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2014-2015

  • March 10 Tuesdays with Barry
    To Alumni, Friends and Family:
    This will be an abbreviated communication as we will be sending another Tuesday’s communication on Thursday. At that time we will know who gets a wildcard into the NCAA’s and what the seeds are as well. Will also provide you with information on the social for those attending the NCAA Championships.

    As most of you know we placed 8th in the Big Ten Championships. This certainly isn’t our goal nor is anyone satisfied. We believe the plans we have developed will put us in the position to challenge for an NCAA title. Will not happen overnight but we are in a better place now than we were a year ago. We scored 72 points (Ohio State and Iowa tied with 120) and have 67.5 points returning next year. The Big Ten is as balanced and deep as it has ever been. No Team had more than two Big Ten Champions and Iowa did not have one! WIN Magazine came out with their NCAA Championship rankings and they have 8 Big Ten Teams ranked in the top 11- with the Badgers ranked 8!

    Our rank comes on the strength of our 3 underclassmen in Big Ten Champion Zeke Jordan, Big Ten runner-up Ryan Taylor and 4th place finisher Connor Medbery. All 3 of these individuals are capable of winning an NCAA title. Zeke’s Big Ten title shows where he is at. Ryan’s loss in the finals was a 3-2 match with 10 seconds left against the number one ranked individual and Connor is one of 6 people that could win the NCAA title at HWT. He has been ranked as high as 2 nationally and has beaten three of the other 5 and has not wrestled the other 2, who have been beaten by the guys he wrestled!

    Will talk again later this week.

    GO BADGERS!
    Coach Davis

    You will also be getting an e-mail regarding the Bucks a Point fundraiser for the Badger Wrestling Club. This is an important effort to raise support for post graduates that are training in pursuit of their dream of representing the USA in World and Olympic Championships. Having these individuals training with the Badger Wrestling Team is essential in the development of our Team and the pursuit of top ranked recruits. We hope you can help in this effort.
     

  • March 3 - Tuesdays with Barry
    To Alumni, Friends and Family,
    The Big Tens are just around the corner. The pre-seeds were announced yesterday and the Badgers, IA, MN, OSU all have 3 in the top two seeds. OSU has 5 in the top 3 and the Badgers along with IA and MN have 4 in the top 3 seeds. Connor Medbery (1), Ryan Taylor (2), Zeke Jordan (2) and Ricky Robertson (3) lead the way with Lubeck, Cousins and McCall all with the 8th seed. The reality is no matter where you are seeded in the Big Ten you will have a tough ¼ final match and WILL have a ½ final match with someone ranked in the top 10 in the nation-or likely higher.

    For those of you attending the Championships we will have a get together following the evening session on Saturday. We arrive on Thursday and will set this up Friday and will send an e-mail out to give everyone the location. If the area is big enough we will use the lounge at the HQ Hotel Crowne Plaza Columbus North on 6500 Doubletree Ave. Look for an e-mail on Friday or check with the other Badger fans at the Championships on Saturday.

    Next week we will be reaching out to those who participated in the “Bucks a Point” fundraiser for the Badger Wrestling Club. We are working on getting another post grad that is training to make the USA World and Olympic Team to train with our Team next year. The money raised through the “Bucks a Point” effort will go directly towards funding this effort. For those of you who did not participate last year and would consider doing it this year, the “Bucks a Point” is a pledge based on how many points we score in the NCAA Championships. This donation is tax deductible. Our goal this year is to raise over 20K. Currently InterMat has predicted the Badgers to score 55 points. Last year we scored 36 points and placed 16th.

    Thanks to everyone who have followed the Team this year.

    Go Badgers!
    Coach Davis

    Any last minute shoppers-You can still order the Wisconsin Wrestling t-shirt at $7 until March 5 at the link below. The t-shirts went out in the mail yesterday to those that ordered by the Feb 23 deadline.
    http://www.usawrestlingproducts.com/Badger_Wrestling_Club_BIG_10_NCAA_Shirt_Order_s/2685.htm
     

  • February 24 - Tuesdays with Barry
    Alumni, Family and Friends,
    Well it was not the finish that we expected from our Team on Sunday against the Cyclones. We had 4 matches that we ended up getting pinned where we were ahead in two and within 3 points in the other matches. Needless to say you take yourself out of the opportunity to win when this happens. We have the next week and a half to get ready for the Big Ten Championships-and we will be ready.
    What is interesting about the position we are in is we are not the only Team needing to put the focus forward. Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio State all lost their final dual of the season and Penn State lost their second to last dual-all to lower ranked teams. Everyone will be ready at the Big Ten Championships come March 7-8.
    Ryan Taylor continues his steady march up the ranking (now #3) after defeating Earl Hall this weekend. This was a great match between two well trained-athletic individuals. Connor Medbery (#2) finished the dual meet season undefeated and will see 4 of the other top 7 heavyweights at the Big Tens. Zeke Jordan lost only his second match of the year at Iowa State against a fellow top 4 ranked wrestler. We have absolute confidence in Zeke and he will be in the hunt for the Big Ten and NCAA title. Ricky Robertson has competed well all season and defeated another top 20 ranked athlete at Iowa State. TJ Ruschell wrestled at 157 for the first time this year and won by a major decision.
    For those of you headed to the Big Tens next week, we are working on a get together after the evening session on Saturday. Will get you more details once we have them.
    Go Badgers
    Coach Davis

    For those of you who would still like to order the $7 Wisconsin Wrestling T-shirt we have the website back up. It is too late to order to get in time for the Big Ten Championships but you can order through Thursday, March 5. At that time the T-shirt will no longer be available. Go to the link below to see the T-shirt and place the order.
    http://www.usawrestlingproducts.com/Badger_Wrestling_Club_BIG_10_NCAA_Shirt_Order_s/2685.htm

     

  • No. 16 Wisconsin pinned by No. 8 Iowa State
    Badgers fall in final dual of season

    Feb. 22, 2015

    AMES, Iowa-- The Wisconsin Wrestling team met up with the Iowa State Cyclones to conclude the 2014-15 dual season in Ames, Iowa this afternoon. The Badgers dropped the final dual of the season to Iowa State, 30-16.

    The match started at 149 lbs., with Rylan Lubeck grappling with No. 14 Gabe Moreno. Moreno won in a 6-0 decision to put the Cyclones up 3-0.

    Switching things up in the 157 lbs. weight class, Wisconsin’s TJ Ruschell defeated Luke Goettl in a 14-6 major decision to put the Badgers up by one, 4-3.

    No. 3 Michael Moreno pinned No. 2 Isaac Jordan at 165 lbs. The pin at 4:26 was just the first of many to be seen throughout the match. At 174, Frank Cousins was pinned at 4:05 by Tanner Weatherman.

    At 184 lbs., No. 20 Ricky Robertson overcame No. 15 Lelund Weatherspoon in a 5-4 decision. The Cyclones led with 15-7 going into intermission.

    The action started again at 197 lbss and the Cyclones marked another fall at 6:12 as No. 2 Kyven Gadson pinned No. 14 Timmy McCall. In the heavyweight class, No. 2 Connor Medbery turned the tables and pinned Joe Scanlan at 2:42.

    Kyle Larson outwrestled freshman Johnny Jimenez in a 5-2 decision at 125 lbs. before No. 7 Ryan Taylor hit the mat. Taylor worked swiftly to lock down a 4-3 decision over No. 3 Earl Hall, two-time Big 12 Wrestler of the Week this season. Taylor also defeated the No. 3 ranked wrestler his last time out, on February 8.

    The final match of the day was Jesse Thielke versus Dante Rodriguez. Rodriguez marked yet another Cyclone pin at 2:11 to leave the Badgers with a 30-16 loss.

    The regular season has ended, but the Badgers will be back during the first weekend of March at the Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio. The NCAA tournament will take place in St. Louis, Missouri on March 19-21.
     

  • February 17 - Tuesdays with Barry
    To Alumni Friends and Family:
    We have a couple more days of hard training before we head to Iowa State to take on the #8 Cyclones on Sunday. Two of the key match-ups that can likely have an effect on the seeding come NCAA tournament time is #3 Ryan Taylor taking on #2 Earl Hall and #2 Zeke Jordan will have #4 Mike Moreno. Timmy McCall will also have an opportunity to change his position as he will face #2 Kyven Gadson.
    As was mentioned a couple weeks ago Coach Hull has written an article about Dave Schultz and his ties to the Badger Wrestling program. With 5 Oscar nominations, the movie “Foxcatcher” has received a lot of attention in more than the wrestling world. If you weren’t a Badger athlete between the late 70’s to late 80’s you likely would not know how the Badger Wrestling program and athletes was woven into Dave’s life.
    Varsity magazine will include an article with some pictures of Dave when it comes available on Thursday. You can read Varsity online (much of the information was provided through the attached article) through one of the following methods. This is a great way to keep up on all Badger sports.
    Go Badgers!
    Coach Davis
    To download the apps:
    IPhone: http://go.wisc.edu/VarsityApp
    Android: go.wisc.edu/VarsityAndroid
    Or the Desktop version comes out on the UWBadgers.com website.
     

  • Back by popular demand!
    Attached is the t-shirt design for everyone to wear at the Big Tens and NCAA’s. You need to order by February 23 to get the t-shirt in time. You do not have to attend the Big Tens or NCAA’s to take advantage of the offer. We will close this offer on March 2. The cost of the shirt is the same as last year $7 plus shipping if required.  Go to the link below to order.

    http://www.usawrestlingproducts.com/Badger_Wrestling_Club_Short_Sleeve_T_Shirt_p/bwc-t1.htm

    We also have some Polo shirts that were just delivered. These are ASICS performance wear polos which retail for $55 before embroidery (see pictures). The old school Badger is embroidered on the chest with WISCONSIN WRESTLING embroidered on the sleeve. The back of the polo has the ASICS stripes shaded in the material (upper left quarter of the back). We have 22 of them on hand in M-XXL (3M, 9L, 7XL, 2XXL). These cost $40 and can be ordered by contacting Mitch Hull at mch@athletics.wisc.edu.  
    Thanks for supporting the Badgers

     

     

     

     

     


     

  • February 10 - Tuesdays with Barry
    Alumni, Friends and Family:
    This past weekend wrapped up the final duals in the Big Ten for the Badgers. The final home match of the season was on Friday against #21 Rutgers. This was a dual that was tighter than it needed to be but made for a great match for the fans. The final score was 19-18 Badgers as we won on the tiebreaker of most match points scored in the dual (64-51). With 115 total points scored in 10 matches it was definitely entertaining. We won the last 3 matches of the dual, which included Senior Frank Cousins winning a key match in his final home dual as a Badger.
    On Sunday we let one slip away with the 20-15 loss to the 9th Ranked Illini. There were 3 matches where we lost by a point - and Johnny Jimenez was in position to beat the #1 ranked Delgado! We find a way to win any of those matches (and we should have) - we win the dual.
    There were still several bright spots from the weekend with Zeke controlling 8th ranked Morse from IL, Connor winning both matches by a score of 17-1 and Ricky winning both his duals with the Illinois wrestler in the top 20. The person that has been getting the attention nationally is Ryan Taylor. Since the Midlands, Ryan has won his 5 Big Ten matches by fall, 21-6, 18-6 (ranked 9), 17-3 (ranked 18) and 23-5 on Sunday against the 3rd ranked wrestler! RT has now been moved to 3rd at 133 and his final match of the year against Iowa State will be against the 4th ranked wrestler.
    We will again go into a training phase this week with our final dual at Iowa State on Feb 22. This week Lee Kemp is coming in to work with some of the guys and Dom Bradley is training with Connor. Dom is a top 3 ranked HWT in Freestyle and a strong candidate for the 2016 Olympic Team. Thank you to those who are supporting the Badger Wrestling Club as we could not bring these individuals in to help without the funding you provide.
    Go Badgers!
    Coach Davis
     

  • Badgers fall in final conference dual of the season
    Illinois fights for victory in Champaign
    http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-wrestl/recaps/020815aaa.html
    Feb. 8, 2015
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill.-- After Wisconsin’s stunning win over Rutgers at home on Friday night, the team traveled to Champaign to take on the Fighting Illini. The back and forth action ended in a 20-15 Badger defeat in the last conference dual of the 2014-15 season.

    No. 14 Ricky Robertson went first versus Illinois’ No. 18 Nikko Reyes. After a scoreless first period, Robertson made an escape in the second to lead 1-0. With another Robertson escape and a Reyes reversal in the third period, the match was headed into overtime. Robertson tallied a takedown to win 4-2, leaving Wisconsin with a 3-0 lead.

    At 197 lbs., No. 10 Timmy McCall took on Jeff Koepke. McCall had a takedown and escape to lead 3-1 after the first and second periods. Koepke managed an escape before a takedown with 34 seconds left in the third to win in a 4-3 decision.
    In No. 2 Connor Medbery’s match with Brooks Black, he led 2-0 and collected over a minute of riding time in the first period. Medbery was up 8-0 after the second period and stretched the lead to a 13-0 major decision to close the match and put the Badgers up 7-3.

    Back up at 125 lbs., Johnny Jimenez fell to No. 1 Jesse Delgado after two escapes and a takedown, 4-0.
    No. 7 Ryan Taylor was on the mat next for Wisconsin to take on No. 3 Zane Richards. A loaded first period meant four takedowns by Taylor and left him up 8-3. After expanding that to 13-4 in the second period with another takedown and a nearfall, Taylor finished with an impeccable 23-5 technical fall over his top five ranked Illini opponent.

