UW at MN | Badgers drop Border Battle to Minnesota

By TomM January 15, 2017 23:55

UW at MN | Badgers drop Border Battle to Minnesota

UW at MN | Badgers drop Border Battle to Minnesota

Abigail Ruckdashel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online | 1-15-2017

In a dual that came down to the final match, the No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers fell to the No. 14 Minnesota Golden Gophers 18-15 Sunday afternoon. The Badgers and Gophers each won five matches, but Minnesota racked up the difference in bonus points for the home win.

In his first appearance on the mat since late December. Hunter Ritter (R-FR) lead off the dual at 184-lb. scoring a 7-2 decision over reserve Jordan Rothers (JR). Ritter gave the Badgers the 3-0 lead. His low-level ankle attacks accounted for all the offense needed.

In a ranked match-up at 197-lb. No. 13 Ricky Robertson (R-JR) was up against No. 2 All American Brett Pfarr (SR) at 197 lb. Robertson lost a tough 11-5, tying the team score at 3 all.

No. 2 ranked heavy Connor Medbery (R-SR) picked up three more for the red and white against No. 8 Michael Kroells (SR), meeting for the third time this season. Though it was a tight 3-2 decision, Medbury came away with the win, making it his fifth win over ranked opponents this season. The Badgers took a 6-3 lead.

In another match-up of ranked opponents, No. 20 Johnny Jimenez (JR) met No. 6 Ethan Lizak (SO) at 125-lb. Jimenez was unable to create scoring situations and dropped a 2-0 decision.

At 133-lb. Eli Stickley (R-FR) was pinned by No. 16 Mitch McKee (FR). McKee used a cradle to put the Badger on his back early and scored the fall at 1:21 of the first.

All Badger losses were to ranked Gophers.

Cole Martin (R-FR) suffered an 8-3 loss to No. 13 ranked Tommy Thorn (SO) at 141-lb.

Andrew “Comeback” Crone (R-JR) lived up to his nickname with a come from behind win at 149-lb. Crone was down 3-1 to Minnesota’s Carson Brolsma (R-FR) heading into the third period. He tied the score with a takedown and kept rolling with a four point near fall. He added another four points as the clock neared zero, bringing the score to 13-3 with riding time, picking up the only bonus point win for the Badgers.

TJ Ruschell (R-SR) followed suit and picked up an upset decision at 157-lb. defeating No. 9 ranked Jake Short (JR) 5-3 with riding time being the difference. Short struck first taking Ruschell down in the first.

Ruschell started the second period from the bottom, and turned an apparent escape into a reversal for two points and rode Short out. Short took Ruschell down again early in the third, but TJ managed to escape immediately. As the clock ticked down, Ruschell was awarded a point when Short was penalized for backing off the mat. With riding time in his favor, he pulled off the 5-4 upset.  Wisconsin was charged with unsportsmanlike conduct and lost a team point during the match when coach Barry Davis argued with the official over, what he felt, was an fast stalemate call.

Extending the Badger winning streak, No. 3 Isaac Jordan (R-SR) came up with another decision at 165 lb. With two takedowns, Jordan led No. 14 Nicholas Wanzek (JR) 4-2 after the first period. Wanzek picked up an escape early in the second, but was taken down again by the All-American Badger. Three takedowns and an escape by Jordan make the final score 7-4, tying the team score 15-15.

The Badger’s fate fell into the hands of Ryan Christensen’s (R-SO) at the 174-lb. in the final match of the day, where he faced Chris Pfarr (JR).

Christensen opened the scoring with a takedown in the first ten seconds and rode for over two minutes. Ryan returned Pfarr to the mat after several stand up attempts until Chris managed an escape with 45 seconds left in the first.

Ryan chose down to begin the second and escaped in short order. Pfarr scored on a single leg takedown thirty seconds later and the score was 3-3 at the end of two.

Pfarr chose neutral to begin the third period and scored another takedown about sixty seconds in. Christensen escaped with 40 seconds remaining. Ryan couldn’t seem to catch a second wind and on his low shot Pfarr was able to counter for another takedown and a 7-4 victory.

The Badgers fell 18-15.

Wisconsin will have a long break, with the next action coming to the Fieldhouse Friday, January 27 at 7pm hosting No. 2 Penn State.

184 Hunter Ritter (UW) decision Jordon Rothers (MN) 7-2 / MN 0 – UW 3

197 Brett Pfarr (MN) decision Ricky Robertson (UW) 11-5 / MN 3 – UW 3

285 Connor Medbery (UW) decision Michael Kroells (MN) 3-2 / MN 3 – UW 6

125 Ethan Lizak (MN) decision Johnny Jimenez (UW) 2-0 / MN 6 – UW 6

133 Mitch McKee (MN) fall (1:20) Eli Stickley (UW) / MN 12 – UW 6

141 Tommy Thorn (MN) decision Cole Martin (UW) 8-3 / MN 15 – UW 6

149 Andrew Crone (UW) major decision Carson Brolsma (MN) 13-3 / MN 15 – UW 10

157 TJ Ruschell (UW) decision Jake Short (MN) 5-4 / MN 15 – UW 12*

165 Isaac Jordan (UW) decision Nick Wanzek (MN) 7-4 / MN 15 – UW 15

174 Chris Pfarr (MN) decision Ryan Christensen (UW) 7-4 / MN 18 – UW 15

*Badgers penalized one point for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Photo: Pam Ruschell

By TomM January 15, 2017 23:55