||University of Wyoming Open
||Stevens Point Open
||at Rider University
||at South Dakota State
||at North Dakota State
||at Midlands Championships
||7th, 80.5 pts
||at Midlands Championships
||7th, 80.5 pts
||Pat Flash Flanagan Open
||at Michigan State
||at Iowa State
||Big Ten Championships
The Week Ahead
Up Next: Iowa State
• The Badgers travel to Ames, Iowa to close out dual competition for the season.
• After the Iowa State dual, it's all about the Big Ten Championships. Wisconsin and the rest of the Big Ten will head to Columbus, Ohio for the tournament during the first weekend in March.
Atop the Big Ten
• No. 16 Wisconsin (9-3 overall, 7-2 Big Ten) sits seventh in the Big Ten standings. The Badgers are 9-3-0 (75 percent) overall. Iowa leads the Big Ten with Minnesota and Ohio State right behind. Ten of 14 Big Ten teams in the conference appear in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll Top 25.
Last Time Out
Rutgers and Illinois
• No. 16 Wisconsin took on No. 21 Rutgers in the final home dual of the season. The dual ended with an 18-18 tie, each team having five match wins. Under third criteria, the extra point goes to the team with the most individual points. Wisconsin outreached Rutgers 64-52 to win the tiebreaker.
• The then-No. 9 Ryan Taylor made a 17-3 major decision over No. 18 Scott DelVecchio. Frank Cousins, Ricky Robertson and No. 3 Connor Medbery all won by decision. The then No. 3 Isaac Jordan marked a 19-4 technical fall to put the Badgers within tying range of Rutgers.
• The Badgers headed to Champaign, Illinois on Sunday to take on the Fighting Illini. The dual was packed with ups and downs, but ended in a 20-15 loss for Wisconsin in the last conference dual of the 2014-15 season.
• At No. 7 Ryan Taylor pulled a major upset in his 23-5 technical fall over No. 3 Zane Richards. The then No. 3 Connor Medbery notched a 13-0 major decision versus Brooks Black.
• No. 20 Ricky Robertson defeated Nikko Reyes in a 4-2 sudden victory decision. No. 3 Isaac Jordan also won by decision, 5-1, over No. 9 Jackson Morse, moving himself to a 12-0 dual record.
CHECKING OUT THE COMPETITION
• The Badgers will travel to No. 8 Iowa State to conclude dual competition for the 2014-15 season. The Cyclones met up with a conference opponent, the West Virginia Mountaineers, away on Saturday, February 7. They were victorious with a decisive 29-7 final score. Iowa State is now 10-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big 12. Last weekend, Iowa State hosted Arizona State and Northern Iowa. The Cyclones won both duals, 26-7 and 24-12, respectively.
• At 194 lbs., Lelund Weatherspoon marked a pin at 2:15 against West Virginia's Bubba Scheffel. Gabe Moreno (149 lbs.) and Tanner Weatherman (174 lbs.) both tallied major decisions to finish highlighting the competition. As they met with instate rival, Northern Iowa, the Cyclones tallies seven individual victories.
• The night was highlighted by Kyven Gadson's 17-5 major decision over Basil Minto and Gabe Moreno's 13-4 major decision over Gunnar Wolfensperger.
• The Cyclones boast five ranked wrestlers: No. 3 Earl Hall (133 lbs.), No. 14 Gabe Moreno (141 lbs.), No. 4 Michael Moreno (165 lbs.), No. 15 Lelund Weatherspoon (184 lbs.) and No. 2 Kyven Gadson (197 lbs.).
• Three wrestlers from Iowa State have been Big Twelve Wrestlers of the Week during the 2014-15 season up to this point. Kyven Gadson got the honor on December 8 and Tanner Weatherspoon received it January 19. Earl Hall earned the award twice, the first being the week of January 6 and the second being February 2. Hall was also a 2014 All-American.
Complete match notes in printable PDF format.
BADGERS IN THE POLLS
• After a thriller tiebreaker in Madison, the Wisconsin Wrestling program has moved to No. 16 in the NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll, its highest ranking this season.
• Wisconsin topped No. 21 Rutgers at home Friday, February 6. On Sunday, the team fell to No. 9 Illinois on the road. Huge individual victories for the Badgers increased their own rankings, and helped move the team up to No. 16 overall and rack up 114 points in the poll.
• Ten of the 14 teams in the Big Ten Conference appear in the latest Top 25 rankings, including the Badgers. Three of the conference’s schools, Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio State, were ranked among the top five for the week.
