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Final Session I Results

EVANSTON, Ill. - The Wisconsin wrestling team is suited up and ready to go for the 2010 Midlands Championships at the Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill., today and tomorrow.

Allison Metcalf from the Wisconsin Athletics Communications office will provide updates throughout the first day on this page.

The Badger wrestlers left the hotel this this morning before the sun had risen at 6:15 a.m because all 32 participating teams had weigh-ins beginning at 7 a.m.

9:08 a.m. - I just received the bracket with Session I matchups. Session I begins at 9:30 a.m. (CT).

NOTE:  Please reference the official bracket at the end of the event for all official scores.
Here are the first matchups for the Badger wrestling squad:

125 lbs. - Shane McQuade (Wisconsin) v. Nick Smith (Northern Illinois)
133 lbs. - No. 1 seed Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) v. Lou Ruland (Maryland)
141 lbs. - Danny Arnel (Wisconsin) v. No. 6 seed Todd Schavrien (Missouri)
149 lbs. - No. 6* seed Cole Schmitt (Wisconsin) - BYE
157 lbs. - Shawn Perry (Wisconsin) v. No. 9 seed Barret Abel (Cal Poly)
                  Kalvin York (Wisconsin) - BYE
165 lbs. - No. 1 seed Andrew Howe (Wisconsin) v. Michael Moreno (Iowa State-unattached)
174 lbs. - No. 10* seed Ben Jordan (Wisconsin) - BYE
184 lbs. - No. 3 seed Travis Rutt (Wisconsin) v. Kelan Bragg (Cal Poly)
197 lbs. - Derrick Borlie (Wisconsin) v. Marcus Shrewsbury (Northwestern)
285 lbs. - No. 11 seed Eric Bugenhagen (Wisconsin) - BYE

*moved up one seed since final tournament seed meeting last night

9:30 a.m. - Shawn Perry will hit the mat in an 157 lbs. battle against No. 9 seed Barret Abel (Cal Poly)

9:34 a.m. - It was just announced that there are 334 wrestlers competing in this year's Midlands!

9:36 a.m. - Abel just defeated Perry and there are currently no Wisconsin wrestlers competing at this time

9:56 a.m. - Shane McQuade is on mat 7 set to battle Northern Illinois' Nick Smith at 125 lbs.

10:04 a.m. - McQuade worked tirelessly against UNI's Smith, but dropped the match and Smith walked away with a 11-2 major decision

10:13 a.m.  - No. 1 seed Tyler Graff (133 lbs.) is warming up and getting ready to take on Maryland's Lou Ruland on mat 4. Like always, Graff is starting off his match with several quick moves for a "fast attack" approach.

10:20 a.m. - Graff currently holds an 11-3 advantage over Ruland with about one minute left in the second period. SIDE NOTE: I just received permission to post the Session I bracket.

10:24 a.m. - Graff just obtained a 19-8 major decision over Ruland. Graff will advance and looks to capture his second-straight Midlands title after becoming the 2009 Midlands Champion at 133 lbs.

10:41 a.m. - At 141 lbs., No. 6 seed Todd Schavrien (Missouri) captured a 16-0 technical fall victory over Danny Arnel in the third period. It looks like No. 6 seed Cole Schmitt is warming up and will be the next Badger featured on the mat in the 149 lb. match v. Corey Phillips (Eastern Michigan).

10:56 a.m. - Schmitt is now out on the mat against Eastern Michigan's Phillips. The fans continue to pour into the doors of the Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. for the 48th annual Midlands Championships. I would say at this point, the stands are roughly 3/4 full.

11:06 a.m. - Another win for the Badgers! Cole Schmitt recently slated a 16-0 technical fall victory in 6:58 over Eastern Michigan's Corey Phillips. It was just announced that 2009 Midlands Champion at 165 lbs, Andrew Howe (No. 1 seed), squares off against Michael Moreno (Iowa State-unattached) soon on Mat 6.

11:17 a.m. - After starting the tournament off with a BYE, Kalvin York (157 lbs.) is now on Mat 1 and is taking on in-state foe Dillon Bera of UW-Parkside. On the other side of the arena, No. 1 seed Andrew Howe (165 lbs.) is off the mat, quietly preparing for his match against Moreno of Iowa State.

11:26 a.m. - Wisconsin's Kalvin York just recently dropped a 3-0 decision to UW-Parkside's Bera while Howe currently has a 7-1 advantage over Moreno with one minute left in the second period.

11:33 a.m. - Andrew Howe is en route to another Midlands title. At 165 lbs., the junior just conquered Iowa State's (unattached) Michael Moreno with a 17-5 major decision in his first match of the day. There are currently no Badger wrestlers on any of the mats at this time. The arena floor is packed with eight matches going on at once throughout the day.

