May 8, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin wrestling assistant coach Kyle Ruschell will compete at the 2013 Northern Plains Regional Championships May 9-11 in Waterloo, Iowa, where he hopes to qualify for the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials.
The champion of each weight class in Waterloo will qualify for the world team trials, which take place June 20-23 in Stillwater, Okla.
Ruschell will take part in the 66 kg/145.5 lbs. freestyle competition at the Northern Plains Regional.
The Crittenden, Ky., native failed to qualify for the trials at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas, going 1-2 and not placing in his weight class, but has worked hard since then with the Badgers' staff to make the adjustments he needs to be successful in Waterloo.
"Kyle has made improvements in the past couple of weeks," head coach Barry Davis said. "He's done a really good job and is on track right now and where he should be for this weekend."
This weekend's tournament is Ruschell's last opportunity to qualify for the trials.
"He needs to understand how good he is," Davis said of Ruschell. "He can penetrate, he can counter, he can throw and he's good in all positions. He needs to go in there and realize he's the guy. That's the type of attitude he has to approach it with because he's that good."
The Northern Plains Regional Championships begin Thursday, May 9, at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa, and run until Saturday, May 11.
UW Athletic Communications