EVANSTON, Ill. - The Wisconsin wrestling team enters the second and final day of the 48th annual Midlands Championships in second place with 58.5 points. Lehigh currently holds the top spot with 65.0 points while Iowa sits in third place with 52.5.
Redshirt sophomore Tyler Graff (133 lbs.), redshirt sophomore Cole Schmitt (149 lbs.), junior Andrew Howe (165 lbs.) and junior Travis Rutt (184 lbs.) are still in contention for the titles in their respective weight classes, while redshirt sophomore Ben Jordan (174 lbs.) is still vying for third place.
Allison Metcalf from the Wisconsin Athletics Communications office will provide updates throughout the second day on this page beginning at 12 p.m. (CT).
Note: These updates reflect what the scoreboard reads at the end of the match, but check back to UWBadgers.com at the end of the day for the official results bracket.
12:00 p.m. - Day two of the Midlands begins with consolation matches. The tournament only has four mats on the floor today after having six matches going on at once yesterday. Redshirt sophomore Ben Jordan (174 lbs.) is the only Badgers still in the wrestlebacks and will be the first representative from the Cardinal and White to compete today. No. 10 seed Jordan is slated to face No. 6 seed Rutgers' Alex Caruso after defeating Cal Poly's Dominic Kastl, 9-3, in his final match last night.
12:06 p.m. - The championship semifinals will take place after a round of consolation competition. After recording a 23-6 tech fall (3:36) over Riders' Jimmy Kircher last night, redshirt sophomore No. 1 seed Tyler Graff takes on No. 4 seed Scott Sentes (Central Michigan) in the semifinals at 133 lbs. Redshirt sophomore No. 6 seed Cole Schmitt captured a 17-6 major decision over Case's Isaac Dukes last night and is slated to square off against Northwestern's No. 2 seed Andrew Nadhir. Lehigh's No. 2 seed Robert Hamlin will face Wisconsin junior No. 3 seed Travis Rutt at 184 lbs. and UW No. 1 seed Andrew Howe matches up against No. 5 seed Zach Toal of Missouri to wrap up the Badgers competing in the 2010 Midlands Championships' semifinals.
12:23 p.m. - There are currently some intense matches going on at 141 lbs. and 149 lbs. and like I said, next on tap for the Badgers is 174-pounder Ben Jordan, who is still in contention for third place. There are more fans today in Welsh-Ryan Arena with a few high school teams in stands watching the action. It looks like there is quite a bit of black and yellow in the stands cheering for Iowa, but plenty of Badger red representing Wisconsin as well.
12:34 p.m. - Ben Jordan is still waiting for his mat assignment, but he is officially out on the sidelines warming up. With the six-mat format yesterday, the wrestles had to most of the pre-match warm-ups in the hallways but with only four mats today they are able to warm-up on the sidelines while simultaneously watching the ongoing matches.
12:37 p.m. - It was just announced that Ben Jordan will battle Alex Caruso (Rutgers) on Mat 4, so it looks like Jordan will be back in action soon. As most of you know, Jordan needs to win this match to have a chance to place in the top eight.
1:02 p.m. - Ben Jordan is now on the mat for the Badgers, facing another red singlet in Rutgers' Alex Caruso. After the first minute of the bout, the score is tied at 0-0.
1:03 p.m. - Just a side note: The Badgers have placed in the top 10 in the Midlands Championships 18 times.
1:08 p.m. - Entering the third period, Rutgers' Caruso leads Jordan, 4-2.
1:11 p.m. - No. 10 seed Ben Jordan's journey to third place is now over after falling to No. 6 seed Rutgers' Alex Caruso, 6-2 in the wrestlebacks at 174 lbs. Stay tuned as Graff (133 lbs.), Cole Schmitt (149 lbs.), Andrew Howe (165 lbs.) and Travis Rutt (184 lbs.) are still in the running for the 2010 Midlands Championships title in their respective weight classes.