11:46 a.m. - Still no Badgers on the mat, so it's time for a little tidbit about Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis. Coach Davis only eats Subway on road trips. He says, "By always eating the same thing while on the road, I never have to think about what I am going to eat for the next meal. It puts my mind at ease and I can focus on coaching." Conveniently enough for Coach Davis, there is a Subway just a couple blocks away from our hotel.

11:55 a.m. - It looks like junior Travis Rutt (184 lbs., No. 3 seed) is on the sidelines getting the zone in preparation to take on Kelan Bragg of Cal Poly on Mat 1.

12:18 p.m. - Travis Rutt just obtained another win for the Badgers by notching a 7-2 decision over Caly Poly's Kelan Bragg.

12:27 p.m. - It was just announced that the pigtail consolations will begin shortly.

12:31 p.m. - They just corrected the format. The heavyweights will go first with No. 11 Eric Bugenhagen taking on Northern Illinois' Dakota Greenhaw. The consolation pigtails will follow after the heavyweight matchups.

12:43 p.m. - Bugenhagen is still waiting to take the mat while Derrick Borlie just finished at 197 lbs. I am waiting to hear official scores from Ben Jordan (174 lbs.) and Derrick Borlie (197 lbs.) matches.

12:51 p.m. - Ben Jordan fell to Iowa's Mike Evans in the 174 lb. match and Derrick Borlie captured a 9-1 major decision over Northwestern's Marcus Shrewsbery. Bugenhagen is finally on the mat at heavyweight.

1:01 p.m. - As Bugenhagen continues to battle Greenhaw, Wisconsin's Kalvin York just stepped on the floor to compete against teammate Shawn Perry on Mat 6 in the consolation bracket at 157 lbs.

1:02 p.m. - Bugenhagen will advance at heavyweight after obtaining a 6-3 decision over Northern Illinois' Dakota Greenhaw

1:11 p.m. - At 157 lbs. in a Badger-Badger battle, Kalvin York defeated Shawn Perry, 5-4.
1:28 p.m. - In the next consolation slate, Shane McQuade (125 lbs.) will take on Jose Torres of Triton. In addition, it was recently announced that Tyler Graff will be hitting the mat shortly for the second round at 133 lbs.

1:37 p.m. - Shane McQuade currently holds a 1-0 advantage over Torres in the second period while Graff just hit the mat against Purdue's Matt Fields. With just over a minute left in the first frame, Graff leads Fields, 8-4.

1:40 p.m. - At 125 lbs., Shane McQuade just dropped a 6-1 decision to Triton's Jose Torres. In the second period, Tyler Graff leads Boilermaker Matt Fields, 11-4.

1:44 p.m. - 2009 Midlands Champion at 133 lbs., Tyler Graff just earned a 24-5 technical fall over Purdue's Matt Fields at 5:38. We are still waiting for an announcement regarding who will be up next for the Badgers.

1:47 p.m. - This just in: Prior to the consolation bracket, the Badgers were in ninth place with 12.5 points. Clarion is in first place (21.0 points) while Lehigh (20.0 points) and Iowa (17.5 points) are in second and third, respectively.

1:51 p.m. - It was just announced that as of five minutes ago, the Badgers are now in 10th place while Missouri is in first place and Clarion and Iowa are now tied for second.

2:03 p.m. - At 141 lbs., Danny Arnel is currently wrestling against Bucknell's Zac Hancock.

2:11 p.m. - In a hard-fought battle, Bucknell's Zac Hancock grabbed an 11-1 major decision over Wisconsin's Danny Arnel at 141 lbs.

2:16 p.m. - After capturing a technical fall victory (16-1, 6:58) over Eastern Michigan's Corey Phillips, Schmitt is now on Mat 2 contending against Nebraska's Ross Grande. With 1:21 left in the first period, Schmitt currently leads Grande, 2-0.

2:25 p.m. - Cole Schmitt will advance in the 149 lb.-bracket after slating a 6-2 decision (with riding time) over Nebraska's Ross Grande.

2:35 p.m. - It was just announced that after the last round (beginning shortly), the wrestlers will take a break until 7 p.m. The next Wisconsin contender on tap is No. 1 Andrew Howe, who is scheduled to take on Eastern Michigan's Nick Hendrick at 165 lbs. Don't forget, Howe is looking to score back-to-back Midlands titles after obtaining gold hardwood at the 2009
Midlands Championships.

2:45 p.m. - Junior Andrew Howe just hit the mat in his second match of the day. This time he faces Eastern Michigan's Nick Hendrick.

2:46 p.m. - In the opening minute of the battle, Howe pulled a smooth move to earn a takedown and take a 2-0 lead over Hendrick.

2:50 p.m. - So far, Howe has notched four takedowns including one after using a single-leg approach to lead Hendrick 8-3 with 45 seconds left in the second period.

