Dec. 6, 2012
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THE WEEK AHEAD
• The Wisconsin wrestling team (3-2, 0-0 Big Ten) opens up Big Ten Conference season this weekend with a pair of duals. The Badgers wrestle Michigan State at home at the UW Field House on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. before heading to Lincoln, Neb., Sunday, Dec. 9, for a match-up with No. 9 Nebraska. That dual begins at 1 p.m. Fans will be able to watch both meets live on the Big Ten Digital Network on BTN.com.
| Match 7 | Wisconsin (3-2, 0-0) vs. #9 Nebraska (4-1, 0-0)
|| Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 1 p.m.
|| Lincoln, Neb. | NU Coliseum
| Live Video
|| Big Ten Digital Network
| Live Coverage
MEET MICHIGAN STATE
• Friday’s match-up with Michigan State will be the 43rd all-time on the mat for the Badgers and Spartans. Wisconsin holds the advantage, 24-17-2, in those contests and has won three of the last four meetings dating back to 2005-06. The two teams last wrestled during the 2010-11 season in East Lansing, Mich., in a dual the Badgers won, 27-9.
• The Spartans come into Big Ten play 1-1 on the season, having beaten Eastern Michigan, 25-11, and falling to Edinboro, 22-12.
• Michigan State is unranked as a team and features one individually ranked wrestler, Mike McClure, who is ranked No. 10 at heavyweight.
GET TO KNOW NEBRASKA
• Wisconsin and Nebraska will face off for the 16th time in history, and for just the second time as Big Ten opponents, Sunday in Lincoln, Neb. The Badgers lead the all-time series, 8-5-2, but lost their last meeting to the Cornhuskers, getting shutout, 36-0, at the UW Field House last season to a then-No. 7 ranked Nebraska team.
• The Cornhuskers are 4-1 this season in dual meets, with their only loss coming at home to a then-No. 1 ranked Minnesota team.
• Nebraska is ranked No. 9 in the country coming into Sunday’s match-up and will wrestle four individually ranked wrestlers against the Badgers. The Cornhuskers’ Jake Sueflohn is ranked No. 10 at 149 lbs., James Green is No. 8 at 157 lbs., Robert Kokesh is No. 8 at 174 lbs., and John Ihnen is No. 6 at 184 lbs.
• Like the Badgers, Nebraska is coming off an appearance at the 31st annual Cliff Keen Invite where it finished in fifth-place as a team with two individual champions and placed a total of five wrestlers. Kokesh and Ihnen won the titles at 174 lbs., and 184 lbs., respectively, while Sueflohn finished third at 149 lbs., Green finished eighth at 157 lbs., and Ridge Kelly earned a seventh-place finish at 141 lbs.
LAST TIME OUT: CLIFF KEEN INVITE
• Wisconsin competed at the 31st annual Cliff Keen Invite last weekend in Las Vegas, earning a 14th-place team finish and placing four wrestlers.
• The Badgers were led in Las Vegas by their two ranked wrestlers, Tyler Graff and Connor Medbery, who earned Wisconsin’s two highest finishes of the tournament. Graff was the third-place champion at 141 lbs., and Medbery earned a fifth-place finish at heavyweight.
• Outside of those two, Tom Kelliher finished in eighth-place at 133 lbs., while Scott Liegel pulled a pair of consolation round upsets to finish sixth at 174 lbs.
• While they both lost for the first time this season at the Cliff Keen Invite, both Jackson Hein (197 lbs.) and Connor Medbery (Hwt.) both remain undefeated in dual meet competitions this season. Through five team duals Hein is a perfect 5-0 and Medbery is 4-0. They both will look to up those unbeaten records this weekend as Big Ten season opens with duals against Michigan State and Nebraska.
• Hein is scheduled to wrestle either Michigan State’s Nick McDiarmid (0-2) or Luke Jones (0-0) Friday and Nebraska’s Caleb Kolb (3-2) Sunday.
• Medbery will match-up with the Spartans’ No. 10-ranked heavyweight Mike McClure Friday and the Cornhuskers’ Donny Longendyke (2-3) Sunday.
WISCONSIN WRESTLING IN THE POLLS
• For the first time this season the Wisconsin wrestling team did not receive votes in the NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll, and remain unranked.
• Individually, the Badgers remain with two ranked wrestlers. Following the Cliff Keen Invite results, Tyler Graff moved down a spot to No. 9 at 141 lbs. and Connor Medbery moved up a spot to No. 14 at heavyweight in the InterMat College Rankings.
WELCOME BACK GRAFF
• The Badgers will get a boost this season from the return of two-time All-American Tyler Graff. Graff took an Olympic redshirt last season in order to train in an attempt to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Graff is the No. 9-ranked wrestler in the country at 141 lbs. this season and has a 9-2 overall record on the year, including 4-1 in dual meets.
• Graff competed at the Cliff Keen Invite in Las Vegas this past weekend where he was the No. 3 seed in the 141 lbs. bracket. Graff took third place and had a 5-1 overall record at the tournament. Graff defeated Cornell’s Michael Nevinger, the No. 9-ranked wrestler at 141 lbs., in the third-place match.
• The Loveland, Colo., native faced four ranked opponents at the Cliff Keen Invite, bumping his team-leading season total to seven. Graff went 3-1 in Las Vegas and is 5-2 overall against fellow ranked opponents this season.
* Record indicates individual's record in duals meets