1:34 p.m. - No. 1 seed Tyler Graff (133 lbs.) is next on tap for the Badgers in the semifinals against No. 4 Scotti Sentes (Central Michigan). There are no Badgers on the floor right now, but there is a great semifinal matchup on mat 2 at 125 lbs. going on right now. No. 1 seed Iowa's Matt McDonough leads Standford's No. 5 seed Ryan Mango, 3-0 with 51 seconds left in the second frame.
1:41 p.m. - Iowa's McDonough came out victorious over Stanford's Ryan Mango at 125 lbs. Tyler Graff is now on the mat with No. 4 Scotti Sentes (Central Michigan) at 133 lbs. With just over 1:30 left in the first period, Graff leads Sentes, 2-0.
1:50 p.m. - No. 3 seed Tyler Graff will advance to the championships en route to his second-straight Midlands title after defeating Sentes, 7-2. After the 141-pound matchup, the next Badger on tap is No. 6 seed Cole Schmitt v. No. 2 seed Andrew Nadhir (Northwestern) at 149 lbs.
2:02 p.m. - Here are the latest bracket results. Here are the latest team standings.
2:10 p.m. - At 149 lbs., Cole Schmit is suited up for UW and ready to enter the center circle with Northwestern's Andrew Nadhir.
2:19 p.m. - Another Badger advances to the 2010 Midlands Championship match! No. 6 seed Cole Schmitt just upset Northwestern's No. 2 seed Andrew Nadhir, 9-4 at 149 lbs. Now on the mat for the Cardinal and White is defending Midlands champion at 165 lbs., No. 1 seed Andrew Howe up against No. 5 seed Zach Toal (Missouri).
2:28 p.m. - At 165 lbs., junior Andrew Howe cruises to a 12-3 major decision over Mizzou's Zach Toal and looks to obtain his second-straight Midlands title in the championships tonight. Next on schedule for Wisconsin is No. 3 seed Travis Rutt against No. 2 seed Robert Hamlin of Lehigh at 184 lbs. If Rutt can secure this victory, four Badgers will be in the running for a Midlands' title tonight.
2:36 p.m. - It was just announced that after the 157-pound wrestlebacks, the Badgers were in third with 72.5 points while Iowa is currently in first and Missouri is in second.
2:38 p.m. - I do not have access to updating the bracket myself, but I will make sure to post them as soon as I receive updated brackets from the Midlands tournament committee.
2:52 p.m. - Now on Mat 2 is No. 3 seed Travis Rutt v. No. 2 seed Robert Hamlin (Lehigh) in an 184-pound semifinal match.
2:55 p.m. - After the end of the first period, Rutt and Hamlin were slated at a 0-0 draw. However, in the first 30 seconds of the second frame Rutt went up 1-0 with an escape, but Lehigh's Hamlin now leads with 1:30 left in the second period after scoring a takedown.
3:02 p.m. - Four Badgers are in the finals after junior Travis Rutt most recently defeated Lehigh's Robert Hamlin, 6-4 at 184 lbs in the semifinals. Rutt joins Graff (133 lbs.), Schmitt (141 lbs.) and Howe (165 lbs.) in the championships tonight beginning at 7 p.m.! UWBadgers.com will return at 7 p.m. (CT) to provide updates during tonight's championship matches.
6:44 p.m. - Here are the results after the end of Session 3: Bracket Results and Team Standings.
6:55 p.m. - The founder of the Midlands Championships, Ken Kraft, the grand marshall, leads the top eight wrestlers through grand march procession. From now on this tournament will be called the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships.
7:00 p.m. -
Badgers in the championship match
133 lbs. No. 1 seed Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) vs. No. 2 seed BJ Futrell (Illinois)
149 lbs. No. 6 seed Cole Schmitt (Wisconsin) vs. No. 1 seed Kevin LeValley (Bucknell)
165 lbs. No. 1 seed Andrew Howe (Wisconsin) vs. No. 2 seed Jordan Burroughs (Nebraska)
184 lbs. No. 3 seed Travis Rutt (Wisconsin) vs. No. 4 seed Josh Ihnen (Nebraska)
7:11 p.m. - In the 125 lb. matchup, NU's Precin defeated Iowa's McDonough, 3-1. Next on tap in the semifinals is Wisconsin's Tyler Graff vs. BJ Futrell in the 133 lb. matchup. Graff is looking to defend his 2009 Midlands title.
