Tuesdays with Barry 11/22/16
Alumni, Friends and Family,
This past weekend was one of the busiest we have seen in a while-and it wasn’t all about wrestling! First and foremost, congratulations to Ali and Trevor Brandvold on the birth of their son, Abel. Not much that can happen in this world that can bring greater joy than a healthy baby! I also took a little family time to watch my daughter Amy run with her Badger Team at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Team finished in the top 15, not bad for a Team that wasn’t projected to even qualify. Bigger things ahead for a Team that returns all but one. Coaches Ruschell and Eppert took over the reins for the dual at Duke and I joined them for the Wolfpack Open. Coach Brandvold stayed home, busy with his other duties!
Dual Meet Win
The past few years we haven’t started well with the early season duals and we almost followed that again. The important thing is this Team found a way to win this time. In the final match of the dual, Andrew Crone found himself in a big 8-0 hole after one period. Even at that point we all had confidence he could win. Over the final 4 minutes he scored 11 points to pull out a 11-9 win for a 25-17 dual victory. We wouldn’t have even had the opportunity to win the dual if it wasn’t for the win that back-up heavyweight Ben Stone pulled out against a top 16 ranked and undefeated wrestler. Ben rolled through a headlock attempt and held his opponent on his back for a fall. Ben has worked hard this past year behind Connor and when he got the opportunity to compete he was up to the challenge. Wins by Zeke Jordan, Eli Stickley, Ryan Christensen and Ricky Robertson put us in the position for Andrew and Ben to step up.
We made our first trip to NC State to compete in the Wolfpack Open. This tournament has mostly Division I athletes who are guys we don’t get an opportunity to compete against. I am very pleased how we wrestled at this event. Andrew Crone continues to make a statement winning at 149lbs. Zeke Jordan had 2 pins and 2 major decisions as he dominated everyone at 165lbs. Ryan Christensen won at 174lbs-not surrendering a point the entire tournament. Ricky Robertson is also making everyone aware of his presence at 197lbs where he finished 2nd – losing in the finals by a 3-2 score to the 4th ranked wrestler. Cole Martin and Jenz Lantz both lost tough 1-point decisions in the semi-finals and earned 3rd place at 141lbs and 125lbs respectively. Redshirt freshmen Eli Stickley and Hunter Ritter both placed in the top 6 as well. Michael Cullen and Eric Peissig finished 8th to complete our place winners.
We also had two freshman place at the Concordia Tournament. Patrick Spray finished 4th at 141lbs and Zander Wick earned another title, pinning his opponent in the finals at 149lbs.
Intermat rankings have now added Andrew Crone and Ricky Robertson to the top 15 at their weights, to go with Zeke Jordan and Connor Medbery’s number 2 ranking. They also have the Badger Team ranked 11th for the NCAA Championships but not ranked in the top 25 as a dual meet team. We still have something to prove to them in duals.
Cliff Keen Tournament
Our next competition will be one of the toughest when we travel to Las Vegas in two weeks for the Cliff Keen Open. Several top ten Teams will be participating. We plan to have all our varsity competing for the first time this season.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING – enjoy the time with family