March 22, 2014
• Championship Central
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Wisconsin senior Tyler Graff fell to Iowa’s Tony Ramos Saturday night in the 133 lbs., national title match at the Chesapeake Bay Arena to close out an illustrious collegiate career.
In Friday night’s semifinal match, Graff avenged two regular season losses to Northern Iowa’s Joe Colon to advance to the 133 lbs., championship match. Graff nearly did the same Saturday, but fell in a second tiebreaker to a familiar foe.
Ramos defeated Graff in each of the past two Big Ten Championships and also dropped Graff in last year’s NCAA semifinals. Graff’s lone win against Ramos came during his sophomore season in 2011.
After the first sudden victory failed to break a 1-1 tie, Graff rode out Ramos in the first tiebreaker period. Graff nearly recorded an escape about halfway through the second tiebreaker period but Ramos turned it into a two-point near fall.
Wisconsin used a challenge on the play but officials confirmed Ramos’ score.
Graff and Ramos have now squared off five times and each match has been decided by two points or less. Three of them, including tonight’s battle, have been decided in overtime.
Graff placed fifth at the NCAAs in 2010 and 2011 and took an Olympic redshirt in 2012.
Graff closes out his Badgers career as just the fourth four-time All-American in program history, joining Lee Kemp (1975-78), Matt Hanutke (1992-95) and Donny Pritzlaff (1998-2001). His 128 career wins also ranks sixth in program history.
Badgers redshirt freshman Isaac Jordan, who secured All-America honors Friday in Session IV, won his seventh-place match in Session V to give UW its second spot on the podium.
Jordan beat Rutgers’ Anthony Perrotti 2-0 by securing riding time and recording a second-period takedown. Jordan finishes the season with a record of 31-7.