Midlands | Badgers Finish Seventh

TomM
December 31, 2016 13:40

Midlands | Badgers Finish Seventh

Midlands | Badgers Finish Seventh

Abbie Ruckdashel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online | 12-31-2017

MIDLANDS – (Evanston, IL) After two days of competition at the 54th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championship, the Wisconsin Badgers finished seventh as a team overall. Nine of sixteen entered made it to the second day of competition. Six Badgers managed to wrangle a spot on the podium.

Evan Wick (R-Fr 157lb), and Ricky Robertson (R-Jr 197lb) placed fourth to lead the Badgers. Ryan Christensen (R-So 174lb) and Connor Medbery (R-Sr 285) each claimed sixth, while Johnny Jimenez (Un Redshirt 125) brought home a seventh, while Eli Stickley (R-Fr 133) finished eighth.

Jimenez and Stickley fought their way back through the consolation bracket after losses early in the tournament. In the final round, Jimenez, wrestling unattached, won a 12-9 decision against Christian Moody of Oklahoma. Stickley’s tournament ended with a heartbreaking loss in the place match, barely succumbing to Cameron Kelly of Ohio 5-3.

Evan Wick, also wrestling unattached, put on a show, winning eight of ten matches while placing 4th. Wick knocked off teammate TJ Ruschell (R-Sr 157) earlier in the blood rounds towards qualifying for a spot on the podium. Evan defeated Colin Heffernan (Central Michigan) 10-7 to earn his spot in the third-place bout. Joshua Shields (Arizona State) scored a major shutout (8-0) over Evan for third place.

Robertson (often referred to as “Mr. GQ”) won six matches to fourth place. On the way, he defeated teammate Mason Reinhardt (R-Fr) 8-2. Robertson dropped the third place match to Shawn Scott (Northern Illinois) via tie breaker 1, 2-1.

Wrestling teammates seemed to be a pattern for the Badgers as five matches had UW wrestlers facing one another.

Ryan Christensen placed sixth at 174lb. After dropping the opening match, Christensen won five in a row to put him in contention for a medal and in the consolation semi Zac Brunsen (R-Sr, Illinois) won a 4.-1 contest. Wrestling for fifth, Ryan lost by decision to Devin Skatzka (Indiana). Christensen had beaten Skatzka earlier this year 7-3 in the opening Big Ten dual at Bloomington. Unfortunately for Christensen, Skatzka found revenge, with a 9-2 decision leaving Ryan with sixth.

Coming off a stellar first day, Connor Medbery was a favorite for the top place on the podium. Unfortunately for the redshirt senior, it was an illness not an opponent that took him down the second day. The bug forced him to forfeit his semifinal match, and subsequently the next two on the back side of the bracket leaving him with a sixth-place spot.

The next time to see the Badgers in action is this coming Friday, January 6th when Big Ten foe Ohio State comes to Madison.  The dual starts at 7pm in the UW Fieldhouse. The match will also be televised on Big Ten Network.

Midlands Championships Results for Wisconsin
Midlands 125 – Michael Cullen
Champ. Rd. 1 – Brock Hudkins (Northern Illinois) by decision Michael Cullen (UW) (Dec 2-0)
Cons. Rd. 1 – Michael Cullen (UW) received a bye
Cons. Rd. 2 – Jake Silzer (Illinois) by decision Michael Cullen (UW) (Dec 1-0)

Midlands 125 – Johnny Jimenez
Champ. Rd. 1 – Johnny Jimenez (UW) received a bye
Champ. Rd. 2 – Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern) by major decision Johnny Jimenez (UW) (Maj 14-6)
Cons. Rd. 2 – Johnny Jimenez (UW) received a bye
Cons. Rd. 3 – Johnny Jimenez (UW) by major decision LJ Bentley (Pittsburgh) (Maj 8-0)
Cons. Rd. 4 – Johnny Jimenez (UW) by decision Jens Lantz (UW) (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Rd. 5 – Johnny Jimenez (UW) by decision Zac Denny (UW-Whitewater) (Dec 5-1)
Cons. Rd. 6 – Johnny Jimenez (UW) by decision Brent Fleetwood (Central Michigan) (Dec 7-5)
Cons. Rd. 7 – Shakur Laney (Ohio) by decision Johnny Jimenez (UW) (Dec 7-2)
7th Place Match – Johnny Jimenez (UW) by decision Christian Moody (Oklahoma) (Dec 12-9)

Midlands 125 – Jens Lantz
Champ. Rd. 1 – Jens Lantz (UW) received a bye
Champ. Rd. 2 – Jens Lantz (UW) by decision Michael Beck (Maryland) (Dec 9-3)
Champ. Rd. 3 – Thomas Gilman (Iowa) by tech fall Jens Lantz (UW) (TF 25-10)
Cons. Rd. 4 – Johnny Jimenez (UW) by decision Jens Lantz (UW) (Dec 5-3)

