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Howe reaches semifinals

Top seed Andrew Howe improved his record to 35-0 this season and gained a spot in the semifinals with a 7-2 decision over No. 9 Andrew Rendos of Bucknell in the quarterfinals at 165 lbs.

Howe took an early lead by scoring a takedown 59 seconds into the match. Rendos was able to escape with one minute left in the period, but Howe grabbed another takedown with 18 seconds left to lead 4-1 after one.

Starting in the bottom position, Rendos escaped 36 seconds into the period, but a takedown by Howe with 45 seconds left extended his lead to 6-2.

There was no scoring in the third period, but Howe was able to secure riding time to win 7-2.

Howe will face unseeded Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma in the semifinals on Friday night.

Ruschell moves on with pin

No. 4 seed Kyle Ruschell stayed alive in the wrestlebacks with a win via pin in the wrestlebacks at 149 lbs.

Facing David Cheza of Michigan State, Ruschell got a takedown 48 seconds into the match and then was able to carry that over into a pin at the 1:45 mark of the match.

Ruschell advances to the next round of the consolations where he will face Eric Albright of Pittsburgh.

Schmitt eliminated

Cole Schmitt's run at the NCAA Championships ended on Friday morning as he was pinned by Oregon State's Michael Mangrum at 1:50 of the match.

After a scoreless first period, Mangrum started down in the second. He escaped four seconds into the frame then got a takedown with 1:18 to go. Eight seconds later, he got Schmitt's shoulders down to with the match.

Graff shut out in quarterfinals loss

No. 8 seed Tyler Graff was shut out by No. 1 Jayson Ness of Minnesota in the quarterfinals of the 133 lbs., division on Friday morning, 4-0.

The first period was scoreless, but Ness, who started down in the second, escaped five seconds into the period. He then scored a takedown with 1:34 left in the period to go ahead 3-0.

The third period featured no scoring, but riding time was added for Ness to make the final score, 4-0.

Graff wrestles again on Friday night in the wrestlebacks.

Session III awaits

Good morning all and welcome to Session III of the Division I NCAA Wrestling Championships. After two sessions, the Badgers are tied for fourth with 23 team points. Check out our full recap of Session II.

All seven wrestlers who qualified for the NCAAs are still alive, including three who are still in contention for the title at their weight class.

Session III Schedule:

Championship Quarterfinals
133 lbs.: (Match # 429) No. 8 Tyler Graff (UW) vs. No. 1 Jayson Ness (Minnesota)
165 lbs.: (Match # 461) No. 1 Andrew Howe (UW) vs. No. 9 Andrew Rendos (Bucknell)
197 lbs.: (Match # 486) No. 5 Trevor Brandvold (UW) vs. No. 4 Cam Simaz (Cornell)

Wrestlebacks
141 lbs.: (Match # 358) Cole Schmitt (UW) vs. Michael Mangrum (Oregon State)
149 lbs.: (Match # 366) No. 4 Kyle Ruschell (UW) vs. David Cheza (Michigan State)
184 lbs.: (Match # 399) Travis Rutt (UW) vs. Zack Giesen (Stanford)
HWT: (Match # 420) Eric Bugenhagen (UW) vs. No. 6 Nathan Everhart (Indiana)

Bugenhagen wins tight match to advance in wrestlebacks

In the last match of Session II, Eric Bugenhagen survived a close battle against Eddie Bordas of Rider, 5-1, in the wrestlebacks at heavyweight.

With the first period going scoreless, Bugenhagen started down in the second period. He escaped one second into the period to go up 1-0.

In the third period, Bugenhagen secured riding time and allowed Bordas to escape to have the match tied at 1-1. Bordas used up his injury time though, allowing Bugenhagen to choose to go to the down position. Bugenhagen then escaped with 27 seconds left to go up 2-1. With one second left, Bordas was called for fleeing the mat. Riding time made it 5-1.

Team standings

Team standings through Championship Second Round:

1. Iowa 33.5
2. Oklahoma State 23.0
3. Cornell 21.0
4. Wisconsin 20.0
5. Iowa State 19.0
    Ohio State 19.0
7. Oklahoma 18.5
8. Lehigh 17.0
9. Central Michigan 16.0
    Penn State 16.0

Other Big Ten Schools
11. Minnesota 15.0
15. Michigan State 11.0
22. Purdue 9.0
27. Indiana 8.5
31. Illinois 7.5
32. Michigan 7.0
59. Northwestern 0.0

Schmitt stays alive

Cole Schmitt scored a 10-2 major decision over Ryan Adams of North Dakota State to stay alive in the wrestlebacks at 141 lbs.

Schmitt moved ahead 2-0 with a takedown 55 seconds into the match. In the closing seconds of the first period, he picked up 3 nearfall points to lead 5-0 after 1.

Starting in neutral in the 2nd, Adams was able to get a takedown, but Schmitt escaped to lead 6-2 after 2 periods.

Schmitt started down in the 3rd period but escaped 10 seconds into the final frame to go up 7-2. He then got a takedown 30 seconds into the period. With the addition of riding time, Schmitt won 10-2.

Score update

Through the second round of the heavyweight division of the championship round, Wisconsin sits in 4th place with 20 points. Iowa leads all schools with 33.5 points

Brandvold gains quarters with win

In a matchup of ranked wrestlers, No. 5 Trevor Brandvold downed No. 12 Brent Haynes of Missouri, 5-2, at 197 lbs.

With 1:11 left in the first period, Brandvold earned a takedown to go up 2-0.

To start the second period, Brandvold began down and escaped 13 seconds in. A takedown from Haynes with 1:36 remaining cut the lead to 3-2, but Brandvold escaped with 1 minute remaining.

Haynes started in the down position in the third period, and Brandvold was able to ride him the entire frame to earn riding time and win 5-2.
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