen (157 lbs.), hit the mat next. Rowh walked away with a 7-4 decision and Scharenbrock won with a 4-1 record.

    “The thing you look for as a head coach is to look for things to work on in the room,” Wisconsin wrestling head coach Barry Davis said. “Are guys creating angles, level changing the shots and are they pulling the trigger when they need to be? We look for things like letting guys go all the way to the end of the periods.”

    To break the night up, All-American Isaac Jordan and sophomore Seth Liegel, wrestled in an exhibition match. No. 4 ranked Jordan and Liegel showed fans different techniques and practice moves before matches continued.

    Veterans Andrew Crone, Jesse Thielke, Jarod Donar, Ricky Robertson, No. 13 Timmy McCall and No. 6 Connor Medbery were all victorious.

    Andrew Crone defeated TJ Ruschell in a 10-6 decision at 149 lbs. Jesse Thielke, who is ranked at No. 15 in the Intermat preseason poll, won by decision over freshman Jens Lantz.

    At 157 lbs., Jard Donar edged Santonio Cathery with a 4-0 decision, followed by Ricky Robertson who won by an 8-3 decision over Nic Veling at 184 lbs.

    Medbery routed fellow junior Brock Horwath in an 8-3 decision. Fifth-year senior McCall posted a 4-0 decision over Eric Peissig.

    “It’s hard to wrestle your teammates because you wrestle them every day in practice and you kind of know what they are going to do,” Davis added. “You look for whether you are being aggressive, wrestling to the edge of the mat and hustling.”

    Wisconsin opens the regular season on Nov. 8 at the Stevens Point Open and hosts Maryland in its home opener on Nov. 14.

  • 2014-15 Big Ten Records Book Available
    Date: Wed 10/29/14 02:03 PM
    Greetings from the Big Ten office,
    The 2014-15 Big Ten Records Book is updated and now available in PDF format on the Big Ten website at, including the addition of sections for men’s and women’s lacrosse, which will debut in 2015. The Big Ten Records Book is broken down by sport on a Records Book page of the site (see link below) and each individual sport section is also available on each sports page on the site.
    If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the Big Ten office. Otherwise, feel free to print out all of the sections or only the sections you need by accessing the Big Ten website or using the link below:
    Scott Chipman | Associate Commissioner, Communications | Big Ten Conference
    Office: 847.696.1010 ext.141 | Cell: 630.936.6005 | Fax: 847.696.1150 |

  • TWB10_28_2014Tuesdays with Barry (Wisconsin Wrestling Coach Barry Davis)
    Tue 10/28/14 11:09 AM

    Alumni, Family and Fans:

    It begins tomorrow (unofficially anyway)!
    The Intrasquad match will be held in the Field House at 7:00pm. We will have 13 matches which will be important in determining who will be the varsity wrestler and a drilling exhibition. The admission is free so plan on attending and getting your Badger Wrestling Team poster. For those of you who can’t make it to the meet it will be streamed live. Just go to the BTN2go website, go to games and event and then wrestling. The other option is to copy this link <  > If you are not available at that time the matches will be posted on on Thursday morning.

    The following are the matches and the order they will be wrestled.

    174 Frank Cousins vs. Al Yde
    174 Ben Cox vs. Jake Stilling
    125 Ryan Taylor vs. Johnny Jimenez
    133 Jesse Thielke vs. Jens Lantz
    141 Rylan Lubeck vs. Gabe Grahek
    149 TJ Ruschell vs. Andrew Crone
    141/149 Luke Rowh vs. Jacob Englebert
    157 Jared Scharenbrock vs. Cullen Pedersen

    Exhibition Drill Isaac Jordan and Seth Liegel

    157 Santonio Cathery vs. Jarod Donar
    184 Ricky Robertson vs. Nic Veling
    197 Timmy McCall vs. Eric Peissig
    Hwt Connor Medbery vs. Brock Horwath
    174 Winners of the first two matches

    Coming soon, Badger Wrestling apparel will be available online. Get your personal (and Christmas) Badger Wrestling apparel needs taken care of!

