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Badgers drop semifinal of Duals to No. 12 Virginia Tech



Jan. 9, 2011

12 Virginia Tech 20, 4 Wisconsin 19
NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals
UNI-Dome • Cedar Falls, Iowa
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125 Jarrod Garnett (VT) maj. dec. Tom Kelliher (UW), 12-3 4 0
Tyler Graff (UW) dec. Devin Carter (VT), 2-1 4 3
Chris Diaz (VT) tech. fall Danny Arnel (UW), 18-2 (4:32) 9 3
Cole Schmitt (UW) dec. Brian Stephens (VT), 6-5 9 6
Jesse Dong (VT) pin Kalvin York, 2:05 15 6
Andrew Howe (UW) maj. dec. Peter Yates, 14-5 15 10
Matt Epperly (VT) tech. fall Shawn Perry (UW), 19-4 (7:00) 20 10
Travis Rutt (UW) dec. Tom Spellman, 2-0 20 13
Derrick Borlie (UW) dec. Chris Penny, 7-3 20 16
Eric Bugenhagen (UW) dec. David Marone, 3-2 20 19
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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- After a perfect 2-0 day at the NWCA Duals yesterday, the No.4 Wisconsin wrestling team dropped a 20-19 matchup to No. 12 Virginia Tech in the semifinal dual Sunday. Despite winning their last three matches of the dual, the Badgers could not pull out a victory over Hokies.

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• Badgers drop first dual of season
• Wisconsin is now 7-1 overall in dual action
Andrew Howe led Badgers' with a major decision

The loss marks the Badgers' first dual defeat of the season, dropping their record to 7-1 overall. Wisconsin will now battle for the tournament's third place trophy at 3 p.m. (CT) against No. 5 Minnesota.

After registering two victories in the previous day of competition at 125 lbs., redshirt sophomore Tom Kelliher fell to No. 11 Jarrod Garnet by a 12-3 major decision. Kelliher scored three escapes in the match, but allowed his opponent to record three takedowns, a reversal and two nearfall points. The win put the Hokies on top 4-0.

No. 3 Tyler Graff the squeezed out a 2-1 decision over No. 8 Devin Carter at 133 lbs. In a back-and-forth match, each wrestler escaped once after choosing to go on the bottom, but Graff earned a point of riding time after dominating his opponent for 1:28. His victory narrowed Virginia Tech's lead to 4-3.

Redshirt freshman Danny Arnel then lost his second match of the NWCA Duals by technical fall to No. 5 Christopher Diaz at 141 lbs. Arnel scored two escapes in the 18-2 (4:32) defeat, extending the Hokies' lead to 9-3.

At 149 lbs., redshirt sophomore No. 10 Cole Schmitt won his third match of the Duals by another one-point decision, upsetting No. 9 Brian Stephens. Schmitt defeated Stephens by a 6-5 decision, which included two takedowns in the first period, an escape in the second and an escape in the third. His victory brought the Badgers within three points, trailing 9-6.

Redshirt sophomore Kalvin York was then pinned by No. 5 Jesse Dong at 2:05, marking his second loss by pin and third overall at the NWCA Duals. In the Sunday morning 157 lbs. bout, York was unable to score any points, putting Virginia Tech ahead by a sizeable 15-6 lead.

The Badgers got back on track at 165 lbs., where No. 2 junior Andrew Howe defeated No. 14 Peter Yates by a 14-5 major decision. Howe's victory included six takedowns, an escape and 1:44 of riding time, bringing UW within five points of the Hokies.

Redshirt freshman Shawn Perry then lost to Matt Epperly by a 19-4 tech fall in his second match of the season at 174 lbs. Perry registered just four escapes in the matchup that made the overall score 20-10.

At 184 lbs., No. 5 junior Travis Rutt extended his record to 17-1 after defeating No. 16 Thomas Spellman by a 2-0 decision. Rutt narrowed Virginia Tech's lead to 20-13 with the win, which included an escape and 1:52 of riding time.

With his third win of the NWCA Duals, redshirt freshman Derrick Borlie closed the gap to four points for Wisconsin, needing only a major decision to tie the matchup. Borlie defeated Chris Penny by a 7-3 decision, which included two takedowns, an escape and 2:07 of riding time.

No. 18 redshirt senior Eric Bugenhagen was unable to pull out a major decision at heavyweight, but earned a 3-2 decision over David Monroe. After going down 1-0 entering the third period, Bugenhagen rallied to score an escape a takedown at 0:49 to win the bout.

Check back to UWBadgers.com for live updates during the No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 5 Minnesota battle for third place.

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