Kyle Ruschell is in his fifth year as an assistant coach with the Badgers in 2015-16 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 five Badgers to seven All-America honors.
Ruschell helped sophomore Isaac Jordan earn his first Big Ten championship and second All-America honor. Jordan was the program's first Big Ten champion since Trevor Brandvold in 2011. Ruschell also coached Ryan Taylor and Connor Medbery to their first All-America honors, making the three 2015 All-Americans the most for the program since 2011.
Ruschell wrestled in the World Team trials in Fargo, ND, earning a spot on the U.S. national team in 2014. Ruschell placed third in the U.S. Open and finished third in Phase II of the World Team Trials after beating two-time national champion Kellen Russell from Michigan and national team member, Frank Mollinaro, who was a national champion for Penn State. Ruschell will compete overseas with Team USA and train with some of the best athletes in the world.
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 four-time conference champion.
Email Coach Ruschell: KMR@athletics.wisc.edu
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 ... 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... led team in wins with 32 and major decisions with 6 ... had four major decisions and four pins before Big Ten dual season ... 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