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Ruschell advances with shutout win

Senior Kyle Ruschell, the No. 4 seed at 149 lbs., was dominant in his 4-0 opening round win over Glenn Shober of Navy.

The opening 2:55 was scoreless, but with 5 seconds left in the first period, Ruschell scored a takedown. He then rode Shober for the entire second period to take a 2-0 lead into the third period.

Starting down, Ruschell escaped at 1:44 to move ahead 3-0. With the addition of riding time, Ruschell came away with a 4-0 win.

Schmitt falls to No. 10 Nauman

Redshirt freshman Cole Schmitt dropped his opening round match at 141 lbs., 6-2, to No. 10 seed Tyler Nauman of Pittsburgh.

After a scoreless first period, Naunman started down in the second period. He scored an escape at 55 seconds to take a 1-0 lead, but Schmitt scored a takedown with just 7 seconds left in the period to head into the final frame with a 2-1 lead.

With 1:35 to go, Nauman scored a takedown to move in front 3-2. Then, with 7 seconds left, he added three nearfall points to win 6-2.

Graff wins opening match

Redshirt freshman and No. 8 seed Tyler Graff won his opening match at 133 lbs., 16-6, over Bryan Ortenzio of Penn.

Graff scored a takedown at the 1:50 mark of the first period to take a lead he would not give up. After an escape at 1:32 by Ortenzio, Graff got another takedown with 42 seconds left to take a 4-1 lead after the first period.

The second period saw three escapes from Ortenzio but two more takedowns by Graff, who ended the second frame with an 8-4 lead.

Graff opened the third period with an escape of his own then added three more takedowns and 1:44 of riding time to come away with the 16-6 win.

Session I Matchups

Here's what's on tap for UW wrestlers in today's opening session:

133 lbs.: (Match # 30) No. 8 Tyler Graff (UW) vs. Bryan Ortenzio (Penn)
141 lbs.: (Match # 56) Cole Schmitt (UW) vs. No. 10 Tyler Nauman (Pitt)
149 lbs.: (Match # 66) No. 4 Kyle Ruschell (UW) vs. Glenn Shober (Navy)
165 lbs.: (Match # 91) No. 1 Andrew Howe (UW) vs. Chad Porter (Liberty)
184 lbs.: (Match # 124) Travis Rutt (UW) vs. Nathan Schiedel (Binghamton)
197 lbs.: (Match # 143) No. 5 Trevor Brandvold (UW) vs. Brent Jones (Virginia)
Hwt.: (Match # 155) Eric Bugenhagen (UW) vs. No. 1 David Zabriskie (Iowa State)

Session I almost near

Well the time has arrived; session I of the 2010 NCAA Division I Championships is about 40 minutes away. Follow all the action today here at the Wrestling Blog.

Due to NCAA restrictions, I cannot provide real-time updates which makes doing a CoverItLive Blog kind of moot since that's the advantage of using it. So I think we'll use this forum and I can provide updates after each UW match. At the end of the session, there will be a full recap on UWBadgers.com.

One day away

We're just under 24 hours away from the start of the 2010 NCAA Division I Championships here in Omaha, Neb. Session I kicks off at 11 a.m. (CT) on Thursday morning.

The team practiced this morning at the Qwest Center for about an hour from 10-11 a.m.

Paired up this morning were Tyler Graff (133) and Cole Schmitt (141), Kyle Ruschell (149) and assistant coach Jared Frayer, Andrew Howe (165) and associate head coach Donny Pritzlaff, Travis Rutt (184) and Trevor Brandvold (197) and Eric Bugenhagen (HWT) and volunteer assistant coach Kyle Massey.

The coaches have a meeting with NWCA at 11:30 this morning and a mandatory meeting at 1 p.m.

The student-athletes don't have much planned for the rest of the day. I know they're going to head to the store at noon to stock up on whatever they need and I believe they are supposed to work out on their own again sometime today.

Arrived in Omaha

Well we made it safe and sound to Omaha, got in about 15 minutes ago. We finished the 7 hour bus ride watching Step Brothers, 3:10 to Yuma and Reservoir Dogs. Some of the guys did get in some studying time, too.

Tonight is a low-key night for the team, nothing really planned for the evening. They'll be hitting the mats tomorrow morning from about 10-11:15 a.m. at Qwest Center Omaha. There's a coaches' meeting at 1 tomorrow afternoon, but the guys are on their own for another workout tomorrow afternoon/night.

On the road

The Wisconsin wrestling team has hit the road for Omaha and the NCAA Championships. We left the McClain Center a little after 11 this morning. After a quick pit stop to get some food/snacks, we've taken to the road again. Step Brothers is playing on the TVs now. It's about a 7 hour drive. I'll check back in later with another update.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Quick update from Crisler Arena. Team got here at about 8 a.m. (ET) and had skin checks and weigh-ins at about 8:50 a.m. (ET). Everyone was cleared in both instances. Since they don't have to wrestle until much later, Trevor Brandvold and Eric Bugenhagen are heading back to the hotel. They'll return at about 11:30 a.m. (ET). Arena is fairly uneventful right now. Final preparations being done by everyone. Only two guys out on the mats right now, UW assistant coach Jared Frayer and a coach from Iowa.

The Hay's in the Barn

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- For the Wisconsin wrestling team, all the preparation for the Big Ten Championships is finished. All that's left to do is wrestle. Hopefully that clears up the title of this post.