7:16 p.m. - Graff leads Futrell, 2-1 with two minutes left in the first period.
7:18 p.m. - At the end of the first period, Graff leads Futrell, 6-2.
7:21 p.m. - The Illini's Futrell currently trails Graff, 9-2 heading into the final period. If Graff can hold Futrell off, he will slate his second-straight Midlands title at 133 lbs.
7:24 p.m. - The Badgers walk away with their first title of the night! Redshirt sophomore Tyler Graff just captured his second-straight Midlands title at 133 lbs. after defeating Illinois' BJ Futrell, 13-6! After the 141-pound matchup, Wisconsin's Cole Schmitt (149 lbs.) squares off against Bucknell's Kevin LeValley.
7:31 p.m. - No. 2 seed Boris Novachkov (Cal Poly) just won the Midlands title at 141 lbs. by injury default. He was scheduled to face No. 1 seed Illinois' Jimmy Kennedy.
7:43 p.m. - Now on the mat battling for his first Midlands title is Cole Schmitt v. Bucknell's Kevin LeValley at 149 lbs.
7:45 p.m. - At the end of the first period, LeValley leads Schmitt, 2-0.
7:49 p.m. - Heading into the final period, Bucknell's LeValley holds a 3-0 advantage over Wisconsin's Cole Schmitt at 149 lbs.
7:52 p.m. - In a hard-fought battle Wisconsin's Cole Schmitt dropped a 4-0 decision to Bucknell's Kevin LeValley. Schmitt will walk away with the second-place trophy at 149 lbs.
7:56 p.m. - They just finished up the third place match at 149 lbs. and Illinois' Terrazas recorded a decision over Northwestern's Nadhir. Now on the floor is the 157-lb title match. No. 8 seed Chase Nelson (Oklahoma) is up against No. 7 Kyle John (Maryland).
8:11 p.m. - Now on the floor for Wisconsin is one of the biggest matches of the night at 165 lbs. No. 1 seed Andrew Howe (Wisconsin) vs. No. 2 seed Jordan Burroughs (Nebraska)
8:18 p.m. - With just under two minutes left in the second frame, Burroughs leads Howe, 4-1.
8:21 p.m. - Andrew Howe earns a takedown with 43 seconds left in the second period to decrease his deficit to 5-3.
8:22 p.m. - Burroughs earns a reversal to take a 7-3 lead heading into the third period.
8:25 p.m. - It is still 7-3 with 1:09 left in the third period as No. 2 seed Burroughs leads No. 1 seed Howe.
8:27 p.m. - Howe earns a takedown and an escape and now trails just 7-6 with 13 seconds to go!
8:28 p.m. - Burrough's pulled out a 10-7 victory over Howe to clinch the 2010 Midlands title at 165 lbs. Howe was riding a 51-match winning-streak heading into tonight's loss.
8:34 p.m. - The final Badger to compete for a title at the 2010 Midlands will be No. 3 seed Travis Rutt (Wisconsin) vs. No. 4 seed Josh Ihnen (Nebraska) at 184 lbs. Battling for the 174-lb. title right now is No. 3 seed Ben Bennett of Central Michigan and No. 1 seed Jon Reader of Iowa State.
8:39 p.m. - Reader defeated Bennet, 9-4.
8:47 p.m. - At 184 lbs., junior Travis Rutt is now on the mat battling to earn the Badgers' second Midlands title of the night against No. 4 seed Josh Ihnen (Nebraska). With 1:38 left in the first period, Rutt leads Ihnen, 2-1.
8:51 p.m. - With 1:38 left in the second frame, Rutt boasts a 4-1 advantage over Ihnen.
8:53 p.m. - Travis Rutt captures the Midlands title for the first time in his career at 184 lbs. with a 4-3 decision over Nebraska's Josh Ihnen! The Badgers walk away from the Midlands with two champions in Rutt and Graff and two second-place trophies from Schmitt and Howe.
9:07 p.m. - In the 197 lb. title match, Wartburg's Tate fell to Pitt's Wilos, 5-4.