||W 23, R 16
||vs. North Carolina
||vs. #14 Virginia
||vs. Old Dominion
||at Navy Classic
||at #16 N. Iowa
||at Michigan State
||at Midlands Championships
||8th, 62.5 pts.
||#9 Ohio State
||at #2 Minnesota
||at #16 Northwestern
||#21 North Dakota State
||Big Ten Championships
||7th, 73 pts.
The Week Ahead
Up Next: NCAA Championships
• No. 15 Wisconsin (12-6, 5-3) travels to Oklahoma City, Okla. for the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships March 20-22. Wrestling starts on Thursday at 11 a.m. and concludes on Saturday with championship matches starting at 7 p.m.
• ESPN will televise the semifinals and finals, while ESPNU televises the first and second sessions, the quarterfinals and medal round. Digitally, ESPN3 will carry individual mat feeds throughout the entire tournament and debut a special -- Inside the Mat -- during the finals. All six sessions are available on WatchESPN.
LAST TIME OUT
• Led by three-time All-American Tyler Graff at 133 lbs., Wisconsin sent eight wrestlers to the podium March 9 at the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships in front of 10,011 fans at the Kohl Center. Graff (2nd place), along with redshirt freshmen Ryan Taylor (3rd) and Isaac Jordan (3rd), highlighted the second day of the championships.
• The Badgers finished seventh with 73 team points while Penn State claimed the Big Ten title with 140.5. Iowa placed second (134) and Minnesota took third (114.5).
BADGERS IN THE POLLS
UW remained at No. 15 in the final USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll.
Five Badgers appeared in the March 11 InterMat rankings:
• Redshirt freshman Ryan Taylor moved up to No. 6 after finishing third at the Big Ten Championships.
• Senior Tyler Graff remains at No. 5 following his second place finish at Big Ten’s.
• Redshirt freshman Isaac Jordan dropped down to No. 5 from a No. 2 ranking last week. Jordan finished third at the Big Ten Championships, suffering a sudden victory loss to Iowa’s Derek St. John.
• Senior Scott Liegel remained at No. 20 at 174 lbs. after finishing sixth at Big Ten’s.
• 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Connor Medbery remained at No. 8 at heavyweight after finishing seventh at the Big Ten Championships with a 3-2 record.
BADGERS' NCAA LINEUP
125: Redshirt freshman Ryan Taylor (17-4) ... placed third at the Big Ten Championships with a 3-1 record ... 14-3 regular season record ... finished 10-3 in dual competition and 5-2 in the Big Ten ... posted first career win over ranked opponent against Ohio State’s Nick Roberts (No. 17) on Jan. 10... won the Navy Classic with a 4-0 record (11/23)
133: Redshirt senior Tyler Graff (27-4) ... placed second at the Big Ten Championships with a 2-1 record ... 25-3 regular season record, including a 15-1 mark in dual competition and a 6-0 mark in the Big Ten ... named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week for on Nov. 26 ... finished fourth at Midlands with a 5-2 record ... went 3-3 against ranked opponents in the regular season ... recorded eight tech fall victories in the regular season ... placed first at the 2013 ASICS University National Championships in Akron, Ohio in late May ... went 6-0 to take home the freestlye 60 kg title at ASICS ... won three of his six ASICS matches by technical fall
149: Redshirt freshman Rylan Lubeck (12-12) ... placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships with a 2-3 record ... 5-7 record overall, including a 1-4 mark in dual competition and a 1-4 mark in the Big Ten ... 3-3 record at Midlands
157: Redshirt freshman Isaac Jordan (27-5) ... finished third at the Big Ten Championships with a 3-1 record ... finished regular season 24-4 overall, including a 17-0 record in dual competition and a 7-0 mark in the Big Ten ... named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Feb. 25 ... 5-2 record against ranked wrestlers in regular season ... recorded six pins in the regular season ... 3-3 record at Midlands ... finished second at the Navy Classic with a 4-1 record
