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Freshman spotlight: Parker Hines

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With the start of official practices just under two weeks away, UWBadgers.com will introduce to you the newest members of the Wisconsin wrestling team by giving you a look at who they are off the mat. Today, it's Ellsworth, Wis., native Parker Hines' turn under the spotlight.

Previous spotlights:
Kegan Gennrich
Lenny Bloom

Parker Hines comes to Madison from Ellsworth, Wis., where he wrestled four seasons at Ellsworth High School. Hines was a Division 2 state champion and put up a near perfect 38-1 record in his senior season for the Panthers. Hines was a two-time state finalist, and a three-time state qualifier in high school, and helped Ellsworth capture the team state championship in his junior season. He also played football as an offensive lineman and was named the Middle Border Conference Most Valuable Player as well as all-state honorable mention at his position.

Favorites:

Athlete: Jordan Burroughs

Movie:
Never back down

TV Show: That 70s Show

Sports team:
Green Bay Packers

Food: Fruit

Place on campus:
Lakeshore

Vacation spot:
Florida

Place to wrestle other than the UW Field House:
Ellsworth wrestling room


Questions:


Why did you choose Wisconsin?: It's the best campus in Wisconsin and it has strong traditions and history

First started wrestling:
Kindergarten

Most memorable match:
Junior year of high school at regionals, I escaped and took my opponent down to win in seven seconds.

My favorite thing about Wisconsin wrestling is: The tradition

Before each match I...: Break a sweat

In off-season training, I worked on:
Riding technique

Dream as a collegiate wrestler: Become an All-American

My role models are:
Chad Stelt and Hayden Hauschault

What talent would you like to have?:
To be able to play the piano, the guitar, and sing

Secret talent I have: Great dancer

Dream job/career: Actuary

Dream date:
Jullian Hough

One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40:
Skydive

If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be: The Midwest

If I could bring one thing from my hometown, it would be: Rush River

The most unusual thing the average person would not know about me is:
I'm single

I can't live without: My iPod

Greatest invention of the last 100 years: iPod

What is your greatest achievement?: State champ

Which fictional or historical figure would you like to meet?:
Winston Churchill

Most famous person I've met: Jack Radabaugh

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?: Mind reader

If I had a million dollars, I would...:
Not have student loans

Person I'd love to trade places with for a day and why: Bill Gates, so I could buy some cars, houses, toys, etc.

Favorite quote: "One day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure it's worth watching."



Freshman spotlight: Kegan Gennrich

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With the start of official practices just under two weeks away, UWBadgers.com will introduce to you the newest members of the Wisconsin wrestling team by giving you a look at who they are off the mat. Next up: Hortonville, Wis., native Kegan Gennrich.

Previous spotlights:

Gennrich comes to the Badgers from Hortonville High School, where he was a state champion in his senior season and put together a stellar 148-25 record over four years for the Polar Bears. Kegan also finished third at state in both his sophomore and junior seasons, was the 2012 Post-Crescent All-Area Athlete of the Year and a 2012 FloNational All-American. Off the mat, Gennrich also played football in high school and was named all-conference in his senior season.

Favorites:

Athlete: LeBron James

Movie: The Sandlot

TV show: Workaholics

Sports team: Wisconsin Badgers

Food: Pizza

Place on campus: Memorial Union

Vacation spot: Cabin in Rhinelander, Wis.

Wrestler: Jordan Burroughs

Place to wrestle other than the UW Field House: Kohl Center


Questions

Why did you choose Wisconsin?: Strong wrestling program and I love the atmosphere in Madison.

First started wrestling: 4 years old

Most memorable match: State finals my senior year of high school

My favorite thing about Wisconsin Wrestling: The great teammates

Before each match I...: Pace a lot

In off-season training, I worked on: Hand fighting

Dream as a collegiate wrestler: NCAA Champion

What talent would you like to have: To be able to sing

Dream job/career: Rapper

Dream date: Mila Kunis

If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be: On the beach in California

If I could bring one thing from my hometown, it would be: The Twist (local ice cream place)

I can't live without: Naps, video games, music

Greatest invention of the last 100 years: Xbox

What is your greatest fear?: Spiders

What is your greatest achievement?: Wisconsin state champion and Post Crescent Athlete of the Year

Which fictional or historical figure would you like to meet?: Batman

Most famous person I've met: Greg Jennings

If I had a million dollars, I would...: Buy a very large house

 

Freshman spotlight: Lenny Bloom

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With the start of official practices just under two weeks away, UWBadgers.com will introduce to you the newest members of the Wisconsin wrestling team by giving you a look at who they are off the mat. First up: Deerfield, Ill., native Lenny Bloom.

