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  • 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.

  • December 16 - Tuesdays with Barry (Head Coach University of Wisconsin)
    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
    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
    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 |

  • 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
    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...

  • 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.”
    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.
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  • 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 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
    Brandvold interview
    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 and search Alliant Energy Center.
    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!
    Mitch Hull
    Assistant Coach-UW Madison
    Head Coach-Wisconsin Regional Training Center

  • December 2 - Tuesdays with Barry (Head Coach University of Wisconsin)
    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 and catch the Shane Sparks interview.
    Coach Davis
    Head Coach Barry Davis Recaps Badger Wins Over South Dakota State & North Dakota State
    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. ”


  • 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

    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

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  • 2014-15 UW Badger Wrestling Promotions

    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
    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 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

    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)

  • 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 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

  • 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.
    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!

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

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

    Alumni, Family and Fans:

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

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

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

    Exhibition Drill Isaac Jordan and Seth Liegel

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

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

    Hope to see many of you tomorrow!
    Coach Davis

  • Wisconsin ranked No. 15 in Intermat preseason poll

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

    To Alumni, Family and Friends:

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

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

    Go Badgers!
    Coach Davis

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

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

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

    Media Day

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

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

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

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


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

    Dear Alumni, Family and Fans

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

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

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

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

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

    Coach Davis

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

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

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