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Illinois match recap
We came out on the short end of the match on Sunday with 13 Illinois, winning 4 matches and losing 6. We went in knowing we needed an upset or two and could not quite pull that out. Andrew Crone beat the 3rd place finisher from last year’s Big Tens (we don’t consider that an upset) and Zeke Jordan controlled the match in His 5-2 win over the 4th ranked wrestler. Ryan Taylor is close to form as he had a 5-4 loss on riding time to the 2nd ranked wrestler. Taylor has only had 4 matches this year so the next 6 matches prior to the Big Tens are important to getting him ready. Sophomore Johnny Jimenez and Redshirt Freshman Luke Rowh also picked up wins.
This Friday we will be making up the postponed match at Rutgers before we return to the Fieldhouse on Sunday for the noon match with Minnesota. This will be a great match-up so find your way there to help with the home field advantage. Again, join us afterwards at Lucky’s Bar and Grille. There will be plenty of time to attend the match, socialize and get home for the Super Bowl (who really cares anyway without the Packers playing!).
We had 6 freshman compete in their last redshirt tournament of the year on Saturday. All placed in the top four with Mike Cullen (133lbs) and Ben Stone (285) placing 4th, Eli Stickley (141lbs) and Mason Reinhart (184lbs) finishing 3rdand Cole Martin (141) and Hunter Ritter (184) finishing second. This was a good tournament as Iowa, Iowa State and Minnesota had several of their young wrestlers competing as well. One of the best matches for the Badgers was the semi-final match between Ritter and Steveson from MN. Steveson is a 3X State Champion and the number one ranked wrestler in High School last year at 195lbs. He also beat Ritter in an All-Star match-up as seniors 5-2. This past weekend Ritter took Steveson down 4 times in a 9-5 win!
Wisconsin Wrestling $7 T-shirt
Just a reminder to order your Wisconsin Wrestling T-shirt by the end of the day tomorrow (Feb 3) if you would like to pick it up prior to the Minnesota match on Sunday. You have until February 10 to order if you want the shirts shipped. Go to the following link to order. We needed to make a design change slightly this week to avoid any trademark infringement.