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2012-13 Schedule
Nov. 1 Intrasquad Scrimmage W 23, R 16
Nov. 8 vs. Cumberland W, 51-0
Nov. 8 at Chattanooga W, 37-3
Nov. 10 Hokie Duals
vs. North Carolina L, 24-21
vs. #14 Virginia W, 19-17
vs. Old Dominion L, 20-19
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 5-10 157 So./Fr.
Scott Liegel 5-11 174 Jr.
Seth Liegel 5-11 157 Fr.
Rylan Lubeck 5-7 141 So./Fr.
Timmy McCall 5-10 197 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.
TJ 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: UW-Parkside & UW-Whitewater
No. 23 Wisconsin travels to Whitewater, Wis., to take the mat against UW-Whitewater and UW-Parkside in a double dual on Friday night. The Badgers will wrestle the Rangers at 6 p.m., followed by the Warhawks at 7:30 p.m.

 Dual 6-7  |  UW-Parkside/UW-Whitewater
 Date  Friday, Nov. 15 |  6/7:30 p.m.
 Location  Whitewater, Wis.  |  Kachel Gym
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The Badgers traveled east for five duals last week. UW opened the season with a pair of dominating wins at Chattanooga, taking down Cumberland 51-0 before defeating the Mocs 37-3. Wisconsin hit a road block at the Hokie Duals, grinding out a two-point win against No. 14 Virginia but dropping two tight contests against North Carolina and Old Dominion.

Wisconsin fell three spots to No. 23 in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll this week. Big Ten teams occupy five of the top 10 spots and 10 of the top 25.
•  Senior Tyler Graff is ranked No. 2 at 133 lbs. following a 5-0 start last week. Graff posted a pair of falls and three wins by major decision. Last season, Graff earned his third All-America honor with a third-place finish at the NCAA championships.  
• Redshirt freshman Jesse Thielke fell from No. 10 to No. 17 at 141 lbs. after posting a 2-3 record last weekend. Thielke fell  by fall to then-No. 5 ranked Evan Henderson of North Carolina, by decision to then-No. 19 Joe Spisak of Virginia and then-No. 12 Chris Mecate of ODU by major decision.
• Redshirt freshman Isaac Jordan remained at No. 7 following a perfect 5-0 start to his season last weekend. Jordan posted a pair of falls and a sudden victory win in his opening weekend.
• Senior Jackson Hein, an NCAA qualifier at 197 lbs. a year ago, moved up a spot to No. 12 at 184 lbs. Hein posted a 4-1 record last weekend, highlighted by a sudden victory decision over No. 9 Jon Fausey of Virginia.
• 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Connor Medbery stayed at No. 6 following a perfect 5-0 start last weekend. A pair of tech fall wins a pin highlighted Medbery's weekend.

Senior Tyler Graff's .836 winning percentage (102-20) is 10th on the UW career list. He is also 11 wins away from earning a spot on the career win record list, as Andy Rein ranks 10th with 113 career victories.

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 posted a 2-0 record.

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.

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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 are available at UWBadgers.com.

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.

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.

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