|Alumni, Friends and Family,
With classes at the UW beginning today, we are now officially starting the 2016-17 season. It is great to have everyone back in class and working out. We are not allowed to have any organized team practices yet but everyone is in, lifting and wrestling on an individual basis. I am always excited to get a new season underway but this year even more so when we have individuals like Zeke Jordan and Connor Medbery leading the way. However, it is a major disappointment that we will not have Ryan Taylor for his senior season as most of you already know he has had to take a medical release. For a short while during his Sophomore season we got to see just how truly great RT was. We have had many college coaches say they are glad they won’t have to face him but really loved to watch him wrestle. RT will be finishing up his degree this year and will be around to help.
This is a reminder to our Badger Wrestling letter winners to get their ticket to the UW Athletic Hall of Fame Induction dinner on September 16. Rick Lawinger will be honored along with athletes and coaches from other sports at this function. Contact Michelle at the W-Club office at 608 265 5965 to attend as tickets are still available. Deadline to get tickets is Thursday Sept 8. Don’t wait until the last minute as they will not be able to take any walk-ups.
The HOF Induction is scheduled to end between 8-8:30. Afterwards we will be heading over a couple blocks to the new Luckys 1313 on Regent St to continue the celebration. We are asking everyone to join us at Luckys-even if you couldn’t make the HOF Induction-to spend more time enjoying the evening and recognizing Rick.