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ON WISCONSIN <b>Redshirt freshman Tyler Graff advances to the quarterfinals with his second round win.</b>
Redshirt freshman Tyler Graff advances to the quarterfinals with his second round win.

March 18, 2010

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OMAHA, Neb.--After two sessions of competition, the Wisconsin wrestling team still has three wrestlers in contention for their weight class title. As a team, the Badgers are tied for fourth with 23 points.

No. 8 seed and redshirt freshman Tyler Graff easily defeated No. 9 seed Steve Bell of Maryland in a second round match at 133 lbs. Graff won the bout by a 13-5 major decision, scoring five takedowns, two escapes and riding time. The win advances Graff to the quarterfinals at 133 lbs. where he will face No. 1 seeded Jayson Ness of Minnesota. Ness defeated Graff at the Big Ten Championships in an 11-4 decision earlier this year.

Top seeded sophomore Andrew Howe won his second round match against Justin Kerber of Cornell at 165 lbs. Howe registered five takedowns, a reversal, an escape and riding time in the 14-3 major decision. He will face No. 9 seeded Andrew Rendos of Bucknell in the quarterfinals at 165 lbs. The two met in last years’ NCAA quarterfinals where Howe won by a 7-3 decision.

No. 5 seed and junior Trevor Brandvold defeated No. 12 seed Brent Haynes of Missouri, 5-2, at 197 lbs. Brandvold advances to the quarterfinals after scoring a takedown, two escapes and riding time in the victory. He moves onto the quarterfinals to face Cam Simaz of Cornell. Simaz is the last wrestler that Brandvold lost to this season.

At 149 lbs., No. 4 seeded senior Kyle Ruschell was upset in the second round by Edinboro’s Torsten Gillespie in a 6-4 decision. Ruschell held a 4-2 lead with 1:22 remaining, but Gillespie was able to take him down with 33 seconds left and then earned backpoints with 17 seconds left to claim the victory. Ruschell will now wrestle Michigan State’s David Cheza, who he beat 8-1 at the Big Ten Championships.

Sophomore Travis Rutt dropped his second round match to No. 1 seed Kirk Smith of Boise State at 184 lbs. Rutt scored the first points of the match with an escape in the second period, but could not hold on, losing the match by a 6-2 decision. Rutt will take on Stanford’s Zach Giesen in a consolation match at 184 lbs.

Redshirt freshman Cole Schmitt stays alive after winning by a 10-2 major decision over North Dakota State’s Ryan Adams in the wrestlebacks at 141 lbs. Schmitt recorded two takedowns, three nearfall points, two escapes and riding time. He continues consolation matches by taking on Michael Mangrum of Oregon State. The two have split a pair of matches this year.

In the last match of Session II, junior Eric Bugenhagen survived a close battle against Eddie Bordas of Rider, 5-1, in the wrestlebacks at heavyweight. Bugenhagen scored two escapes, riding time and Bordas was issued points against for an infraction. Bugenhagen will now face No. 6 seed Nathan Everhart of Indiana in a consolation bout at heavyweight. Everhart has a victory over Bugenhagen already this season.

Check back to UWBadgers.com for coverage of session III Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. (CT). It will be carried on ESPNU and ESPN360.com.


Justin Mozer

UW Atheltic Communications

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