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This Week in Wrestling: Badgers head to Big Ten championships


ON WISCONSIN <b>Tyler Graff (133 lbs.) is looking for his first Big Ten title this weekend in Champaign, Ill.</b>
ON WISCONSIN
Tyler Graff (133 lbs.) is looking for his first Big Ten title this weekend in Champaign, Ill.
ON WISCONSIN

March 6, 2013

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THE WEEK AHEAD
• The Wisconsin wrestling team (7-8, 4-4 Big Ten) continues the postseason this Friday and Saturday, Mar. 9-10, at the Big Ten Championships at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill.
The Badgers finished this season with a 7-8 dual record, including a 4-4 mark in Big Ten Conference competition.

• Last season, the Badgers finished 12th at the 2012 Big Ten Championships with nine team points and had two wrestlers, Cole Tobin (Hwt.) and Ben Jordan (165 lbs.), qualify for the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Sunday's second session of the Big Ten championships will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network starting at 1:30 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: NWCA NATIONAL DUALS
• The last time we saw Wisconsin in competition was two weekends ago at the 2013 NWCA National Duals Kent State regional at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

• The Badgers went 0-2 at National Duals, falling to Northern Iowa, 24-15, and to host Kent State, 33-10.

Tyler Graff (133 lbs.) and Connor Medbery (Hwt.) led the way for the Badgers at National Duals, with each posting 2-0 records against the Panthers and Golden Flashes. Tom Kelliher (141 lbs.), Scott Liegel (174 lbs.) and Jackson Hein (197 lbs.) also earned match wins for Wisconsin, each earning 1-1 records.

Wisconsin (7-8, 4-4 Big Ten) at 2013 Big Ten Championships
 Date  Sat., Mar. 9 - Sun., Mar. 10, 2013
 Location  Champaign, Ill. |  Assembly Hall
 Fan Information  FightingIllini.com
 Live Video Session I Small Video Graphic  |  Session II Small Video Graphic  | Session III Small Video Graphic  | Session IV Small Video Graphic 
 Broadcast Info
 Big Ten Network - Sun., Mar. 10 at 1:30 p.m.
 Live Coverage
Gameday Blog - Session I  |  Session II  |  Session III  |  Session IV   |  Twitter

BADGERS AT BIG TENS
Matt Cavallaris (RS So., 125 lbs.): Cavallaris went 1-7 in Big Ten competition this season and 3-17 overall. His one win over a Big Ten opponent came against Nebraska's Eric Coufal, by decision, 7-4, on Dec. 9. Cavallaris has faced four ranked Big Ten wrestlers this season: Penn State's Nico Megadullis, Ohio State's Nikko Triggas, Purdue's Camden Eppert and Minnesota's David Thorn. Cavallaris is 0-4 in matches against ranked Big Ten opponents. He has never competed at the Big Ten championships in his career. Seven Big Ten wrestlers will qualify for the NCAA Tournament at 125 lbs.

No. 3 Tyler Graff (RS Jr., 133 lbs.): Graff had a 7-1 record in Big Ten competition this season and a 24-4 overall mark. His only loss came to Penn State's Jordan Conaway in a 10-8 sudden victory decision. Graff also wrestled Illinois' Logan Arliss and Iowa's Daniel Dennis at the Midlands Championships. Graff defeated Arliss and fell to Dennis. Graff did not face a ranked Big Ten opponent this season. The Loveland, Colo., native owns a 5-3 career record at the conference tournament and has a pair of top-five finishes at Big Tens. Graff took second place at 133 lbs., in 2011 and fourth place in 2010. Seven Big Ten wrestlers will qualify at 133 lbs., for the NCAA Tournament. Graff is the No. 3 seed at 133 lbs., for Big Tens.

