Slow start thwarts Wisconsin on road at Northern Iowa


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Wisconsin 24 Wisconsin 9, 16 Northern Iowa 29
  West Gym • Cedar Falls, Iowa • Attendance: 2,000

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 Individual Results
Wt. Result WIS UNI
165 #15 Moore (UNI) maj. dec. Cousins (UW), 13-2 0 4
174 #19 Caldwell (UNI) dec. Liegel (UW), 9-6 0 7
184 #4 Loder (UNI) dec. Iczkowski (UW), 1-0 0 10
197 Minto (UNI) dec. McCall (UW), 3-2 0 13
HWT #6 Medbery (UW) dec. Cabell (UNI), 2-0 3 13
125 #8 Peters (UNI) fall #18 Taylor (UW), 2:28 3 19
133 #9 Colon (UNI) dec. #2 Graff (UW), 6-0 3 22
141 #9 Lazor (UNI) maj. dec. Thielke (UW), 14-2 3 26
149 Wolfensperger (UNI) dec. Ruschell (UW), 10-8 3 29
157 #10 Jordan (UW) fall Jensen (UNI), 1:50 9 29
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Nov. 30, 2013

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa--The 24th-ranked Wisconsin wrestling team fell to No. 16 Northern Iowa in a packed West Gym in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Saturday night by a score of 29-9.

 Fast Facts
• No. 2 Graff (133 lbs.) and No. 18 Taylor (125 lbs.) drop   first matches of season
• No. 6 Medbery improves to 14-0 on the year
• UNI's Peters (125 lbs.) improves to 6-0 with six falls

By the time No. 6 Connor Medbery pulled out UW’s first victory on the night, four matches had already passed and the Badgers (6-3) found themselves down 13-0 to the Panthers (2-0).

Medbery’s 2-0 win over Blaize Cabell pushes the redshirt sophomore to a perfect 14-0 on the season, with six of those victories coming from bonus-point performances. Medbery and Cabell were scoreless through two periods before Medbery notched an escape point and another point through riding time to put the Badgers on the board.

UW was presented with a great opportunity to erase most of UNI’s early lead, as two more ranked wrestlers took to the mat after Medbery’s win. That opportunity was quickly put to the wayside after No. 18 Ryan Taylor and No. 2 Tyler Graff both dropped their first matches of the season.

Taylor became No. 8 Dylan Peters’ next victim by falling in 2:28 at 125 lbs. Peters has now pinned each of his six opponents this season and Taylor drops to 8-1 on the year.

In the dual’s only match in which two undefeated wrestlers were ranked in the top 10, No. 2 Tyler Graff lost by decision, 6-0, to No. 9 Joe Colon. Graff, a three-time All-American and the Nov. 27 Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, held Colon scoreless through one period but let up six points over the next three minutes of action to give UNI the 22-3 lead.

After Jesse Thielke lost to No. 9 Joey Lazor, 14-2, at 141 lbs., TJ Ruschell nearly came away with a victory at 149 lbs. Ruschell tied the match at eight with just 1:54 left in the third, but Gunnar Wolfensperger came away with an escape and secured riding time to give UNI a 29-3 lead.

No. 10 Isaac Jordan, who entered the dual coming off of a second-place finish as the Navy Classic last weekend, provided the brightest spot for the Badgers on the night. He ended the night by pinning Jarrett Jensen (5-1) in just 1:50 at 165 lbs., to improve to 13-1 on the year.

The Badgers will begin Big Ten action on Friday, Dec. 6, at the UW Field House at 7 p.m. (CT) against Illinois. There will be a team poster giveaway courtesy of Army National Guard as well as a Takedown Foam Finger Giveaway while supplies last. Members of the team will also be available to sign autographs following the match.

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