    The first period in the 141 lbs. class, Jesse Thielke versus No. 13 Steven Rodrigues, was scoreless. The second period held an escape and takedown for Rodrigues and an escape for Thielke. Another escape by Thielke in the third period wasn’t enough to come out on top, leaving him with a 3-2 loss by decision.

    At 149 lbs., Rylan Lubeck battled Kyle Langenderfer. After a 2-2 tie in the first period, Langenderfer notched a reversal and nearfall while Lubeck made an escape, putting him on top with a score of 6-3. Lubeck tried for a comeback, but fell in a 6-5 decision.

    Jarod Donar went on to wrestle No. 2 Isaiah Martinez. Martinez moved quickly to tally a 23-6 technical fall and leave Wisconsin down 17-12.

    Up next was Wisconsin’s standout, No. 3 Isaac Jordan, and Illinois’ No. 8 Jackson Morse. Jordan led 2-0 in the first before a scoreless second period. The third period meant a takedown by Jordan and escape by Jackson, to give the All-American a 5-1 decision. The Badgers still trailed the Illini 17-15.

    In the final match of the dual, Frank Cousins took on Zac Brunson at 174 lbs. Brunson managed a takedown and 1:29 in riding time to lead 2-0 going into the second period, where an escape brought him up to 3-0. Neither opponent scored in the third period, but riding time put Brunson at a 4-0 decision. The Illini were victorious with a final score of 20-15 over the Badgers.

    Wisconsin takes on Iowa State in Ames on February 22 before the Big Ten Championships kick off on March 3.

     

  • Thriller in Madison: Badgers clock overtime victory
    Wisconsin edges Rutgers by third criteria
    Jan. 6, 2014
    MADISON, Wis.-- The No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers staged their final home dual of the season at 7:00 p.m. this evening. With an attendance of 1,153 fans on senior night, the house was rocking.
    Fast Facts
    • #3 Isaac Jordan marks tech fall to give Badgers a chance to win the dual
    • #9 Ryan Taylor nothces major decision over ranked opponent
    • UW wins with third crieria overtime
    With third criteria in overtime (most team points by decision, major decision and technical fall), the Badgers finished their home season in a stunning 19-18 victory in the first tiebreaker since the rule was implemented. After falling the Rider by one point on November 20, the Badgers were happy to be on the other side of the outcome tonight.

    “We didn’t wrestle our best, but we won. It’s a win in the win column, but there are still things to work on. We need to get better and make some adjustments and get ready for Sunday,” Wisconsin Head Coach Barry Davis said. “Sunday there will probably be a few changes to the lineup. That’s what you have to do though, you have to keep guys on their toes.”

    The action started with No. 9 senior Timmy McCall at 197 lbs. McCall notched two takedowns and riding time during the match, but Rutgers’ Hayden Hrymack made a takedown with two seconds left in the third period to make a 6-5 decision.
    No. 3 Connor Medbery faced No. 14 Billy Smith in a low scoring match. Medbery made a takedown for the only points of the first period before Smith made an escape for his sole point in the second period. A Medbery escape halfway through third as well as riding time left Wisconsin tied at 3-3.

    Back down at 125 lbs., freshman Johnny Jimenez and Sean McCabe both earned one point for escapes. McCabe took the decision with 1:27 riding time.

    Wisconsin’s 133 lbs. wrestler, No. 9 Ryan Taylor met No. 18 Scott DelVecchio in a high intensity match. Taylor rallied eight points by the end of the first period with three takedowns and a near fall. With two more takedowns and near falls in the remainder of the match, Taylor marked a 17-3 major decision and brought the Badgers to a 7-6 lead over Rutgers.

    Jesse Thielke was defeated in an 11-2 major decision by Rutgers’ No. 9 Anthony Ashnault. The result of Rylan Lubeck and No. 17 Ken Theobold’s match was an 8-0 major decision in Theobold’s favor. Jarod Donar also fell in a 12-4 match delivered by Anthony Perotti, leaving Wisconsin with an 18-7 deficit.

    With only three matches left in the dual, it was time for No. 3 All-American Isaac Jordan. Jordan made two takedowns and two near falls in the first two periods for a 9-1 lead over Nick Visicaro. With an escape and an impeccable four takedowns, the last being with three seconds left, in the third period and seven minutes riding time, Jordan got Wisconsin’s only technical fall of the night and brought the Badgers within six points of Rutgers.

    “I give Isaac Jordan a lot of credit. He took Visicaro down in three seconds and that’s pretty much the dual right there.” Davis said.

    Senior Frank Cousins was up next at 174 lbs. There was no scoring in the first period and only an escape by Phil Bakuckas in the second period. With a tied match six points away, Cousins had to make a move. He marked an escape as well as a takedown to win by decision and move the Badgers within three points of the Scarlet Knights.

    “Frank Cousins, a senior, had a big match and came through and got the job done. Then Ricky finished it off,” Davis continued.

    Last but not least was redshirt freshman Ricky Robertson who ended the first two periods up 2-0. Robertson worked quickly to make two escapes and two takedowns in the third period to lead 8-3. With one point for riding time added, Robertson finished with a 9-3 decision and left the dual tied at 18-18.

    “First of all, I knew that we had to get the win and then I was looking to try and get bonus points or at least a major where I knew we’d seal it no matter what. I didn’t really want it to come down to criteria. It was a good thing that Isaac (Jordan) ended up getting that tech at the end of his match, which obviously helped him. Then Frank (Cousins) at 174 getting that win, so I had a chance to win a dual for us. I was just grateful for the way those two wrestled and allowed me to have a chance to win this dual,” Robertson said. “Some guys wrestled well, others lost close ones. The main goal is March, so just getting better from here on out and just going back and assessing some things we need to work on and we’ll move on from there. The good thing is that we got the W.”
    Wisconsin travels to Illinois on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The dual is being live streamed on BTN2Go.

    Story from: Molly Sequin < mollysequin@athletics.wisc.edu >
     

  • Badgers sports: Wrestling team beats Rutgers via tiebreaker
     

  • February 3 - Tuesdays with Barry
    To Alumni, Friends and Family:
    Not much happened this past week as we trained through Saturday and gave them Sunday off, except for a 20 minute conditioning on their own. With the near blizzard yesterday it was a good thing everyone was on their own.
    As a reminder we will be having the final home dual of the year against Rutgers on Friday February 6 at 7pm in the Field House. Looking forward to seeing many of you there. If it is the first dual this year for you please take time to look over the historical display of the Badger Wrestling program that was put up in the Field House a couple months ago. We would also like to have you join us after the dual at the Red Zone for a social time with the coaches, alumni, family and fans.
    On Saturday we will travel to Illinois for a Sunday dual against the Illini. They will be a big challenge as they have several high ranking individuals with returning NCAA Champion Delgado at 125, Midlands Champion #2 ranked Zane Richards at 133, #2 ranked Martinez at 157 and #8 Brunson at 174. Illinois has 3 other wrestlers ranked in the top 20 and has been ranked as high at #4 as a team.
    Below is the Youtube link to the promotional video (about 1:30) that was put up early this season. I know many of you have not seen this so I wanted to include it with this communication.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E9Xb3hXpq0
    See you Friday!
    Coach Davis

    Many of you have now had the opportunity to see the movie Foxcatcher. This is not necessarily a wrestling movie as it is more a relationship movie in a wrestling context that ends with the death of one of the greatest wrestlers and technicians in Dave Schultz. What many people don’t know, or may not remember, is the relationship Dave had with the Badger Wrestling program. From one of the greatest rivalries in wrestling with Lee Kemp, to being USA Teammates several times with Barry, Mitch and Andy Rein, to coaching the Badgers with Andy from 1986-88, to the relationship Dave had on the “Farm” with 3X Badger All American John Giura are just some of the things. In the next couple of weeks you will get a review of this and an explanation of how President Jimmy Carter likely had more to do with the Kemp-Schultz rivalry than anyone!

  • This Week in Badger Wrestling

  • January 27 - Tuesdays with Barry
    Date: Tue 01/27/15 02:29 PM
    To Alumni, Friends and Family,
    This past week we slipped a little on Friday with a 24-12 loss at Michigan. There were several tight match-ups and Michigan won the meet by winning almost every one. Where we did make a mark was at the match-ups that had the highest nationally ranked individuals. Zeke Jordon (#4) dominated Massa (#10) with a major decision 9-0. Conner Medbery (#4) also won over Coon (#5) with a late takedown and near fall 7-3. Timmy McCall (#10) lost a close match to Huntley (#7). Ryan Taylor (#9) was to wrestle Bruno (#8) but Bruno was held out of competition this past weekend. As a staff we were very proud of how the Team bounced back on Sunday with a 34-6 win over Michigan State. We won 9 of the 10 matches and were led by Ryan Taylors fall and Connor Medbery’s 15-0 tech fall.

    Our next match will be the final home match of the year on Friday, February 6 against Rutgers. This will be the last home dual for our two senior starters Frank Cousins and Timmy McCall. We encourage you to attend to show appreciation for these two Badgers and our other seniors; Matt Cavallaris, Dylan Iczkowski, Alex Yde and Calvin York. All of these individuals are quality young men who will make a difference wherever they go! It has been a privilege to have been part of their lives the past 5 years.

    And now, the biggest news is Trevor and Ali Brandvold welcomed their daughter, Izraya Benson Lee Brandvold to the world on Sunday morning at 6:42am. She is 6lbs 11oz and 20”long. DAD, mom and daughter are all doing great!
    Go Badgers!
    Coach Davis
     

  • Badgers stomp Spartans in East Lansing
    Molly Sequin <mollysequin@athletics.wisc.edu>
    To: Undisclosed recipients:;
    Subject: UWWRES: Badgers stomp Spartans in East Lansing
    Date: Sun 01/25/15 05:10 PM
    Jan. 25, 2015
    EAST LANSING, Mich.-- Wisconsin headed to East Lansing on Sunday to take on the Spartans of Michigan State. The Badgers had something to prove after experiencing their first Big Ten loss of the season Friday night.
    In true fashion, the match started off with the 125 lbs. weight class. Wisconsin’s Matt Cavallaris battled Michigan State’s Mitch Rogaliner. Rogaliner led 3-2 after the first period and 5-2 heading into the third. In the third period, Rogaliner pinned Cavallaris at 5:14 putting the Spartans up 6-0. This was Wisconsin’s first and only loss of the day.
    At 133 lbs., No. 10 Ryan Taylor wrestled fellow sophomore Hermilo Esquivel. Taylor recorded his fourth pin of the season at 2:13 allowing the Badgers to tie, 6-6.
    Next up was Wisconsin’s Jesse Thielke against Brandon Fifield. Thielke defeated Fifield with a 9-1 major decision, moving Wisconsin to a 10-6 lead. To keep the dual rolling, 149 lbs. Rylan Lubeck recorded a 3-1 sudden victory against Nick Trimble.
    Freshman Jarod Donar took on Michigan State’s sophomore Travis Curley for the 157 lbs. class. A 4-0 decision shot the Badgers to a 16-6 lead halfway through the dual.
    No. 3 Isaac Jordan compiled another win with a 5-1 decision over Roger Wildmo. Jordan is now 17-1 on the season. At 174 lbs., Frank Cousins defeated Nick Proctor with an extravagant 14-3 major decision, bringing the Badgers ahead to 23-6.
    Wisconsin freshman Ricky Robertson met up with Michigan State’s John Rizqallah. Robertson stayed consistent with his stupendous season while recording a 3-1 decision.
    “It was a great bounce back from Friday,” Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis said. “They challenged the guys and they responded well. It shows we’re moving in the right direction and that’s good to see.”
    At 197 lbs., senior Timmy McCall wrestled Nick McDiarmid. McCall marked a 5-3 decision before turning the mat over to teammate Connor Medbery in the final match of the dual. The heavyweight opposed Chris Nash with high intensity. Medbery’s 15-1 technical fall landed the Badgers with a final 34-6 victory.
    The Badgers are back in action at the UW Field House on Friday, February 6.

    No. 17 Wisconsin 34, Michigan State 6
    125: Mitch Rogaliner (MSU) pins Matt Cavallaris (UW) in 5:14. MSU leads, 6-0
    133: No. 10 Ryan Taylor (UW) pins Hermilo Esquivel (MSU) in 2:13. Tied, 6-6
    141: Jesse Thielke (UW) major dec. Brandon Fifield (MSU), 9-1 (RT 4:02). UW leads, 10-6
    149: Rylan Lubeck (UW) dec. Nick Trimble (MSU), 3-1 (SV1). UW leads, 13-6
    157: Jarod Donar (UW) dec. Travis Curley (MSU), 4-0. UW leads, 16-6
    165: No. 3 Isaac Jordan (UW) dec. Roger Wildmo (MSU), 5-1 (RT 4:49). UW leads, 19-6
    174: Frank Cousins (UW) major dec. Nick Proctor (MSU), 14-3 (RT 2:45). UW leads, 23-6
    184: Ricky Robertson (UW) dec. John Rizqallah (MSU), 3-1. UW leads, 26-6
    197: No. 9 Timmy McCall (UW) dec. Nick McDiarmid (MSU), 5-3. UW leads, 29-6
    HWT: No. 3 Connor Medbery (UW) tech. fall Chris Nash (MSU), 15-0 (3:22). UW wins, 34-6
    Attendance: 1,019
     

  • Wisconsin loses first conference dual of the season
    Date: Fri 01/23/15 10:22 PM
    http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-wrestl/recaps/012315aaa.html

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 17 Wisconsin wrestling team was upset on the road by Michigan on Friday night, 24-12. The Badgers (7-2 overall, 5-1 Big Ten conference) recorded three wins in the dual, but were handed their first conference dual loss of the season.

