NCAA Session 3 | Medbery, Jordan into Semi’s

TomM
March 17, 2017 14:22

NCAA Session 3 | Medbery,  Jordan into Semi’s

NCAA Session 3 | Medbery, Jordan into Semi’s

Abigail Ruckdashel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online | Friday, March 17, 2017 

Two Badgers claim All American Honors

(St. Louis, MO) After qualifying nine Badgers, two have already claimed All-American Honors. The Wisconsin Senior power duo Isaac Jordan (30-4) and Connor Medbery (28-1) have not lost in the tournament yet, and officially qualified as All American after winning their quarterfinal matches earlier Friday morning. The lowest place they can take from this point on is 8th.

Jordan became just the fifth person in UW History to accomplish All-American status all four times. Jordan placed as high as second, after losing to Oklahoma State great Alex Dieringer in the finals last season. Zeke will wrestle again tonight in the semifinal round against heavily favored Isaiah Martinez (R JR).

Martinez, a two-time national champion comes into his bout with Jordan undefeated. Jordan and Martinez have not met up this season yet, as Wisconsin did not dual Illinois this season and they did not meet at Big Tens after Jordan was taken out prior in the semis by Michigan’s Logan Massa (R FR).

Connor Medbery picked up his second All American honor, finishing as high as fourth two seasons ago. He will face No. 3 Ty Walz (R SR) of Virginia Tech in the semifinal round later Friday night. Walz is now a three-time All American, finishing as high as 4th last season.

Notably, Andrew Crone (R JR) is one win away from All-American status along the backside. After receiving an at large bid to qualify for his first NCAA Tournament, Crone (29-12) has taken down the No.12 and No.13 seeds to put himself in contention for the podium.

Crone opened the tournament with an 8-5 decision over 12 seed Sam Speno of NC State. Speno, a junior, is a two-time NCAA qualifier. Crone then lost to conference foe Brandon Sorenson of Iowa, but continued to pick up wins through the backside. First it was California State Bakersfield’s Coleman Hammond, followed by 13 seed Alfred Bannister from Maryland.

Bannister scored first, taking down Crone early in the first period. Crone escaped right away. Heading into the third period, Bannister held a 3-1 lead. Crone got away, followed by an immediate take down to grab a 4-3 lead. Bannister got away knotting the match at 4 with under a minute left. With only 42 seconds remaining, Crone scored the winning takedown and sequestered riding time to place him one match away from the podium.

In order to reach the podium, he will have to knock off No. 15 Kenny Theobald (R SR) from Rutgers in the round Friday evening. If he wins that matchup, the lowest place he will be able to finish is 8th, qualifying him for his first All American honors in as many tries. Crone and Theobold have not matched up yet this season. However, Theobold, a two-time NCAA qualifier, stunned Oklahoma State’s No. 2 Anthony Collica in the round of 16, proving he too can knock off ranked opponents.

The semifinal round and next round of consolation begin at 7pm Friday night. Be sure to tune in on ESPN3 or ESPNU to see if the Badgers can bring home three All Americans.

TomM
March 17, 2017 14:22