||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: Michigan/Michigan State
• UW prepares for two Big Ten road matchups this week. The Badgers will take over the state of Michigan when they face the Michigan Wolverines (3-3-0, 1-2-0) on Friday at 6 p.m. before heading to East Lansing to grapple with Michigan State (3-7-0, 0-3-0) on Sunday at noon.
• Wisconsin trails in the all-time series with Michigan 27-23-1. The last time the two teams met Wisconsin won in a close one, 19-16.
• Wisconsin leads the all-time series with Michigan State, 26-17-2. In their last meeting in 2013-14, the Badgers continued a three-dual winning streak with a 30-7 victory in East Lansing, Michigan. The Badgers claimed victory in eight matches, including seven straight to open action.Atop the Big Ten
• No. 17 Wisconsin (7-1 overall, 5-0 Big Ten) is atop the Big Ten Conference’s leaderboard with a 5-0-0 perfect (1.000 percent) conference record. The Badgers are 71-0 (.875 percent) overall. UW shares the lead with Minnesota who is 5-0-0 in conference duals and 9-0-0 on the season.Iowa (4-0-0) is also undefeated in Big Ten duals while Penn State (4-1-0) is close behind with a .889 conference winning percentage. Eleven of 14 teams in the conference appear in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll Top 25. Last Time Out
Northwestern and Purdue
• Wisconsin was fueled by two top-10 match wins and three pins as it defeated No. 18 Northwestern, 30-16 on Jan. 9 at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Illinois.
• Wisconsin recorded a season-high three total pins in the dual. No. 3 Isaac Jordan pinned No. 7 Pierce Harger in 2:21. Jarod Donar pinned Ben Sullivan in 5:30 at 157 lbs. Ryan Taylor, who was ranked No. 14 at the time, recorded a fall over No. 20 Dominick Malone of Northwestern in 5:47.
• No. 5 Connor Medbery matched up against No. 2 Mike McMullan at heavyweight. The top-five showdown definitely lived up to the hype. It was back-and-forth the entire bout, as Medbery had another takedown in third that was only followed by a two-point reversal from McMullan. McMullan could not hold on, as Medbery escaped in the last 30 seconds of the bout and sealed the deal, 7-6. Medbery won his biggest challenge of the season and took down his second ranked opponent of the season.
• The then-No. 20 Badgers used quick shots and fast paced offensive movements to claim a 22-13 victory over Purdue on Jan. 11 in the UW Field House. Wisconsin is now 7-1 on the season and 5-0 in Big Ten Conference action. The dual marked the first time Wisconsin wrestled at home in exactly one month.
• Two Badgers registered major decisions, with Connor Medbery defeating Tyler Kral (17-5) and Ryan Taylor winning over Danny Sabatello (18-6). No. 3 Isaac Jordan posted a tech fall over Purdue’s Pat Robinson. No. 10 Timmy McCall tallied a 7-1 decision over No. 8 Braden Atwood, marking his first victory over a ranked opponent this season.
CHECKING OUT THE COMPETITION
• The No.16-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) will continue Big Ten Conference dual competition by first hosting No. 17 Wisconsin (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. on Friday night (Jan. 23) at Cliff Keen Arena.
• Sophomore Adam Coon has pinned each of his Big Ten dual opponents, including a quick 26-second pin against Minnesota’s 13th-ranked Michael Kroells (Jan. 9). It is his second streak of three straight pins this season. He upped his season fall total to a career-best eight. He recorded seven last season.
• The Michigan State wrestling team won four matches against No. 4 Ohio State on Friday night at Jenison Field House, but the Buckeyes still prevailed with a 25-13 victory over the Spartans before a nationally televised audience on BTN. Michigan State returns to action Friday, Jan. 23 to face Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti at 7 p.m.
• Hermilo Esquivel (133 pounds) and Chris Nash (heavyweight) each recorded their first career Big Ten dual wins for the Spartans, while Nick Trimble (149) and Nick Proctor (174) also came away with victories.
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BADGERS IN THE POLLS
• After two consecutive conference wins following the Midlands Championships, the Wisconsin wrestling team moved up to No. 17 in the polls, its highest ranking this season.
• Fueled by a top-10 upset against Nebraska on Dec. 13, the Wisconsin wrestling team earned its way back into the national rankings, checking in at No. 20 in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches poll that week. Two nights prior, Wisconsin shut out Indiana at the UW Field House. The Badgers gave up no offensive points on the night by not allowing a single takedown or reversal. The victory marked UW’s first shutout over a Division I program in over a decade.
• Eleven of the 14 teams in the Big Ten Conference appear in the latest Top 25 rankings, including the Badgers. Four of the conference’s schools, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State, were ranked among the top five for the week.
• Isaac Jordan, a 2014 All-American, remains at No. 3 at 165 lbs in the Intermat weekly rankings. Jordan, who was ranked No. 7 at the time, took down then-ranked No. 3 Taylor Walsh of Indiana with a 3-1 decision. Jordan was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Tuesday after collecting wins over two ranked opponents against Nebraska and Indiana.
• Fellow sophomore Ryan Taylor jumped up four spots to the No. 10 slot.
• 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. His final record was 26-9 in 2013-14.
• Senior Timmy McCall moved up six spots to No. 10 at 197 lbs. last week after an explosive weekend at the 52nd annual Midlands Championships.and now is bumped up to No. 9 after a big win against Purdue.
• Five Badgers appear in TheOpenMat weekly rankings and Wisconsin checks in at No. 15 in the FloWrestling weekly poll.
• Sophomore Isaac Jordan leads the team with the most falls (six). He has 12 career falls after recording six last season, a mark he has already tied this season.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
• Wisconsin’s dual at Michigan will be broadcasted live on the Big Ten Network at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23. This will be the first and only Wisconsin dual that will be live on Big Ten Network. 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.
GET ON NOTICE
• 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 with a 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. 20 Ryan Taylor has established his place at 133 lbs. and has logged a 7-1 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.
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 holds a 3-3 dual season record at 141 lbs. Thielke went one-for-two in his first time out for the Badgers this season at 141 lbs. against North Dakota State and South Dakota State. He defeated No. 20 Mitch Bengston of North Dakota State with a 7-5 decision.
MCCALL IS YOUR MAN
No. 14 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.
ALL EYES ON ISAAC
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).
• Standing alone at 165 lbs. is sophomore, Isaac Jordan. Jordan marked a 17-0 record in dual competition during the 2013-24 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).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.