    Michigan began the dual with a hot start, winning four of the first five matches. Matt Cavallaris was pinned (4:41) by Conor Youtsey in the first match of the evening at 125 lbs., giving Michigan an early 5-0 lead.

    No. 10 Ryan Taylor earned a 21-6 technical fall over Zebulon Hilyard at 133 lbs. Taylor scored six takedowns and eight back points to close the gap on Michigan, 6-5.

    From there, Wisconsin dropped three straight matches to ranked opponents. No. 17 George Fisher overcame Wisconsin’s Jesse Thielke in a 6-2 decision at 141 lbs. At 149 lbs., Rylan Lubeck was defeated in a 3-1 decision by No. 9 Alec Pantaleo. No. 15 Brian Murphy won over UW’s Jarod Donar with a 6-1 decision at 157 lbs.

    Wisconsin finally saw some light when No. 3 Isaac Jordan stepped onto the mat. The sophomore won by major decision over No. 10 Taylor Massa, 9-0, which helped elevate Wisconsin to nine team points and brought UW to within 15-9 of Michigan.

    In Jordan’s fifth win over a ranked opponent this season, he tallied two takedowns, three back points and rode his opponent for 4:40.

    The next three matches went to the Wolverines, but not without a fight. Ricky Robertson lost to No. 10 Domenic Abounader in a 2-1 decision in two overtime tiebreakers.

    Michigan’s Jake Salazar trounced UW’s Frank Cousins with an 8-3 decision to elevate the Michigan score to 18-9. UM’s eighth-ranked Max Huntley overpowered No. 9 Timmy McCall (197 lbs.) with a 9-6 decision.

    No. 3 Connor Medbery closed the night at heavyweight with a 7-3 decision over No. 7 Adam Coon, but it wasn’t enough, as Wisconsin finished losing 24-12.

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

  • This Week in Badger Wrestling: Jan. 21- Jan. 25
     

  • January 20 - Tuesdays with Barry
    Date: Tue 01/20/15 03:32 PM
    To Alumni, Family and Friends,
    This past week was a hard week of training. We did not have a wrestling competition and the second semester did not start until today so we had several two a days. We ended the week by taking the team to the movie American Sniper.

    Without a Big Ten match last weekend we needed to stay competitive so we held the annual Team bowling championships. We coaches (The Staff Infection) felt confident we could get the Title this year having lost last year by a measly one pin average. Going in as the #2 seed we unfortunately lost our first round match by a 138 to 139.5 average. I know you win and lose as a team but I was rather upset with Kyle, Trevor and Mitch for not covering for the 94 that I bowled! We did suck it up to win our next two games to finish 5th. Last year’s Champions da Monstars (Brock Horwath, Dylan Iczkowski, Al Yde, and Ben Cox) dominated into the finals but folded like a cheap tent against the Blackshirts (Connor Medbery, Brett Hochstaetter, Rylan Lubeck and Eric Peissig) ) 145-135. Da Monstars were obviously not training hard enough as they went from a 162 team average the first round to 150 the second to the final round 135. We stress conditioning but some people have to learn the hard way! High game of the tournament went to Brett Hochstaetter with a 203. I do expect more of my team and promise that the Staff Infection will earn a title in the Olympic year!

    On Friday we will be at Michigan and will follow-up with Michigan State on Sunday. There will be several important match-ups this weekend that will determine Big Ten seeds and rankings towards qualification into the NCAA Championships. Michigan has been very competitive (losing to #2 Minnesota by one point) and will be a big challenge for us. The match will be carried live on the Big Ten network at 6pm Central time. Michigan State is not ranked but again there are match ups that will have Big Ten seeding implications.

    Go Badgers!
    Coach Davis
     

  • January 13 - Tuesdays with Barry (UW Head Coach)
    Date: Tue 01/13/15 02:29 P
    To Alumni, Friends and Family,
    It was a great week for the Badger Wrestling Team as we beat Northwestern 30-15 and Purdue 22-13. Zeke Jordan led the way with a fall over the 8th ranked wrestler from NW and a tech fall against Purdue. Zeke is now ranked #3. Connor Medbery also moved up to #3 with a win over previously #1 McMullen from NW. Ryan Taylor continues to move up in rank at his new weight with a fall against NW and a major decision over the #15 Purdue wrestler. Ricky Robertson also won both matches. There were some other strong showings with Jared Donar earning our first points in the NM dual with a fall and Rylan Lubeck beating the Purdue wrestler that he lost to at the Midlands.

    We don’t compete this coming weekend so we are now heading into a hard week of training before we make the trip to Michigan State and Michigan. Michigan will present a big challenge as they have 9 individuals ranked in the top 20 at their respective weights and are ranked higher than we are at 6 of the weights. We will also be making the trip minus one of our coaches as Trevor Brandvold and his wife Ali are expecting the birth of their daughter, Izraya. I know they would appreciate your prayers that everything continues to go well. Will keep everyone informed!

    In the next few weeks we will be making announcements about a unique raffle the Badger Wrestling Club will be doing along with the new Badger Wrestling website unveil. The website will be used to keep up with the Badger Wrestling Team, the Badger Wrestling Club and the Regional Training Center. If there are any of you out there that would like to help with the development and updates please contact “webmaster” Coach Hull! Our plan is to provide a better web presence than any program we are competing against.

    Thanks for your support of our Badger Team!
    Coach Davis
     

  • Ryan Taylor helps finish off victory over Purdue

  • Badgers edge Boilermakers to remain undefeated in conference
     

  • Badgers edge Boilermakers to remain undefeated in conference
    MADISON, Wis.—The Badgers used quick shots and fast paced offensive movements to claim a 22-13 victory over Purdue on Sunday afternoon in the UW Field House. Wisconsin is now 7-1 on the season and 5-0 in Big Ten Conference action.
    “Honestly, we didn’t wrestle like we can today,” Wisconsin assistant coach Trevor Brandvold said. “It is always good to get a Big Ten Conference win but we let a lot of matches go. We had a lot of little mistakes that we are going to correct over the next two weeks.”
    The Badgers took a slow start in the dual after Jesse Thielke dropped a 7-5 decision to Purdue’s Nick Lawrence giving the Boilermakers an early 3-0 advantage. Rylan Lubeck set the Badgers back on the right track after defeating Brandon Nelsen with a 10-8 decision. Lubeck logged three total takedowns and two nearfall points.
    Freshman Seth Liegel made his return to the mat against Doug Welch at 157 lbs. After going scoreless in the first period, Welch took the upper hand by getting a reversal to go up 2-0 with 20 seconds left in the second period. Welch struck early with a takedown at the start of the third period and finished winning 4-0.
    No. 3 Isaac Jordan met up with PU’s Pat Robinson at 165 lbs. Jordan wasted no time getting started and easily took down Robinson in the first 15 seconds of the match. In the first period, he collected three more nearfall points and 2:44 riding time to lead 5-0.
    Jordan chose to start on bottom in the second period and swiftly escaped to give him a 6-0 advantage. He quickly followed by earning another takedown and three more nearfall points to end the second period ahead 11-0. One more takedown and three more back points sealed the deal for the All-American who walked away with a 16-0 triumph.
    No. 18 Frank Cousins was upset by Chad Welch in a 3-2 decision that gave Purdue the lead over Wisconsin once again, 9-8.
    At 184 lbs., freshman Ricky Robertson defeated Patrick Kissel with a close 6-5 decision. Robertson took down Kissel right at the start of the first period but Kissel immediately escaped. Robertson knocked up 32 seconds of riding time to end the first period with him as the front-runner, 2-1.
    Robertson clinched another takedown at the start of the second period but Kissel answered with a reversal. Robertson retaliated with a reversal of his own and Kissel escaped with nine seconds left in the second period. Kissel trailed Robertson 6-4 headed into the third period. At the 1:50 mark, Kissel managed another escape but it wasn’t enough as Robertson walked away with the 6-5 victory.
    No. 10 Timmy McCall tallied a 7-1 decision over No. 8 Braden Atwood, while No. 5 Connor Medbery posted a 17-5 major decision over Purdue’s Tyler Kral.
    In his first dual match of the season, Matthew Cavallaris lost by tech fall to 125-pounder Luke Welch, 18-13.
    No. 14 Ryan Taylor finished the day for Wisconsin in dramatic fashion with an 18-6 major decision against Danny Sabatello.
    “I felt like I was a little slow today,” Taylor added. “I was a little sluggish. He was a different style wrestler. Some things I need to work on are my shots.”
    Taylor came out aggressive in the third period after ending the second period with a 10-4 advantage. Taylor compiled two takedowns and three nearfall points to secure an 18-6 major decision and cap the 22-13 win for Wisconsin.
    “Just keep the pace up,” Taylor said. “That’s how I like to wrestle all of my matches. When you keep the pace up, good things happen.”
    Wisconsin takes a short break and will be back in action in a weekend series against Michigan on Jan. 23 and Michigan State on Jan. 25.
    “That’s the great news. We have two weeks to train before our next competition,” Brandvold said. “We will work on the little things but like I said, it is great to a win. The guys wrestled hard for the most part and we did enough to win the dual.”
    Kelli Grashel
    Athletic Communications Assistant | University of Wisconsin
    Softball, Wrestling, W Basketball, Volleyball
    Office - 608-262-8216 | Cell - 608-445-4086
    Twitter: @KelliGrashel
     

  • Badgers declaw Wildcats in road win
    Date: Fri 01/09/15 10:33 PM
    http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-wrestl/recaps/010915aab.html
    EVANSTON, Ill.-- No. 20 Wisconsin was fueled by two top-10 match wins and three pins as it defeated No. 18 Northwestern, 30-16, Friday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
    In the first match of the night, Rylan Lubeck faced 2014 NCAA champion and 2014 Big Ten champion, Jason Tsirtis. Top-ranked Tsirtis had the first takedown of the night to take an early 2-0 lead on Lubeck in the first period. Lubeck managed an escape in the third period, but it wasn’t enough as Tsirtis answered with another takedown to finish the match, 5-1, and gave Northwestern an early 3-0 advantage.
    In all too familiar fashion, Jarod Donar met up with Ben Sullivan at 157 lbs. The two had faced each other a little over a week ago at the Midlands Championships. Donar started with a quick takedown and led 2-0 after the first period. In the second period, Sullivan did a reversal for two points. Donar followed up with an escape and led 3-2 at the end of the second. Donar logged the first of many wins on the night for the Badgers after tallying a fall over Sullivan at 5:30.
    It was an All-American match up when No. 3 Isaac Jordan lit up the mat with No. 7 Pierce Harger at 165 lbs. Jordan didn’t allow the bout to last long and registered a pin at 2:21. Jordan recorded his sixth pin of the season and defeated his fifth ranked opponent this season.
    Wisconsin took an 18-3 advantage after the Wildcats forfeited at 174 lbs.
    Ricky Robertson took to the mat against Mitch Sliga at 184 lbs. After going scoreless in the first period, Robertson took a 3-0 lead with an escape and takedown in the second period. He finished with a 4-0 decision after gaining a point from riding time, giving the Badgers a 21-3 advantage at intermission.
    No. 10 Timmy McCall dropped a 7-6 decision to Northwestern’s Alex Polizzi despite keeping it a close match throughout all three periods.
    In the most anticipated match of the night, No. 5 Connor Medbery matched up against No. 2 Mike McMullan at heavyweight. The top-five showdown definitely lived up to the hype.
    Medbery wasted no time getting started and posted a takedown in the first minute of the first period. Medbery started the second period on the bottom and managed a quick escape. McMullan tied it up with a takedown, but Medbery escaped, giving him a 4-3 advantage. McMullan escaped at the start of the third to tie it up again at 4-4.
    It was back-and-forth the entire bout, as Medbery had another takedown in third that was only followed by a two-point reversal from McMullan. McMullan could not hold on, as Medbery escaped in the last 30 seconds of the bout and sealed the deal, 7-6. Medbery won his biggest challenge of the season and took down his second ranked opponent of the season.
    At 125 lbs., Ryan Taylor posted Wisconsin’s third pin of the night at 5:47 over No. 20 Dominick Malone giving UW a secure 30-12 lead over the Wildcats.
    Jesse Thielke fell by a 16-5 major decision to NU’s Jameston Oster in the last bout of the night.
    Wisconsin returns home for the first time in exactly a month to host Purdue 1 p.m. Sunday at the UW Fieldhouse.
    #1 Jason Tsirtis (NU) dec. Rylan Lubeck (WIS), 6-1 0 3
    157 Jarod Donar (WIS) fall Ben Sullivan (NU), 5:30 6 3
    165 #3 Isaac Jordan (WIS) fall #7 Pierce Harger (NU), 2:21 12 3
    174 #18 Frank Cousins (WIS) win by forfeit 18 3
    184 Ricky Robertson (WIS) dec. Mitch Sliga (NU), 4-0 21 3
    197 #12 Alex Polizzi (NU) dec. #10 Timmy McCall (WIS), 7-6 21 6
    HWT No. 5 Connor Medbery dec. No. 2 Mike McMullan (NU), 7-6 24 12
    125 Garrison White (NU) win by forfeit 24 12
    133 #14 Ryan Taylor (WIS) fall #20 Dominick Malone (NU), 5:47 30 12
    141 Jameson Oster (NU) maj. dec. Jesse Thielke (WIS), 16-5 30 16
     

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  • Andy Baggot: Badgers wrestling team 'in a pretty good spot' entering thick of schedule

  • January 6 - Tuesdays with Barry (Head Coach University of Wisconsin)
    Date: Wed 01/07/15 02:40 PM
    Alumni, Friends and Family,
    I apologize for getting this out a day late. With semester break you would think there would be more time to get things done but actually we are at the busiest time of the year. Yesterday was especially busy as we had one of the toughest and best practices in the morning and the preliminary round of the Team bowling championships in the afternoon. The coaching staff (AKA the Staff Infection) was runner-up last year by a one pin average but will be hard pressed to challenge unless we make some drastic changes by next week. Our heavyweights not only performed well at the Midlands, they can also throw a mean ball (Medbery 191 and Horwath 195). Senior Ben Cox led the way with a 202. Will let you know next week who wins the title this year.