    Hope to see many of you tomorrow!
    Coach Davis

  • Wisconsin ranked No. 15 in Intermat preseason poll

  • Tuesdays with Barry (Wisconsin Wrestling Coach Barry Davis) 10/21/2014
    Date: Tue 10/21/14 02:54 PM

    To Alumni, Family and Friends:

    Everyone is getting ready for the Intrasquad meet next Wednesday. The competition will take place in the Field House at 7:00pm. It is open to the public with no admission charge. We encourage everyone locally to attend and get a preview of the Team. This will be the first event to determine the Team that will represent the Badgers this year. There will be several matches on Monday to get down to the final lineup on Wednesday. Go to  or to get the matchups when they are announced and the results afterwards.

    By the end of the month we will have Badger Wrestling/Wisconsin Wrestling apparel for sale. We are working with All American Supply to have the apparel available for purchase online. This is a great opportunity to take care of your personal and Christmas shopping and support the Badger Program at the same time! Will get you more information shortly.

    Go Badgers!
    Coach Davis

    Check out this video from:
    Wisconsin Wrestling 2014 - 2015 Season Home Opener Countdown: 4 Weeks


  • From UW Badger "News"
    October 20, 2014 - Inside look at each weight class: All eyes on Isaac at 165 lbs.
    October 17, 2014 - Inside look at each weight class: Introducing the 157 lbs. grapplers
    October 16, 2014 - Inside look at each weight class: Introducing the 149 lbs. workers
    October 15, 2014 - Inside look at each weight class: Introducing the 141 lbs. challengers
    October 15, 2014 - releases individual rankings
    October 14, 2014 - Inside look at each weight class: Introducing the 133 lbs. contenders
    October 13, 2014 - Inside look at each weight class: Introducing the 125 lbs. grapplers
    October 2, 2014 - Meet the Freshmen: Luke Rowh
    October 2, 2014 - Assistant Coach Kyle Ruschell previews trip with Team USA
    October 1, 2014 - Meet the Freshmen: Jens Lantz
    September 29, 2014 - Meet the Freshmen: J.J. McClelland
    September 25, 2014 - Meet the Freshmen: Johnny Jimenez
    September 24, 2014 - Meet the Freshmen: Jared Scharenbrock
    September 19, 2014 - Meet the Freshmen: Tyler Schmidt
    September 18, 2014 - Meet the Freshmen: Ryan Christensen
    September 16, 2014 - Meet the Freshman: Jacob Englebert
    September 15, 2014 - Meet the Freshmen: Cullen Pedersen

  • Wisconsin Wrestling Pre-Season Info 10-9-2014
    Date: Thu 10/09/14 04:08 PM
    Oct. 9, 2014
    From: Kelli Grashel, Athletic Communications

    Media Day

    The Badgers will hold their annual media day on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. in the UW Talbot Wrestling Complex. Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis will be available for interviews as well as assistant coaches Trevor Brandvold and Kyle Ruschell. Five members of the Wisconsin wrestling team will be available for interviews including Isaac Jordan, a 2014 All-American at 157 lbs. In addition, all of Wisconsin’s returning NCAA qualifiers will available which includes, Rylan Lubeck, Connor Medbery, Timmy McCall and Ryan Taylor.

    Dates to Remember (subject to change)
    Oct. 10 – The University of Wisconsin wrestling team opens preseason practice.
    Oct. 23 – Media day at 3 p.m. in the UW Talbot Wrestling Complex.
    Oct. 29- Intrasquad Scrimmage (Free Admission- Around the Mat Autographs)
    Nov. 8- Season opener at University of Wyoming Open/ Stevens Point Open
    Nov. 14 – Home opener by hosting Maryland at 8 p.m.

    Of note:
    • Wisconsin finished the 2013-14 season with a 12-6 overall record and went 5-3 in the Big Ten conference. UW hosted the 2014 Big Ten Championship where the team placed seventh after notching 73 points. The Badgers closed out the year after logging 36 points at the NCAA Championships to finish in 16th.
    • Wisconsin returns five NCAA qualifiers in Jordan, Medbery, Lubeck, McCall and Taylor.
    • Wisconsin lost one All-American in Tyler Graff but returns Isaac Jordan who earned All-America honors in 2014.
    • Wisconsin will return eight starters to the team and welcomes nine newcomers to the mat.

