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This Week in Wrestling: Badgers travel to open season

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2012-13 Schedule
Nov. 1 Intrasquad Scrimmage W 23, R 16
Nov. 8 vs. Cumberland 3 p.m.
Nov. 8 at Chattanooga 6 p.m.
Nov. 10 Hokie Duals All Day
vs. North Carolina 8 a.m.
vs. Virginia 10 a.m.
vs. Old Dominion Noon
Nov. 15 vs. UW-Parkside (in Whitewater, Wis.) 6 p.m.
Nov. 15 at UW-Whitewater 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 21 at American 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 23 at Navy Classic All Day
Nov. 30 Northern Iowa 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 Illinois 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 at Michigan State 1 p.m.
Dec.  29-30 at Midlands Championships All Day
Jan. 10 Ohio State 7 p.m.
Jan. 12 at Minnesota 1 p.m.
Jan. 24 at Indiana 7 p.m.
Jan. 26 at Northwestern Noon
Feb. 2 North Dakota State 1 p.m.
Feb. 21 Nebraska 7 p.m.
Feb. 23 Iowa 1 p.m.
Mar. 8-9 Big Ten Championships All Day
Mar. 20-22 NCAA Championships All Day
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Santonio Cathery 5-8 157 So./Fr.
Matt Cavallaris 5-3 125 Sr./Jr.
Frank Cousins 5-11 174 Sr./Jr.
Ben Cox 6-0 165 Sr./Jr.
Andrew Crone 5-9 141 Fr.
Jarod Donar 5-10 149 Fr.
Thomas Glenn 5-6 141 Sr./Jr.
Tyler Graff 5-4 133 5th/Sr.
Gabriel Grahek 5-10 141 Fr.
Jackson Hein 6-1 184 5th/Sr.
Brett Hochstaetter 5-10 174 Jr./So.
Brock Horwath 6-5 Hwt. Jr./So.
Dylan Iczkowski 5-11 174 Sr./Jr.
Isaac Jordan 5-10 165 So./Fr.
Scott Liegel 5-11 174 Jr.
Seth Liegel 5-11 157 Fr.
Rylan Lubeck 5-7 141 So./Fr.
Timmy McCall 5-10 184 Sr./Jr.
Connor Medberry 6-1 Hwt. Jr./So.
Austin Moe 6-0 157 Fr.
Eric Peissig 5-10 197 Fr.
John Prezzia 5-9 157 5th/Sr.
Ricky Robertson 5-11 197 Fr.
T.J. Ruschell 5-10 149 So./Fr.
Jake Stilling 5-11 174 Fr.
Ryan Taylor 5-4 125 So./Fr.
Jesse Thielke 5-7 141 So./Fr.
Cole Tobin 6-1 Hwt. 5th/Sr.
Nic Veling 5-11 184 So./Fr.
Brandon Weber 5-10 Hwt. Jr./So.
Justin Weber 5-10 157 Fr.
Alex Yde 5-11 157 Sr./Jr.
Kalvin York 5-9 157 5th/Sr.
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The Week Ahead
Up Next: Cumberland, Chatanooga and Hokie Duals
No. 20 Wisconsin opens the season on the road, traveling to Chattanooga, Tenn. on Friday for a pair of matches. The Badgers will wrestle Cumberland University at 3 p.m., followed by Chattanooga at 6 p.m. match. UW will stay on the East Coast for the Hokie Duals on Sunday. Wisconsin will wrestle against North Carolina, No. 14 Virginia and Old Dominion at the tournament. Start time is 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon, respectively.

 Dual 1-2  |  Cumberland/Chatanooga
 Date  Friday, Nov. 8 |  3/6 p.m. (CT)
 Location  Chattanooga, Tenn.  |  Maclellan Gym
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 Dual 3-5  |  Hokie Duals
 Date  Sunday, Nov. 10 |  All Day
 Location  Salem, Va.  |  Cassell Coliseum
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The Badgers hosted their annual Intrasquad Scrimmage Nov. 1. Ten matches, along with three exhibition bouts, were wrestled in the UW Field House. With the score tied, 16-16, heading into the final two matches, the Red team prevailed, posting a major decision and a decision to win 23-16.

Wisconsin earned a No. 20 ranking in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll Nov. 3. The Badgers Big Ten teams occupy five of the top 10 spots and 10 of the top 25.
Five Badgers have earned a place in the InterMat College Rankings.
•  Senior Tyler Graff is ranked No. 2 at 133 lbs. Last season, Graff earned his third All-America honor with a third-place finish at the NCAA championships.
• Redshirt freshman Jesse Thielke is the only freshman to earn a ranking at 141 lbs. Thielke makes his debut at No. 10.
• Redshirt freshman Isaac Jordan earned a No. 7 ranking at 157 lbs. Jordan posted an impressive 23-2 record in open tournaments last season.
• Senior Jackson Hein, an NCAA qualifier at 197 lbs. a year ago, starts the season with a No. 13 ranking at 184 lbs. This season will be Hein's first at the lower weight.
• 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Connor Medbery starts the season with a No. 6 ranking at heavyweight. Medbery qualified for the NCAA championship last season, finishing the season with a No. 10 ranking.

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.

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.

The Badgers' dual meet at Michigan State Dec. 8 will be aired live on BTN. The network will also air championship Sunday of the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championship. Home meets will stream online at InsideBadgerSports.com.

Football Notes
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UW returns eight of 10 starters from last year's squad, including NCAA qualifiers Tyler Graff, Jackson Hein and Connor Medbery.

Wisconsin will host the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships on March 8-9 in the Kohl Center. It is the sixth time the Badgers have hosted the championship event and the first time in the Kohl Center.

Tickets to the two-day event will be available at UWBadgers.com starting on Nov. 12.

Senior Tyler Graff's .829 winning percentage (97-20) is 10th on the UW career list. He is also 16 wins away from earning a spot on the career win record list, as Andy Rein ranks 10th with 113 career victories.

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.

Wrestling Post Season
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