Badgers close out tournament season at Midlands
Badgers close out tournament season at Midlands
Despite several toughly battled matches, the Badgers have no wrestlers advancing to the third or fourth sessions of the 53rd annual Midlands Championships.
Sophomore 125-pounder Johnny Jimenez got off to a solid start at Midlands after defeating Grand View’s Tristan Bundy with a 10-3 decision. Jimenez stepped out quickly with a takedown followed by an escape from Bundy to lead 2-1 with 1:30 remaining in the first period. After one period, Jimenez shot up to a 4-1 lead until a last-second takedown in the second period gave him a 6-2 advantage after two. An escape and reversal early in the third period clinched the decision for Jimenez as he finished the 10-3 win with 1:15 riding time.
Jimenez lost a 10-1 major decision to North Dakota State’s 16th-ranked Joshua Rodriguez in the championship round two. Jimenez was eliminated after taking a tough loss to Buffalo’s Kyle Akins. The sophomore kept it a close match the entire time, turning the tables around and knotting the score at 6-6 in the third period but fell to Akins in the end, 7-6.
After receiving a bye, sophomore Gabriel Grahek (141 pounds) won a 3-0 decision over Iowa’s Paul Glynn before dropping a 10-5 decision to No. 3 Chris Mecate of Old Dominion. Arizona State’s Robbie Mathers posted a 12-2 major decision over Grahek in consolation round four.
Freshman Luke Rowh (141 pounds) started the tournament with a loss by major decision (8-0) to Oregon State’s Jack Hathaway but bounced back with a powerful pin over Jacob Macololooy (Columbia) by fall (1:38). He was eliminated after being pinned by Maryland’s Billy Rappo (3:52).
Freshman Jared Scharenbrock suffered a loss by fall (3:25) to the seventh-ranked 157-pounder in the country, Thomas Gantt, in the championship round of two but he didn’t let the loss keep him down for long. Scharenbrock rebounded with an explosive 19-2 win by technical fall over Oklahoma’s Brock Wingbermuehle. Although it began as a tight match, with Scharenbrock just leading 4-2 after one period, the Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, native dominated the rest of the bout going up 12-2 after two periods before elevating to a 19-2 final score.
Scharenbrock was routed with a 12-2 major decision in consolation round four by Nebraska’s Tyler Berger.
Wisconsin’s starter at 184 pounds, Ryan Christensen, started the day with a spark of excitement. Christensen won in sudden victory-1 over Kayne MacCallum (Eastern Michigan), 8-4. He fell, 3-1, in the next round to a worthy opponent in No. 3-ranked Jack Dechow (Old Dominion).
At 149 pounds, Andrew Crone faced Maryland’s Shyheim Brown to start his tournament run. Crone held onto a tight 2-1 lead after two periods before escaping and finishing the match with a 6-1 win. Crone later suffered a loss by major decision to Nebraska’s seventh-ranked Jake Sueflohn, 9-1, in the championships round three.
Crone recovered from the loss with a victory in the consolation round four. After going down 2-0, Crone notched a reversal to trail 3-2 with one minute left in the first period against North Carolina State’s Sam Melikian. Crone snatched the lead, 4-3, at the end of the first period before Melikian knotted the score at 4-4 again with 30 seconds left in the second period. In the third period, Crone slipped out for an escape point and clinched the 7-4 win with a clutch takedown in the last seconds of the match.
Freshman Eli Stickley, who wrestled unattached, was also eliminated after losing back-to-back decisions to Northern Iowa’s Jake Koethe (9-6) and Eastern Michigan’s Kyle Springer (6-2).
Also at 141 pounds, freshman Cole Martin wrestled unattached and posted a 2-2 record on the day. He lost a major decision (10-2) to CSU Bakerfield’s Ian Nickell to start the day but ricocheted back into the tournament with back-to-back wins. He notched a pin over Northwestern’s Alexander McKenna (2:45) before taking a 3-2 decision from Northern Iowa’s Jake Hodges. Martin’s rally was brought short by Oklahoma’s Trae Blackwell, who defeated him with an 11-7 decision.
In the 197-pound weight class, Eric Peissig won by major decision over Northern Iowa’s Cody Krumweide (10-2) but suffered two losses to Ohio’s No. 11-ranked Phil Wellington (Maj. 8-0) and Oklahoma’s Brad Johnson (Dec. 6-2).
Wisconsin’s heavyweight, Brock Horwath, posted a 1-2 record on the day after defeating Northern Iowa’s JJ Everard with a 9-2 decision in his first match of the day but dropped two decisions to eighth-ranked Sam Stoll of Iowa and Duece Rachal of Illinois.
The Badgers return to the mat on Jan. 8, as they take on Nebraska at 7 p.m. at the UW Field House.
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