Jan. 23, 2010

Courtesy of Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 14 Wisconsin wrestling team (5-6, 1-0) knocked off previously unbeaten and 11th-ranked Indiana (11-1, 0-1)21-18 on Friday night at the UW Field House in a battle that came down to the final matchup.

In the first match, senior Drew Hammen took on No. 1 senior Angel Escobedo at 125 lbs. Escobedo got out to an early 6-2 lead after the first period, but Hammen cut the lead to three, ending the second period 8-5. Escobedo then tacked on seven more points to end the bout on top 15-8, giving the Hoosiers a 3-0 lead. Hammen scored six escapes and a takedown in the match.

No. 8 redshirt freshman Tyler Graff then wrestled sophomore Matt Ortega at 133 lbs. In the high scoring match, Graff recorded five takedowns and two nearfall points in the first period, three takedowns in the second period and held on with two takedowns and an escape in the third period to earn a tech fall win for, 23-8. Thanks to a nearfall in the match for Graff, Wisconsin received five team points. The decision gave the Badgers the edge over IU, 5-3.

The 141 lbs. weight class featured two redshirt freshmen, Wisconsin's No. 20 Cole Schmitt and Indiana's Danny Monaco. After a scoreless first period, Schmitt recorded a takedown and an escape to take a 3-0 lead at the end of the second period. Adding to his score, Schmitt registered a reversal and was rewarded a point for locked hands, resulting in a 6-2 victory and extending the Wisconsin lead to 8-3.

No. 2 senior Kyle Ruschell faced Matt Coughlin in a tough matchup at 149 lbs. Ruschell recorded the first takedown of the bout at 2:12 in the first period, but Coughlin took him down and score two more nearfall points to end the first period up 5-3. Ruschell scored an escape and takedown to take back the lead at the end of the second, 6-5. Ruschell scored an additional takedown and was rewarded riding time to win the match 9-5. The victory added three points to the UW lead, making the score 11-3.

Juniors Greg Burke and No. 7 Kurt Kinser then wrestled in a short matchup at 157 lbs. Kinser recorded a takedown with 2:13 left in the first period and pinned Burke 21 seconds later. Kinser was awarded six points for the pin and narrowed the Badger lead to 11-9.

No. 1 sophomore Andrew Howe then faced No. 13 Paul Young for the third time this season at 165 lbs. After the first period, Young led 2-1 and added to his lead to finish the second period 4-3. Howe took the lead and the victory after scoring an escape and a takedown late in the third period, resulting in a 6-4 decision and 14-9 Wisconsin lead. The win propelled Howe to a perfect 21-0 on the season.

At 174 lbs., Redshirt freshman Jimmy Duffy took on senior Trevor Perry. Perry took Duffy down with 2:14 left on the clock in the first period and then registered a pin six seconds later. The fall gave Indiana their first lead of the night, 15-14.

No. 17 sophomore Travis Rutt then wrestled junior Eric Cameron at 184 lbs. Rutt took an early lead, ending the first period with two takedowns and a 4-1 score. Rutt would then add an escape to win the bout 5-2, reclaiming the lead for the Badgers at 17-15.

No. 8 junior Trevor Brandvold faced sophomore Matt Powless in a crucial matchup at 194 lbs. Brandvold ended the first period 5-0 after registering a takedown and three nearfall points. He would then add six to his score, winning the match 10-1. Brandvold scored a total of three takedowns, three nearfall points and an escape to extend the UW lead to 21-15.

In the final bout, heavyweight junior Eric Bugenhagen battled No. 2 senior Nate Everhart. Bugenhagen needed to hold Everhart to anything less than a pin in order to seal a victory for the Badgers. Everhart led 5-2 after the second period and registered a final takedown and riding time to win the match by an 8-3 decision. Wisconsin held on to their lead, winning the dual 21-18.

The Badgers gear up for two duals next weekend as they hit the road to face No. 5-ranked Minnesota Friday and return to the UW Field House to host No. 12 Penn State on Sunday.