Wisconsin upsets ninth-ranked Nebraska to capture its second Big Ten victory
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Wisconsin (5-2, 2-0 Big Ten) upset No. 9 Nebraska (4-2, 0-2) 19-17 to win its second conference dual of the season on Sunday.
The win is the Badgers’ first against a ranked team since the 2010-11 season when they defeated the then-No. 16 Cornhuskers 22-15 on Jan. 21, 2011. It also snaps Wisconsin’s 11-dual losing streak against ranked opponents.
Wisconsin’s upset was fueled by six match wins, including a run of five in a row.
The dual started at 184 pounds, where UW’s Ben Cox fell by technical fall, putting the Badgers in an early 5-0 hole. However, Wisconsin followed with a run of five consecutive match wins, starting with a sudden victory win by Jackson Hein at 197.
Heavyweight No. 14 Connor Medbery remained undefeated in dual-meet competitions and continued the Badgers’ momentum, winning a 4-2 decision.
Coming into Sunday’s action against Nebraska, Wisconsin’s 125-pound and 133-pound starters, Matt Cavallaris and Tom Kelliher, were a combined 2-8 in dual meets this season. Both came away with wins by decision to help the Badgers on their path to victory.
No. 9 Tyler Graff earned Wisconsin’s only extra-point win of the match, winning by major decision 13-5 at 141 and putting UW up 11 points with four matches to go.
After Cole Schmitt lost at 149, the Badgers faced a crucial match at 157 where Kalvin York came through with a 4-2 decision against Nebraska’s Ross Grande.
Leading 19-9 with just two matches left, Nebraska needed a pair of extra-point wins to either tie or win the dual.
At 165, Frank Cousins withstood a pair of early pin attempts by the Cornhuskers’ Austin Wilson and won by decision, sealing the win for Wisconsin and rendering the result of the 174-pound match inconsequential.