Badgers' win streak snapped by No. 1 Penn State


Jan. 18, 2013

19 Wisconsin 6, Penn State 36
Rec Hall • University Park, Pa.
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Wt. Result WIS PSU
Hwt. #11 Connor Medbery (WIS) dec. #16 Jon Gingrich (PSU), 6-3 3 0
125 #2 Nico Megadulis (PSU) tech fall Matt Cavallaris (WIS), 23-7 3 4
133 Jordan Conaway (PSU) dec. #3 Tyler Graff (WIS), 10-8 SV 3 7
141 Bryan Pearsall (PSU) fall Tom Kelliher (WIS), 1:22 3 13
149 Cole Schmitt (WIS) dec. James English (PSU), 8-4 TB2 6 13
157 James Volrath (PSU) dec. Kalvin York (WIS), 5-3 6 16
165 #2 David Taylor (PSU) tech fall Frank Cousins (UW), 25-7, 6:22 6 21
174 #3 Matt Brown (PSU) dec. Scott Liegel (WIS), 12-8 6 24
184 #1 Ed Ruth (PSU) vs. FF (WIS) 6 30
197 #3 Quentin Wright (PSU) fall #20 Jackson Hein (WIS), 1:24 6 36
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.--The No. 19 Wisconsin wrestling team (6-3, 3-1 Big Ten) saw its four-dual win streak come to an end Friday night, falling, 36-6, to top-ranked Penn State (6-0, 3-0) in Happy Valley.

The loss also halted the Badgers' three-dual win streak to start Big Ten competition. 

 Fast Facts
• No. 11 Connor Medbery (Hwt.) upped his undefeated dual competition record to 8-0 with a win over Penn State's No. 16 Jon Gingrich.
Cole Schmitt (149 lbs.) earned the Badgers' other match win on the night, winning by decision in the second tiebreaker period.
• No. 20 Jackson Hein (197 lbs.) had his undefeated dual competition record snapped, losing by fall.

The night started off on a positive note for Wisconsin. No. 11 heavyweight Connor Medbery staked the Badgers to an early 3-0 lead with a win by decision, 6-3, over Penn State's No. 16 Jon Gingrich.

Medbery's win extended his undefeated dual record to 8-0 on the season, including a perfect 4-0 against Big Ten opponents. His defeat of the sixteenth-ranked Gingrich is also Medbery's third of the season over a ranked Big Ten wrestler. 

Following the heavyweight match, Penn State began to build the lead it would never relinquish, starting with a four-point technical fall win at 125 lbs., by last season's national runner-up and current No. 2-ranked wrestler, Nico Megadulis.

The night's most shocking result came at 133 lbs., where unranked Nittany Lion Jordan Conaway pulled off an upset of Wisconsin's third-ranked Tyler Graff.

Graff was in control for much of the match, but Conaway used a flurry of offensive strikes near the end of the third period to tie the score at eight before earning a takedown in the sudden victory period for the win, 10-8. 

After Conaway's upset, the Nittany Lions earned a pin at 141 lbs., to push their lead to 13-3 before Wisconsin earned a trio of points at 149 lbs., in a wild match, that saw Cole Schmitt come away with an 8-4 win in the second tiebreaker period. 

Penn State only built its lead from there, taking the final five matches with two wins by decision at 157 and 174 lbs., a five-point technical fall at 165 lbs., a win by forfeit at 184 lbs., and a pin at 197 lbs.

The loss by fall at 197 lbs., to Penn State's third-ranked Quentin Wright brought an end to No. 20 Jackson Hein's undefeated record in dual competitions this season.  

The Badger grapplers continue conference competition this Sunday on the road in Columbus, Ohio, against No. 6 Ohio State. That dual begins at 12:30pm and can be viewed via web stream on the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) at BTN.com.

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Ryan Evans
UW Athletic Communications

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