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Badgers come up short against Purdue, falling 22-14


Jan. 28, 2013

20 Wisconsin 14, 22 Purdue 22
Hinsdale Central High School • Hinsdale, Ill.
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Wt. Result WIS PUR
125 #15 Camden Eppert (PUR) dec. Matt Cavallaris (WIS), 3-1 0 3
133 #5 Tyler Graff (WIS) tech fall Danny Sabatello (PUR), 21-5, 6:15 5 3
141 Brandon Nelson (PUR) fall Tom Kelliher (WIS), 6:26 5 9
149 #13 Ivan Lopouchanski (PUR) dec. Cole Schmitt (WIS), 2-1 TB2 5 12
157 Tommy Churchard (PUR) dec. Kalvin York (WIS), 4-3 5 15
165 Pat Robinson (PUR) dec. Frank Cousins (WIS), 11-5 5 18
174 Scott Liegel (WIS) dec. Chad Welch (PUR), 7-2     8 18
184 Patrick Kissel (PUR) maj dec. Ben Cox (WIS), 9-0      8 22
197 #20 Jackson Hein (WIS) dec. Braden Atwood (PUR), 7-6 TB2 11 22
HWT #11 Connor Medbery (WIS) dec. Alex White (PUR), 8-3 14 22
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HINSDALE, Ill. --  Many times this season the No. 20 Wisconsin wrestling team (7-5, 4-3 Big Ten) has found a way to come through in the clutch moments of matches, but the Badgers couldn't rekindle that magic Monday against Purdue (11-5, 2-3), falling, 22-14, in a tightly contested dual. 

 Fast Facts
• No. 20 Jackson Hein (197 lbs.) earned an upset win over Purdue's No. 17-ranked Braden Atwood.
• No. 11 Connor Medbery (Hwt.) remains undefeated in dual competitions this season. Medbery defeated Purdue's Alex White by decision, 8-3.
• No. 5 Tyler Graff (133 lbs.) earned his second-straight win by technical fall and registered seven takedowns.

Monday's dual at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Ill., was the epitome of a classic, intensity packed, Big Ten conference dual. The contest featured a number of matches that weren't decided until the final seconds, including an upset win at 197 lbs., for Wisconsin's No. 20 Jackson Hein.

In a back-and-forth match, the Boilermakers' No. 17 Braden Atwood earned a last second escape as the match was ending to tie the score at two and force overtime. After one reversal during regulation time, Hein scored two more during the overtime periods and earned a win in the second tiebreaker period by virtue of the riding time point.

"He was unbelievable," Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis said of Hein. "He won a tight match and I felt good for the kid. He's improving, beat a ranked guy, so it's a good win for him."

The upset of the No. 17-ranked Atwood should improve the No. 20-ranked Hein's position in the rankings, but also puts him in good position with both the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Championships approaching. 

"He's moving forward and it's great to see," Davis said of Hein.

While the Badgers earned a closely contested win with Hein at 197 lbs., they weren't as fortunate in a number of other matches. Of Purdue's six match wins on the night, three came by two points or less, including a loss by Cole Schmitt at 149 lbs., that came in the second tiebreaker period of overtime. 

"We just lost a close match," Davis said. "We have won them all year long, but instead of winning this one, we lost. We just have to re-group, come back, work on fixing the small mistakes and move forward." 

Schmitt's loss snapped a three-match win streak for the New Glarus, Wis., native, but Davis said he can't let the loss halt the momentum gained from his mid-season renaissance.

"Cole Schmitt is in the middle of a big turnaround right now," Davis said. "From here he just has to stay focused, stay on track and keep heading in the right direction." 

Aside from Hein, the Badgers got three other match wins against Purdue from No. 5 Tyler Graff at 133 lbs., Scott Liegel at 174 lbs., and No. 11 Connor Medbery at heavyweight.

Graff won his second straight match by technical fall, and third match overall, winning 21-5 in just over six minutes against the Boilermakers' Danny Sabatello. As he has been all season, Graff was a takedown machine in the match, registering seven to go along with a pair of three-point near falls.

Liegel won his second match in a row with a 7-2 win by decision over Purdue's Chad Welch.

Medbery remained undefeated in dual competitions with a dominating 8-3 win over Alex White, in which the Loveland, Colo., native scored three takedowns.

Wisconsin takes a week off before returning to competition Sunday, Feb. 10, when the Badgers host Minnesota in the final dual meet of the season. That match-up will begin at 1 p.m. at the UW Field House. 

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Ryan Evans
UW Athletic Communications

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