Midlands 133 – Eli Stickley
Champ. Rd. 1 – Eli Stickley (UW) received a bye
Champ. Rd. 2 – Jamal Morris (NC State) won by fall over Eli Stickley (UW) (Fall 1:13)
Cons. Rd. 2 – Eli Stickley (UW) won by fall over Brandon James (Indiana) (Fall 4:03)
Cons. Rd. 3 – Eli Stickley (UW) won by fall over Alec Kelly (Columbia) (Fall 2:31)
Cons. Rd. 4 – Eli Stickley (UW) by decision Cam Sykora (North Dakota State) (Dec 8-4)
Cons. Rd. 5 – Eli Stickley (UW) by tech fall Anthony Cefolo (Rider) (TF 16-0)
Cons. Rd. 6 – Eli Stickley (UW) by decision Bryan Lantry (Buffalo) (Dec 8-2)
Cons. Rd. 7 – Scott Delvecchio (Rutgers) won by fall over Eli Stickley (UW) (Fall 5:43)
7th Place Match – Cameron Kelly (Ohio) by decision Eli Stickley (UW) (Dec 5-3)

Midlands 141 – Cole Martin
Champ. Rd. 1 – Cole Martin (UW) received a bye
Champ. Rd. 2 – Cole Martin (UW) by decision Robert Lee (Pittsburgh) (Dec 3-1)
Champ. Rd. 3 – Chad Red (Nebraska) by major decision Cole Martin (UW) (Maj 13-3)
Cons. Rd. 4 – Jacob Macololooy (Columbia) won by medical forfeit over Cole Martin (UW) (MFF)

Midlands 149 – Gabe Grahek
Champ. Rd. 1 – Beau Donahue (NC State) by decision Gabe Grahek (UW) (Dec 7-2)
Cons. Rd. 1 – Gabe Grahek (UW) received a bye
Cons. Rd. 2 – Adam Whitesell (Maryland) by decision Gabe Grahek (UW) (Dec 6-2)

Midlands 149 – Andrew Crone
Champ. Rd. 1 – Andrew Crone (UW) by decision Luke Blanton (Indiana) (Dec 10-4)
Champ. Rd. 2 – Joshua Maruca (Arizona State) by decision Andrew Crone (UW) (Dec 4-1)
Cons. Rd. 2 – Andrew Crone (UW) by major decision Max Rogers (Princeton) (Maj 15-6)
Cons. Rd. 3 – Andrew Crone (UW) won by fall over Shayne Oster (Northwestern) (Fall 5:57)
Cons. Rd. 4 – Andrew Crone (UW) by decision Beau Donahue (NC State) (Dec 10-4)
Cons. Rd. 5 – Andrew Crone (UW) by decision John Fahy (SIU Edwardsville) (Dec 8-3)
Cons. Rd. 6 – Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) won by fall over Andrew Crone (UW) (Fall 1:22)

Midlands 149 – Zander Wick
Champ. Rd. 1 – Zander Wick (UW) received a bye
Champ. Rd. 2 – Joey Delgado (Oregon State) by decision Zander Wick (UW) (Dec 8-4)
Cons. Rd. 2 – Tyshawn Williams (SIU Edwardsville) by decision Zander Wick (UW) (Dec 10-6)

Midlands 157 – Jared Scharenbrock
Champ. Rd. 1 – Jared Scharenbrock (UW) by decision Nick Gasbrro (Illinois) (Dec 8-1)
Champ. Rd. 2 – Jake Danishek (Indiana) by decision Jared Scharenbrock (UW) (Dec 10-5)
Cons. Rd. 2 – Jared Scharenbrock (UW) by decision Andrew Fierro (Boise State) (Dec 6-2)
Cons. Rd. 3 – Jared Scharenbrock (UW) won by injury default over Eleazar Deluca (Rutgers) (Inj. 6:37)
Cons. Rd. 4 – Jared Scharenbrock (UW) won by fall over James Wolfe (Eastern Michigan) (Fall 4:13)
Cons. Rd. 5 – Colston DiBlasi (Iowa State) won by fall over Jared Scharenbrock (UW) (Fall 2:40)

Midlands 157 – Tj Ruschell
Champ. Rd. 1 – Tj Ruschell (UW) received a bye
Champ. Rd. 2 – Tj Ruschell (UW) by decision Caden McWhirter (Northern Illinois) (Dec 12-6)
Champ. Rd. 3 – Tj Ruschell (UW) won in sudden victory – 1 over Dawaylon Barnes (Oklahoma) (SV-1 5-3)
Quarterfinal – Jason Tsirtis (Arizona State) by decision Tj Ruschell (UW) (Dec 5-2)
Cons. Rd. 6 – Evan Wick (UW) by major decision Tj Ruschell (UW) (Maj 15-3)

