Session V NCAA | Isaac Jordan claims fourth in the medal round |

TomM
March 18, 2017 14:00

Session V NCAA | Isaac Jordan claims fourth in the medal round |

Session V NCAA | Isaac Jordan claims fourth in the medal round |

Abigail Ruckdashel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online| March 18, 2017

(St. Louis, MO) Isaac Jordan was the lone Badger alive in the consolation medal round. After tragically losing to Isaiah Martinez (31-0) of Illinois last night, the four-time All American had to settle for fourth Saturday morning inside the Scottrade Center.

In the 165 lb consolation semifinal round Jordan (28-5) defeated Daniel Lewis, Missouri (28-5) by decision 8-2.

Jordan’s takedown and four point near fall midway through the first period proved to be the difference. Although Lewis rode Jordan out the entire second period, then escaped right away in the third, Zeke added a takedown for good measure.

In the consolation finals Zeke took on season nemesis Logan Massa, Michigan (31-3) for the bronze. Massa has barely beaten Jordan three times this season beginning with an 8-7 decision in Las Vegas in the finals of the Cliff Keen Invitational.

The two met earlier at the dual inside The UW Fieldhouse. Massa was narrowly victorious 9-7 in overtime. And their most recent matchup was in the Big Ten Semifinals two weekends ago where Massa found a way to stun Jordan 4-3. With all three matches settled by two points or less, Zeke was clearly out for redemption when it mattered, the NCAA’s.

Now, I’m still not sure how this happened, but the redshirt freshman somehow majored Jordan 11-2 with riding time. Massa took Jordan down several times with ease, Jordan scoring his only points from escapes. If I had to guess what threw the balance off, I would blame it on the fact they didn’t play Jump Around before this round like they did all the other rounds. I think that was the bad Juju that again lead Jordan to his demise.

All jokes aside, one thing I am sure of was that wasn’t the way Jordan wanted to end his career at Wisconsin. That said, Jordan has been a name for the past four seasons, putting together highlight after highlight for the Badgers. In his time, Jordan has claimed two Big Ten titles and became just the fifth in school history to earn four-time All American honors.

It’s clear Jordan will be missed, not only in the practice room, but on the mat from Badger fans everywhere. Zeke is a class act, never letting his emotions get the best of him, and letting his actions speak louder than words. Jordan has exemplified what Wisconsin wrestling is about from his first match four years ago, to his final career match here inside the Scottrade Center. Though his career is now over, we still have one thing to look forward to—perhaps, a UW Hall of Fame Induction.

Though this story is sad, there’s still one Badger left to wrestle. Connor Medbery will rematch defending NCAA Champion and Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder this evening in the 285 lb bout.  Doors open at 5:30pm CST, and coverage will be on ESPN. The round officially begins at 7pm CST.

TomM
March 18, 2017 14:00