Dec. 30, 2011
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EVANSTON, Ill.-- After a full day of wrestling, the Wisconsin wrestling team enters the third session of the 49th annual Midlands Championships in 21st place with 20 points. UW wrestled a total of 13 competitors at the tournament and three Badgers remain in the competition, including redshirt junior Cole Schmitt (149 lbs.), senior Ben Jordan (165 lbs.), and unattached freshman Connor Medbery (Hwt.).
Iowa leads all teams with 79.5 points, followed by Northwestern with 71 points and Oklahoma with 69 points.
No. 5 seed Schmitt remains in contention for third place at 149 lbs. after going 3-1 in the first day of competition. Schmitt started off with a bang, defeating Iowa State’s Luke Swalla by a 10-1 major decision, but was upset in the following bout by Lehigh’s No. 12-seeded Shane Welsh in a 4-2 tiebreaker decision. Schmitt won his next two matches, pinning Adams State’s Josh Hensley in 1:56 and defeating Bucknell’s Justin Regan by a 5-4 decision. Schmitt faces Illinois’ No. 3 seed, Eric Terrazas as he fights his way towards a third place title.
No. 9 seed Jordan is still vying for third place at 165 lbs. after posting a 3-1 record on Thursday. Jordan won his first bout by a 6-0 decision over Rider’s James Brundage, before falling to Iowa’s Mike Evans by a 13-3 major decision. Jordan went undefeated in the wrestlebacks, defeating Purdue’s Chad Welch by a 3-2 decision and Central Michigan’s Zack Cline by a 4-0 decision. Jordan wrestles Lehigh’s No. 3 seed Brandon Hatchett in the next round of wrestlebacks during session III.
Medbery still has a shot at the third place heavyweight title after going 2-1 at the Midlands Championships. The No. 9 seed, Medbery defeated Northern Illinois’ Jared Torrence by a 5-2 decision, followed by a 7-5 decision over Cal Poly’s No. 8 seed Atticus Disney. Medbery then met two-time All-American and former Midlands champion Jarod Trice in the quarterfinals. Medbery was the only Badger to make the quarterfinals, but lost in a last second 6-5 decision to Trice. Medbery takes on Iowa’s No. 7 seed Blake Rasing in the wrestlebacks, whom he already defeated once this year.
Redshirt junior Tom Kelliher went 2-2 on the first day of Midlands at 133 lbs., but will not be continuing after losing in the wrestlebacks round of eight. The No. 10 seed, Kelliher began the Championships with a 5-3 sudden victory decision over Iowa State’s RJ Hallman, but lost to Harvard’s No. 6 seed Steven Keith by a 10-0 major decision in the following round. Kelliher then redeemed himself in the wrestlebacks with a 2-1 decision against Purdue’s Matt Fields, but was eliminated from competition after falling to Northern Illinois Rob Jillard by pin at 3:19.
Like Kelliher, redshirt sophomore Shawn Perry’s 2-2 performance at 157 lbs. during sessions I and II was not enough to keep him in the competition. Perry began the day with a 7-2 decision over Lehigh’s Brian Tanen, but fell to Northern Iowa’s No. 11 seed David Bonin by pin in at 5:43 in the following round. Perry rallied, defeating Cal State Bakersfield’s Anthony Box by a 9-7 decision, but was eliminated from the tournament after losing to Stanford’s Garrett Schaner by a 9-6 decision.
No. 12 seed redshirt freshman Frank Cousins was the third Badger to go 2-2 at the Midlands Championships. Cousins won his first match at 174 lbs., defeating Cal Poly’s Dominic Kastl by a 10-5 decision, but fell to Norwestern’s No. 5 seed Lee Munster by a 10-0 major decision. Cousins came back to defeat Northwestern’s Robert Kellogg by a 9-2 decision in the consolation bracket, but lost to Rutgers’ fourth seeded Greg Zanetti in a 14-9 decision.
Junior Shane McQuade’s Midlands Championships ended after going 1-2 at 125 lbs. McQuade began the day with a 13-2 major decision loss to Rutgers’ Vinny Dellafave, but rallied in the first round of wrestlebacks, defeating Chicago’s Adam Wyeth by a 7-1 decision. McQuade was eliminated from the tournament when he fell to Rider’s Chuck Zeisloft by a 6-1 decision.
No. 9 seed redshirt freshman Timmy McCall will not be competing on day two of the Midlands Championships after going 1-2 at 184 lbs. on Thursday. McCall won his first bout against Northwestern’s Marcus Shrewsbury by a 9-3 decision, and then fell to Iowa’s No. 8 seed Vinnie Wagner in a 13-0 major decision shutout. In the wrestlebacks, McCall dropped his first and only match to Michigan State’s unattached John Rizqallah by a 10-4 decision.
Redshirt sophomore Jackson Hein also went 1-2 on Thursday and was eliminated from the tournament at 197 lbs. Hein won his first bout, defeating Stanford’s Alan Yen by a 7-2 decision, and then lost to Penn’s No. 3 seed Micah Burak by a 5-1 decision. He was eliminated from competition after losing to Lehigh’s Kadeem Samuels in a 6-5 decision in the consolation bracket.
Redshirt sophomore Cole Tobin’s Midlands also ended with a 1-2 performance on day one at heavyweight. Tobin lost his first bout to Iowa’s No. 3 seed Bobby Telford by a 10-1 major decision, but rallied back in the consolation bracket with a 10-1 major of his own against Maryland’s Ryan Gray. Tobin was eliminated from the tournament after falling to Cal Poly’s No. 8 seed Atticus Disney by an 8-1 decision.
Redshirt freshman Tommy Glenn’s Midlands ended after losing his first two matches at 141 lbs. Glenn began with a 6-5 defeat to Cal State Bakersfield’s Justin Durham and the fell to Northwestern’s Pat Greco in the wrestlebacks by a 3-2 decision.
Redshirt sophomore Scott Liegel posted a 0-2 record at 174 lbs., losing to Oklahoma’s Nolan McBryde by a 6-3 decision and Penn’s Ian Korb by a 7-4 decision. Midlands was Liegel’s first non-open tournament competition of the season.
Unattached freshman Matthew Kelliher’s day ended after losing his first two matches at 133 lbs., eliminating him from the tournament. Despite the two losses, Kelliher’s first defeat came at the hands of Oklahoma’s No. 13-ranked Jordan Keller in a 1-0 decision. Kelliher then fell to Eastern Michigan’s Andrew Novak in the first consolation round by a 6-1 decision.
Session III begins at 12 p.m. (CT) and includes the semifinal bouts, consolation rounds and seventh place matches.
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