    The Midlands was a good tournament for us and the good news is we are not where we know we can be. We performed better at the Navy tournament than we did in Wyoming and we were better at Midlands than we were at Navy. Ryan Taylor has made the adjustment to 133# as he finished 3rd at a tough weight and is now ranked #10, up 10 spots in a month. Frank Cousins also continues to get better as he beat the guy who finished 3rd and a top 15 ranked wrestler. Ricky Robertson also placed and is ranked in the top 20. We finished strong as Timmy McCall took 2nd, losing to the 6th ranked wrestler in the last second. What is the most important is Timmy has made the finals in all three tournaments he has been in (he also beat the guy he lost to in the finals of the Navy Tournament). He is putting himself in the position win this year and has now moved into the top 10 in the rankings. Connor Medbery finished third, losing in a close match in the semis to the Champion from Iowa, who is currently ranked 2nd. There was a very questionable no call on a takedown and back points that would have likely won the match for Connor. It was a great example of it does not matter what the entire arena thinks, it only matters what the guy in the striped shirt calls!!

    For those that were following the tournament we did not have Jesse Thielke or Zeke Jordan wrestle. Zeke would have been the number one seed. Both had minor injuries and are full go for this week’s competitions.

    On Friday we will be wrestling at Northwestern, where there will be several important match-ups: #4 Jordan vs #6 Hager, #9 McCall vs #10 Polizzi and #6 Medbery vs #3 McMullen. The guys that are not competing in the dual will be going to the Pat Flash tournament in Dubuque on Saturday. We finish the weekend with another Big Ten dual against Purdue. We are close to full strength but will be missing Johnny Jimenez this weekend due to illness. We expect him back shortly.

    The Purdue match is on Sunday at 1pm in the Field House. Remember to join the coaching staff afterwards at the Red Zone. FOR ALL OF US PACKER FANS – WE WILL HAVE THE GAME ON THE TV’S NEAR THE CONCESSION STANDS DURING THE MATCH.

    Go Badgers!
    Coach Davis

    This past weekend our Team was involved in a couple of youth tournaments. On Saturday, a few of our athletes went with me to the Waterford youth tournament that was a fundraiser for Coach Darin Tiedt and his family. Our sport is at its best when we have a family member that we want to help. On Sunday the entire Team worked the Waunakee Youth Duals/Tournament. They were there from 9am (had practice at 7am) until 5pm.

     

  • Timmy McCall, Connor Medbery stand out at Midlands McCallMedberyStandOutMidlands

  • Wisconsin has strong finish at Midlands Championships MidlandsStrongFinish
    Date: Tue 12/30/14 10:48 PM
    EVANSTON, Ill. — The No. 20 Wisconsin wrestling team finished out 2014, as five Badgers earned top-eight finishes and led UW to a seventh-place finish at the 52nd annual Midlands Championships on Tuesday.

    No. 14 Timmy McCall finished runner-up after a close finals match. McCall grappled with the No. 1 seed Nathan Burak from Iowa and kept a strong lead throughout the bout. McCall snuck in a quick takedown in the first period followed by an escape from Burak to give him the early advantage 2-1.

    McCall started on top going into the third period and upped his lead to 3-2 after a swift escape. Burak stunned McCal, however, with an abrupt takedown in the last seconds of the match to attain first place and a 4-3 win.

    McCall did have a huge win earlier in the day over Jeff Koepke of Illinois in the semifinals at 197 lbs, defeating the Big Ten foe with a 5-3 decision to move to the finals.

    No. 16 Ryan Taylor claimed third place after winning by medical forfeit over A.J. Schopp from Edinboro in the third-place match. Taylor started his day with a win by forfeit over Anthony Giraldo of Rutgers. He then faced Penn’s Caleb Richardson and won in a 7-3 decision. The two wins were a positive burst of energy for Taylor, who then went on to defeat Jarrod Garnett of Lehigh Valley Athletic Club in a 9-6 decision.

    No. 5 Connor Medbery suffered his first loss of the season in the heavyweight semifinals to Iowa’s third-ranked Bobby Telford. Telford earned the first points of the bout with a takedown at the end of the first period. Medbery then cut the lead by one after an escape near the end of the second period, 2-1. With just over a minute and a half remaining in the final period, Telford managed an escape and clinched the final score of 3-1.

    Medbery advanced to the third-place match after winning by decision over North Dakota State’s Evan Knutson, 5-2.

    At 174 lbs., Frank Cousins trounced three consecutive opponents by decisions to claim seventh place.

    No. 18 Ricky Robertson downed Princeton’s Brett Harner with a 5-4 decision to claim seventh place at 184 lbs. In yet another close thriller for Robertson, the fifth consolation round found him heading into overtime with the score tied at 3-3 against Edinboro’s Vic Avery. Robertson would drop the bout, however, in sudden victory, 5-3.

    Wisconsin will be back in action when it returns to Evanston, Illinois, for Big Ten action against Northwestern on Jan. 9.

  • No. 20 Wisconsin sits in seventh place after day one of Midlands Championships

  • Connor Medbery, Timmy McCall push way into semifinals at Midlands Championships MedberyMcCallSemisMidlands

  • Perryville native Ritter signs to wrestle with Wisconsin Perryville native Ritter signs to wrestle with Wisconsin
    Posted: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 6:30 am
    Perryville native Ritter signs to wrestle with Wisconsin By Jordan Schatz
    For Perryville native Hunter Ritter, the decision to attend Wisconsin wasn’t a very difficult one to make.
    After capturing his second state championship in March and emerging victorious at the FILA Cadet Freestyle National Championships in May, the John Carroll senior spent a majority of his summer training in various states across the country in preparation for the FILA Cadet World Championships held in mid-July in Slovakia, Europe.
    It was on a two-week trip to an Olympic training camp in Madison, Wis., home of the University of Wisconsin, that the 195-pound athlete discovered the school where he wanted to continue his already decorated wrestling career.
    In November, Ritter signed his national letter of intent with the University of Wisconsin, an NCAA Division I institution and a founding member of the Big 10 conference.
    “I’m pretty pumped, Definitely excited. It’s far from home but I’m pretty excited to go,” said Ritter, who accepted a partial scholarship and plans to major in sports medicine. “It just felt like a good fit for me.”
    Ritter, who boasts a 176-12 overall high school record as a wrestler, including a 15-1 mark so far as a senior, intends to flourish in a program that has produced 65 All-Americans, 103 All-America honors, 18 individual national champions and 68 Big 10 individual titles.
    “I just want to get in there and start improving and start working towards that Division I national title. That’s the main goal,” Ritter said. “That’s what I think about when I when I think about going there.”
    His parents, who have supported him every step of the way, expressed excitement about their son’s latest achievement.
    “We’re very, very proud of him and happy for him,” Hunter’s mother, Jamee said. “He’s just always worked really hard at it. I’ve just watched him one day at a time, one tournament at a time, one state title at a time and then national titles, so it’s been great. It’s amazing.”
    Already this season, the Badgers find themselves atop the Big 10 wrestling standings with a 5-1 overall record and a perfect 3-0 mark in conference competition. For Ritter, who hopes to earn a third state title at season’s end, the success he’s garnered as a student at John Carroll has prepared him well for when he suits up next winter in the badger red and white.
    “It’s been a pretty successful four years and I won a few national titles along the way, so it’s been good,” Ritter said. “It’s been a lot of up and downs, and there continues to be a lot of ups and downs, but it’s been a ride.”
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    jschatz@cecilwhig.com
     

  • December 23 - Tuesdays with Barry (Head Coach University of Wisconsin)
    TUESDAYS WITH BARRY
    Date: Tue 12/23/14 01:46 PM
    Dear Alumni, Friends and Family,
    The final exams are done and the Team has the opportunity to go home for about a week before the varsity returns on December 26 to prepare for the Midlands Championship. We know most of the guys will be getting a workout with their High School Teams along with some conditioning work. What is more important is we all get the opportunity to spend time with family and others we care about.
    This time of year more than any other helps us to recognize how truly blessed we are as a staff to be in the profession we have and working with the quality young men that are on this Team. Few professions (will not call this a job) are as thrilling, disappointing, frustrating, and most of all, rewarding as what we get to do. If it were only about the score then we would only be doing a job. We get the privilege of the opportunity to present what we believe is important to be successful. Our sport has some wonderful stories of what it can do for life. The link below was sent out last Christmas about two young men in Cleveland. Please take the 25 minutes to watch the video. The people that watched this ESPN “Outside the Lines” show last year thanked us for sending it out. <
    http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/9454322/why-stayed >
    To the Parents, thank you for entrusting us with the most important gift you were given.
    To the Alumni, thanks for what you have done as a Badger wrestler and for getting back involved with the program. The Alumni reunion at the Big Tens had a huge response and the follow up has been outstanding. As a staff we did not put enough importance on this in the past – you guys are a priority!
    To the Friends of the program, thank you for supporting the Badger Wrestling Team over the years. We have a plan to get where we should be-challenging for a National Title! We can’t and won’t get there without your help and involvement.
    To all of you, we wish you a Merry Christmas and hope we all recognize the most important things at this time. It is not the things we have earned, it is the blessings we have been given.
    Badger Coaching Staff

    PS on one wrestling note, Badger Wrestling Club athlete Nazar Kulchytskyy (sounds just like it’s spelled!!!) won the Minnesota Storm Freestyle Tournament this past Saturday and also earned the $1000 bonus as the outstanding wrestler. Your support is helping Nazar pursue his dream of being a World Champion. He is training with our Badger Team and plans on competing through 2020.
     

