Jan. 23, 2013
Match Notes & Season Stats
THE WEEK AHEAD
• No. 20 Wisconsin (6-4, 3-2 Big Ten) returns home to the UW Field House to host Indiana (6-5, 0-3) on Friday night. The Badgers will then travel to Hinsdale, Ill., on Monday to square off with No. 22 Purdue (10-5, 1-3).
• Wisconsin holds an all-time record of 28-24 against the Hoosiers and has won the last seven duals, dating back to the 2001-02 season. The Badgers last wrestled Indiana on Jan. 22, 2010, defeating the Hoosiers, 21-18, in Madison.
• The dual against the Hoosiers will be streamed live online by the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) at BTN.com.
• The Badgers hold a 44-12-2 record over Purdue, but have fallen in the last two dual meets. A year ago, UW suffered a 41-3 loss to the Boilermakers in Madison. In the series that dates back to the 1923-24 season, Wisconsin has never lost three consecutive dual meets to Purdue.
LAST TIME OUT: NO. 1 PENN STATE AND NO. 6 OHIO STATE
• Wisconsin got its first Big Ten road test of 2013, traveling to No. 1 Penn State on Friday, Jan. 18, and No. 6 Ohio State on Sunday, Jan. 20.
• Against the top ranked Nittany Lions, the Badgers opened the dual up with a win at heavyweight (#11 Connor Medbery dec. #16 Jon Gingrich, 6-3) to take an early 3-0 lead. PSU picked up three consecutive wins, including an upset over No. 3 Tyler Graff at 133 lbs., before Cole Schmitt earned an 8-4 decision over James English at 149 lbs. Penn State finished the dual with five-straight victories to claim a 36-6 win.
• At No. 6 Ohio State, No. 3 Tyler Graff started the Badgers off on a high note, with a 25-11 major decision over Kyle Visconti. Cole Schmitt (149 lbs.) completed his weekend with a decision over No. 14-ranked Cam Tessari and No. 11 Connor Medbery (Hwt.) upped his undefeated dual competition record on the season to 9-0 with a win over No. 12-ranked Peter Capone, but Wisconsin fell, 29-10.
|#20 Wisconsin (6-4, 3-2) vs. No. 22 Purdue (10-5, 1-3)
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UNBEATEN AT HEAVYWEIGHT
• Through 10 duals, Wisconsin is perfect at heavyweight. No. 11 Connor Medbery remains undefeated in dual competitions this season with a 9-0 record (5-0 Big Ten) and Cole Tobin’s victory over Hofstra’s Paul Snyder in the season-opener gives the Badgers a perfect 10-0 record.
• Last weekend, Medbery used a pair of wins over ranked opponents to keep his record clean, defeating Penn State’s No. 16 Jon Gingrich, 6-3, and taking down Ohio State’s No. 12-ranked Peter Capone, 5-2.
Medbery is the only freshman ranked in the top 20 on InterMat’s College Rankings, a position he has held the entire 2012-13 season.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
• Wisconsin is 4-0 in the friendly confines of the UW Field House. UW opened the season with an 18-13 victory over Hofstra, defeated Northern Iowa, 24-13, closed out 2012 with a 19-12 win over Michigan State and opened 2013 with a 19-16 win over Michigan.
• UW hosts two more duals in Madison, Friday’s bout against Indiana and the season’s final dual meet on Feb. 10 against Minnesota.
• Senior Cole Schmitt (149 lbs.) picked a prime time to earn his first Big Ten dual victory of the season last week. Schmitt earned one of the Badgers’ two match victories over the Nittany Lions with an 8-4 decision over James English in the second tiebreaker period. Schmitt then followed up Friday’s win with an 8-7 upset over Ohio State’s No. 14-ranked Cam Tessari.
• Schmitt is now an even 5-5 in dual meet competition, including a 2-3 record in Big Ten action.
WISCONSIN WRESTLING IN THE POLLS
• Wisconsin dropped a spot from No. 19 to No. 20 in this week’s NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll following its two losses last weekend to No. 1 Penn State and No. 6 Ohio State.
• The Badgers have three individually ranked wrestlers in the InterMat College Rankings. Heavyweight Connor Medbery held steady at No. 11 following his 2-0 weekend, Tyler Graff dropped two spots from No. 3 to No. 5 at 133 lbs., after his 1-1 performance, and Jackson Hein kept his spot at No. 20 at 197 lbs., after going winless.
WELCOME BACK GRAFF
• The Badgers are getting 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. 5-ranked wrestler in the country at 133 lbs., and has a 19-4 record on the season, including 8-2 in dual meets, split between 133 and 141 lbs.
• 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 both in the month of December.
BADGERS ON BTN
• The Big Ten Network announced that it will provide the most coverage of Big Ten wrestling in network history this season, both on television and online. BTN’s coverage includes coverage of the 2013 Big Ten Championships in Champaign, Ill., on Sunday, March 10, beginning at 1:30 p.m.