The No. 30-ranked Wisconsin mens tennis team dropped its final match of the regular season to the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes Sunday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio. The Badgers came up winless in the 7-0 loss for the first time this season as the Buckeyes finished with a perfect 10-0 run in the Big Ten and 28-1 overall. Wisconsin finished the season 15-9 with a 4-6 mark in the Big Ten. The Badgers will enter the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 8 seed and will face ninth-seeded Iowa in the opening round on Thursday, April 23 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Badgers went down to 1-0 after losing the doubles point at Nos. 2 and 3. The bright spot of the day came from the No. 19 duo Moritz Baumann and Marek Michalicka when they defeated No. 85 Justin Kronauge and Matt Allare 8-6.
With Baumann out of the singles lineup, the UW moved its players up one position with Michalicka at No. 1 singles and freshman Patrick Pohlmann at No. 2 singles. Pohlmann dropped his first Big Ten match of the season, finishing 8-1 in the Big Ten after falling 6-1, 6-1 to No. 23 Kronauge. The Buckeyes proved too much to handle, not allowing the Badgers a single set. Michalicka kept it close, after falling in the first set 6-1, he battled in the second set, but eventually fell 7-5 to third-ranked Brian Koniecko. Peter Marrack played in the No. 3 spot, while Michael Dierberger, Luke Rassow-Kantor and Mike Muskievicz finished out the UW lineup. Marrack lost 6-1, 6-1 to No. 9 Steven Moneke while Dierberger also fell to a ranked opponent, No. 71 Chase Buchanan.
The Badgers gear up for the Big Ten Tennis Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich. April 23-26, check back to UWBadgers.com for updated information.