    Kelli Grashel
    Athletic Communications Assistant | University of Wisconsin
    Softball, Wrestling, W Basketball, Volleyball
    Office - 608-262-8216 | Cell - 608-445-4086


  • Tuesdays with Barry (Wisconsin Wrestling Coach Barry Davis) 10/7/2014
    Date: Tue 10/07/14 12:28 PM

    Dear Alumni, Family and Fans

    Three weeks and counting until the Intrasquad meet. Can’t wait to get this season started. I know that all of you would rather I write about the team and the matches and so would I! In the meantime, for those of you who would like to get to know the new Badger wrestlers go to and go to the wrestling page and check the news stories. There is an interview with each of the freshman.

    On that page there is also an interview with Coach Ruschell about his planned trip to Russia with Team USA. Coach Ruschell was scheduled to depart this past Sunday. When he was in the Chicago airport he was contacted by USA Wrestling informing him the trip had been cancelled. The Team was heading to Grozny, Russia where a suicide bomber had just attacked and killed several people. USA Wrestling decided that even though they believe the Team would have been safe, it was not worth the risk (good call as in the end it is still just a wrestling competition).

    We are currently in the midst of recruiting. November 12 is the first day a recruit can sign a Letter of Intent. We have received several verbal commitments and have also had some of the Nation’s top ranked underclassmen on campus for unofficial visits. The new NCAA recruiting rules (coaches can now contact High School Juniors at the beginning of their Junior year instead of at the end) has changed how recruiting is being done. We are now seeing several of the nation’s top Junior’s verbally committing to a school a year prior to the signing date. This is a trend that will likely continue to increase. We are not allowed to comment on any High School athlete until after we have received and filed all the proper paperwork.

    There are still several things happening behind the scenes that are being planned for the coming year that will continue to bring exposure to our program. We will let you know when we get all the details taken care of.

    Finally, I have included a video shot at the wrestling weight room last Thursday. Coach Hull was challenged by his daughter, Kristina to a simultaneous dead hang pull up contest. The guys were told to stand behind the person they thought would win. Let’s just say 80% of the guys were right. A rematch has been scheduled for Christmas!

    Coach Davis

  • Tuesdays with Barry (Wisconsin Wrestling Coach Barry Davis) 09/

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    Badger Wrestling Alumni, Family, and Friends,
    We are now less than 3 weeks to the official start of the NCAA wrestling season. The first competition for our guys will be against each other in the intrasquad match on Wednesday, October 29. This will be the most competitive Intrasquad match we have had in a very long time. There are several returning starters who will be pushed for the position they held last year. The most interesting weight right now would be 174 where there could be as many as 6 people competing-4 of which would be seniors. There is no question we will miss having Tyler Graff but this team will be better from the experience gained last year, when we started 4 freshman!
    We are currently in the recruiting process and are excited about where we are at. The NCAA rules prohibit on commenting on individuals but there is no doubt that the Wisconsin Regional Training Center and hosting the USA Wrestling Cadet World Team Training Camp have, and will continue to, benefit us with recruiting. The RTC held practices in the spring and summer. Starting next year we will also have practices in September and October. We will not have RTC practice during the official High School wrestling season as high school athletes are not allowed to participate in the RTC practice.
    One of the athletes that will be training with our team is Nazar Kutchytshyy. Nazar is a 3X Division III National Champion and outstanding wrestler while competing for UW-Oshkosh. Nazar moved with his family to Prairie du Chien, WI from Ukraine his senior year of high school. He wrestled for Ukraine in the Cadet European Championships the year before he came to the USA in 2009. Nazar recently earned US citizenship! The NCAA allows individuals training to represent the USA in international competition to workout with a college wrestling team. Nazar plans on competing through the 2020 Olympic Games and will be a great asset for our team and Coach Ruschell as he and Nazar prepare for next year’s World Team Trials. The Badger Wrestling Club is looking to support additional athletes next year to help them pursue their Olympic aspirations so that they can train with our Badger Wrestling Team.
    Looking forward to keeping everyone up to speed with the Badger Wrestling program this year. Expect to have an announcement shortly about USA Team Trials.
    Go Badgers!
    Coach Davis

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