March 13, 2012
MADISON, Wis.—Following a 12th place finish at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, Wisconsin sends senior Ben Jordan (165 lbs.) and redshirt sophomore Cole Tobin (Hwt.) to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 15-17 in St. Louis, Mo.
Although he did not automatically qualify, Jordan (23-10) received one of four at-large bids to wrestle in the NCAA tournament at 165 lbs. In the first round, Jordan faces Wyoming’s No. 2 seed Shane Onufer, who has just one loss in 32 matches this season.
Tobin (8-16) will represent the Badgers at heavyweight at the NCAA championships, after receiving an automatic qualifying bid at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships. Tobin will wrestle Kent State’s Brendan Barlow in the first round.
All three days of the NCAA championships will be broadcast live by the ESPN family of Networks. The entire tournament will be live web streamed on ESPN3.com. Both Friday sessions will be broadcast live on ESPNU, Saturday morning's session will also be live on ESPNU and the finals will air live on ESPN.
Last time out
Redshirt sophomore Cole Tobin (Hwt.) and freshman Austin Hietpas (125 lbs.) wrapped up the 2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships with eighth place finishes in West Lafayette, Ind. Tobin was the only Badger wrestler to automatically qualify for the NCAA championships.
Wisconsin took 12th place at the Big Ten championships with nine team points. Penn State won the title for the second-straight year with 149 points, followed by Minnesota with 134 points and Iowa with 126 points.
Jordan leading the way
Senior Ben Jordan holds the team's best record with a 23-10 record overall and 10-5 dual record. Jordan's only dual losses of the season came against Hofstra's No. 5 Paul Gillespie, Northwestern's Pierce Harger, Nebraska's No. 6 Robert Kokesh, Iowa’s No. 8 Mike Evans, and Iowa State’s No. 4 Andrew Sorenson.
Jordan against ranked opponents
After losing three of his first four matches against ranked opponents, Jordan has since posted an 8-5 record against ranked wrestlers. Six of those wins came against wrestlers with a higher rank at the time, four of which occurred at the 2011 Midlands Championships.
Hein finishes strong
Redshirt sophomore Jackson Hein ended the 2011-12 regular season on a positive note, winning his final three dual matches of the year. Hein won all three bouts by decisions over Iowa’s Tomas Lira, Iowa State’s Trevor Voelker and Northern Iowa’s Taylor Kettman.
Of the 14 different wrestlers that have started for UW this season, seven wrestled for the first time as a Badger, including freshmen Austin Hietpas (125/133 lbs.) and Frank Baer (149 lbs.), redshirt freshmen Thomas Glenn (141 lbs.), Alex Yde (165 lbs.), Frank Cousins (174 lbs.) and Timmy McCall (184 lbs.), and redshirt sophomore Scott Liegel (174 lbs.).
Jordan takes third at Midlands
The Wisconsin wrestling team took 18th place with 40 points at the 49th annual Midlands Championships. Three Badgers placed in the tournament, including senior Ben Jordan (third place) at 165 lbs., redshirt junior Cole Schmitt (seventh place) at 149 lbs., and unattached freshman Connor Medbery (seventh place) at heavyweight. Jordan claimed the third place title at 165 lbs. after defeating four-straight opponents on the final day of competition.
Top recruiting class
The Wisconsin wrestling team signed nine new wrestlers for the class of 2012, marking one of the program's top recruiting classes in UW wrestling history.
The class is composed of seven total ranked wrestlers, including three No. 1-ranked wrestlers, a No. 7, a No. 8, a No. 11 and a No. 20. Davis also recruited multiple wrestlers from three different high schools for this year's class.
2011-12 season outlook
The Badgers returns 10 letterwinners and welcome nine newcomers to its squad in 2011. Head coach Barry Davis returns for his 18th season at the helm of the Wisconsin wrestling program. Davis' staff features three new assistant coaches, Ryan Morningstar, Kyle Ruschell and Trevor Brandvold.
The Badgers return five starters from last year's squad, including NCAA qualifiers No. 16 Cole Schmitt (149 lbs.) and No. 17 Ben Jordan (165 lbs.).
Wisconsin will be without three of its 2011 All-America recipients, Tyler Graff (133 lbs.), Andrew Howe (165 lbs.) and Travis Rutt (184 lbs.), due to Olympic redshirt seasons, but returns two other 2011 NCAA qualifiers in redshirt juniors Cole Schmitt (149 lbs.) and Ben Jordan (165 lbs.).