Tom Kelliher (RS Sr., 141 lbs.): Kelliher put together a 4-4 record against Big Ten competition and a 10-15 record overall this season. He split the season between 133 and 141 lbs., and had a 2-4 record in the Big Ten at his current weight class, 141 lbs. He also had a win against Northwestern's Jameson Oster, 6-2 by decision, at 141 lbs., at the Midlands Championships. Kelliher matched up with two ranked Big Ten opponents this season: Ohio State's Hunter Stieber and Minnesota's Nick Dardanes. He was 0-2 in those matches. Kelliher owns a 2-3 career record at the Big Ten championships, placing sixth in 2011 at 125 lbs. Six Big Ten wrestlers will qualifty at 141 lbs., for the NCAA Tournament.

Kalvin York (RS Jr., 157 lbs.): York went 2-6 aginst Big Ten foes and 5-13 overall this season. He had wins over Nebraska's Ross Grande and Michigan's Colin Zeerip. York faced only one ranked Big Ten opponent this season, Indiana's Taylor Walsh, and came up short in the match, losing in a 8-6 decision. York has never competed at the Big Ten championships. Seven Big Ten wrestlers will qualify at 157 lbs., for the NCAA Tournament.

Frank Cousins (RS So., 165 lbs.): Cousins racked up a 2-6 record in Big Ten competition and a 7-11 overall mark this season. He also was 2-0 against Big Ten opponents in tournament play, defeating Nebraska's Taylor Koehn and Purdue's Pat Robinson at the Midlands Championships. His wins during Big Ten season came against Michigan State's Ryan Watts and Indiana's Ryan Konz. Cousins faced three ranked Big Ten opponents this season: Michigan's Taylor Massa, Penn State's David Taylor and Minnesota's Cody Yohn. He was 0-3 in those matches. Cousins has a 0-2 career record at the Big Ten championships, having competed at 174 lbs., in last year's tournament. Eight Big Ten wrestlers will qualify at 165 lbs., for the NCAA Tournament. Cousins is the No. 11 seed at 165 lbs., for Big Tens.

Scott Liegel (RS Jr., 174 lbs.): Liegel went 4-4 during Big Ten season and 14-14 overall this year. He was 3-4 against Big Ten competition at 174 lbs. Liegel was 0-3 vs. Big Ten opponents in tournaments, falling to Nebraska's Robert Kokesh, Michigan's Dan Yates and Illinois' Jordan Blanton at the Midlands Championships. He had wins over Michgan State's Jordan Wohlfert, Indiana's Cheney Dale and Purdue's Chad Welch at 174 lbs., during the Big Ten season. Liegel faced four ranked conference foes this year: Kokesh, Penn State's Matt Brown, Ohio State's Mark Heflin and Minnesota's Logan Storley. Liegel was 0-4 in those matches. He has never competed at the Big Ten championships. Eight Big Ten wrestlers will qualify at 174 lbs., for the NCAA Tournament. Scott Liegel is the No. 9 seed at 174 lbs., for Big Tens.

Ben Cox (RS So., 184 lbs.): Cox went 0-6 against Big Ten competition and 0-11 overall this season. He was 0-5 this year against Big Ten opponents at 184 lbs. Cox faced a pair of ranked 184 lbs., Big Ten foes this season: Nebraska's Josh Ihnen and Ohio State's Kenny Courts. He was 0-2 in those matches. Cox has never previously competed at the Big Ten championships in his career. Six Big Ten wrestlers will qualify qualify for the NCAA Tournament at 184 lbs.

No. 16 Jackson Hein (RS Jr., 197 lbs.): Hein was 5-3 against Big Ten opponents and 17-8 overall this season. He was also 0-1 against conference foes in tournaments, falling to Michigan's Max Huntley at the Midlands Championships. Hein had a pair of wins over ranked Big Ten opponents this year, upending Huntley during conference season as well as Purdue's Braden Atwood. He had three other matches against ranked opponents, falling to Penn State's Quentin Wright, Ohio State's Andrew Campolattano and Minnesota's Scott Schiller. His other two Big Ten wins came against Michigan State's Nick McDiamid and Nebraska's Caleb Kolb. He also received a forfeit against Indiana. Hein owns a 0-2 career record at the Big Ten championships, having competed at 197 lbs., at last year's tournament. Eight Big Ten wreslters will qualify for the NCAA Tournament at 197 lbs. Hein is the No. 7 seed at 197 lbs., for Big Tens.