  • USA Today/NWCA Division I Individual Ranking Coaches Poll December 23, 2014
    125 Pounds
    1..............Nahshon Garrett..................Jr............................Cornell
    2..............Alan Waters.........................Sr.........................Missouri
    3..............Thomas Gilman...................So............................. Iowa
    4..............Jordan Conaway.................Jr..................... Penn State
    5..............Joey Dance.........................Jr.................. Virginia Tech
    6..............Dylan Peters........................So.............. Northern Iowa
    7..............Eddie Klimara......................So........... Oklahoma State
    8..............Nathan Tomasello................Fr.....................Ohio State
    9..............Josh Martinez......................Jr........................ Air Force
    10............Tyler Cox.............................Sr.......................Wyoming
    11.............Evan Silver..........................Jr......................... Stanford
    12............Josh Rodriguez...................So...... North Dakota State
    13............Scott Parker........................Fr........................... Lehigh
    14............Max Soria............................Sr...........................Buffalo
    15............Trey Andrews......................So....... Northern Colorado
    16............Ronnie Bresser...................Fr.................Oregon State
    17............Zeke Moisey........................Fr.................West Virginia
    18............David Terao.........................Jr........................American
    19............Brandon Jeske....................So............... Old Dominion
    20............Sean Boyle..........................Sr................. Chattanooga
    133 Pounds
    1..............A.J. Schopp.........................Sr........................Edinboro
    2..............Cody Brewer.......................Jr.......................Oklahoma
    3..............Chris Dardanes...................Sr..................... Minnesota
    4..............Cory Clark...........................So............................. Iowa
    5..............Jimmy Gulibon.....................So................... Penn State
    6..............Mason Beckman.................Jr............................ Lehigh
    7..............Johnni DiJulius....................Jr......................Ohio State
    8..............Rossi Bruno.........................Jr.........................Michigan
    9..............Geoffrey Alexander..............Sr....................... Maryland
    10............ Earl Hall..............................Jr......................Iowa State
    11.............George DiCamillo................So.........................Virginia
    12............Ryan Taylor.........................So.....................Wisconsin
    13............Kevin Devoy........................So...........................Drexel
    14............Mackenzie McGuire............Jr...................... Kent State
    15............Rob Deutsch.......................Jr.............................. Rider
    16............Danny Sabatello..................Jr........................... Purdue
    17............Nick Soto.............................Sr................. Chattanooga
    18............Matt Manley.........................So........................Missouri
    19............Connor Schram...................Fr........................ Stanford
    20............Kevin Norstrem....................Fr................. Virginia Tech
    141 Pounds
    1..............Logan Stieber......................Sr.....................Ohio State
    2..............Mitchell Port.........................Sr........................Edinboro
    3..............Devin Carter........................Sr................. Virginia Tech
    4..............Nick Dardanes.....................Sr..................... Minnesota
    5..............Josh Dziewa........................Sr.............................. Iowa
    6..............Lavion Mayes......................So........................Missouri
    7..............Todd Preston.......................Sr......................... Harvard
    8..............Anthony Ashnault................Fr......................... Rutgers
    9..............Anthony Abidin....................Jr........................Nebraska
    10............Dean Heil............................Fr............ Oklahoma State
    11.............Joey Ward...........................So..............North Carolina
    12............Edgar Bright........................So.....................Pittsburgh
    13............Chris Mecate.......................Jr................. Old Dominion
    14............Jamel Hudson.....................So......................... Hofstra
    15............Randy Cruz.........................So.......................... Lehigh
    16............Shyheim Brown...................So...................... Maryland
    17............Geo Martinez.......................Fr....................Boise State
    18............Mike Morales.......................Sr.................West Virginia
    19............Joe Spisak...........................Sr..........................Virginia
    20............Alex Griffin...........................So......................... Purdue
    149 Pounds
    1..............Jason Tsirtsis.......................So................Northwestern
    2..............Drake Houdashelt...............Sr.........................Missouri
    3..............Josh Kindig..........................Sr............ Oklahoma State
    4..............David Habat........................Sr........................Edinboro
    5..............Tywan Claxton.....................Sr.............................. Ohio
    6..............Chris Villalonga...................Sr...........................Cornell
    7..............Brody Grothus.....................Jr............................... Iowa
    8..............Alec Pantaleo......................Fr........................Michigan
    9..............Gabe Moreno......................So....................Iowa State
    10............Hunter Stieber.....................Jr......................Ohio State
    11.............Mike DePalma.....................Jr...................... Kent State
    12............Adam Krop..........................Sr.......................Princeton
    13............Alexander Richardson.........Jr................. Old Dominion
    14............Justin Arthur........................So......................Nebraska
    15............Sal Mastiani.........................So................. Virginia tech
    16............Zach Beitz...........................So................... Penn State
    17............Dylan Cottrell.......................So........Appalachian State
    18............Mike Racciato......................So.....................Pittsburgh
    19............Cody Ruggirello...................Sr.......................... Hofstra
    20............B.J. Clagon..........................Fr............................. Rider
    157 Pounds
    1..............Dylan Ness..........................Sr..................... Minnesota
    2..............James Green.......................Sr.......................Nebraska
    3..............Ian Miller..............................Jr...................... Kent State
    4..............Josh Demas........................Sr.....................Ohio State
    5..............Anthony Perrotti..................Jr.......................... Rutgers
    6..............Joey LaVallee......................So........................Missouri
    7..............Isaiah Martinez....................Fr............................Illinois
    8..............Justin DeAngelis.................Sr......................Oklahoma
    9..............Justin Staudenmayer..........So...........................Brown
    10............Mitch Minotti........................So.......................... Lehigh
    11.............Luke Smith..........................Jr............Central Michigan
    12............Cody Pack...........................Sr.......South Dakota State
    13............Russell Parsons..................So.............................Army
    14............Anthony Collica...................So........... Oklahoma State
    15............Immanuel Kerr-Brown.........Sr..............................Duke
    16............Brian Murphy.......................So.......................Michigan
    17............Steven Hernandez..............Sr....................Boise State
    18............Markus Scheidel..................So......................Columbia
    19............Alex Elder............................Sr.................Oregon State
    20............Spartak Chino.....................Jr............................... Ohio
    165 Pounds
    1..............Alex Dieringer......................Jr............. Oklahoma State
    2..............Nick Sulzer..........................Sr..........................Virginia
    3..............Isaac Jordan........................So.....................Wisconsin
    4..............Taylor Walsh........................Sr.......................... Indiana
    5..............Mike Moreno.......................Sr.....................Iowa State
    6..............Pierce Harger......................Sr.................Northwestern
    7..............Nick Moore..........................Sr.............................. Iowa
    8..............Jackson Morse....................Sr............................Illinois
    9..............Jim Wilson...........................So....................... Stanford
    10............Cooper Moore.....................So.............. Northern Iowa
    11.............Taylor Massa.......................So.......................Michigan
    12............Tristan Warner.....................Sr................ Old Dominion
    13............Peyton Walsh......................Sr..............................Navy
    14............Max Rohskopf.....................So.... North Carolina State
    15............Jesse Stafford.....................Sr....................... Air Force
    16............Adam Fierro.........................Jr.............CSU Bakersfield
    17............Dakota Friesth.....................Jr........................Wyoming
    18............Nick Wanzek.......................Fr..................... Minnesota
    19............Austin Wilson......................Jr........................Nebraska
    20............Harrison Hightower.............Sr.............................. Ohio
    174 Pounds
    1..............Robert Kokesh....................Sr.......................Nebraska
    2..............Mike Evans..........................Sr.............................. Iowa
    3..............Blaise Butler........................Jr...........................Virginia
    4..............Logan Storley......................Sr..................... Minnesota
    5..............Matt Brown..........................Sr.................... Penn State
    6..............Zac Brunson........................So...........................Illinois
    7..............Tanner Weatherman............Jr......................Iowa State
    8..............Zach Epperly.......................Fr................. Virginia Tech
    9..............Davonte Mahomes..............Fr........................Michigan
    10............Cody Walters.......................Jr............................... Ohio
    11.............Bryce Hammond.................Jr.............CSU Bakersfield
    12............Kyle Crutchmer....................So........... Oklahoma State
    13............Mark Martin.........................Jr......................Ohio State
    14............Pete Renda.........................So.... North Carolina State
    15............Kurtis Julson........................Jr........ North Dakota State
    16............Nathan Jackson..................So......................... Indiana
    17............Duke Pickett........................Jr............................Cornell
    18............Caleb Marsh........................Sr..................... Kent State
    19............John Staudenmayer............Jr................North Carolina
    20............Mike England......................Sr.........................Missouri
    184 Pounds
    1..............Max Thomusseit..................Sr......................Pittsburgh
    2..............Blake Stauffer......................Jr................. Arizona State
    3..............Nathaniel Brown..................Jr............................ Lehigh
    4..............Gabe Dean..........................So..........................Cornell
    5..............Lorenzo Thomas.................Sr..............................Penn
    6..............Hayden Zillmer....................Jr........ North Dakota State
    7..............Jack Dechow.......................So............... Old Dominion
    8..............Nolan Boyd..........................So........... Oklahoma State
    9..............Taylor Meeks.......................Sr.................Oregon State
    10............Willie Miklus.........................Fr.........................Missouri
    11.............Brett Pfarr............................So.................... Minnesota
    12............Sam Brooks.........................So............................. Iowa
    13............Kenny Courts......................Jr......................Ohio State
    14............Vic Avery.............................Jr.........................Edinboro
    15............Nikko Reyes........................So...........................Illinois
    16............Domenic Abounader............So.......................Michigan
    17............Lelund Weatherspoon.........So....................Iowa State
    18............Ophir Bernstein...................Sr............................Brown
    19............Richard Robertson..............Fr......................Wisconsin
    20............Austin Gabel........................Jr................... Virginia tech
    197 Pounds
    1..............Kyven Gadson.....................Sr.....................Iowa State
    2..............Scott Schiller.......................Sr..................... Minnesota
    3..............J’Den Cox............................So........................Missouri
    4..............Morgan McIntosh................Jr..................... Penn State
    5..............Kyle Snyder.........................Fr.....................Ohio State
    6..............Abe Ayala............................So......................Princeton
    7..............Conner Hartmann................Jr...............................Duke
    8..............Nick Bonaccorsi..................Jr.......................Pittsburgh
    9..............Alex Polizzi..........................Jr..................Northwestern
    10............Nathan Burak......................Jr............................... Iowa
    11.............Max Huntley........................Sr........................Michigan
    12............Elliot Riddick........................So.......................... Lehigh
    13............Shane Woods......................Sr.......................Wyoming
    14............Nathan Rotert......................Fr.......South Dakota State
    15............Timmy McCall......................Sr......................Wisconsin
    16............Jace Bennett.......................Jr............................Cornell
    17............Austin Schafer.....................So........... Oklahoma State
    18............Zach Nye.............................Jr...........................Virginia
    19............Braden Atwood....................Sr.......................... Purdue
    20............Jared Haught.......................Fr................. Virginia Tech
    285 Pounds
    1..............Mike McMullan....................Sr.................Northwestern
    2..............Nick Gwiazdowski...............Jr...... North Carolina State
    3..............Bobby Telford......................Sr.............................. Iowa
    4..............Austin Marsden...................Jr............. Oklahoma State
    5..............Connor Medbery.................Jr.......................Wisconsin
    6..............Ty Walz................................So................ Virginia Tech
    7..............Adam Coon.........................So.......................Michigan
    8..............Ross Larson........................So.....................Oklahoma
    9..............Billy Smith............................Jr.......................... Rutgers
    10............Tyler Deuel..........................Sr...................Binghamton
    11.............Blaize Cabell.......................Jr................ Northern Iowa
    12............Michael Kroells....................So.................... Minnesota
    13............Denzel Dejournette.............Jr..........Appalachian State
    14............Jimmy Lawson.....................Sr.................... Penn State
    15............Nick Tavanello.....................So....................Ohio State
    16............Riley Shaw..........................Jr..............Cleveland State
    17............Joe Stolfi.............................Sr........................ Bucknell
    18............Evan Knutson......................Sr....... North Dakota State
    19............Adam Fager........................Sr....................Utah Valley
    20............Jake Henderson..................Sr................ Old Dominion
    http://www.wiwrestling.com/college/uw.htm#USA_Today/NWCA_Division_I_Coaches_Poll_
     

  • USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll
    December 23, 2014
    Rank...Team (First).......Rec...Points....Conf.. Prev.
    1.......Iowa (9)............5-0..... 297.....Big Ten.....1
    2.......Minnesota (2).......6-0..... 283.....Big Ten.....2
    3.......Cornell ............6-0..... 278.....EIWA........3
    4.......Penn State (1)......5-0..... 266.....Big Ten.....4
    5.......Missouri...........12-0..... 256.... MAC.........5
    6.......Virginia Tech........4-1.... 238.....ACC.........6
    7.......Ohio State .........4-2..... 224.....Big Ten.....7
    8.......Oklahoma State.....3-1..... .217.... Big 12......8
    9.......Pittsburgh..........4-2..... 194.....ACC.........9
    10......Edinboro............6-2..... 193.....EWL.........12
    11......Lehigh.............7-3...... 175.....EIWA....... 11
    12......Nebraska..........4-1....... 160.....Big Ten.....13
    13......Illinois.............6-1.... 152.....Big Ten.....14
    14......Iowa State..........4-1..... 146.... Big 12......15
    15......Michigan...........2-1...... 136.....Big Ten.....16
    16......Virginia............5-2..... 128.....ACC.........10
    17......Rider..............6-1...... 105.....EWL.........18
    18......Oregon State.......3-0...... 96......Pac-12......17
    19......Northwestern.......8-2...... 85......Big Ten.....20
    20......Wisconsin..........5-1...... 79......Big Ten.....19
    21......Wyoming...........4-2....... 65......WWC.........21
    22......N.C. State..........7-2..... 42......ACC.........22
    23......Rutgers............9-0...... 34......Big Ten.....23
    24......Old Dominion.......3-2...... 24..... MAC.........24
    25......Bucknell...........3-1...... 12......EIWA........NR
    Dropped Out: No. 25 Purdue
    Others receiving votes: Purdue 9, Stanford 5, Ohio 1
    The USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll is released on
    Tuesdays during the college wrestling season.
    https://gallery.mailchimp.com/e622db7e5b22fa22d0a89cf91/files/WebRanks_Dec23_1_.pdf
     

  • Badger Gameday app includes 10 sports
    Mobile app for iOS and Android upgraded, expanded with new features

  • Wisconsin back in national rankings
    Badgers check in at No. 19 following pair of wins
    MADISON, Wis. – Fueled by a top-10 upset last weekend, the Wisconsin wrestling team earned its way back into the national rankings, checking in at No. 19 in the latest USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches poll .
    Eleven of the 14 teams in the Big Ten Conference appear in the latest top 25 rankings, including the Badgers. Three of the conference’s schools, Iowa, Minnesota and Penn State, were ranked among the top five for the week.
    Moving to 5-1 on the season after handing Nebraska its first loss of the season and also defeating Indiana, Wisconsin sits just one spot behind Rider, who topped the Badgers earlier this season with a win by criteria.
    Against the Huskers, No. 5 Connor Medbery faced No. 14 Collin Jensen in a double-ranked heavyweight match. Medbery collected two takedowns, three escapes, a near fall and 2:22 riding time to win in an 11-3 major decision. This brought Medbery to an unscathed record of 14-0. Wisconsin’s only returning All-American, Isaac Jordan, pinned No. 20 Austin Wilson in 32 seconds in the first period to clinch the dual for the Badgers.
    Two nights prior, Wisconsin shut out Indiana at the UW Field House. The Badgers gave up no offensive points on the night by not allowing a single takedown or reversal. The victory marked UW’s first shutout over a Division I program in over a decade.
    Jordan, who was ranked No. 7 at the time, took down then-ranked No. 3 Taylor Walsh with a 3-1 decision. Jordan was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Tuesday after collecting wins over two ranked opponents last week.
    Jordan moved up four spots in the Intermat weekly polls to No. 3, while fellow sophomore Ryan Taylor jumped up to the No. 16 slot. Freshman Ricky Robertson is now ranked No. 19 after posting two wins last week. Senior Timmy McCall held his spot at No. 16 and junior Connor Medbery remained at No. 5.
    http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/121614aab.html

  • December 16 - Tuesdays with Barry (Head Coach University of Wisconsin)
    TUESDAYS WITH BARRY
    Date: Tue 12/16/14 03:13 PM
    Badger Alumni, Fans and Family,
    We had about as good a week as we possibly could with the shutout win over Indiana (45-0) and the win over #8 Nebraska (23-14) in their home gym. Zeke Jordan led the way with his win over #3 ranked Walsh of Indiana and a pin in the Nebraska dual. Connor Medbery continued his dominating start to the season with a pin against Indiana and a major decision over the 14th ranked HWT for Nebraska. Ryan Taylor also had a pin and a major decision. In reality, the Nebraska win was a total Team effort, exemplified by Jarod Donar nearly upsetting the #2 ranked wrestler at 157lbs. Our staff is very proud of how we competed. To get more information about the weekend go to the link below to listen to the interview by Shane Sparks on badgerstatewrestling.com.
    In addition to the duals, several Badgers competed in the Northern Iowa Open where Jens Lantz took 4th at 133lbs, Gabe Grahek and Ben Cox finished 3rd at 133lbs and 174lbs and TJ Ruschell and Andrew Crone faced each other for the title at 149lbs, with Crone winning in overtime.
    We are now in final exam week and will not compete again until the Midlands Championships Dec 29-30 at Northwestern.
    Go Badgers!
    Coach Davis
    Davis recap interview with Shane Sparks
    http://badgerstatewrestling.com/index.php?option=com_php&Itemid=49&tid=492
    Just announced --- Zeke Jordan was named the Big Ten wrestler of the week for the second time in his career!
     