Bloom joins the Badgers after a stand out career at Deerfield  High School where he left as the school's all-time leader in both wins and takedowns. Bloom was a two-time Illinois state tournament qualifier and, as a senior, was the class 3A Barrington sectional champion. He was also a two-time regional and conference champion, and was the freshman/sophomore state champion in his sophomore season. Bloom was a two-time junior freestyle state champion and competed at both the Disney Duals and Scholastic Duals, as well as three years at Fargo.

Favorites:

Athlete: Brian Urlacher

Movie: The Neighborhood Watch

TV Show: 24

Sports team: Chicago Bears

Food: Tuna salad

Place on campus: Wisconsin wrestling room

Vacation spot: Mexico

Wrestler: Jordan Burroughs


Questions:

Place to wrestle other than the UW Field House: Deerfield High School

Why did you choose Wisconsin?: The coaches, campus, and the great academics.

First started wrestling: In sixth grade at 11 years old

Most memorable match: Sectional championships my senior year

My favorite thing about Wisconsin wrestling is: My teammates and the facilities

Before each match I...: Listen to the song "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC

In off-season training, I worked on: Handfighting and strength training

The best thing about Madison is: The campus and wrestling facility

Dream as a collegiate wrestler: NCAA Champion

My role models are: My parents

What talent would you like to have?: Juggling

Secret talent I have: I can do the splits

Dream job/career: Professional athlete

Dream date: Jessica Alba

One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40: Skydive

If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be: In Florida right on the beach

If I could bring one thing from my hometown, it would be: My dog, Tucker

I can't live without: My Xbox

Greatest invention of the last 100 years: Computer

What is your greatest fear?: Dying

What is your greatest accomplishment?: Two-time junior freestlye state champion

Which fictional or historical figure would you like to meet?: George Washington

Most famous person I've met: Michael Jordan

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?: To fly

If I had a million dollars, I would...: Buy a huge house

Worst habit: Procrastinating big projects

Person I'd love to trade places with for a day and why: Michael Jordan, because everyone knows him and to live in his house. He is also considered one of the greatest athletes of all-time.

Favorite quote: "Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy." - Dan Gable

A summer of hard work

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Join Stephanie Peace as she shares how she used falling short of the post season last year as motivation for achieving that goal this season

Last May our team came so close to making the regional tournament and moving on to the post season. Coming up short left a bitter taste in my mouth and I used that as a little extra motivation through the long summer break. When I left Madison at the end of the spring I was disappointed, but not discouraged. The 2012 season was such an exciting experience and every bit of it made us better. With such a large returning class and so many young faces, it is exciting to be a part of Wisconsin softball.            

When I returned home to Texas at the beginning of the summer I flew directly into College Station. I wanted to watch a couple of my best friends play in the Texas A&M regional tournament. I wanted to know what the atmosphere was like during a regional tournament and I wanted to see great softball being played. With each game I watched in the post season, I became more excited and more motivated. I want to be at a regional tournament next May. I know that our team is capable of competing in the post season with the top sixty four teams in the nation.      

After the regional tournament my parents and I drove home to San Antonio, and I went to work. I was happy to be home with my family and old friends, but I ran, lifted and hit multiple times a week. I worked out alone mostly, but sometimes I would drag old teammates to my workouts with me. I focused on footwork and speed nearly every time I practiced this summer. I ran hill sprints, ladders, base running and changing direction drills.

I am fortunate to have played, and now coach, for a summer ball organization that owns an indoor softball facility. They allow me to come and practice on their field and hit in their cages. Although the facility was inside, it was no shelter from the Texas heat. The building has no air conditioning and no fans. I would usually work out in the evenings and night to avoid the hottest part of the day. I was definitely a cage rat, though. When I went to the facility I was there for hours. I would turn on some country music and work on every part of my game. I took my time with my workouts and skills; I didn't want to waste my effort.         

I spent most of my weekends coaching an amazing group of high school aged girls. They were so much fun to be around. All of these young ladies spent the summer working and preparing to play at the college level. We travelled all over the state of Texas and to Oklahoma and Mississippi. They competed with some of the best teams in the nation and in front of dozens of college coaches.

I mostly worked with the outfield players, but I also worked with the hitters. I used drills we use here at Wisconsin, and they loved the challenging workouts. With each drill we ran in practice, I reiterated to the girls and myself the basic fundamentals of the game. I reminded myself that it wasn't long ago that I was in my players' shoes wanting to be a division I athlete. Coaching helped me pick up on some of the finer points of the game. Coaching was a great learning opportunity and I enjoyed working with such dedicated young athletes.          