No. 11 Connor Medbery (RS Fr., Hwt.): Medbery put together an impressive 7-1record during Big Ten season and a 22-4 overall record this year. He was 1-1 against conference opponents in tournaments, beating Michigan's Ben Apland and falling to Northwestern's Mike McMullan at Midlands. Medbery faced six ranked Big Ten heavyweights this season and was 5-1 in those matches, his only loss coming to Minnesota's Tony Nelson. He defeated Michigan State's Mike McClure, Apland, Penn State's Jon Gingrich, Ohio State's Peter Capone and Indiana's Adam Chalfant. He also had wins over Nebraska's Donny Longendyke and Purdue's Alex White. Medbery has never competed at the Big Ten championships in his career. Nine Big Ten heavyweights will qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Medbery is the No. 3-seeded heavyweight for Big Tens.

WISCONSIN WRESTLING HISTORY AT THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
• The Badgers have had 68 Big Ten champions in program history, the most recent of which came in 2011 when both Andrew Howe (165 lbs.) and current assistant coach Trevor Brandvold (197 lbs.) took home first-place titles.

• 165 lbs., is the weight class that has produced the most Wisconsin Big Ten champions with eight. Andrew Howe (2009, `10, `11) and Donny Pritzlaff (1998, `99, `00) each won three, while John Roberts (1941) and Clarence Self (1948) each won one title.

• Wisconsin has never won the team Big Ten title, but has finished in second place 10 times, most recently at the 2007 Big Ten Championships. The Badgers also have 34 top-five finishes.

WISCONSIN WRESTLING IN THE POLLS
• After dropping a pair of duals to Northern Iowa and Kent State at NWCA National Duals on Feb. 17, Wisconsin dropped out of the top-25 of the Feb. 19 NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, falling from No. 18.
The Feb. 19 poll snapped the Badgers' run of nine straight weeks being ranked in the Top-25. The Badgers received votes (16) in the Feb. 26 edition of the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, but remain unranked.

• Three of Wisconsin's starters for the Big Ten championships are ranked in the InterMat Collegiate Rankings. Following a 2-0 performance at National Duals, Tyler Graff moved up a spot to No. 3 at 133 lbs. Jackson Hein moved up to No. 16 at 197 lbs., and heavyweight Connor Medbery held steady at No. 11 following his 2-0 record at National Duals.

NCAA DIV. I COACHES PANEL RANKINGS
• The final of NCAA coaches panel rankings, and final set of rating percentage index (RPI) for each Division I weight class were released on Feb. 28, and the Badgers five wrestlers ranked at their respective weight classes.

• In the coaches rankings, Tyler Graff is ranked No. 4 at 133 lbs., Cole Schmitt is ranked No. 33 at 149 lbs., Scott Liegel is ranked No. 28 at 174 lbs., Jackson Hein is ranked No. 18 at 197 lbs., and Connor Medbery is ranked No. 10 at heavyweight.

• Wisconsin has three wrestlers with NCAA RPI Rankings. Liegel is No. 31 at 174 lbs., Hein is No. 13 at 197 lbs., and Medbery is No. 6 at heavyweight.

• The coaches panel and RPI rankings are two of the key factors in determining the number of automatic qualifiers at each weight class per conference for the NCAA championships, which will be held Mar. 21-23 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

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.

Wisconsin lineup at 2013 Big Ten Championships
 125 Matt Cavallaris
 133 #3 Tyler Graff
 141
Tom Kelliher
 149 --
 157
Kalvin York
 165 Frank Cousins
 174
Scott Liegel
 184 Ben Cox
 197 #16 Jackson Hein
Hwt. #11 Connor Medbery
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