Tuesdays with Barry (3-7-2016)
Tuesdays with Barry (3-7-2016)
Alumni, Friends and Family,
Big Ten Championships
I want to start out by saying how proud I am of the effort made by our team over the weekend at the Big Ten Championships. We outperformed our seeds by +10. Only one other team did better according to trackwrestling.com. There is a bit of a conundrum here as my staff and I can be proud of the overall individual effort, but 8th place as a Team is not acceptable for the Badger Wrestling program. We will continue to build on the programs we have developed in the past couple years, which includes the Regional Training Center, to attract top recruits.
Individually, the Badgers were led again this year by Zeke Jordan. Zeke defended his Big Ten title for a second time against his cousin competing for Ohio State. Zeke remains undefeated and is expected to get the 2 seed at the NCAA Championships next week. Ryan Taylor has continued to get better, with his limited competition schedule, and is looking like he did last year. In what most believed was the deepest weight in the Big Ten, Ryan started as the 6th seed and wrestled to a 3rd place finish. Along the way he defeated the nationally 5th ranked wrestler twice and lost to the eventual Big Ten Champion in the semi-finals in an exciting 10-7 match. Johnny Jimenez and Ryan Christenson both wrestled their way to the NCAA Championships by placing 7th at 125lbs and 184lbs. Christenson has to beat the returning All-American from Ohio State to earn the spot. Ricky Robinson had qualified for an automatic bid from the season which rounds out our qualified athletes.
Unfortunately I have to say that I am disappointed in the NCAA committee that selects the wild cards, as Brock Horwath was not allocated one at 285lbs. Brock placed 7th in the Big Tens and should have been the second wildcard after Stoll from Iowa. The Big Ten lost one slot at 285 when Maryland did not enter their qualified 285 AND potential NCAA Champion Kyle Snyder from Ohio State took another spot when he did not have enough matches to qualify a slot for the Big Ten. What makes me most disappointed in the selection is there is an athlete at this weight that got a wildcard that we had a few common opponents. There are two individuals that this person lost to that we beat by a combined score of 15-0!!! We are proud of Brock and what he committed to this program for 5 years to get his opportunity. He deserved better but it doesn’t change what this young man accomplished for the Badgers this year.
This past weekend Badger recruits Zander and Evan Wick both won California State Titles in dominant fashion. Zander was taken down once in the entire tournament with two falls, a tech and two decisions. Evan was even more dominant with three techs and two falls (including a 39 second fall in the finals) on his way to the Dave Schultz Outstanding Wrestler of the State Championships! We are looking forward to getting these young men in Badger singlets.
Bucks a Point
All of you should have received an e-mail from Coach Hull regarding the Bucks a Point program. This is an important fundraising effort in support of the Badger Wrestling Club. We have been able to bring in RTC athletes Camden Eppert for the lightweights and Nazar Kulchytskyy who trains with the middleweights, with the help from this program. Thanks to all of you who have participated in the past and we need as many of you as possible to help again this year!
Thanks to all of you who have been following the Badgers this season!
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