Badgers open action at Midlands Championships


Dec. 29, 2013

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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Action has drawn to a close on day one at the 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Championships and six Wisconsin wrestlers remain alive with No. 9 Isaac Jordan the lone unbeaten Badger. 

Wisconsin is tied for sixth with Northern Iowa with 39 team points, while five other Big Ten Conference teams make up the top 10.

Action continues on Monday with the third session, semifinals, consolation matches and seventh place matches starting at noon.

The Big Ten Network will air the finals live at 8 p.m.

At 133 lbs., No. 8 Tyler Graff’s run to a title ended with a 6-3 decision to Northern Iowa’s No. 7 Joe Colon. Graff will face Virginia Tech’s Kevin Norstrem in wrestlebacks on Monday.

Jesse Thielke was knocked out of the tournament by Harvard’s Todd Preston at 144 lbs. Thielke posted a pair of major decisions before bowing out.

The Badgers entered three wrestlers at 149 lbs., TJ Ruschell, Rylan Lubeck and Andrew Crone all represented Wisconsin at the tournament. Ruschell and Crone suffered a pair of losses, leaving Lubeck to continue action on Monday. The redshirt freshman will wrestle Alex Griffin of Purdue in his first bout.

A pair of major decisions and a fall advanced No. 9 Isaac Jordan to the semifinals at 157 lbs. where he will face Iowa’s No. 1 Derek St. John.

At 165 lbs., both Badger wrestlers were knocked out of competition as Frank Cousins and Ben Cox each suffered a pair of losses, ending their Midlands run.

Scott Liegel blazed through the first three rounds of action at 174 lbs., before encountering Iowa’s No. 6 Mike Evans in the quarterfinals. Liegel suffered a 12-4 major decision to Evans to fall into wrestlebacks.

Wrestling unattached at 184 lbs., Ricky Robertson is working his way through wrestlebacks, posting a pair of wins to close out the day and compete tomorrow. Jackson Hein suffered an injury and was forced to forfeit his final match of the day.

At 197 lbs. , Timmy McCall suffered a pair of losses, making a quick exit at the tournament.

No. 10 Connor Medbery posted a pair of wins before suffering a 7-4 decsion to No. 6 JT Felix from Boise State. Medbery will face Steve Dwyer in wrestlebacks on Monday.

133 lbs.
#8 Tyler Graff (WIS) maj. dec. Kyle Springer (IND), 21-7
#8 Tyler Graff (WIS) dec. Randy Cruz (UN-Lehigh), 6-1
#7 Joe Colon (UNI) dec. #8 Tyler Graff (WIS), 6-3

141 lbs.
Jesse Thielke (WIS) maj. dec. Drew Longo (UN-Lehigh), 14-4
#5 Rick Durso (F&M) dec. Jesse Thielke (WIS), 7-4
Jesse Thielke (WIS) maj. dec. Clay Cathey (NDSU), 13-4
Todd Preston (Harvard) dec. Jesse Thielke (WIS), 6-0

149 lbs.
Neal Molloy (IND) dec. TJ Ruschell (WIS), 4-2
TJ Ruschell (WIS) maj. dec. Elroy Perkin (UWW), 12-3
TJ Ruschell (WIS) maj. dec. Derrick Evanovich (Maryland), 16-4
Brandon Nelsen (PUR) dec. TJ Ruschell (WIS), 7-4

Andrew Crone (UN-WIS) dec. Blake Santi (Harper), 8-1
Brandon Sorensen (IOWA) dec. Andrew Crone (UN-WIS), 6-4
Andrew Crone (UN-WIS) dec. Rob Jillard (NIU), 10-6
Alex Griffin (PUR) dec. Andrew Crone (UN-WIS), 9-5

Rylan Lubeck (WIS) dec. Elroy Perkin (UWW), 4-3
Rylan Lubeck (WIS) dec. Frank Goodwin (Maryland), 3-1
Rylan Lubeck (WIS) fall Darrion Caldwell (RAW), 2:15
Blake Roulo (UN-GM) dec. Rylan Lubeck (WIS), 5-3

157 lbs.
#9 Isaac Jordan (WIS) maj. dec. Nick Olejnik (NDSU), 12-2
#9 Isaac Jordan (WIS) maj. dec. Tyler Grimaldi (Harvard), 12-3
#9 Isaac Jordan (WIS) fall Chad Ryan (COL), 2:22

165 lbs
#10 Jackson Morse (ILL) dec. Frank Cousins (WIS), 9-2
Frank Cousins (WIS) FFT Kevin Bialka (NU)
Frank Cousins (WIS) dec. Pat Robinson (PUR), 8-2
Devon Gobbo (Harvard) dec. Frank Cousins (WIS), 9-3

Chad Lowman (Grand View) dec. Ben Cox (WIS), 6-2
Jake Davis (E. MICH) fall Ben Cox (WIS), 2:11

174 lbs.
Scott Liegel (WIS) dec. Eric Morris (Harvard), 9-7
Scott Liegel (WIS) dec. Dan Schiferl (UWO), 6-5
Scott Liegel (WIS) dec. Landon Williams (Wartburg), 8-2
#6 Mike Evans (IOWA) maj. dec. Scott Liegel (WIS), 12-4

184 lbs.
Ricky Robertson (UN-WIS) dec. Deshoun White (SIU), 3-2
#2 Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa) dec. Ricky Robertson (WIS), 7-4
Ricky Robertson (UN-WIS) FFT Jackson Hein (WIS)
Ricky Robertson (UN-WIS) dec. Phillip Joseph (E. MICH), 4-1

Zach Hernandez (COL) dec. Jackson Hein (WIS), 3-2
Jackson Hein (WIS) dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 3-1
Ricky Robertson (UN-WIS) FFT Jackson Hein (WIS)

197 lbs.
Vince Pickett (Edinboro) maj. dec. Timmy McCall (WIS), 8-0
Willie Miklus (MIZZO) dec. Timmy McCall (WIS), 8-7

#10 Connor Medbery (WIS) TF Alex Macki (UN-SDSU), 15-0 (4:51)
#10 Connor Medbery (WIS) dec. Chris Lopez (ILL), 4-0
#6 JT Felix (BSU) dec. #10 Connor Medbery (WIS), 7-4

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