• Isaac Jordan, a 2014 All-American, moved up to No. 2 at 165 lbs in the Intermat weekly rankings. Jordan has taken on and defeated seven ranked opponents this season. Jordan was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on December 16 after collecting wins over two ranked opponents from Nebraska and Indiana.
• Fellow sophomore Ryan Taylor jumped up two more spots to No. 7 at 133 lbs. last week. Last week he defeated the 18th ranked wrestler in the country and upset the third-ranked 133-pounder, one by major decision and one by tech fall.
• 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Connor Medbery remains at the No. 3 ranking at heavyweight. Medbery qualified for the NCAA championship last season, finishing the season with a No. 10 ranking. He is currently 26-1 on the season.
• Senior Timmy McCall moved to No. 15 after two one-point losses by decision last weekend.
• Redshirt freshman, Ricky Robertson, has moved into the No. 20 spot at 184 obs. after two wins by decision against Rutgets and Illinois.
• Five Badgers appear in TheOpenMat weekly rankings and three are in th top five of their respective weight classes. Isaac Jordan and Connor Medbery both hold the No. 2 slots in their weight classes while Ryan Taylor is ranked fourth at 133 lbs. Timmy McCall is ranked No. 14 while Ricky Robertson checks in at No. 16.
• Wisconsin is ranked No. 14 by FloWrestling.
• UW is ranked 10th in the WIN Magazine's Tournament Power Index Rankings with a projected 44.5 points.
ALL HE DOES IS WIN
• Junior Connor Medbery leads the team with 26 total wins and has compiled a total of 88.5 team points. He also has the most wins by technical fall and major decision. Medbery has won six matches with tech falls and seven by major decision. His six tech falls are season-best for him and his seven major decisions are also a season-high for the Loveland, Colorado native.
• Five Badgers have 20-plus win seasons already. Connor Medbery leads the team with 26 wins while Ricky Robertson has posted 22 wins this season. Ryan Taylor, Timmy McCall and Frank Cousins each have logged 21 wins apiece.
• Sophomore Isaac Jordan leads the team with the most falls (six). He has 12 career falls after recording seven last season, a mark he is one pin away from tying this season.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
• Wisconsin’s dual versus Iowa State can be viewed on Cyclones.tv after signing up for the site. With the Big Ten seeking its ninth-striaght national championship, BTN’s coverage of wrestling this season is the most extensive in program history. BTN will also have live coverage of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
NOTICE US NOW
• On Friday, February 6, Wisconsin took down No. 21 Rutgers in a tiebreaker that came down to individual team points. Wisconsin outscored Rutgers 64-52, putting them at 2-0 in all time meetings.
• Wisconsin started what was an epic weekend with a 45-0 shutout win over conference for Indiana on Dec. 11. It was the first shutout win Wisconsin has had over a Division I school in 11 years. UW All-American Isaac Jordan defeated Indiana's No. 3 Taylor Walsh witha 3-1 decision. The Badgers gave up no offensive points by not allowing a single takedown or reversal.
• The unranked Wisconsin wrestling program upset No. 8 Nebraska with a 23-14 victory at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Nebraska on Dec. 13. The dual handed Nebraska their first loss of the season, dropping them to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten competition.
JORDAN EARNS BIG TEN WRESTLER OF THE WEEK ACCOLADES
• Sophomore Isaac Jordan was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week after posting two impressive wins over ranked opponents last week.
• Honored for the first time this season and the second time in his career, Jordan’s performance last week elevated him from No. 7 to No. 3 in the Intermat weekly rankings.
• Jordan started the weekend with a 3-1 decision over No. 3 Taylor Walsh of Indiana, which helped lead the Badgers to their first shutout win (45-0) over a Division I school in 11 years.
• The Urbana, Ohio, native then followed up by pinning No. 20 Austin Wilson of Nebraska in 32 seconds, marking his fifth pin of the season.
• Jordan now holds a perfect 4-0 record against ranked opponents this season and has tallied 43 career victories. He has tallied a 13-1 record on the season, including a 3-0 mark against Big Ten opponents.
• Jordan was also the last Wrestler of the Week from Wisconsin, bringing home the accolade on Feb. 25, 2014.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2015 Big Ten Championships will be held on March 7-8. This season, they will be hosted at Ohio State, in Columbus, Ohio.
