Tuesdays with Barry 11-15-2017
Alumni, Friends and Family,
This past weekend 4 members of the Badger Team finished the Journeymen Classic with a 3-0 record. Redshirt freshmen Hunter Ritter and Mason Reinhardt won the pool of athletes they were assigned. Andrew Crone stepped up to show everyone he is a strong candidate to earn All-American status with 3 major decisions. Connor Medbery received the “Hammer” award for winning the toughest pool in the tournament. He beat the 4th ranked athlete 10-0 and the 5th ranked wrestler 3-2. In just over a week time frame to start the season, Connor has now defeated the 3rd, 4th and 5th ranked wrestlers. Ricky Robertson wrestled well winning 2 of 3, having moved up this year from 174# to 197#. Jens Lantz and Ryan Christensen also won 2 of 3 matches. Both Jens and Ryan have dropped a weight class this season to 125# and 174# respectively. Zeke Jordan didn’t compete last weekend as part of his training plan. The Journeymen Classic was a nice start to the season but this competition did show we have a lot of work to do.
We had a few of our upperclassmen compete at the Harold Nichols open at Iowa State along with most of the freshmen competing unattached on Sunday. Three of our freshmen served notice that they have a great future (actually a great present) ahead as Badger Wrestlers. Zander Wick, Evan Wick and Jacob Covaciu made several coaches from our rival Universities aware of their presence. Zander and Evan both placed 2nd while Jacob earned a 3rd place finish. Zander was leading his finals match in the 3rd period when an overaggressive attempt at a cradle cost him the match. Evan beat the starter for Iowa State in the semis and fell one point short in the finals to the 8th ranked wrestler in the country. Jacob lost his semi-final match in overtime, then pinned the next two guys to get 3rd. One of the guys he pinned was a match away from earning All-American status. These three young men are hard workers and have confidence in what they can accomplish.
Off to North Carolina
On Friday we will be competing in our first dual meet of the season in Durham, NC against Duke. On Sunday we will compete in the Wolfpack Open at North Carolina State. We will be taking 20 guys to compete in this tournament. The results will be important in deciding who will be competing at the few weight classes yet to be settled.
New Badger Recruits
Last Wednesday was National Signing Day. I am very pleased with the young men who will be joining the Team next fall. This class is ranked 10th by The Open Mat.
Paul Konrath – Paul is someone who has been under the radar. He has been home schooled the past two years and by Indiana rules can’t participate in the High School State Championships. Last summer he showed what he is capable of by finished 2nd in the Junior National Championships.
Garrett Model – Garrett won a State Title last season as a Junior for Stoughton High School. He is a dedicated athlete as shown by qualifying for the State Championships in cross country while also training for his upcoming wrestling season.
Devon Bahr – Devin will be going for his 3rd State Title this season. He would have likely been headed for his 4th title and an undefeated career at West Salem/Bangor had he not tore his ACL his Sophomore season.
Jackson Hemauer – Jackson will be going for his 2nd State Title this season for DeForest after finishing 2nd as a Sophomore. This past summer, Jackson lost in an early round at the Junior Nationals, then reeled off 10 straight wins to take 3rd.
Trent Hillger – Trent has excelled in football and wrestling at Lake Fenton, MI. After finishing 4th at HWT as a freshman, Trent is competing for his 3rd State title this season. He has also had an outstanding career in football as a running back and linebacker and entertained offers to play football as well.
Tyler Shilson – Tyler is two-time state place winner, finishing second last season for Maple Grove, MN. His work ethic is exemplified by the fact that he has already run seven marathons, with a personal best of 3:32!
To read more about these individuals go to http://www.uwbadgers.com/index.aspx?path=wrestling.
Big weekend ahead!