Midlands 157 – Evan Wick
Champ. Rd. 1 – Colston DiBlasi (Iowa State) by decision Evan Wick (UW) (Dec 7-1)
Cons. Rd. 1 – Evan Wick (UW) received a bye
Cons. Rd. 2 – Evan Wick (UW) by tech fall Anthony Petrone (Northwestern) (TF 16-1)
Cons. Rd. 3 – Evan Wick (UW) by major decision Carver James (Illinois) (Maj 13-4)
Cons. Rd. 4 – Evan Wick (UW) by decision Kyle Langenderfer (Illinois) (Dec 10-5)
Cons. Rd. 5 – Evan Wick (UW) by tech fall Clayton Ream (North Dakota State) (TF 20-2)
Cons. Rd. 6 – Evan Wick (UW) by major decision Tj Ruschell (UW) (Maj 15-3)
Cons. Rd. 7 – Evan Wick (UW) by decision Alex Griffin (Purdue) (Dec 5-2)
Cons. Semi – Evan Wick (UW) by decision Colin Heffernan (Central Michigan) (Dec 10-7)
3rd Place Match – Joshua Shields (Arizona State) by major decision Evan Wick (UW) (Maj 8-0)

Midlands 174 – Ryan Christensen
Champ. Rd. 1 – Jordan Pagano (Rutgers) by decision Ryan Christensen (UW) (Dec 4-0)
Cons. Rd. 1 – Ryan Christensen (UW) won by medical forfeit over Austin Bell (Pittsburgh) (MFF)
Cons. Rd. 2 – Ryan Christensen (UW) by decision Nick Reenan (NC State) (Dec 4-2)
Cons. Rd. 3 – Ryan Christensen (UW) won by fall over Dean Sherry (Rider) (Fall 5:38)
Cons. Rd. 4 – Ryan Christensen (UW) by decision Austin Dewey (Boise State) (Dec 6-3)
Cons. Rd. 5 – Ryan Christensen (UW) by decision Josef Johnson (Harvard) (Dec 6-0)
Cons. Semi – Zac Brunson (Illinois) by decision Ryan Christensen (UW) (Dec 4-1)
5th Place Match – Devin Skatzka (Indiana) by decision Ryan Christensen (UW) (Dec 9-2)

Midlands 184 – Hunter Ritter
Champ. Rd. 1 – Hunter Ritter (UW) received a bye
Champ. Rd. 2 – Zac Carlson (South Dakota State) won by injury default over Hunter Ritter (UW) (Inj. 0:22)
Cons. Rd. 2 – Hunter Ritter (UW) received a bye
Cons. Rd. 3 – Hunter Yeargan (Ohio) won by medical forfeit over Hunter Ritter (UW) (MFF)

Midlands 197 – Mason Reinhardt
Champ. Rd. 1 – Mason Reinhardt (UW) by major decision Brad Johnson (Oklahoma) (Maj 18-7)
Champ. Rd. 2 – Mason Reinhardt (UW) by major decision Christian Brunner (Purdue) (Maj 12-1)
Champ. Rd. 3 – Mason Reinhardt (UW) won by fall over Matt Williams (CSU Bakersfield) (Fall 8:30)
Quarterfinal – Nate Rotert (South Dakota State) by decision Mason Reinhardt (UW) (Dec 6-0)
Cons. Rd. 6 – Ricky Robertson (UW) by decision Mason Reinhardt (UW) (Dec 8-2)

Midlands 197 – Ricky Robertson
Champ. Rd. 1 – Ricky Robertson (UW) received a bye
Champ. Rd. 2 – Ricky Robertson (UW) by decision Derek Hillman (Eastern Michigan) (Dec 3-0)
Champ. Rd. 3 – Ryan Wolfe (Rider) won by fall over Ricky Robertson (UW) (Fall 5:19)
Cons. Rd. 4 – Ricky Robertson (UW) by decision David-Brian Whisler (Maryland) (Dec 6-2)
Cons. Rd. 5 – Ricky Robertson (UW) by decision Cash Wilcke (Iowa) (Dec 6-3)
Cons. Rd. 6 – Ricky Robertson (UW) by decision Mason Reinhardt (UW) (Dec 8-2)
Cons. Rd. 7 – Ricky Robertson (UW) by decision Jacob Berkowitz (Northwestern) (Dec 5-2)
Cons. Semi – Ricky Robertson (UW) by decision Ryan Wolfe (Rider) (Dec 9-6)
3rd Place Match – Shawn Scott (Northern Illinois) won in tie breaker – 1 over Ricky Robertson (UW) (TB-1 2-1)

Midlands 285 – Connor Medbery
Champ. Rd. 1 – Connor Medbery (UW) received a bye
Champ. Rd. 2 – Connor Medbery (UW) by decision David Henry (Oregon State) (Dec 2-1)
Champ. Rd. 3 – Connor Medbery (UW) by tech fall Nickolas Gajdzik (Harvard) (TF 16-0)
Quarterfinal – Connor Medbery (UW) won by fall over Michael Boykin (NC State) (Fall 3:36)
Semifinal – Jordan Wood (Lehigh) won by medical forfeit over Connor Medbery (UW) (MFF)
Cons. Semi – Gage Hutchison (Eastern Michigan) won by medical forfeit over Connor Medbery (UW) (MFF)
5th Place Match – Collin Jensen (Nebraska) won by medical forfeit over Connor Medbery (UW) (MFF)


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TomM
December 31, 2016 13:40