After shifting weight classes, sophomore Ryan Taylor has seen great success at 133 lbs. No. 7 Ryan Taylor has established his place at 133 lbs. and has logged a 10-1 dual record since shifting weight classes. One of UW’s 2014 NCAA qualifiers at 125 lbs., Taylor is adjusting well to his new weight class after recording his first fall of the season at North Dakota State.
ALL EYES ON ISAAC
Standing alone at 165 lbs. is sophomore, Isaac Jordan. Jordan marked a 17-0 record in dual competition during the 2013-14 season at 157 lbs. At the 2014 Big Ten Championships, Jordan went 3-1 to finish third. He moved onto the NCAA championships, where a 4-2 record took him to a seventh place finish. Jordan earned All-American honors after his superb season, as well as being titled USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week (2/24/14) and Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (2/25/14).
CHANGING IT UP
Jesse Thielke also moved up a weight class to 141 lbs., as did 2014 NCAA qualifier Rylan Lubeck who jumped up to 149 lbs. Lubeck made his first appearance at 149 lbs. against Indiana and holds a 3-3 season record at 149 lbs. Thielke moved to 141 lbs. and is 3-7 on the season.
MCCALL IS YOUR MAN
• No. 15 Timmy McCall finished as the runner-up in the 197 lbs. weight class at the 52nd annual Midlands Championships. The fifth-year senior was the only Badger who made it to the finals at Midlands and helped lead Wisconsin to a seventh-place finish at the tournament. He scored 17.0 team points for UW.
• The 197-pounder lost to sixth-ranked Nathan Burak of Iowa in the finals by a close 4-3 decision.
• The Wisconsin wrestling team welcomes six newcomers to the mat for the fall of 2015, head coach Barry Davis announced. The Badgers signed three of FLO Wrestling’s top 100 recruits, two in-state seniors and one of Illinois’ top wrestlers.
• Izaec Quintanilla (Spokane, Washington), Michael Cullen (Cary, Illinois), Elijah Stickley (Urbana, Ohio), Hunter Ritter (Baltimore, Maryland), Mason Reinhardt (Merrill, Wisconsin) and Cole Martin (Lancaster, Wisconsin) all signed their National Letters of Intent to join the Wisconsin wrestling program in the fall of 2015.
SEEING SUCCESS IN 2014
• Coming off of a successful season last year, Coach Barry Davis and the Wisconsin wrestling squad are primed for a bigger run in 2014-15.
•The Badgers, who finished with a 12-6 overall record and a 16th-place finish at NCAAs last year, will open the season at the University of Wyoming Open on Nov.8.
•The Badgers then make their dual season debut at the UW Field House and open Big Ten Conference competition on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. against Maryland.
• All-American Isaac Jordan paved the way for Wisconsin at the NCAA Championships, UW had five NCAA qualifiers in 2014.
• Led by three-time All-American Tyler Graff at 133 lbs., Wisconsin sent eight wrestlers to the podium March 9 at the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships in front of 10,011 fans at the Kohl Center. Graff (2nd place), along with redshirt freshmen Ryan Taylor (3rd) and Isaac Jordan (3rd), highlighted the second day of the championships.
• The Badgers finished seventh with 73 team points while Penn State claimed the Big Ten title with 140.5. Iowa placed second (134) and Minnesota took third (114.5).
WATCH THE BADGERS
Fans can watch live streams of the Badgers’ matches through BTN Plus. Four of UW’s bouts will be broadcasted live through the BTN2Go network, Indiana (Dec. 11), Northwestern (Jan. 9), Rutgers (Feb. 6) and Illinois (Feb. 8).
UW returns nine starters from last year’s squad, including NCAA qualifiers Isaac Jordan, Ryan Taylor, Rylan Lubeck, Connor Medbery and Timmy McCall. The Badgers only lose three starters, three-time All-American Tyler Graff, Scott Liegel and Jackson Hein.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW
The team welcomes nine newcomers to the program. Wisconsin natives Jacob Englebert (149), Jens Lantz (133), JJ McClelland (125), Cullen Pedersen (165) and Jared Scharenbroch (157) are the newest additions to the squad. Ryan Christensen (184), Johnny Jimenez (125) and Luke Rowh (125) round out the rest of the freshman class.
The Badgers boast three sets of brothers and a pair of guys with UW family connections on this year’s squad. Brothers Scott Liegel and Seth Liegel and TJ and assistant coach Kyle Ruschell, along with Isaac Jordan (son of Jim, 1983-86, nephew of Jeff, 1985-88 and brother of Ben, 2009-12) and Jarod Donar (brother of Jake, 2005-08) make up this year’s roster.