Awards and Honors: 2014 Academic All-Big Ten
2013-14: 13-time starter for Wisconsin at 149 lbs., and a one-time starter at 157 lbs. ... finished regular season with a 14-11 overall record ... 7-7 record in dual competition ... 2-2 mark in the Big Ten ... placed fifth at the Navy Classic with a 5-2 record ... 2-2 record at Midlands
2012-13: Redshirt season ... 15-2 record in open tournaments at 141 and 149 lbs. ... won the Loras Open at 141 lbs., with a 4-0 record ... placed second at 141 lbs., at the Pointer Open with a 3-1 record ... placed third at 149 lbs., at the Flash Flanagan Open with a 4-1 record ... won the Blugold Open at 149 lbs., with a 4-0 record.
High school: Compiled a 209-21 in four seasons of competition for Ryle High School... four-time state placer, including a state championship in his junior season... four-time regional champion.
Personal: Parents are Tim and Pam Ruschell... has three siblings, two brothers, Keith and Kyle, and one sister, Katelyn... brother Kyle is an assistant coach for the Badgers and wrestled at UW from 2006 until 2010, earning All-America honors in back-to-back seasons in 2008-09 and 2009-10 at 149 lbs... TJ's hobbies include playing golf, video games, and ultimate frisbee.