Badgers Stomp Spartans
Michigan State at Wisconsin | Badgers Stomp Spartans
Abigail Ruckdashel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online | Friday, February 17, 2017
(Madison, WI) The Wisconsin Badgers (6-5, 4-5) wound up the Big Ten portion of their dual schedule, stomping the Michigan State Spartans 26-12 inside the historic UW Fieldhouse Friday night.
Wisconsin took eight of ten matches, as No. 2 Connor Medbery, at heavyweight, lead the way with a tech fall and the only bonus point win.
“We beat a Big Ten Team. We won eight out of ten weight classes. We saw a lot of things we’ve been working on in practice,” Assistant Coach Trevor Brandvold said.
At 174 lb, Santonio Cathery (R Sr/2-9) led things off receiving his first start of the season. Cathery scored first with a takedown and battled tough through the first period. He eventually fell by fall to Drew Barnes (Sr) early in the second period. The Spartans went up 6-0.
Again, Hunter Ritter (R Fr/17-11) at 184 lb was the first Badger to put points on the board for the red and white. Ritter hit an ankle pick and a slide by back to back to give himself a 4-2 lead on Shwan Shadaia (R So) after the first period. The match ended with a 5-4 decision, putting three in the Wisconsin column.
No. 12 Ricky Robertson (R Jr/22-12) knotted the match at six with a 7-2 decision over Wesley Maskill (R So). Robertson was on the board first, scoring the only points of the first period with a takedown. Ricky continued adding to his lead in the second and third periods to pick up the easy decision.
“It’s always good to get a win confidence-wise,” Robertson said. “We’re hoping these matches can propel us into Big Tens and Nationals coming up.”
Undefeated and 2nd ranked Connor Medbery (R Sr/21-0) scored a five-point win tech fall Jacob Cooper (So) for the Badgers at heavyweight. Medbery ended the match early in the second period, scoring three consecutive four-point nearfalls, along with the original takedown. With the riding time point, it brought the score to 15-0, giving the Badgers an 11-6 lead.
“We take for granted what Connor Medbery does, because he’s been doing it for so long,” Coach Brandvold said.
At 125 lb Johnny Jimenez (Jr/13-8) made his second consecutive start. Jimenez overcame a 2-0 deficit to eventually pick up the 7-4 decision over Mitch Rogaliner (R Jr). Jimenez was quick from the bottom scoring three escapes. This sent the Badgers into the locker room holding a 14-6 lead at the ‘half-time’.
After the break, Eli “Stick” Stickley (R Fr/19-13) picked up Wisconsin’s fifth consecutive win of the night over Austin Eicher (R So) at 133 lb. Stickley also battled from a 2-0 first period deficit to nab the 5-2 decision and add three more to the score, making it 17-6.
Andrew “Comeback” Crone (R Jr/24-9) strayed from his usual comeback style scoring the first takedown over Nick Trimble (Sr) during the 149 lb bout. Crone secured the 6-3 decision adding two escapes and another takedown to his original two. Wisconsin then held a 20-12 lead with two matches to go.
“I wrestled alright,” Crone said. “I need to be a little bit more offensive, but I get another chance on Sunday.”
TJ Ruschell (R Sr/14-5) made his second consecutive start at 157 lb. Ruschell claimed a decision over Austin Thompson (R Fr). Sticking with the theme of the night, “T” battled from a 2-0 deficit, eventually scoring two takedowns and three escapes along with riding time, picking up the 8-4 decision. Wisconsin held the lead 23-12 with one match to go.
No. 3 Isaac Jordan (R Sr/19-2) finished up the dual for the second straight week. Jordan scored the first takedown, but Drew Hughes (Fr) escaped right away. In the next period, Jordan was awarded a point for stalling, and that would be the last point scored in the match, and ultimately the dual. Zekes 3-1 decision brought the final score to 26-12 Badgers.
Cole Martin (R Fr/16-12) found himself in a number of scrambles at 141 lb. Martin was eventually able to pick up a takedown. However, Javier Gasca (R Jr) caught Martin in a roll in the third period to pick up the second and final win for the Spartans.
“We need to make sure we win the fight on Sunday. It’s going to be a fight. We have to be ready for it.” Coach Brandvold said.
The Badgers wrap up their home dual season against a very good Central Michigan team inside the fieldhouse this Sunday 2/19 at noon.
Photo: Pam Ruschell
No. 18 Wisconsin 26 Michigan State 12
125 Johnny Jimenez (UW) dec. Logan Griffin (MSU) 7-4 WIS
133 Eli Stickley (UW) dec. Austin Eicher (MSU) 5-2 WIS
141 Javier Gasca (MSU) pinned Cole Martin (UW) 5:41
149 Andrew Crone (UW) dec. Nick Trimble (MSU) 6-3 WIS
157 TJ Ruschell (UW) dec. Austin Thompson (MSU) 8-4 WIS
165 No. 3 Isaac Jordan (UW) dec. Drew Hughes (MSU) 3-2
*174 Drew Barnes pinned Santonio Cathery (UW) 3:35
184 Hunter Ritter (UW) dec. Shwan Shadaia (MSU) 5-4
197 Ricky Robertson (UW) dec. Wesley Maskill (MSU) 7-2
HWT No. 2 Connor Medbery (UW) TF over Jacob Cooper (MSU)
*meet began at 174