This Week in Wrestling: Big Ten season starts in Madison


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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 W, 31-7
Nov. 15 at UW-Whitewater W, 27-12
Nov. 21 at American W, 31-6
Nov. 23 at Navy Classic 1st
Nov. 30 at #16 N. Iowa L, 29-9
Dec. 6 #7 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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Roster
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: No. 7 Illinois & Michigan State
Wisconsin (6-3) returns home to Madison to host No. 7 Illinois (6-1) in its Big Ten opener on Friday Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. The dual will be held at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center adjacent to the McClain Facility. Admission is free and there will be a team poster giveaway courtesy of Army National Guard as well as a Takedown Foam Finger giveaway while supplies last. Members of the team will also be available to sign autographs following the match.

On Sunday, the Badgers travel to East Lansing, Mich., for a dual against Michigan State (5-3). Action starts at 1 p.m. and will air live on the Big Ten Network.

 Dual 10  |  vs. No. 7 Illinois
 Date  Friday, Dec. 6  |  7 p.m.
 Location  Madison, Wis.  |  Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center
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 Dual 11 |  at Michigan State
 Date  Sunday, Dec. 8  |  1 p.m.
 Location  East Lansing, Mich.  |  Jenison Field House
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LAST TIME OUT
The Badgers traveled to a dual meet against then-ranked No. 16 Northern Iowa on Saturday. Connor Medbery (Hwt) and Isaac Jordan (157) were the only two Badgers to post wins in the 29-9 loss.

BADGERS IN THE POLLS
Wisconsin fell out of the top 25 in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll this week. Big Ten teams occupy the first three spots in the poll and nine of the top 25.

Five Badgers have earned a place in the InterMat College Rankings.
• Freshman Ryan Taylor dropped a spot to No. 19 at 125 lbs., after suffering his first loss of the season, a fall to No. 8 Dylan Peters, on Saturday.
• Senior Tyler Graff fell to No. 5 at 133 lbs. after losing by decision, 6-0, to No. 9 Joe colon. The fall marked Graff’s first loss of the season.
• Redshirt freshman Isaac Jordan (157) remained at No. 10 after winning pinning Northern Iowa’s Jarrett Jensen
• Senior Jackson Hein, an NCAA qualifier at 197 lbs. a year ago, remained at No. 15 at 184 lbs. Hein was idle last week.
• 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Connor Medbery held steady at No. 6 following a 2-0 decision over Blaize Cabell. Medbery is 9-0 in dual competition this season and holds a 22-1 career dual record.

CAREER NUMBERS FOR MEDBERY
Sophomore Connor Medbery’s .830 career winning percentage (39-8) ranks 10th on the Badgers career record list.

GRAFF NAMED BIG TEN WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Six bonus point victories -- including four technical falls and two major decisions -- an unblemished record and Navy Classic title earned Tyler Graff Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors on Nov. 26. It was Graff’s first weekly award and the Badgers’ first honor since January, 2011.

GRAFF GRAPPLES WITH CAREER RECORD
Senior Tyler Graff’s .840 winning percentage (110-21) is ranks ninth on the UW career list. He is three wins away from earning a spot on the career win record list, as Andy Rein ranks 10th with 113 career victories.

Graff recorded his 100th career win on the road at the Hokie Duals with a 15-6 major decision over North Carolina’s Tony Heilmann on Nov. 10.

CHASING PERFECTIONWisconsin 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 and Scott Liegel each posted a 2-0 record. The Badgers then visited UW-Whitewater where Graff, Jordan and Medbery added a pair of victories to improve to 7-0. Three Badgers remained unbeaten after a trip to American (Nov. 21) and the Navy Classic (Nov. 23). Taylor improved to 8-0 with five wins, while Graff and Medbery each moved to 13-0. Following a dual at Northern Iowa on Nov. 30, Medbery remains the only unbeaten Badgers with a 14-0 overall record, including a 9-0 dual meet record.

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MEDBERY MUSCLING
Sophomore Connor Medbery holds an impressive 22-1 career record in dual meet competition. The 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year’s only dual meet loss is a 9-2 decision to Minnesota’s No. 2-ranked Tony Nelson.

FANS ON FACEBOOK
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.

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

WELCOME TO WISCONSIN
Wisconsin announced the signing of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 19.  Ryan Christensen (Woodinville, Wash.), Johnny Jimenez (St. Charles, Ill.), Luke Rowh (Hastings, Minn.), Jens Lantz (Ellsworth, Wis.), Jared Scharenbrock (Sun Prairie, Wis.) and Tyler Schmidt (Merrill, Wis.) will join the Badgers in the fall of 2014.

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
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.

FAMILY AFFAIR
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.

HULL ADDED TO STAFF
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.

WATCH THE BADGERS
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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