  • Upsets by Wisconsin, Purdue push 11 Big Ten teams into USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

  • Wisconsin Takes Home Big Ten Wrestler of the Week Honor

    Jordan earns Big Ten Wrestler of the Week accolades
    Pair of ranked wins elevates sophomore to No. 3 ranking
    MADISON, Wis. – Sophomore Isaac Jordan was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week after posting two impressive wins over ranked opponents last week, it was announced by the conference Tuesday.
    Honored for the first time this season and the second time in his career, Jordan’s performance last week elevated him from No. 7 to No. 3 in the Intermat weekly rankings.
    Jordan started the weekend with a 3-1 decision over No. 3 Taylor Walsh of Indiana, which helped lead the Badgers to their first shutout win (45-0) over a Division I school in 11 years.
    The Urbana, Ohio, native then followed up by pinning No. 20 Austin Wilson of Nebraska in 32 seconds, marking his fifth pin of the season.
    Jordan now holds a perfect 4-0 record against ranked opponents this season and has tallied 43 career victories. He has tallied a 13-1 record on the season, including a 3-0 mark against Big Ten opponents.
    Jordan was also the last Wrestler of the Week from Wisconsin, bringing home the accolade on Feb. 25, 2014.
    Wisconsin enjoys a short break in its scheduling before returning to action with a road trip to Midlands on Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, Illinois.
    -- #Badgers --
    Kelli Grashel
    Athletic Communications Assistant | University of Wisconsin
    Softball, Wrestling, W Basketball, Volleyball
    Office - 608-262-8216 | Cell - 608-445-4086
    Twitter: @KelliGrashel
    Date: Tue 12/16/14 12:01 PM

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Olivia Truby, Big Ten Conference
    Dec. 16, 2014
    Wisconsin Takes Home Big Ten Wrestler of the Week Honor
    Badgers’ Isaac Jordan takes down two ranked Big Ten wrestlers
    Wrestler of the Week
    Isaac Jordan, Wisconsin
    165 pounds – So. – Urbana, Ohio – Graham
    • Posted a 3-1 decision over No. 3 Taylor Walsh of Indiana, and pinned No. 20 Austin Wilson of Nebraska in 32 seconds
    • Guided Wisconsin to dual meet wins over No. 8 Nebraska (23-14) and Indiana (45-0)
    • Upped his record against ranked opponents to 4-0 this season
    • Registered his 43rd career victory
    • Moved into the No. 3 ranking in the 165-pound weight class after previously being ranked No. 7
    • Collects the second weekly award of his career
    • Last Wisconsin Wrestler of the Week: Isaac Jordan (Feb. 25, 2014)
    2014-15 Wrestlers of the Week
    Nov. 4 Scott Schiller, Sr., Minnesota and Mike McMullan, Sr., Northwestern
    Nov. 11 Jimmy Gulibon, So., Penn State
    Nov. 18 Zac Brunson, So., Illinois
    Nov. 25 Taylor Walsh, Sr., Indiana
    Dec. 2 Logan Stieber, Sr., Ohio State and Danny Sabatello, Jr., Purdue
    Dec. 9 Logan Stieber, Sr., Ohio State
    Dec. 16 Isaac Jordan, So., Wisconsin
    ###
    Olivia Truby | Bob Hammel Communications Intern | Big Ten Conference
    Office: 847.696.1010 ext.125 | Cell: 920.428.1700 | Fax: 847.696.1150 |
    http://www.bigten.org
     

  • UW upsets No. 8 Nebraska

  • Huskers lose to Wisconsin

  • Catching up with Ryle's (KY) 'first family of wrestling' (The Ruschell's) @@@

  • Huskers Stunned by Badgers
    Badgers shuck No. 8 Huskers
    Wisconsin improves to 5-1 in Lincoln
    Dec. 13, 2014
    Lincoln, Neb.-- The unranked Wisconsin wrestling program floored No. 8 Nebraska at the Devaney Center tonight. The dual gave Nebraska their first loss of the season, dropping them to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten competition.
    Action began with Frank Cousins taking on the No. 1 ranked Robert Kokesh. Cousins made two escapes in the first and second periods. The third period ended with Kokesh winning in a 16-5 major decision.
    Next, No. 20 Ricky Robertson faced No. 17 TJ Dudley. Robertson marked a takedown and near fall in the first period for an early 5-2 lead. An escape and reversal in the third period plus riding time gave Robertson a final 9-4 decision.
    No. 16 Timmy McCall went on to wrestle Aaron Studebaker at 197 lbs. McCall held a one point lead in the first two periods, but Studebaker tied it up with a takedown. McCall made a takedown in overtime to put the Badgers over the Huskers, where they would stay for the rest of the dual.
    In another double ranked match, heavyweight No. 5 Connor Medbery met No. 14 Collin Jensen. Medbery collected two takedowns, three escapes, a near fall and 2:22 riding time to win in an 11-3 major decision. This brought Medbery to an unscathed record of 14-0 and the Badgers to 10-4.
    Back at the top, No. 18 Tim Lambert brought down Johnny Jimenez in a 5-0 decision at 125 lbs.
    No. 18 Ryan Taylor then battled Eric Montoya at 133 lbs. Taylor led 4-2 in the first period and 6-4 in the second before winning it all with a 12-4 major decision.
    In the 141 lbs. class, Jesse Thielke fell to No. 20 Anthony Abidin in an 11-2 major decision. The Badgers still stayed ahead with a 14-11 team score. At 149, Rylan Lubeck took on No. 19 Justin Arthur. After trailing 2-0 in the first period, Lubeck rallied for an 8-7 win.
    Jarod Donar met No. 2 James green for the 157 lbs. match. Donar lost in a close 9-7 decision.
    Wrapping up the night was Wisconsin All-American No. 7 Isaac Jordan and No. 20 Austin Wilson. Jordan recorded yet another pin at 0:32 in the first period to overcome Wilson and leave the Badgers with a 23-14 final over a top ten opponent.
    Tonight’s competition was the two school’s 18th meeting in series history. It left Wisconsin with a 10-6-2 advantage.
    The Badgers have a short break for the holiday season, but will be back in action on December 29-30 at Midlands in Evanston, Illinois.
    Wisconsin 23, No. 8 Nebraska 14
    Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
    Devaney Center, Lincoln, Neb.
    Attendance: 1,462
    Results
    174: #1 Robert Kokesh (NEB) by major dec. over Frank Cousins (WIS), 16-5 (NEB 4, WIS 0)
    184: #20 Ricky Robertson (WIS) by dec. over #17 TJ Dudley (NEB), 9-4 (NEB 4, WIS 3)
    197: #16 Timmy McCall (WIS) by sudden victory-1 over Aaron Studebaker (NEB), 8-6 (WIS 6, NEB 4)
    HWT: #5 Connor Medbery (WIS) by major dec. over #14 Collin Jensen (NEB), 11-3 (WIS 10, NEB 4)
    125: #18 Tim Lambert (NEB) by dec. over Johnny Jimenez (WIS), 5-0 (WIS 10, NEB 7)
    133: #18 Ryan Taylor (WIS) by major dec. over Eric Montoya (NEB), 12-4 (WIS 14, NEB 7)
    141: #20 Anthony Abidin (NEB) by major dec. over Jesse Thielke (WIS), 11-2 (WIS 14, NEB 11)
    149: Rylan Lubeck (WIS) by dec. over #19 Justin Arthur (NEB), 8-7 (WIS 17, NEB 11)
    157: #2 James Green (NEB) by dec. over Jarod Donar (WIS), 9-7 (WIS 17, NEB 14)
    165: #7 Isaac Jordan (WIS) by pin over #20 Austin Wilson (NEB), 0:32 (WIS 23, NEB 14)

    Nebraska take on the match...
    http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=56&SPID=28&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209807990&DB_OEM_ID=100

  • Huskers Battle Badgers on Saturday

  • Isaac Jordan's wins big showdown as UW thumps Indiana
    8 hours ago • State Journal staff
    There were many highlights for the University of Wisconsin wrestling team in a 45-0 victory against Indiana on Thursday night at the UW Field House.
    For assistant coach Kyle Ruschell, seventh-ranked Isaac Jordan’s 3-1 victory over third-ranked Taylor Walsh at 165 pounds topped the list.
    “Isaac Jordan, of course,” Ruschell said. “He has wrestled him two or three times and the kid is goofy. So he had to wrestle really basic and he wrestled smart. He didn’t let the kid do awkward things to him and he just wrestled well. Beating a third-ranked guy in the country at home is always a good thing.”
    Walsh led the nation in pins with 26 a year ago.
    “He is a pretty funky wrestler,” said Jordan, a sophomore. “He has a lot of big moves. He pins a lot of guys so I had to be smart and pay attention.”
    The Badgers (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) won their third straight dual while it was Indiana’s first dual of the season.
    Junior heavyweight Connor Medbery recorded one of two UW pins.
    “We got a team shutout, which is not something we have done here at Wisconsin since I’ve been here,” Medbery said. “It is definitely a great team win. We had quite a few big matches.”
    WISCONSIN 45, INDIANA 0
    125: Jiminez won by forfeit; 133: Taylor pinned Shepherd, 6:19; 141: Thielke dec. Duca, 6-1; 149: Lubeck dec. Moody, 7-2; 157: Donar dec. Blanton, 4-1; 165: Jordan dec. Walsh, 3-1; 174: Cousins maj. dec. Wilson, 13-5; 184: Robertson won by forfeit; 197: McCall dec. Sheridan, 3-2; 285: Medbery pinned Jolley-Little, 2:36.
    Read more:
    http://host.madison.com/sports/college/badgers-wrestling-isaac-jordan-s-wins-big-showdown-as-uw/article_f1d8b688-c7c3-5003-bb94-5aedac8d0aa6.html#ixzz3LgwQ7SOh

  • Badgers blank Hoosiers in Madison
    Dec. 11, 2014
    MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 19 Wisconsin wrestling program met up with Big Ten opponent Indiana at the UW Field House Thursday night. The feat gives the Badgers a 4-1 record, leaving Indiana 0-1 after its first dual of the season.
    The Badgers gave up no offensive points on the night by not allowing a single takedown or reversal. The win gives Wisconsin a 30-24 lead over Indiana in the two school’s all-time series.
    No. 18 Ryan Taylor wrestled the first match in bold fashion. Taylor held a strong 7-1 lead over Alonzo Shepard late into the third period. At 6:19 Taylor pinned Shepard, giving Wisconsin the start to its untouched lead, at 6-0.
    At 141 lbs., Jesse Thielke came out strong over Joe Duca. Thielke ramped up his lead to 12-1 by the end of the second period. A takedown stopped the match at 6:16 in the third period giving Thielke the victory by tech fall, 16-1.
    At 149 lbs., Rylan Lubeck only allowed Trevor Moody two escapes and ended the bout with a 7-2 decision. Jarod Donar went 3-1 in three periods and collected an extra point from riding time to mark a 4-1 decision.
    The showdown of the night came in the 165 lbs. weight class. Wisconsin All-American Isaac Jordan’s stellar performance was a fan favorite and, by far, the highlight of the dual. The seventh-ranked sophomore entered a top ten dual with Indiana’s No. 3 Taylor Walsh. Jordan got fired up after a scoreless first round. At 1:11 in the second period, Jordan logged three near fall points over Walsh. Walsh managed an escape soon after, but was unable to put up any more points. Another scoreless period meant Jordan left the mat victorious with a 3-1 decision and his third win against a ranked opponent this season.
    “I wrestled him before so I kind of knew what he was going to do,” Jordan said. “I watched a lot of tape on him so I worked on a few things. A win is always good.
    “He is a pretty funky wrestler. He has a lot of big moves. He pins a lot of guys so I had to be smart and pay attention.”
    Frank Cousins posted a 14-5 major decision over Wyatt Wilson. He controlled the match with six takedowns and had 1:36 riding time. No. 20 Ricky Robertson claimed victory by injury default over Matt Irick.
    Timmy McCall marked a takedown right away in the first period to put him ahead of Luke Sheridan. The No. 16 senior made an escape in the third to secure a 3-2 decision.
    No. 5 heavyweight Connor Medbery improved his untarnished season record to an impressive 13-0. Medbery was leading 4-1 in the first period before he pinned Gavan Jolley-Little at 2:36. With only an Indiana forfeit at 125 lbs. to follow, Medbery’s victory sealed the deal for Wisconsin.
    Tonight’s victory marked the Badgers’ first shutout over a Division I school in eleven years. Wisconsin recorded another shutout over Indiana in 1983.
    “What it says is that every single one of our guys wrestled complete matches,” Wisconsin assistant coach Kyle Ruschell said. “We came in here knowing that it is our second home dual and we don’t have too many of them, so our guys came in ready to go. That is what happens when every single guy wrestles every single minute of the match.”
    The Badgers take on Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska this Saturday at 6 p.m.

