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Howe goes for NCAA title tonight

Sophomore Andrew Howe is looking to cap off his season with an NCAA championship tonight at 165 lbs. at the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

The session kicks off at 6:30 and can be seen live on ESPN.

Howe faces Dan Vallimont of Penn State. They have already met twice this year, with Howe winning 7-2 in the dual matchup and 3-1 in the Big Ten Championship semifinals. Howe also beat Vallimont last season, 3-2.

As a team, Wisconsin sits in fifth place with 66.5 points. The best finish in school history came in 1976 when the team finished fourth. The team's best finish under Barry Davis is ninth, which happened in 2000 and 2009.

Howe (36-0) is looking to become the 13th different NCAA Champion in school history and the first since current UW Associate Head Coach won back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001.

Howe also has a chance to be just the fourth Badger to go undefeated in a single season, joining Matt Demaray (42-0 in 1990-91), Andy Rein (40-0 in 1979-80) and Lee Kemp (39-0 in 1975-76).

I talked with assistant head coach Jared Frayer about 10 minutes ago and he says Andrew is feeling good leading up to the match. Frayer said one of the big things is that Andrew has been in this position before (he was a runner-up last season) so he knows what to expect.