Nov. 27, 2012
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THE WEEK AHEAD
• The Wisconsin wrestling team (3-2, 0-0 Big Ten) heads to Las Vegas this weekend to compete in the Cliff Keen Invite.
• The tournament will give the Badgers the chance to compete against a collection of the top teams and wrestlers in the country. Ten of the nation’s current top-25 teams, including future Big Ten opponents Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska, and 68 individually ranked wrestlers will compete at the Cliff Keen Invite.
• Last season in Las Vegas, the Badgers finished 26th in the 34 team field, and put one wrestler, current volunteer assistant coach Ben Jordan, on the podium with a fifth place finish at 165 lbs.
Last time out: Northern Iowa
• Wisconsin returned home to the UW Field House for a dual against Northern Iowa on Sat, Nov. 24. The Badgers had to fend off a Panther comeback effort, but won the meet, 24-13, for their third win of the season.
• The Badgers built a 15-3 lead through four matches, but saw that advantage shrink to 15-13 after seven matches. Wisconsin staved off UNI, and secured the win, thanks to three-stratight decision wins from Dylan Iczkowski (Shantytown, Wis.) at 184 lbs., Jackson Hein (Wausau, Wis.) at 197 lbs. and No. 15 Connor Medbery (Loveland, Colo) at heavyweight to end the meet.
• Wisconsin’s three other wins came at 125 lbs., where Matt Cavallaris (Naperville, Ill.) won by forfeit for his first win of the season, 141 lbs., where Tyler Graff (Loveland, Colo.) pinned UNI’s Joey Lazor for the win, and at 149 lbs., where Cole Schmitt (New Glarus, Wis.) defeated the Panthers’ Tanner Hiatt in a close 2-1 decision.
• Through five team duals, two Badger wrestlers remain undefeated on the season: redshirt junior Jackson Hein (Wausau, Wis.) at 197 lbs., and No. 15 Connor Medbery (Loveland, Colo.) at heavyweight.
• Hein upped his record to a perfect 5-0 with a 8-2 win by decision over Northern Iowa’s A.J. McBroom Saturday. On the season, Hein has won four of his five matches by decision, with the lone exception being a win by major decision, 12-4, over Campbell University’s John Merickel on Nov. 18.
• Wisconsin’s other unbeaten wrestler on the season is heavyweight Connor Medbery. Medbery’s season mark remained perfect Saturday against Northern Iowa with a 6-1 win by decision over Cody Krumwiede. Like Hein, all of Medbery’s wins on the season have come by decision except one, and the exception again came against a Campbell University opponent when Medbery pinned Joe Nolan in just under three minutes for the win on Nov. 18.
Wisconsin Wrestling in the Polls
• For the second straight week, the Wisconsin wrestling team received votes in the NWCA/USA today Division I Team Coaches Poll, but couldn’t crack the top-25. The Badgers have peaked at No. 25 in the poll this season, which came after their season-opening dual win over then-No. 25 Hofstra, but dropped out two weeks ago following a 1-2 stretch against Old Dominion, Campbell University and Virginia Tech.
• Wisconsin’s two individually ranked wrestlers maintained their spots in the InterMat.com Collegiate Rankings this week. Redshirt junior Tyler Graff (Loveland, Colo.) remained No. 8 at 141 lbs. following his win over Northern Iowa’s Joey Lazor and redshirt freshman Connor Medbery stayed at No. 15 at heavyweight with his win over the Panthers’ Cody Krumwiede.
Graff against ranked opponents
• Tyler Graff has faced three ranked opponents so far this season, which is tied with Matt Cavallaris for the most of any Wisconsin wrestler. Graff is 2-1 in those matches. He defeated then-No. 13 Luke Vaith of Hofstra and then-No. 16 Justin LaValle of Old Dominion in a pair of decisions and his only loss came in an upset decision by Virginia Tech’s then-No. 10 Zach Neibert at the Hokie Duals on Nov. 18.