Feb. 27, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin wrestling team had a new look as it made its entrance onto the mat last Friday, Feb. 21, at the UW Field House against Big Ten foe Nebraska.
Instead of their signature red uniforms with the motion ‘W,’ the team donned black and red t-shirts with the words “Brogz Strong” etched on the front along with a pair of flexing arms.
And instead of head coach Barry Davis assuming his normal role, John Brogley, a patient at UW Hospital, filled his spot and served as honorary head coach.
“When Barry asked me there was no way I was saying no,” Brogley said. “If they had to wheel me in on a hospital bed I would’ve come. Wrestling is probably the coolest thing that’s ever happened to me in my life.”
Although the Badgers fell in a tightly contested match, Brogley saw Badgers’ redshirt freshman Isaac Jordan take down then-No. 1 ranked James Green at 157 lbs., and ninth-ranked Ryan Taylor defeat No. 11 Tim Lambert.
Brogley, who has attended many Badger matches at the Field House in the past, said this one will always be different from the rest.
“If they said you’re either going to watch every sport for the rest of your life any day, whatever game you want, or you get to watch college wrestling and that’s it for the rest of your life, I’d watch wrestling without a doubt,” he said. “You don’t have to ask me twice."