  • December 9 - Tuesdays with Barry (Head Coach University of Wisconsin)
    Date: Tue 12/09/14 03:17 PM
    To Alumni Family and Friends,
    We have a big week coming with the Indiana and Nebraska B1G duals. There are several marquee match ups this week that will be important for B1G seeding and NCAA qualification. For those of you who can make it to the Indiana match on Thursday, make sure you join us afterwards at the Red Zone.
    Below is a link to the interview on badgerstatewrestling.com by Shane Sparks with Coach Brandvold. The interview is a preview of this week’s matches along with Shane’s “10 Questions” of Coach Brandvold. This will give you an insight into Trevor’s growth and philosophy as a person and coach. It provides all of you with what I already know and why I hired him! Great role model for the young men on this Team.
    Go Badgers
    Barry
    Brandvold interview
    http://badgerstatewrestling.com/index.php?option=com_php&Itemid=49&tid=491
    NCAA TICKETS
    We will have a limited supply of tickets available for our loyal fans and supporters that wish to cheer on our Badger Wrestlers at the NCAA Championships on March 19-21, 2015 in St. Louis, MO.
    The cost for the all session tickets is $190. We are seated in Sections 303 & 304 at the Scottrade Center.
    Tickets purchased will be mailed to recipients after March 1, 2015.
    If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please contact Sandy at the Wrestling Office (608-262-3586). All tickets must be paid for at the time of the purchase. Visa & Master Card, Discover, and AmEx are all accepted.

  • World Team Trials / Badger Apparel
    Date: Wed 12/03/14 04:02 PM
    Alumni, Family and Friends,
    Just a quick note about a couple things:
    1) USA Wrestling World Team Trials - June 12-14
    As most of you know the Freestyle World Team Trials will be held in Madison again next year. The date is June 13-14 for the Senior Trials with the Junior Freestyle Trials on June 12. USA Wrestling will be making an announcement later this month which will include information on how to purchase tickets. Before they make the announcement we want to give the Badger Wrestling community the opportunity to get their tickets first. This is most important for those who want to get the best seats in the reserved sections. The competition will take place on a two mat raised platform. To order tickets go to the link below or go to ticketmaster.com and search Alliant Energy Center.
    http://www.ticketmaster.com/USA-Wrestling-World-Team-Trials-tickets/artist/1004729
    2) Badger/Wisconsin apparel
    There is still time (not much) to order Wisconsin-Badger Wrestling apparel before Christmas. All proceeds from the online sales go to the Badger Wrestling Club. Still a great holiday gift even if you don’t get it until after Christmas!
    http://www.usawrestlingproducts.com/Badger_Wrestling_Club_s/2661.htm?searching=Y&sort=13&cat=2661&show=9&page=1
    Thanks,
    Mitch Hull
    Assistant Coach-UW Madison
    Head Coach-Wisconsin Regional Training Center

  • December 2 - Tuesdays with Barry (Head Coach University of Wisconsin)
    TUESDAYS WITH BARRY
    Date: Tue 12/02/14 03:32 PM
    Alumni, Family and Friends,
    It was a good weekend for the Badger Wrestling Team as we won 7 of the 10 matches in each of the duals with South Dakota State and North Dakota State. Even in the matches we lost the scores were close where we could have won them as well. The important part was we asked our guys to go out in these matches with the idea to score in the first 10 seconds and everyone attempted to do that.
    While we were in the coldest place in the nation this past weekend, Coach Ruschell was spending time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil representing the US National Team at the Olympic test event. Kyle won the tournament defeating the 2014 Yariguin International Bronze medalist from Russia in the finals 13-7. The Yariguin (held in Kransoyarsk (Siberia), Russia) tournament is considered by many as the toughest tournament in the World, outside of the European and World Championships. Kyle has said he absolutely had no time during the entire week to check out Copa Cabana beach in the Brazilian summer! REALLY!?!
    We now have a week off from competition before we get back to the Big Ten schedule. Indiana will be coming to Madison for a dual on Thursday December 11 (remember to join us at the Red Zone after the dual). We will then travel to Nebraska to take on the 9th ranked Cornhuskers on Saturday. Several athletes not competing against Nebraska will go to Northern Iowa for the UNI tournament. This is a good tournament and most of the alumni getting this will have wrestled in the UNI Open during their career.
    Below is a link that you can go to read about the recruiting class for 2015. We believe this is a talented group that will represent the Badgers well during their career. See the link below to read about each of the new Badgers.
    As a side note, three of the out of state recruits (Ritter MD, Stickley OH, and Quintanilla WA) spent a week in Madison this past June with the USA Wrestling Cadet World Team training camp. This camp being held in Madison would not have happened without the support we have received from you for the Badger Wrestling Club. Thanks to everyone! Coach Hull will again serve as one of the Coaches in 2015 for the Cadet World Team and we are working to have the Cadet Training Camp in Madison in July of 2015.
    If you would like to hear more about the past weekend’s results and the 2015 recruiting class, go to badgerstatewrestling.com and catch the Shane Sparks interview.
    GO BADGERS!
    Coach Davis
    Head Coach Barry Davis Recaps Badger Wins Over South Dakota State & North Dakota State
    http://badgerstatewrestling.com/index.php?option=com_php&Itemid=49&tid=488
    Article on the 2015 recruits below..

  • Monday, December 1, 2014: Badgers announce 2015 signing class

    Dec. 1, 2014

    MADISON, Wis.-- The Wisconsin wrestling team welcomes six newcomers to the mat for the fall of 2015, head coach Barry Davis announced Monday. The Badgers signed three of FLO Wrestling’s top 100 recruits, two in-state seniors and one of Illinois’ top wrestlers.   
    Izaec Quintanilla (Spokane, Washington), Michael Cullen (Cary, Illinois), Elijah Stickley (Urbana, Ohio), Hunter Ritter (Baltimore, Maryland), Mason Reinhart (Merrill, Wisconsin) and Cole Martin (Lancaster, Wisconsin) all signed their National Letters of Intent to join the Wisconsin wrestling program in the fall of 2015. 
    “We are really happy with all the guys who signed with us,” Davis said. “We like what they do in the room and outside the room. I think the future looks bright for them as well as our team, so as a staff we couldn’t be more pleased with who we got.  We will be continuing to add to this class with kids who want to work hard, love the sport of wrestling, and will come and make an impact for our program in our pursuit of a national title.”

    Izaec Quintanilla 

    Quintanilla is a 165 lbs. wrestler from Spokane, Washington. During his career at North Central High School, Quintanilla was a two-time Washington state champion as well as a two-time Tri State Tournament champion. He was considered the 91st overall recruit in the country by FLO Wrestling. 

    Coach Davis on Quintanilla: 
    “We are thrilled to welcome Izaec and his family to our Badger wrestling family.  Izaec is going to have a great career here for us at the 165 lbs. weight class.  He is a hard-nose kid who works extremely hard.  He loves the sport of wrestling.  Izaec is our second big recruit from the state of Washington in the last two years. He had the option to go to some very good schools, and he chose us, which is good to see.” 

    Michael Cullen

    A native of Cary, Illinois, Cullen is an addition to the 125 lbs. weight class. Cullen is a three-time state place winner and Junior and Cadet Freestyle All-American. Cullen attends Cary Grove High School where he currently holds a 109-9 career record. Cullen trains at Overtime School of Wrestling as well as with Mike Poeta at Poeta Training. 

    Coach Davis on Cullen: “Michael is a mat rat who loves the sport of wrestling and has had a very successful career thus far.  He is one of the top kids coming out of the state of Illinois this year.  We have had some very good recruits the last few years from that state.  Michael has shown dedication in his training by going to two of the top schools in the Chicagoland area.  He has a great family which includes an older brother who goes to Illinois and twin younger brothers who also wrestle for Cary Grove.  He came and saw what we’re about and the direction we’re moving, liked what he saw on the academic side and the wrestling side and knew that we’re a bright young team with a good future and wanted to be part of that. We’re glad he’s a part of our Badger family.”

    Elijah Stickley

    Stickley joins the Wisconsin family from St. Paris Graham High School in Urbana, Ohio. Stickley was the 2014 Ohio state champion, took fourth place in the Super 32 and was the Iron Man champion in 2012. Cousin of current Badger wrestling All-American Isaac Jordan, Stickley is ranked No. 10 in the country by FLO and InterMat at 120 lbs. and the 78th overall by FLO. 

    Coach Davis on Stickley:
    “Eli is just a great kid, he’s a hard worker that will continuously get better during his career here at Wisconsin, he comes from a great family with strong values. His high school program wrestles a tough schedule, so he will be prepared for his time here in the Big Ten.  Getting one of the top kids in the country who is only going to get better is big for our depth at the lower weights.  He is cousins with Isaac Jordan and has trained with Ryan Taylor so we know what we are getting with Eli.  We are thrilled he is a Badger.”

    Hunter Ritter

    Ritter is the 18th overall recruit in the country by FLO Wrestling. He is ranked No.3 in the country by InterMat at 195 lbs.  2014 has been a big year for the wrestler from Perryville, Maryland.  Ritter was the 2014 state champion, Cadet World Team member and Prep National runner up. Other marks on the year include FILA Cadet Freestyle National champion, Super 32 champion and Freestyle Cadet National Greco champion with a third place finish in Freestyle.      

    Coach Davis on Ritter: 
    “Hunter Ritter is going to do big things here at the University of Wisconsin.  He is a great down-to-earth guy off the mat but on the mat he’s a competitor.  He moves very well for a big guy and is a hammer on top.  He represented the United States this summer at the Cadet World Championships so he is used to the big stage.  He is only scratching the surface with what he can do, which is scary because he’s already had a very successful career. It came down to us and Penn State. He has a very special tight-knit family, it was hard for him to commit to a school across the country but he believes in what we are doing here and we know he’ll fit in great here and do well.”

    Mason Reinhardt

    Mason Reinhardt, a native of Merrill, Wisconsin, will join the Badgers as a three-time Wisconsin state place winner. Reinhardt qualified for the state wrestling tournament every year of his high school career while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Reinhardt finished fifth as a freshman, third as a sophomore and improved to second in his junior year. Reinhardt was named a 2014 Folkstyle Nationals All-American. Reinhardt’s father, Kent, wrestled for Wisconsin.

    Coach Davis on Reinhardt: “Mason is a hard-nosed kid who is a great athlete.  We are very excited about his potential here at UW. He is first in his class academically in High School so he gets it done on and off the mat.  He is very tough on top.  He’s wanted to be a Badger his whole life, so being able to see that dream come true for his and his family is great! He’s the type of kid that we’re looking for here at the UW with his work ethic and right mind set.”

    Cole Martin

    Another in-state signee for the Badgers is Cole Martin, who hails from Lancaster, Wisconsin. The two-time Wisconsin state champion placed second at the 2013 Cadet Folkstyle Nationals at 126 lbs. 

    Coach Davis on Martin:  “Cole Martin brings a lot of great traits to our team.  He is a smart kid who does well in the classroom.  He is extremely dedicated to the sport and to improving as a wrestler and he is a great all around guy. He has a good single leg, is tough on top and makes it hard for guys to get to his legs.  He trains at the Advance School of Wrestling where current UW wrestlers Kalvin York and Jared Scharenbrock practiced with former UW Badger Wrestler Brad Owens. He has a great family background, strong work ethic and I know he wants to achieve great things. ”

    http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/120114aab.html

     

  • After rough start, UW breezes past North Dakota State

  • Badgers trample Bison to cap off successful weekend
    Date: Sun 11/30/14 07:38 PM

    http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-wrestl/recaps/113014aaa.html

    Nov. 30, 2014

    FARGO, N.D.-- Thanks to a pair of wins against ranked opponents, the Wisconsin wrestling team claimed its second win of the weekend, defeating North Dakota State to improve to 3-1 on the season.

    UW had a major comeback by winning five of the last six matches to drop NDSU, 25-9, in front of 523 fans at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse

    After two very close periods, No. 20 Ryan Taylor turned up the heat on NDSU’s Kyle Gliva and recorded a pin at 6:13. Taylor registered his fifth win of the season since moving up to the 133 lbs. weight class.

    “Today was a good day for Wisconsin wrestling,” Taylor said. “I didn’t move my feet well today but I did keep my poise and really pushed the pace in the third period.

    “We also made some big jumps as a team with a lot of guys going on the attack right off the bat. We left a few matches out there that we can use to build toward March as a team.”

    After trailing 5-2 after the second period, Jesse Thielke pivoted a comeback with a forced stall and hard takedown to go up 7-5 over No. 20 Mitch Bengston. The win was Thielke’s first victory of the season.

    Jarod Donar and No. 6 Isaac Jordan logged back-to-back major decisions to pull the Wisconsin score up, 16-6. Frank Cousins defeated his first ranked opponent of the season with a 4-1 decision over No. 14 Kurtis Julson.

    No. 12 Timmy McCall posted a 6-3 decision over Tommy Petersen, while No. 6 Connor Medbery tallied a 4-0 decision over Evan Knutson to clinch the dual for the Badgers.

    In his second start of the season, Johnny Jimenez fell to No. 12 Josh Rodriguez at 125 lbs. after a 9-6 decision. North Dakota State’s Clay Ream bested Andrew Crone with an 8-7 win, while No. 14 Hayden Zillmer edged No. 20 Ricky Robertson with an 8-7 decision to give NDSU its last points of the dual.