174: Senior Scott Liegel (18-13) ... took sixth at the Big Ten Championships with a 2-3 record ... 7-6 in dual competition and 3-5 in Big Ten ... took sixth place at Midlands with a 5-3 record ... earned first victory over a ranked opponent of the season against North Dakota State’s Hayden Zillmer (11th) on Feb. 2
184: Redshirt senior Jackson Hein (12-8) ... 0-2 record at the Big Ten Championships ... ranked as high as 11th during the regular season ... finished regular season with an overall record of 12-6 ... went 8-3 in dual competition ... finished 1-3 in Big Ten action ... finished second at the Navy Classic with a record of 3-1 ... 1-2 record at Midlands
197: Redshirt junior Timmy McCall (16-14) ... placed seventh at the Big Ten Championships with a 3-2 record ... finished regular season with an overall record of 13-12 ... went 8-9 in dual competition ... 4-4 record in Big Ten competition ... took third at the Navy Classic by finishing with a record of 5-1 ... 0-2 record at Midlands ... beat his first ranked opponent on Jan. 10 against Minnesota’s Nick Heflin (4th)
Hwt: Redshirt sophomore Connor Medbery (24-8) ... ranked in top-10 entire season, appearing as high as six ... finished seventh at the Big Ten Championships with a 3-2 record ... finished regular season with an overall record of 21-6, including a 14-4 mark in dual competition and a 4-4 record in the Big Ten ... began the season 15-0 ... closed regular season with upset win over 3rd-ranked Bobby Telford of Iowa... won the Navy Classic with a record of 5-0 ... 2-2 record at Midlands
NCAA BRACKETS ANNOUNCED
• Redshirt freshman Ryan Taylor (17-4) earned a No. 7 seed at 125 lbs. and will face Eastern Michigan’s Jared Germaine (20-2) in Thursday’s first round action.
• Senior Tyler Graff (27-4) was seeded No. 5 at 133 lbs. and will wrestle Northwestern’s Dominick Malone (16-15) in the first round. Graff recorded a 24-9 technical fall against Malone on Jan. 26.
• At 149 lbs., Rylan Lubeck (12-12) will wrestle No. 14-seeded Scott Sakaguch (29-9) of Oregon State.
• Redshirt freshman Isaac Jordan (27-5) earned a No. 5 seed at 157 lbs. and will face Army’s Paul Hancock (27-12) in first round action.
• At 174 lbs., senior Scott Liegel (18-13) will face Oklahoma State’s No. 1-seeded Chris Perry (25-1).
• Senior Jackson Hein (12-8) will wrestle No. 1-seeded Ed Ruth (29-1) from Penn State.
• At 197 lbs., Timmy McCall (16-14) will face American’s No. 13-seeded Daniel Mitchell (24-7).
Connor Medbery (24-7) earned a No. 9 seed at heavyweight and will face Missouri’s Devin Mellon (24-10) to start the tournament.
JORDAN CLAIMS PAIR OF WEEKLY HONORS
Redshirt freshman Isaac Jordan’s big weekend earned him a pair of weekly honors. On Monday, Feb. 24, Jordan was named USA Wrestling’s Athlete of the Week and on Tuesday, Feb. 25, Jordan earned Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors. Jordan started his weekend off with a 3-1 upset over then-No. 1 ranked James Green of Nebraska on Feb, 21. A takedown in the second sequence of sudden-victory overtime by Jordan handed Green his first loss of the season.
The Urbana, Ohio native’s big weekend continued on Feb. 23 with a 3-1 decision over Iowa’s Derek St. John. St. John, then-ranked No. 2, is the reigning NCAA champion and three-time All-American. Jordan overcame a one-point deficit in the third period to complete his historic weekend. He recorded an escape with 1:38 remaining to even things up before tallying his match-winning takedown with just 29 seconds left to win 3-1.
The victories propelled Jordan from a No. 7 ranking to No. 2 in InterMat’s weekly poll. Green fell from No. 1 to No. 3 and St. John dropped to No. 4.
FIVE IS NICE
UW earned its fifth conference win of the season on Jan. 26, marking the first time since 2007-08 that it has reached that total and the third time head coach Barry Davis has led the team to that mark. With a pair of league contests remaining on the schedule, the Badgers have a chance at a sixth win, last achieved in 1991-92, or a seventh, last accomplished in 1986-87.
