Nov. 16, 2011
The Badgers hit the road this weekend to take on Princeton and Rider in Princeton, N.J., on Friday, Nov. 18, and Hofstra on Sunday, Nov. 20. UW faces Princeton at 2 p.m. (CT), Rider at 6 p.m. (CT) and Hofstra at 11 a.m. (CT).
| Match #1 | Wisconsin vs. Princeton
|| Friday, November 18 | 2 p.m. (CT)
|| Princeton, N.J.
| Live Coverage
|| Live video
| Match #2 | Wisconsin vs. Ride
|| Friday, November 18 | 6 p.m. (CT)
|| Princeton, N.J.
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|| Live video
| Match #3 | Wisconsin vs. Hofstra
|| Sunday, November 20 | 11 a.m. (CT)
|| Long Island, N.Y.
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|| Live stream
Previewing Princeton, Rider and Hofstra
Princeton enters the weekend coming off of a successful finish at the Binghamton Open in its first action of the season. The Tigers placed six wrestlers in the top-six in the tournament, its best showing in over two years.
Rider is coming off of the same tournament where its lone ranked wrestler, No. 18 Jim Resnick, took the title at 174 lbs. Rider returns 18 letterwinners this season and looks to improve upon last year’s fifth place finish in the Colonial Athletic Association Conference.
The Hofstra wrestling team showcases two ranked wrestlers including No. 14 Steve Bonanno at 125 lbs. and No. 5 P.J. Gillespie at 165 lbs. The Pride also features first-year head coach Rob Anspach.
Wisconsin probable line-up
125- Shane McQuade: went 2-1 at the Badger Duals
133- Tom Kelliher: went 2-1 at the Badger Duals
141- Thomas Glenn: competed in and won one match at the Badger Duals
149- No. 13 Cole Schmitt: went undefeated in two matches at the Badger Duals
157- Shawn Perry: went 3-0 at the Badger Duals, including two major decisions
165- No. 16 Ben Jordan: went 3-0 at the Badger Duals, including a pin and a major decision
174- Frank Cousins: went 2-1 at the Badger Duals
184- Timmy McCall: went 3-0 at the Badger Duals, including one major decision
197- Jackson Hein: went 2-1 at the Badger Duals
Hwt- Cole Tobin: went 3-0 at the Badger Duals, including a pin
Last time out
The Wisconsin wrestling team hosted the first-ever Badger Duals on Sunday afternoon, defeating Loras, UW-Whitewater and Wartburg. Seven Badger wrestlers went undefeated at six different weight classes throughout the three duals.
UW defeated Loras in its first dual of the day, 38-3, which included five wins by extra points. The Badgers then went on to hand UW-Whitewater a 39-3 loss, which included five wins by extra points. Wisconsin faced its toughest opponent against National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III No. 1-ranked Wartburg in its final bout of the afternoon. The Badgers won the dual according to tiebreaker conditions that state if in a dual, both teams won the same amount of matches and no falls or tech falls were awarded, then the tie is settled by total points within the match. Wisconsin ended the dual with 57 points compared to Wartburg’s 54, giving UW the 17-16 dual win.
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.).
UW faces a schedule that includes six ranked teams in the NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll, including top-ranked Penn State, No. 2-ranked Iowa and No. 4-ranked Minnesota. In total, the Badgers host five events at the UW Field House in Madison, Wis., including new Big Ten rival Nebraska on Jan. 29.
After competing in the Badger Duals in early November, the team will travel to Princeton, N.J. on Nov. 18 for its first dual meet against Princeton and Rider. Wisconsin then concludes the weekend on Nov. 20 in Long Island, N.Y., against Hofstra.
The Badgers open the month of December in Las Vegas at the Cliff Keen Invite, an event where in 2010 Howe claimed an individual title. The Badgers then travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., for their first Big Ten Conference dual against No. 7 Michigan on Dec. 11.
Wisconsin hosts its first home dual against No. 19 Northwestern on Jan. 8, and then returns to the UW Field House on Jan. 15 to take on 2011 NCAA Division I champion Penn State after facing Northern Iowa on Jan. 13.
UW concludes regular Big Ten competition in Iowa City, Iowa, with a dual against Iowa on Feb. 5.
The Big Ten Championships are slated for March 3-4 in West Lafayette, Ind., and the 2012 NCAA Championships will take place March 15-17 in St. Louis, Mo.
2010-11 in review
The Wisconsin wrestling team finished the 2011 Division I NCAA Wrestling Championships in 10th place with 54.5 points – UW’s third-consecutive top 10 finish at the Championships. Four Badgers claimed All-America honors, placing in the top seven of their weight class, including Tyler Graff (133 lbs.), Andrew Howe (165 lbs.), Travis Rutt (184 lbs.) and Trevor Brandvold (197 lbs.).
Graff took fifth place at 133 lbs., finishing the 2011 NCAA’s with a 4-2 record to finish his second season of eligibility with a 31-5 overall record at 133 lbs.
Howe finished last season in third place at 165 lbs. with a 27-3 overall mark and became just the 11th wrestler in Wisconsin program history to slate at least three All-America honors.
Rutt claimed seventh place at 184 lbs., slating an impressive 34-4 overall record, collecting the most wins of any Badger last year.
Brandvold wrapped up his collegiate career with his most successful season at Wisconsin, notching fourth place at 197 lbs.
Second-most in school history for second-straight year
The 2011 team’s four All-Americans tied for the second-most in school history. Wisconsin also had four All-Americans the previous year, three of which were Brandvold, Graff and Howe.
14 victories over ranked opponents at the NCAA Championships
Five of the seven Badgers who competed in the NCAA Championships helped the squad collect 14 victories over ranked opponents. Leading the pack was Andrew Howe, who notched five victories over ranked opponents at the three-day event. Tyler Graff and Travis Rutt chipped in three wins apiece over ranked opponents while teammates Cole Schmitt and Trevor Brandvold contributed one and two victories, respectively.
Ranked wrestlers are challenged by the Badgers
Wisconsin collected 61 individual wins over ranked opponents in the 2011-12 season. Led by Travis Rutt at 184 lbs., who knocked off 16 ranked opponents. Also contributing significant numbers were Andrew Howe (13 wins over ranked opponents) and Tyler Graff (12 victories over ranked opponents).
Four ranked teams fall to the Big Red
UW knocked off four ranked teams in 2011 including then-No. 15 Virginia Tech, No. 22 American, No. 5 Minnesota and No. 16 Nebraska. They also tied Illinois, who at the time, was ranked No. 15 according to the NWCA Coaches Poll.