    UW is back in action at home against Indiana at the UW Field House on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.

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

  • Badgers blast the Jackrabbits
     

  • UW produces seven wins in decision over South Dakota State
     

  • 2014-15 UW Badger Wrestling Promotions
    http://www.uwbadgers.com/promotions/m-wrestl-promotions.html

    2014-15 Wrestling Promotions

    Friday, November 14 – Wisconsin vs. Maryland – 8PM
    Team Poster Giveaway – Get your official 2014-2015 Wisconsin Wrestling schedule poster courtesy of Army National Guard.
    Commemorative Rally Towel Giveaway – The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative rally towel honoring the inaugural Big Ten dual versus Maryland.
    Autograph night – Members of the Wrestling team will be available to sign autographs following the match.

    Thursday, December 11 – Wisconsin vs. Indiana – 7PM
    Bucky Book Giveaway – The first 100 fans in attendance will receive a 2014-2015 Bucky Book.
    Facebook Fan Game – All Wisconsin Wrestling Facebook fans will receive FREE admission by printing off a free admission voucher posted on the Wrestling Facebook page. If you are not yet a fan of Wisconsin Wrestling on Facebook, visit the following link to like the page
    http://www.facebook.com/WisconsinWrestling
    Autograph Night – Members of the Wrestling team will be available to sign autographs following the match.

    Sunday, January 11 – Wisconsin vs. Purdue – 1PM
    Team Day – Youth and High School wrestling teams can receive FREE admission to the match by registering in advance with Athletic Marketing. Email your team roster to Jon Scolaro at
    jscolaro@athletics.wisc.edu by Thursday, January 8.
    Autograph Day – Members of the Wrestling team will be available to sign autographs following the match.

    Friday, February 6 – Wisconsin vs. Rutgers – 7PM
    Senior Night – The University of Wisconsin will recognize the Wisconsin Wrestling senior class pre-match
    UW Student Night – All UW students will receive FREE admission with a valid student ID. Students can enter to win a $50 Best Buy gift card and can also enjoy FREE pizza courtesy of Little Caesars while supplies last.
    Autograph Night – Members of the Wrestling team will be available to sign autographs following the match.

    Season Long Game Day Promotions
    Facebook – Like the Wisconsin Wrestling Facebook Page
    Twitter – Follow Wisconsin Wrestling @BadgerWrestling
    Birthdays – Celebrate your child’s birthday with Wisconsin Wrestling. For only $60 you will receive 12 tickets, 12 hot dogs and soda vouchers, a birthday card, and a gift. More information here.
    Fan of the Match – At every home match, fans can enter for a chance to become the Fan of the Match at the Badgers next home dual. The lucky winner will receive free tickets, preferred parking and much more!
    Score T-Shirts – After every Wisconsin pin, t-shirts will be tossed into the crowd courtesy of adidas.
    Sign Making Station – Fans can show off their Wrestling spirit by creating their own signs. The best will be showcased on Wisconsin Wrestling Twitter and Facebook pages.

     

  • November 25 - Tuesdays with Barry (Head Coach University of Wisconsin)
    Tue 11/25/14 04:16 PM

    Alumni, Friends and Family,
    It was a down and up performance this past weekend. The 20-19 criteria loss to Rider was tough to handle. It came down to the final criteria of first takedown in the meet as the total points scored by both teams were the same. Our perspective would not be any different if we would have scored one more match point and won the meet. We are a good enough team to overcome a forfeit and win convincingly WHEN we compete hard in EVERY match. That point was communicated by the coaches and leaders on the team. The Navy Classic was a much better performance. The 4th place finish was a little deceiving as we competed with only 6-7 healthy varsity wrestlers. We had 5 guys make the finals with Zeke Jordan, Ricky Robertson and Connor Medbery winning titles. Ricky beat an All American and pinned his opponent in the finals. Timmy McCall lost a close finals match as did Ryan Taylor in his first tournament up at his new weight of 133lbs. If the scoring had been 4 additional points from going from 2nd to 1st (like the NCAA Championships) we would have gone from 4th as a team to 1st. Still some work to do and a line-up that will be changing, but it shows what we are capable of. If anyone want to listen to the review of the weekend and what will be happening regarding the line-up in the near future, the link is posted below. You can keep up with the season through the interviews with Shane Sparks on badgerstatewrestling.com.

    It will be a busy week for us as we will be wrestling at NDSU and SDSU this weekend before we get a week break. The next 3-4 matches will allow us to shuffle the line-up to determine who will compete the best in the Badger singlet.

    Will forward everyone information on the new Badgers once all the recruits have their information cleared by the compliance office-hopefully later this week.

    Have a great Thanksgiving with your families and friends. We are all blessed to live in the greatest country in the world!

    Coach Davis

    Barry Davis Interview 11/24/14 (Barry recaps Navy Classic and Jimenez to start at 125)
    http://badgerstatewrestling.com/index.php?option=com_php&Itemid=49&tid=487
     

  • BTN Announces 2014-15 Wrestling Coverage

  • Coach Barry Davis On Line-Up Changes in Loss to Rider

  • Wisconsin wrestling falls to Rider on the road
    Date: Thu 11/20/14 10:34 PM

    Wisconsin wrestling falls to Rider on the road
    Tough losses halt the Badgers in New Jersey

    Nov. 20, 2014
    LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ.-- The No. 19 Wisconsin wrestling program visited Rider for their second dual of the season. The Broncs won by first takedown criteria to defeat the Badgers on Thursday night.
    Fast Facts
    • Isaac Jordan marks second pin of the season
    • Connor Medbery records his third win

    Each team won five matches, but Rider came out with the lead and a 20-19 victory at home. This was only the second match to come down to first takedown criteria since the rule was made four years ago
    Rider’s senior Chuck Zeisloft upset No. 19 Rylan Lubeck in the 141 lbs. weight class. After a 1-1 tie in the third period, Zeisloft won with a takedown in overtime.
    TJ Ruschell fell to BJ Clagon at 149 lbs. in a 12-3 major decision. In another overtime, Seth Liegel lost 4-2 to Rider’s Chad Walsh.
    No. 4 Isaac Jordan beat Andrew Reca in the first period with his second pin of the season at 2:27 earning Wisconsin its first six team points. Next, at 174 lbs., Frank Cousins went into the third overtime of the night after a 5-5 tie in the third period, and defeated Ryan Wolfe in a 7-5 decision gaining another three points for the Badgers.
    Ricky Robertson met up with Clint Morrison at 184 lbs. Robertson led the entire match and was victorious with a final score of 6-4. At 197 lbs., No. 13 Timmy McCall took on Donald McNeil. After no points in the first period and a 2-0 lead in the second, McCall won in a 3-2 decision.
    No. 10 heavyweight Connor Medbery had a 4-2 lead over Greg Velasco in the first and second periods, but blew past him in the third with a final score of 15-4 for four points for Wisconsin.
    Wisconsin forfeited to JR Wert at 125 lbs. In the final match, Ryan Taylor met Rob Deutsch at 133 lbs., who walked away with a 6-3 decision.
    The Badgers will be in action again all day Saturday at the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Maryland.

    Individual Results
    Wt. Result RIDER WIS
    125 Wisconsin forfeits to JR Wert (Rider) 16 19
    133 Rob Deutsch (Rider) dec. Ryan Taylor (WIS), 6-3 19 19
    141 Chuck Zeisloft (Rider) dec. #19 Rylan Lubeck (WIS), 4-2 3 0
    149 B.J. Clagon (Rider) maj. dec. TJ Ruschell (WIS),
    12-3 7 0
    157 Chad Welsh (Rider) dec. Seth Liegel (WIS), 4-2 10 0
    165 #4 Isaac Jordan fall Andrew Reca (Rider), 2:27 10 6
    174 Frank Cousin (WIS) dec. Ryan Wolfe (Rider), 7-5 10 9
    184 Ricky Robertson (WIS) dec. Clint Morrison (Rider), 6-4 10 12
    197 #13 Timmy McCall (WIS) dec. Don McNeil (Rider), 3-2 10 15
    Hwt #10 Connor Medbery (WIS) maj. dec. Greg Velasco (Rider), 15-4

  • Barry Davis announces Lantz coming out of red-shirt for UW

  • Cary-Grove's Michael Cullen commits to Wisconsin
     

  • November 18 - Tuesdays with Barry (Head Coach University of Wisconsin)
    Tue 11/18/14 01:41 PM

    To Badger Alumni, Friends and Family,
    As many of you already know, we started the dual meet season with a 28-12 win over B1G opponent Maryland. To get a recap of the match and a look forward you can go to badgerstatewrestling.com and watch the interview that Shane Sparks did following the match. We will be heading east this week for a Thursday dual against Rider and then on to the Navy tournament on Saturday. Shane will be covering these competitions as well.

    There is a new Wisconsin Wrestling display in the Fieldhouse that was unveiled at the Maryland dual. This has the photos of the current Team and the recognition of historic results. This includes pictures of the NCAA Champions, Badger Head Coaches, top Badger Teams and the listing of Big Ten, NCAA, Olympic and World Championship accomplishments. We are very proud and excited to have the current Badger Team and the historical achievements on display for everyone to see!

    Remember to order your Badger Wrestling apparel and support the Badger Wrestling Club. Order online at All American Supply through the link below. You will need to order within the next couple of weeks to make sure you get your Christmas gifts in time!

    Go Badgers
    Coach Davis

    http://www.usawrestlingproducts.com/Badger_Wrestling_Club_s/2661.htm?searching=Y&sort=13&cat=2661&show=18&page=1
     

  • Badgers pin down the Terrapins

  • UW spoils Maryland's Big Ten debut

  • Wisconsin hands Maryland wrestling loss in Big Ten opener
     

  • November 11 - Tuesdays with Barry (Head Coach University of Wisconsin)
    Date: Tue 11/11/14 02:05 PM
    Dear Alumni, Friends and Family,
    The season has FINALLY started! Timmy McCall and Connor Medbery won titles at the Wyoming Open with Zeke Jordan and Frank Cousins also making the finals. We also had six Freshman make it to the finals of the Pointer Open with Johnny Jimenez, Jens Lantz, Luke Rowe and Jared Scharenbrock all winning titles. Scharenbrock pinned all four of his opponents in the first period. Nice start for these young men.
    On Friday the Big Ten season officially begins at 8pm with the Maryland Dual in the UW Fieldhouse. We need everyone to come out and support the guys in the red and white singlets. The plan is to also unveil the Wisconsin Wrestling Wall in the Fieldhouse. The will include a historical look at the Badger Wrestling Program, international successes and a current look at the Team. It’s not up yet but we are on schedule for Friday!
    Will also continue to remind everyone to get their Wisconsin Wrestling apparel online through All-American Sports at the link below. Great Christmas gifts as well. All online proceeds will go to the Badger Wrestling Club.
    http://www.usawrestlingproducts.com/Badger_Wrestling_Club_s/2661.htm?searching=Y&sort=13&cat=2661&show=9&page=1
    See you Friday! Make sure you join us at the Red Zone on Regent Street following the match.
    Go Badgers
    Coach Davis

    PS: Wednesday is signing date for recruits. Will let everyone know about the High School Seniors committing to the Badger Program as soon as we are allowed by NCAA rules.
     

  • 11-4-2014
    Tuesdays with Barry (Head Coach University of Wisconsin)


    Date: Tue 11/04/14 04:10 PM

    To Alumni, Friends and Family,

    We got off to a great start to the season with the Intrasquad match. It was important to get everyone down to weight and competing before the real season begins. Nearly 900 people came to get a firsthand view of this year’s Team. This coming weekend the Team compete at the Cowboy Open at the University of Wyoming and the Pointer Open at UW-Stevens Point. The Pointer Open will mainly be athletes that are likely to redshirt this year.

    We also announced at the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Convention this past weekend that the Freestyle World Team Trials will be hosted in Madison again in 2015. The dates are June 12-14. There will be events held around these dates including the Kalscheur Steak Fry fundraiser and a Team Camp for High School programs. More on that in future communications.

    We now have the Wisconsin Wrestling apparel website ready to go! Go to the link below to order workout shirts, shorts and sweatshirts. All proceeds from the sale of the apparel online will go to the Badger Wrestling Club. Make sure you get your orders in time for Christmas!
    http://www.usawrestlingproducts.com/Badger_Wrestling_Club

    Finally, the first home dual of the year is less than two weeks away. We need everyone to come and support the Team against Maryland on Friday, November 14 at 8pm in the Field House. See you there and plan on socializing with the Coaches at the Red Zone (3 blocks away on Regent St) after the dual.
    Go Badgers!
    Coach Davis


  •  

  • Peissig, Badgers wrestle-off

  • 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
    www.bigten.org, 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:
    http://www.bigten.org/trads/big10-recordbook.html
    Scott Chipman | Associate Commissioner, Communications | Big Ten Conference
    Office: 847.696.1010 ext.141 | Cell: 630.936.6005 | Fax: 847.696.1150 | bigten.org
     

  • 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 <
    http://www.btn2go.com/schedule?sids=WR  > If you are not available at that time the matches will be posted on badgerstatewrestling.com 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
    www.uwbadgers.com  or www.badgerstatewrestling.com 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
    http://snpy.tv/1tzXPVn


  • 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 - TheOpenMat.com 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
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    September 18, 2014 - Meet the Freshmen: Ryan Christensen
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  • 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
    uwbaders.com 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!

    GO BADGERS!
    Coach Davis

     

  • Tuesdays with Barry (Wisconsin Wrestling Coach Barry Davis) 09/
    23/14

    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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