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This Week in Wrestling: Badgers set to face pair of Top-10 opponents

ON WISCONSIN <b>Jackson Hein received his first ranking of the season this week, debuting at No. 20 at 197 lbs.</b>
Jackson Hein received his first ranking of the season this week, debuting at No. 20 at 197 lbs.

Jan. 17, 2013

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• The No. 19 Wisconsin wrestling team (6-2, 3-0 Big Ten) looks to continue its undefeated start to Big Ten season this weekend when it travels east for a pair of road duals against a pair of top-10 teams.

• The Badgers travel to Happy Valley for a Friday matchup with No. 1 Penn State (5-0, 2-0) and Columbus, Ohio, Sunday for a dual against No. 6 Ohio State (7-2, 1-2).

• In their last meeting with the Nittany Lions, the Badgers were shut out last season in a 43-0 loss on Jan. 15, 2012 at the UW Field House. Penn State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 12-8, including a 5-2 all-time record in Happy Valley.

• The Badgers and Buckeyes last matched up two seasons ago on Feb. 13, 2011 at the UW Field House in a dual Wisconsin won, 23-18. Wisconsin leads Ohio State 28-18-1 in the all-time series, and has a winning mark, 11-9-1, in Columbus, Ohio.

• Friday's dual against Penn State will be carried live on the Big Ten Network. Coverage begins at 6 p.m.
Sunday against Ohio State, fans can view a live web stream of the dual on the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) at BTN.com. That dual begins at 12 p.m.

#19 Wisconsin (6-2, 3-0) at #1 Penn State (5-0, 2-0)
 Date  Friday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m.
 Location  University Park, Pa. | Rec Hall
 Live TV
 Big Ten Network
 Live Coverage
#19 Wisconsin (6-2, 3-0) at #6 Ohio State (7-2, 1-2)
 Date  Sunday, Jan. 20, 12 p.m.
 Location  Columbus, Ohio | St. John Arena
 Live Video  Big Ten Digital Network Small Video Graphic
 Live Coverage

Last time out: Michigan
• The Badgers extended their three-dual Big Ten win streak last Sunday with a 19-16 upset of then-No. 11 Michigan at the UW Field House.

• Wisconsin rallied from six points down to tie the team score with just the heavyweight match remaining. In that deciding match, No. 11 Connor Medbery defeated Michigan's No. 19 Ben Apland by decision, 6-2, to seal the dual for the Badgers.

• No. 3 Tyler Graff (133 lbs.), Tom Kelliher (141 lbs.), Kalvin York (157 lbs.), Scott Liegel (184 lbs.) and Jackson Hein (197 lbs.) also earned match wins for the Badgers against Michigan.

Unbeaten Badgers
• Through eight duals, Wisconsin's No. 11 Connor Medbery (7-0, Hwt.) and No. 20 Jackson Hein (8-0, 197 lbs.) both remain undefeated in dual competitions this season.

• Hein will wrestle the Nittany Lions' three-time All-American and third-ranked Quentin Wright (5-0) on Friday before facing Ohiio State's ninth-ranked Andrew Campolattano (3-3) on Sunday.

• Medbery will match-up with either No. 16-ranked Jon Gingrich (2-1) or Jimmy Lawson (2-0) from Penn State on Friday and Ohio State's No. 12 Peter Campone (7-2) on Sunday.

B1G Wins
• Wisconsin is off to an undefeated (3-0) start to Big Ten competition, and is among the teams in a five way tie for first place in the conference.

• The Badgers' undefeated start includes a pair of upset wins over top-15 teams in then-No. 9 Nebraska on Dec. 9 and then-No. 11 Michigan last Sunday, as well as a defeat of Michigan State on Dec. 7.

• The win over the Spartans marked the Badgers' first Big Ten win since Feb. 20, 2011 and snapped an eight-match conference losing streak.

• UW's victory over then ninth-ranked Nebraska was its first win over a top-10 team since beating No. 5 Minnesota on Jan. 9, 2011.

• Following its upset of then-No. 11 Michigan last Sunday, Wisconsin moved up three spots from No. 22 to No. 19 in the Jan. 15 edition of the NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll.

• The No. 19 ranking is the Badgers' highest of the season and the program's highest since being ranked No. 15 in the final edition of the 2010-11 season poll.

• Individually, Wisconsin has three ranked wrestlers in the latest edition of the InterMat College Ranking. Heavyweight Connor Medbery held steady at No. 11, Tyler Graff stayed at No. 3 at 133 lbs., and, after upsetting Michigan's then-No. 18 ranked Max Huntley last Sunday, Jackson Hein earned a No. 20 ranking at 197 lbs.

• The No. 20 ranking is Hein's first of the season and first of his career.

• The Badgers will get a boost this season from the return of two-time All-American Tyler Graff. Graff took an Olympic redshirt last season in order to train in an attempt to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Graff is the No. 3-ranked wrestler in the country at 133 lbs., and has a 18-3 record on the season, including 7-1 in dual meets, split between 133 and 141 lbs.

• After previously wrestling at 141 lbs., this season, Graff made his season dual debut at 133 lbs., last Sunday against Michigan. In that match, Graff defeated the Wolverines' Rossi Bruno in a 20-7 major decision.

• Now wrestling at 133 lbs., Graff returns to the weight class where he is a two-time All-American (Fifth place in both 2010 and 2011) and a two-time Midlands Tournament champion (2009, 2010). He also took home second-place (2011) and fourth-place (2010) titles at the Big Ten Championships in the weight class.

• Graff has a pair of third-place titles at national tournaments this season, finishing third at 141 lbs., at the Cliff Keen Invite and at 133 lbs., at the 50th annual Midlands Championships in the month of December.

Wisconsin lineup vs. Penn State & Ohio State
 125 Matthew Kelliher or Matt Cavallaris
 133 #3 Tyler Graff
Tom Kelliher
 149 Cole Schmitt
Kalvin York
 165 Frank Cousins
Scott Liegel or Ben Cox
 197 #20 Jackson Hein
Hwt. #11 Connor Medbery or Cole Tobin
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