2:54 p.m. - Howe pins Hendrick at 6:36 to continue his run at the 2010 Midlands Championships title.

2:55 p.m. - In his second match of the consolation bracket, Kalvin York defeated Bucknell's Czapla, 6-4 and will continue in the wrestlebacks tomorrow at 157 lbs.

3:16 p.m. - We are currently in a Badger drought as no Wisconsin representatives have wrestled since Howe and York captured their victories. However, by the looks of it Ben Jordan (174 lbs.) and Travis Rutt (184 lbs.) are warming up on the sidelines. Jordan will take on Mikey England of Iowa State in his first match of the consolation bracket while Rutt looks to continue his journey to the 184 lb. title. Rutt squares off in his second match of the day against Arizona State's (unattached) Kevin Radford. Earlier in the day Radford defeated Dillon Kern of Central Michigan, 11-6. Rutt advanced after the first round when he slated a 7-2 decision over Cal Ppoly's Kelan Bragg. 

3:22 p.m. - Jordan is currently on the mat against Iowa State's Mikey England.

3:25 p.m. - Jordan leads England, 6-1 at the end of the first period.

3:27 p.m. - It was just announced that as of 3:24 p.m., the Badgers are in 7th place. Missouri continues to lead the pack. Jordan continues to control England with an 8-3 advantage in the third period.

3:30 p.m. - In his first match of the consolation bracket, Ben Jordan (174 lbs.) defeated Iowa State's Mikey England, 11-3.

3:42 p.m. - Travis Rutt is now on the mat squaring off against Arizona State's (unattached) Kevin Radford. With 1:45 left in the first period, Rutt leads Radford, 2-0.

3:48 p.m. - Heading into the third period, Rutt is currently shutting out Radford, 5-0.

3:50 p.m. - Another great win for Wisconsin! Badger junior Travis Rutt (184 lbs.) pinned ASU's (unattached) Kevin Radford at 6:02! Rutt takes on either Pitt's Max Thomusseit or Bucknell's Joe McMullan in the next round.

4:00 p.m. - Now on tap for the Badgers is Derrick Borlie at 197 lbs. Borlie is currently squaring off against Lehigh's Joe Kennedy. In his first match of the day, Borlie defeated Northwestern's Marcus Shrewsbury, 9-1.

4:11 p.m. - In a drawn out contention for the next spot in the title bracket, Borlie fell to Kennedy 3-0. Kennedy recorded a takedown in the final seconds to seal the victory at 197 lbs. The next UW representative will be Eric Bugenhagen in the heavyweight matchup where he takes on Central Michigan's Jarod Trice.

4:16 p.m. - Here is the most updated bracket I have, which only includes updates from the first round: Bracket after round one

4:22 p.m. - Bugenhagen is now on the floor at heavyweight and after one minute of wrestling, he is tied, 0-0, with CMU's Trice.

4:32 p.m. - The score was tied 1-1 with five second remaining, however, Trice capitalized a 3-2 victory over Bugenhagen in the final seconds. The Badgers take a break before competing in Session Two at 7 p.m. (CT). I will return at that time for more 2010 Midlands Championships action!

6:30 p.m. - Check out the Session One complete results!

6:39 p.m. - The Badgers are in fifth place after Session I with 25.0 points. Missouri is in first (31.5 points) and Iowa and Lehigh are tied with 27.5 points while Pittsburgh is in fourth with 25.5 points.

6:44 p.m. -
Matchups - Badgers still competing for the championship
133 lbs. - No. 1 seed Tyler Graff v. No. 9 seed Jimmy Kircher (Rider)
149 lbs. - No. 6 seed Cole Schmitt v. Isaac Dukes (Case)
165 lbs. - No. 1 seed Andrew Howe v. No. 8 seed Brandon Hatchett (Lehigh)
184 lbs. - No. 3 seed Travis Rutt v. No. 11 seed Max Thomusseit (Pitt)

Matchups- Badgers in wrestlebacks
157 lbs. - Kalvin York v. Brian Tanen (Lehigh)
174 lbs. - No. 10 seed Ben Jordan v. David Thompson (Bucknell)
197 lbs. - Derrick Borlie v. Mike Wagner (Rutgers)
285 lbs. - No. 11 seed Eric Bugenhagen v. Quintas McCorkle (Clarion)

7:01 p.m. - The 125 lb. competitions are currently taking place right now, Wisconsin redshirt sophomore Tyler Graff (No. 1) is on deck to face off with No. 9 seed Jimmy Kircher (Rider).

7:05 p.m. - Graff has officially taken the mat for the 133 lb. quarterfinal and he is looking as pumped as ever despite wrestling two matches earlier today.