In my first two years as a Badger, the program has grown and improved. It has been an exciting adventure with a great group of girls and coaches. I cannot overlook the opportunities I have been blessed with and the people I have been able to share it with. Coach Healy said today that, "the harder you have to work for a goal, the more meaningful an achievement becomes." I agree. The journey to a post season tournament means more with each year it eludes us. I used internal and an external motivation, this summer, to drive me to be a better athlete. I want our team to be successful and I know that I can play a part in that. I know that I have a wonderful opportunity here at the University of Wisconsin. Not to give full effort wastes the talents and opportunities I have been given.

Hall of Fame week: Jim Jordan, Matt Demaray & Donny Pritzlaff

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It is Hall of Fame week at the University of Wisconsin. Join UWBadgers.com as we look back at all of the deserving wrestlers in the UW Athletics Hall of Fame.

Jim Jordan's accomplishments on the mat for the Badgers rank him among the wrestling program's all-time greats.  

Jordan, UW Hall of Fame Class of 2005, was a three-time All-American and two-time national champion as a Badger, taking home back-to-back titles at 134 lbs. in 1985 and 1986. Jordan took home Big Ten titles and was named the team's captain and most valuable wrestler in both of those years as well.

Jordan holds the Wisconsin wrestling season (49) and career (156) records for wins.

Jordan eventually embarked on a political career following his wrestling days, and currently serves in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Ohio's 4th Congressional District.

Jordan's UW wrestling career also helped plant the seeds for the program's biggest family tree. Jim's brother Jeff wrestled at Wisconsin from 1984-88 and was a two-time All-American, Jim's oldest son, Ben, wrestled from 2008-12 and collected All-America honors in 2012 and will serve as a volunteer assistant coach for the team in 2012-13, and his youngest son, Isaac, is an incoming freshman for the Badgers.



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As both an accomplished international and collegiate wrestler, Matt Demaray, 2007 inductee of the UW Hall of Fame, ranks right near the top of the list of greatest Badger wrestlers of all-time.

Demaray wrestled at Wisconsin from 1989-1992 and racked up an impressive list of accomplishments during his time in Madison. He was a three-time All-American, two-time national champion, and two-time Big Ten champion at 150lbs. as a Badger, compiling a 150-24 career record along the way. Those 150 wins place him second all-time, and his .853 winning percentage sixth all-time, in the Wisconsin wrestling record books. Demaray is also tied for sixth all-time in single season wins with 42 in 1990-91.

He is one of only four Badgers to record an undefeated season, as he went a perfect 42-0 in the 1990-91 season.

Demaray was the 1991 Wisconsin Athlete of the Year, 1991 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, 1991 and 1992 Wisconsin Outstanding Wrestler, and was Academic All-Big Ten, and first team academic All-American in 1992. He was also awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor Award in 1992.

Demaray also found success wrestling at the international level. He was an alternate on the 1992 Olympic team, won the 1992 US Open Freestyle Championships, was a Senior US World team member in 1993 - the same year he competed in the world championships and world cup.




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Donny Pritzlaff, UW Hall of Fame Class of 2010, certainly holds a special place in Wisconsin wrestling lore as one of only three four-time All-Americans in program history.

Pritzlaff finished in sixth and fifth place in 1998 and 1999, respectively, before rattling off back-to-back national titles in 2000 and 2001 at 165 lbs. Pritzlaff was also a three-time Big Ten champion.

As a result of his dominating four-year career in Madison, the Badgers' wrestling record book is littered with Pritzlaff's name. He ranks fourth in both career (135) and single-season (43) victories, he's tied for ninth in career falls (27), his career 135-16 mark places him third all-time for career winning percentage (.894), and his 43-1 (.977) 2000-01 season, and 36-2 (.947) 1999-00 season put him fifth and tenth, respectively, on the single-season winning percentage list.

Following his Badger career, Pritzlaff went on to compete internationally, and placed third at the 2006 World Championships for Freestyle.

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UW Athletic Communications

Hall of Fame week: Andy Rein & Russ Hellickson

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It is Hall of Fame week at the University of Wisconsin. Join UWBadgers.com as they look back at all of the deserving wrestlers in the UW Hall of Fame.

After his Badger wrestling career Russ Hellickson, Hall of Fame class of 1995, made his mark on the international level as well as behind the bench for Wisconsin wrestling as a coach for 16 years. 

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Hellickson won 10 national freestyle wrestling titles after leaving Wisconsin as well as three Pan American Games gold medals (1971, 1975, 1979), silver (1979) and bronze (1971) medal finishes at the World Championships, and a gold medal at the prestigious Tbilisi Tournament in Russia in 1974.

