Tuesdays with Barry 1/10/17
Tuesdays with Barry 1/10/17
Even though we had only one match on Friday, this past weekend was jammed packed with wrestling for our team and staff. Friday we took on the Buckeyes from Ohio State. As a staff we were proud of our team for how we competed. Our motto this year has been simple; “be the best you can be.” We firmly believe that if all 30 of our wrestlers embrace this challenge we will have a great season. Johnny Jimenez had the marquee win of the night for us knocking off the 11 ranked wrestler in the country at 125. We decided to wrestle him based on his performance at midlands and his desire to compete. Jens and Michael Cullen will continue to compete for the next few months and we will put out the guy we feel who has the best opportunity to score team points at NCAAs. TJ Ruschell looked sharp, avenging a loss from last season. He is wrestling better every match. Theres no doubt he can be a player for us at the NCAA tournament. Connor Medbery looked dominant in his victory, Andrew Crone and Ryan Christensen competed hard as well. Both will make adjustments and build on the confidence that continues to grow by the way they practice every day. Another highlight from the night was the photo taken after the dual of Isaac Jordan who earned his 100th WIN of his career and his family that was in attendance. This picture included Isaac’s father and Badger great Jim Jordan, former All American Ben Jordan, current Badger Eli Stickley, and their cousins Micah and Bo Jordan from Ohio State. What a great wrestling family!!! We are very proud of Isaac and all he’s done for our program!
Kyle Ruschell and Trevor Brandvold spent Saturday at the Cheesehead Invite in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. As always it was a very competitive tournament. The tournament staff there do a fantastic job putting on one of the toughest tournaments in the country. It is great for the sport and State of Wisconsin! We appreciate it because we get to see Wisconsin and many of the Midwest’s best compete all at the same place only a couple hours from Madison. We encourage any school that has the opportunity to go to make the trip… the format is one that all your wrestlers will get competitive matches. One thing our staff does when we evaluate a potential student athlete is look at their record throughout their career vs. other D1 and Big Ten talent. If a kid goes 40-0, that’s a great accomplishment. For recruiting purposes however, if they haven’t wrestled any other D1 caliber guys it’s hard for us to gauge where he’s at. The kid with five losses and some big wins against other D1 guys is going to be much better prepared most of the time for the college wrestling room!
Sunday we volunteered at the Badger Challenge in Waunakee. This was a youth tournament that our guys officiated and ran clocks at. It’s fun to be able to give back to the sport and help the future of wrestling. It’s good for our guys to see where they came from and how much they’ve invested in this sport!
This is a short week of training for us. We will head to Lincoln on Thursday to get ready for our dual vs. Nebraska Friday evening. Saturday morning, we will work out and then head up to Minneapolis for our dual Sunday vs Minnesota. Both of these duals are big rivalry matches for us. We have split over the past 4 years with Nebraska. They have a very strong squad this season… especially for dual meets. We will most likely be wrestling some different guys against the Cornhuskers due to injuries and match ups. We expect to have a full squad against the Gophers. They boast a strong team as well. On paper it looks to be a very close dual… We hope to see a lot of red in the stands on Sunday from the Western Wisconsin Badger faithful!!!
Thanks so much for your support!
Coach Davis and Staff