Kyle Ruschell is in his third year as an assistant coach with the Badgers in 2013-14 after spending a year as a volunteer assistant in 2010. As a member of the Wisconsin coaching staff, Ruschell specializes in leg riding, shot defense, scrambles, high level attacks and finishes.Ruschell has coached two Badgers to All-America honors.
Ruschell has wrestled in the World Team trials, qualifying for the semifinals and placing as high as fifth. In the fight to "Save Olympic Wrestling", Ruschell was asked to be a representative for the sport at the Kentucky state capital as they passed a state bylaw to keep wrestling in the Olympics.
The Crittenden, Ky. native was a four-time NCAA championship qualifier for the Badgers, earning All-America honors twice at 149 lbs. The four-year letterwinner served as team captain his junior and senior seasons.
Ruschell is the only two-time All-American from Kentucky and the highest placer in the NCAA Division I championships. In high school, Ruschell was a two-time state champion and named MOW his senior year at 119 lbs.
Honors and Awards: 2009 All-American at 149 lbs. (third place) ... 2010 All-American at 149 lbs. (fourth place)
2009-10: Team co-captain ... Wisconsin's starter at 149 lbs. (ranked in the top five all season and as high as second) ... 35-5 record on the season ... 6-1 record in the Big Ten ... had five wins by pin, one by tech fall and six by major decision ... won the Cliff Keen Invite at 149 lbs. with a 5-0 record ... took second at the Midlands Championship at 149 lbs. ... went undefeated at the NWCA National Duals ... finished in third place at the Big Ten Championships with a 4-1 record ... went 6-2 to take fourth place at the NCAA Division I Championships, earning All-America honors
2008-09: Team co-captain ... moved up to 149 lbs. ... finished third with a 5-2 record at the NCAA Championships ... won four straight matches to take third ... first-time All-American ... just the third All-American from the state of Kentucky, the first since his high school coach Dave Barnes in 1992 ... other Kentucky All-American was Dominick Black of West Virginia who placed fourth at 190 lbs. in 1991, making Ruschell the highest finisher from the state of Kentucky ... qualified for his third NCAA Championships ... finished season ranked sixth by InterMat Poll ... seeded fourth at Big Tens and finished fifth ... finished with a 32-8 record overall, went 14-2 in duals and 6-1 in Big Ten duals ... all eight losses were at the hands of top-10 opponents ... went 12-6 against ranked opponents ... led team in wins with 32 and major decisions with 6 ... had four major decisions and four pins before Big Ten dual season ... finished fourth at the Cliff Keen Invite and runner-up at Midlands ... wrestled at U.S. Senior Nationals during summer 2009 in the freestyle competition (66 kg/145.5) but failed to place
2007-08: Team tri-captain ... qualified for his second NCAA Championship ... seeded seventh at NCAAs ... placed fifth at Big Tens ... compiled a 26-7 overall record, went 16-2 in duals and 5-2 in Big Ten duals ... scored 62 dual points and had the second-most pins on the team with eight ... went on an 11-match winning streak in the middle of the season ... began the dual season 15-0 before falling to Ryan Prater of Illinois ... finished fifth at the Cliff Keen Invite and second at the Body Bar Invite
2006-07: Competed at the 2007 NCAA championships ... entered Big Tens seeded fifth ... placed second with upsets of fourth-seeded Cassio Pero (Illinois) and top-seeded Manuel Rivera (Minnesota) ... notched the team's second best Big Ten dual record at 6-2 ... tied with Trevor Brandvold for the team's second most major decisions (five) ... went 8-1 at the Cliff Keen Invitational for a third-place finish ... finished with 63 dual points ... posted a 30-9 overall record, 17-5 dual match tally and 6-2 conference mark
2005-06: Redshirt season
High School: 2004 and 2005 state champion ... earned a 59-3 record as a senior ... was a four-time conference champion ... team MVP his junior and senior seasons ... state runner up sophomore year ... placed seventh his freshman season ... finished his career with a 191-18 record