He competed for Team USA at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, bringing home a silver medal at 220 lbs. He qualified, and was the U.S. Olympic freestyle team captain for the boycotted 1980 games in Moscow. 

Hellickson was a charter member of the Wisconsin Wrestling Hall of Fame, and is also enshrined in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Midlands Open Hall of Fame. 

While competing internationally, Hellickson also found time to serve as a coach for his alma mater, both as an assistant (1971-82) and as its head coach for four seasons from 1983-86. He led the Badgers to a 70-22-1 dual record in his time as head coach, including three 20-win seasons, as well as back-to-back Big Ten runner-up finishes in 1985 and 1986. 

Hellickson ranks third among UW wrestling coaches in career winning percentage with a .758 mark.


It's a good problem to have if you're Andy Rein, Hall of Fame Class of 2002, and you can't decide whether your accomplishments as a wrestler or as a coach for the Wisconsin Wrestling team are more impressive. Both sets can certainly stake a claim. 

As a player, Rein was a three-time All-American for the Badgers, taking second in 1978, sixth in 1979, and winning a national title in 1980. He was also a two-time Big Ten champion (1978, 1980), three-time Midlands Open champion (1978-80), and his career 119-13-1 record included an undefeated 40-0 season in 1980. 

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Following his Badger career, Rein went international and continued to find success on the mat. He won four United States national freestyle titles and was a two-time Olympian (1980 and 1984) in freestyle, taking home a silver medal at the 1984 games in Los Angeles at 149.5 lbs. 

Rein also won gold medals at the 1983 Tbilisi Tournament in the Soviet Union and the 1979 Pan American Games, as well as silver medals at the 1982 World Cup of Wrestling and the 1985 Super Champions Tournament. 

After being hired as the Badgers' head coach in 1987, Rein led Wisconsin to a 81-41-3 record in his seven seasons at the helm of the program, which included Big Ten runner-up finishes in 1987, when Rein was named NCAA Rookie Coach of the Year, and 1992, when he was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. 

Rein coached 14 student-athletes to All-America distinction and two - David Lee and Matt Demaray - to national championships. His .659 winning percentage as head coach.ranks sixth in program history

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Hall of Fame week: John Roberts & Ed Templin

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It is Hall of Fame week at the University of Wisconsin. Join UWBadgers.com as they look back at all of the deserving wrestlers in the UW Hall of Fame. 

John Roberts (left), a 1994 inductee to the UW Athletic Department Hall of Fame, was a stand out on two fields of play during his time at Wisconsin, excelling both on the mat, as well as the football field.

Roberts served as team captain for the wrestling team in both the 1941 and 1942 seasons, and led by example. He captured back-to-back Big Ten titles at 165 lbs. in those seasons, as well as a NCAA second place finish in 1941. Immediately following his career Roberts led Wisconsin wrestling as its head coach in 1943.

On the gridiron Roberts was a member of the No. 3-ranked 1942 Badgers' football team that finished 8-1-1 and second in the Big Ten. His football career continued as a coach for Stevens Point High School and UW-Stevens Point before Roberts served as the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) for 28 years from 1957 until 1985.




Ed Templin (right), a 1995 inductee of the UW Athletic Department Hall of Fame and captain of the Badgers' 1923 squad, was the first three- time Big Ten champion in Wisconsin Wrestling history, earning a three-peat at 145 lbs. from 1922 through 1924.

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Mo's Olympic Journal: Feeling good as race day nears

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Photo: Team Canada poses for a group picture at its training camp in Kamen, Germany. (Photo courtesy former Badger Hilary Stellingwerff - @stellingwerff on Twitter)

By Mohammed Ahmed

Hello again Badger fans!

I have been unable to find Internet access over the last couple of days to post, so I apologize for that.

It is hard to believe the week in Germany is almost coming to an end. I don't know where the week went!

Other than running, eating, hanging out with teammates and sleeping I have not accomplished too much. Training is going really well and I feel I have gotten into shape a little more with the workouts I have been able to do over the last few weeks, and especially the last few days.

I did some kilometer repeats on Wednesday and I averaged a little faster than race pace (2:43), which I was really happy with. On Saturday, I did four-mile tempo with Cam Levins and we ran them all under five minutes per mile, which was a lot faster than planned.

During this period of time you have to have a lot of confidence to do well, and I believe I am mentally at a place that I have not been since before Big Tens and Payton Jordan. (Note: Ahmed ran his Olympic qualifying time of 27:34.64 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in April).