7:11 p.m. - Tyler Graff will advance to a tournament semifinal for the second time this season after defeating  Rider's Jimmy Kircher with a 22-6 technical fall at 3:36. Earlier this year Graff advance to the semifinals at the Cliff Keen Invite Dec. 3-4, but dropped the semifinal match.

7:13 p.m. - Graff competes in the semifinal match tomorrow against either Cal Poly's Flip Novachkov or Central Michigan's Scotti Sentes

7:18 p.m. - Next up for Wisconsin will be No. 6 seed Cole Schmitt v. Isaac Dukes (Case).

7:34 p.m. - Schmitt and Dukes have finally made their way to the mat and the Wisconsin 149-lb. quarterfinal match is underway.

7:43 p.m. - Cole Schmitt joins Graff in the quarterfinals after most recently obtaining at 17-6 major decision over Case's Dukes at 149 lbs.

7:45 p.m. - Now on the mat for Wisconsin is 2009 defending Midlands Champion No. 1 seed Andrew Howe v. No. 8 seed Brandon Hatchett (Lehigh) at 165 lbs. The duo are currently battling in the championship quarterfinals.

7:54 p.m. - Howe becomes the third Badgers in the quarterfinals after most recently defeating Hatchett, 9-5 at 165 lbs. Next on tap for the Cardinal and White is junior No. 3 seed Travis Rutt at 184 lbs. Rutt takes on No. 11 seed Max Thomusseit (Pitt), shortly.

8:06 p.m. - Rutt is on tap for the quarterfinals at 184 lbs.; meanwhile, Kalvin York just stepped into the circle to take on Lehigh's Brian Tanen. With just over two minutes left in the first frame, the score remains tied at a 0-0 deadlock.

8:10 p.m. - Kalvin is trailing Tanen, 5-0 at the beginning of the second period and on another mat an 184-lb face off between Wisconsin's Travis Rutt and Pitt's Max Thomusseit has just begun.

8:18 p.m. - At 157 lbs., Kalvin York's run in the consolation bracket is over. After coming back from a 5-0 deficit, he fell to Lehigh's Brian Tanen. Across the arena, junior Travis Rutt joins Graff, Howe and Schmitt in tomorrow's semifinals after capturing a decision over Pitt's Max Thomusseit.

8:29 p.m. - The quarterfinals of the heavyweight class are currently taking place and after the tournament will wrap up the night with more consolation bouts.

8:39 p.m. - The Badgers are back to the mat with Ben Jordan wrestling in his second consolation match of the day against Bucknell's David Thompson. In Jordan's last match he captured an 11-3 major decision over ISU's Mikey England.

8:48 p.m. - At 174 lbs. Ben Jordan just defeated Bucknell's David Thompson, 4-2. In other consolation action at 197 lbs. Derrick Borlie is currently locked in with Mike Wagner (Rutgers) and with one minute left in the first period, Borlie threw down a takedown to lead, 2-0.

8:58 p.m. - Another "V" for the "W"! In his first consolation match of the day, 197 pounder Derrick Borlie came out victorious with a 9-4 decision over Rutgers' Mike Wagner.

9:06 p.m. - As of 9:05 p.m. the Badgers are in second place behind Lehigh

9:20 p.m. - After a break for Wisconsin, heavyweight Eric Bugenhagen is finally on the mat in his first match of the day in the wrestlebacks. Bugenhagen is currently working tirelessly to conquer Quintas McCorkie (Clarion) after already scoring a takedown in the first minute of the matchup.

9:30 p.m. - In his first round of the consolation bracket and his third match of the day, Bugenhagen conquered Clarion's McCorkie with an 11-1 major decision at heavyweight.

9:54 p.m. - Ben Jordan is currently on the mat at 174 lbs. in a tough battle against Cal Poly's Dominic Kastl. With plenty of tenacity in the second period, Jordan leads Kastl, 6-2 heading into the final frame.

9:58 p.m. - Jordan helps the Badgers with a 9-3 victory over Kastl at 174 lbs.

10:05 p.m. - At 197 lbs. Derrick Borlie is the second to last Badger to hit the mat tonight in his final consolation contest of the day. Right now Borlie is looking to advance with a victory over No. 6 seed Brent Haynes.

10:10 p.m. - Borlie is currently trailing Haynes, 10-0 at the start of the third period. Meanwhile, heavyweight Eric Bugenhagen is taking on Gibson of Iowa State.

10: 13 p.m. - Bugenhagen was pinned at 2:17 and Borlie fell by technical fall, 17-2 at 6:49 to wrap up the night's events. Jordan will be on the only Badger to advance in the consolation while Graff, Howe, Rutt and Schmitt compete in the championship semifinals tomorrow. Check back to UWBadgers.com for updates throughout tomorrow's competition.


This blog is so great! Thank you for posting. I'm not a Wisconsin fan per se, but I appreciate any up to date news from the tournament.

Great job Allison!