Complete wrestling match notes in printable PDF format.
GRAFF JOINS 20-WIN CLUB
With a 5-2 record and fourth-place finish at this year’s Midlands, senior Tyler Graff added his name to a list that includes Dan Gable, Barry Davis and Cael Sanderson. Graff joined the elusive 20-in-4 Club with a career Midlands record of 21-3. Twice, in 2009 and 2010, Graff won the event, with unblemished 5-0 records, while in 2012 he placed third with a 6-1 showing.
LUBECK PINS NATIONAL CHAMP
Wrestling at 149 lbs., redshirt freshman Rylan Lubeck pinned No. 2 seed and 2009 national champion Darrion Caldwell in his second bout of the day at Midlands Dec. 29. Caldwell was a two-time All-American at NC State and named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the 2009 NCAA Championships. Lubeck wrapped up the tournament with a 4-3 record and an eighth-place finish.
GRAFF NAMED BIG TEN WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Six bonus point victories -- including four technical falls and two major decisions -- an unblemished record and Navy Classic title earned Tyler Graff Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors on Nov. 26. It was Graff’s first weekly award and the Badgers’ first honor since January, 2011.
GRAFF GRAPPLES WITH CAREER RECORD
Senior Tyler Graff’s .838 winning percentage (124-24) ranks ninth on the UW career list. His 124 career victories rank seventh all-time at UW. Graff recorded his 100th career win on the road at the Hokie Duals with a 15-6 major decision over North Carolina’s Tony Heilmann on Nov. 10.
Wisconsin opened its season on the road, traveling to Chattanooga for a double dual and the Hokie Duals for three matchups, Nov. 8 -10, and five guys returned home unbeaten. Senior Tyler Graff, freshman Isaac Jordan and sophomore Connor Medbery each posted perfect 5-0 records, while freshman Ryan Taylor finished the weekend 3-0 and Ben Cox and Scott Liegel each posted a 2-0 record. The Badgers then visited UW-Whitewater where Graff, Jordan and Medbery added a pair of victories to improve to 7-0. Three Badgers remained unbeaten after a trip to American (Nov. 21) and the Navy Classic (Nov. 23). Taylor improved to 8-0 with five wins, while Graff and Medbery each moved to 13-0. Medbery pushed his record to 15-0 before falling to No. 11 Mike McClure of Michigan State on Dec. 8.
FANS ON FACEBOOK
A fan vote on the Badgers’ Facebook page determined match order at the Intrasquad Scrimmage and it was a perfect choice. The final bout was at 149 lbs., between TJ Ruschell and Rylan Lubeck. It took two tie-breaks before Ruschell was able to claim a 2-1 decision.
UW returns eight of 10 starters from last year’s squad, including NCAA qualifiers Tyler Graff, Jackson Hein and Connor Medbery.
WELCOME TO WISCONSIN
Wisconsin announced the signing of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 19. Ryan Christensen (Woodinville, Wash.), Johnny Jimenez (St. Charles, Ill.), Luke Rowh (Hastings, Minn.), Jens Lantz (Ellsworth, Wis.), Jared Scharenbrock (Sun Prairie, Wis.) and Tyler Schmidt (Merrill, Wis.) will join the Badgers in the fall of 2014.
The Badgers boast three sets of brothers and a pair of guys with UW family connections on this year’s squad. Brothers Scott and Seth Liegel, Brandon and Justin Weber and TJ and assistant coach Kyle Ruschell, along with Isaac Jordan (son of Jim, 1983-86, nephew of Jeff, 1985-88 and brother of Ben, 2009-12) and Jarod Donar (brother of Jake, 2005-08) make up this year’s roster.
HULL ADDED TO STAFF
Former UW All-American and Big Ten champion Mitch Hull is back in the Wisconsin wrestling room as a member of the Badgers’ administrative staff. Hull joins the UW coaching staff as a volunteer administrative assistant after previously serving as the National Team Director for USA Wrestling.