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Archived Blog: Wrestling vs. South Dakota State

The Wisconsin wrestling team faced South Dakota State at the NWCA National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Jan. 8, 2011. 

Updates from Evanston: Day 2

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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.

Blog: Updates from Evanston

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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.

Blog: Wrestling Practice in Photos

Photos: Dec. 15, 2010 Practice

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Wrestling team is now 5-0 in dual action after most recently defeating Northern Iowa last Saturday, 23-14.

Wrestling staff shares Thanksgiving plans

UWBadgers.com caught up with some of the coaches and staff members of the Wisconsin wrestling program to find out what they are doing for Thanksgiving.

Wisconsin associate head coach Donny Pritzlaff, assistant coach Jared Frayer, program assistant Sandy Berndt and Wisconsin wrestling athletic training Jesse Donnenwerth shared their Thanksgiving plans, favorite traditional Thanksgiving dish and more.


Archived Blog: Wrestling Intrasquad Scrimmage

Allison Metcalf chronicled all the action from the Badgers' Intrasquad Scrimmage on Oct. 28, 2010. 

Howe returns from Azerbaijan

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2010 Golden Grand Prix

Junior Andrew Howe traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan July 5-18 to train for and compete in the 2010 Fila Golden Grand Prix international tournament at 74 kg.

In the international tournament, Howe fell to Azerbaijan's Chamsulvara Chamsulvaraev 1-0 and 2-1. Due to tournament rules, he was then eliminated when Chamsulvaraev lost his second match. 

Howe travels to Azerbaijan

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Representing the U.S. national team, Wisconsin's Andrew Howe traveled to Baku-Azerbaijan on July 5. The defending 2010 NCAA champion is attending a training camp before the country hosts the Final Golden Grand Prix international wrestling tournament July 16-18.

Wrestlers from all over the world including Iran and Russia will compete in the three day tournament. Two representatives from each national team will wrestle in the international competition.

Balanced success

With "March Madness" in full bloom, I thought it would be appropriate to see how the UW athletic department stacks up with other schools around the country in terms of regular-season success.

B_Smith.jpgThere are currently 35 schools that compete at the Division I level in men's basketball, women's basketball and men's hockey. Among those schools are Big Ten members Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State as well as "big-names" such as Notre Dame, Connecticut and Boston College.

Out of those 35 schools, only two qualified teams for the NCAA tournament in all three sports. One, obviously, is the Badgers or I probably wouldn't be writing this. The other is Vermont who, coincidently, was paired up against UW in the first round of both the women's basketball and men's hockey tournaments (the Badger men's hockey team will look for revenge for the loss Vermont hung on the women's hoops team).

It is just the second time in school history all three Badger teams advanced to the NCAA tournament. The only other time was in 2001 when UW was a No. 6 seed in men's basketball, a No. 7 seed in women's basketball and a No. 4 seed in men's hockey. This year, men's hoops was a No. 4 seed, women's hoops a No. 7 and men's hockey a No. 1.

Historic night for Wisconsin wrestling

In case you missed it last night, sophomore Andrew Howe capped off a perfect season with a national championship at 165 lbs. He finished the year with a 37-0 record to become the fourth wrestler in UW history to go undefeated.

In addition, the team finished fourth which ties for the best finish at the NCAAs in school history. They also did it in 1976 and 1978.

Lastly, head coach Barry Davis was honored as the NWCA National Coach of the Year.

Read all about it in our Session VI Recap.

After the event was over, the team convened at a local restaurant with lots of family, friends and UW supporters to celebrate one of the best seasons in Wisconsin wrestling history.

We're on our way back to Madison now. We left Omaha at about 8:15 this morning. The bus has satellite TV so hoping it'll work for us to watch some basketball later in the day. As for now, we're watching Twilight. Nope, not a typo.

All three coaches' wives are on the bus and they won out in the movie selection. Coach Davis said it was a reward for them for all they put up with during the season. I'm thinking this is going to be time for the guys to get some sleep after a big night.
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