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Regular Season Ends
We finished the dual meet season this past week with a loss at Central Michigan on Thursday and a win against Northwestern in the final dual meet of the year. Central Michigan is a solid Dual meet team with several of their wrestlers ranked in the top 20. We also did not have 2 ranked Jordan compete (planned rest) and Eric Peissig (stayed back with 3 exams). We knew it would make this a difficult meet to win. Having said that, we also saw one of the best performances in years. Rylan Lubeck was told hours before the match that he would be wrestling at 165lbs but, because of NCAA weight rules, he would have to weigh in at 149lbs so that he could wrestle at that weight later, if needed. Rylan went out and threw their guy to his back and nearly pinned him (even the opposing coach thought he was pinned). Rylan continued to compete for the full 7 minutes and held on for the win against a guy 20 lbs heavier who had won over 20 matches this season! The meet on Sunday against Northwestern was the most dominant win of the season as we won 9 of the 10 matches. We were led this time by a fall from Eric Peissig and tech falls from TJ Ruschell and Zeke Jordan. Johnny Jimenez continues to wrestle well in the second half of the season as he won both matches last week against ranked individuals. Ryan Taylor also won both his matches with both opponents ranked. As a team we have been wrestling better as the season has progressed, but there is still work to do.
Big Ten Championships
We have the guys taking a break from wrestling the past two days as we will push hard from Wednesday through Tuesday next week. The seeds for the Big Ten Championships will likely be announced next Monday, along with how many spots per weight the Big Ten has earned to the NCAA Championships. There may be weight classes where 1/3 of the entries into the NCAA Championships will come through the Big Ten. The Iowa Hawkeyes will host the Conference Championships on March 5-6. We will let you know the schedule that the Big Ten network will have next week.
Incoming Badger Jacob Covaciu won his second Indiana State title last weekend. The three time State finalist (Indiana is one of the few states remaining with just one class) and Fargo All-American, finished his high school career with a 46-0 senior season at 160lbs and a three year record of 135-6 (5 losses his sophomore year). Along with the Wick twins, who are both ranked in the top 4 nationally at their respective weights, we are excited for what these young men are going to accomplish in a Badger Wrestling singlet over their respective careers.