Now I need to mentally screw my head tight and not get overwhelmed by the magnitude of the race and atmosphere. 

Although I am in Germany, one of the most beautiful places in the world, I have been unable to find time to sightsee. The only sights I have seen thus far are places I ran by or through, but I will try to get out for a little bit and walk around the area before I head back to London on Wednesday.

I have my last major workout before my race on Tuesday and I am looking forward to it as it signals how close the competition is -- as well as some downtime afterwards.

Mohammed Ahmed

Mo's Olympic Journal: Training camp opens in Germany

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Photo: Home away from home in the Olympic Village

By Mohammed Ahmed


Hello again Badger fans! Greetings from Kamen, Germany.

The last afternoon and night (July 23rd) at the Olympic Village was filled with great memories. At mid afternoon we went over to the Canadian fitting area to get fitted on our gear, and to say we are spoiled is an understatement. We got to try on 26 different pairs of items that did not include the gear Athletics Canada gives us. All in all, we have tons of gear and I won't be needing to use any of my normal clothes I brought with me!

I went for my run at Victory Park  and I had couple of joggers attempt to drop me, but they got denied once I started running at six-minute per mile pace. I did some float-around 200s at the practice track afterwards and I got to meet legendary Somalian 1500-meter runner and 1987 world champion Abdi Bile sitting at the side of the track.

Afterwards, I went to Westfield Mall and met up with my good friend and former training partner, Ryan, and his girlfriend, Sophie, who were vacationing in the area. It was great seeing some familiar faces to make me feel like home in London.  

I did not have a great sleep the last night there because I woke up to the practice fireworks for the opening ceremonies at midnight and could not fall back to sleep. How inconsiderate, London (LOL)! The little sleep made the trip to Germany hard because I was sleepy.
 
We got into Kamen, Germany, yesterday afternoon after an eight-hour travel day. After two hours of relaxing I went out for my run with Cam Levins, who will be racing with me in the 10K and also racing the 5K afterwards. I went for a 75-minute run and did a little pick-up in the middle of the run and it felt really good.

After the run, I came back to my room and passed out almost as soon as I got back. I slept nine hours, which was really good, but after a disastrous sleep the night before and the journey over to Germany I expected it. I forced myself to get up at around 8 local time, though I could have used couple more hours of sleep, and went for a 30 minute jog.

Waking up early in the morning and jogging gets me to acclimate quicker to the time change. Afterwards, I ate my breakfast, checked out the facilities and relaxed in my huge room.

The set up we have here in Kamen is phenomenal, we are at the "Kamen Sport Center" and we have everything we can ever need at our convenience. We have a world-class medical team (doctor, physio-therapists, massage therapists, etc.), other staff, coaches and training facilities (the track is a two-minute walk from the residence, and we have great trail system a seven-minute jog away).

With such a great setup I should be able to train hard and get fit to take on the best in the world.

I am off to do my first workout session since last Saturday, hopefully it flushes me out of the jet lag I am feeling

Mohammed Ahmed

Mo's Olympic Journal: Welcome to London

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Mohammed Ahmed will compete for his native Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Before he runs in the men's 10,000 meters on Aug. 4, Ahmed will provide regular updates on his travels for UWBadgers.com.

By Mohammed Ahmed

Hello Badger Fans! Greetings from London.

I got to London safely after a decently long travel day on Saturday. I flew from Madison to Chicago and then straight to London. The flight did not feel too long because I was passed out after an hour in the air and didn't wake up until an hour before landing time.

The travel to the Olympic Village was surprisingly long, though. After landing at 11 a.m., I did not get into the village until two hours later. The bus took forever and we had to go through several checkpoints for security. The security is intense and, every time we leave the village, we have to get checked again and we have to have our accreditation pass on us at all times.  

The village is really nice. It feels like I am at campus with so many athletes walking around. After arrival to the village I got set up at my room and I tried to get accustomed to the cell phone they gave us and meet my teammates. I tried sleeping a little, but I could not fall asleep, so I went for my run with the lads.

I went for a 50-minute run with Alex Genest (steeplechaser) and Nate Brannen (1500 meters) and then did some strides at the practice track (by the way, the track felt super fast and it is a similar surface to what we should be competing on). I slept really well last night and I don't feel too bad walking around today (Monday), so hopefully I should be accustomed to the time change soon enough.

I fly out Tuesday morning to Germany for a pre-Olympic training camp and will be coming back to London on Aug. 1. I won't participate on the Opening Ceremony, which is a little sad, but I should have a lot of fun hanging out with the best Canadian runners and some Germans.

I will try to get another post to you guys once I am in Germany.

Until then,
Mohammed Ahmed


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