UW Badger News January 15-17, 2016
UW Badger News January 15-17, 2016
Jordan wins 15th-straight match to extend unscathed record
Badgers fall to No. 2 Iowa, 31-3, in second-ever Kohl Center dual
MADISON, Wis. – In its second-ever dual at the Kohl Center Friday, the Wisconsin men’s wrestling team fell to No. 2 Iowa, 31-3, dropping nine of 10 matches, but losing five by four points or less. The Badgers are now 0-2 in the Kohl Center after dropping the first Kohl Center dual 27 -7 to Iowa State.
The Hawkeyes (11-0, 5-0) scored the first points in eight of 10 matches en route to their sixth-straight win over UW (1-4, 0-3), dating back to 2007-08. Iowa now leads the all-time series 76-8-3, including a 38-4-2 mark in Madison.
“Tonight, they beat us to the punch, and some guys gave in to that,” head coach Barry Davis said. “You can’t do that. Other guys fought, they did a good job. There’s improvements, I see things happening yet, but we’re just not quite there yet.
“But I know we can do the work. We’ve got lift tomorrow, we go back to work, talk to the guys about it, stay committed and move forward.”
Despite the lopsided result, 165-pounder Isaac Jordan continued his win streak to 15-straight matches to maintain his perfect record this year.
Just one of two Badgers to take on an unranked Iowa opponent, third-ranked Jordan picked up a takedown on Patrick Rhoads in the first period and never looked back. The Urbana, Ohio, native piled on six points over the course of the match, while preventing Rhoads from registering a point until the 40-second mark of the third period when Rhoads earned an escape.
“Wrestling’s an individual sport, which is really nice because if you win, you can look at yourself and be satisfied,” Jordan said. “But as a team, there were a lot of things we need to work on, like some improvements with pace and intensity. They came in here and they were stingier
than us. I think we need to readdress what our strategy is going into a match and look at it as a learning experience.”
Wisconsin’s other ranked wrestler, No. 7 Ryan Taylor, matched up with Cory Clark, who entered the dual rated third in the 133-pound weight class.
Taylor trailed, 4-1, after the first period, but UW head coach Barry Davis challenged Clark’s first of two takedowns which was eventually overturned. Due to the scoring change, the escape Taylor recorded following the takedown was also removed from the scoresheet.
The second-period stalemate—one of four on the night—was no indicator of the final period, as the pair combined to score seven points (eight with riding time point).
Clark came out victorious in a 7-3 decision, gathering a takedown, two escapes and a riding time point in the third compared to Taylor’s takedown and escape.
Easily the tightest grapple came in the 174-pound weight class, with Iowa’s 12th-ranked Alex Meyer narrowly edging Ricky Robertson in a 1-0 decision.
The Hawkeyes’ competitor notched an escape in the second period and prevented numerous attempts from Robertson to escape the bottom position for the remainder of the match.
At 141 pounds, Gabe Grahek fought tough against Topher Carton, but unable to force a takedown he fell, 4-2.
Both Andrew Crone and Brock Horwath lost their matches by just three points.
Crone kept the match competitive to the very end, escaping with 1:43 remaining to cut No. 2-ranked Brandon Sorensen’s lead to 5-3. The Badgers’
149-pounder made multiple attempts to drop his opponent to the mat and tie the score, but Sorensen held tough to win 6-3, with an additional point tacked on for riding time.
Horwath was down, 3-0, against eighth-ranked heavyweight Sam Stoll entering the third period before finally earning his first point with an escape at the 1:30 mark. Stoll countered each of Horwath’s takedown-tries to prevent the score from knotting. The Iowa wrestler earned a riding time point to garner a 4-1 win.
TJ Ruschell traded points with No. 16 Edwin Cooper Jr. for much of the first two periods of the 157-pound match to trail, 4-2, with two minutes still left to wrestle.
In the third period, Cooper Jr. came out strong recording a takedown 20 seconds in. He was granted a penalty point and picked up an extra point for riding time to take the match, 8-2.
Ryan Christensen (174 pounds) and Eric Peissig (197 pounds) fell in major decisions to No. 8 Sammy Brooks (14-6) and No. 3 Nathan Burak (20-7), respectively.
125-pounder Jimmy Jimenez wrapped up Wisconsin’s results, as second-ranked Thomas Gilman won, 23-7, by technical fall.
Wisconsin will head east for the second time this year, taking on Rutgers on Saturday at 6 p.m. before matching up with Maryland at noon on Sunday.
DAVIS FINDS PROGRESS IN LOSS TO IOWA
Posted by Nate Woelfel on Jan 16, 2016 12:42
MADISON – The final numbers on the Kohl Center scoreboard were anything but pretty.
On the surface, it appeared that No.2 Iowa systematically disassembled the host Badgers 31-3 in a Big Ten dual on Friday night.
The Hawkeyes won nine of 10 matches and led wire-to-wire in eight of them.
Isaac Jordan’s victory only highlight against Iowa
Wisconsin State Journal staff Jan 15, 2016
Wrestling coach Barry Davis has been on both sides of the University of Wisconsin’s Big Ten Conference dual-meet series with Iowa.
A three-time NCAA champion with the Hawkeyes, the veteran coach spent his career in Iowa City on the winning side of the rivalry.
Chesterton wrestler Davison commits to Michigan
7:30pm Sunday, January 17, 2016 • Jim Peters email@example.com, (219) 548-4363
It was hard for Andrew Davison to say no to Wisconsin. The only thing that made it any easier was being able to say yes to Michigan.
Chesterton’s undefeated junior 182-pounder, whose father and assistant coach Keith was a two-time All-American at Wisconsin, verbally committed to wrestle for the Wolverines last week.
“The decision was the toughest I have ever experienced in my life,” Davison said. “There was truly so much I loved about Wisconsin. I loved the coaches and what they did for me, and most importantly I loved the idea of wrestling at my dad’s alma mater. I couldn’t be more thankful to have the opportunity to be recruited and treated so highly by the schools that recruited me.”
In addition to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Purdue were among the top schools in pursuit of Davison.
“What it came down to for me was Michigan’s legacy and dynasty in all athletics, how serious they take both academics and athletics,” Davison said. “The culture and brotherhood I felt up at Michigan was unlike any other school I had taken interest in. The passion behind Michigan athletics has always been one that’s appealed to me and has made me so excited to put on a maize and blue singlet for the university.”
Davison called his recruiting process a fairly short, yet stressful one. Michigan’s regional training center is an “unrivaled resource” and his desire to go into the field of medicine also factored significantly.
“I knew if I graduated from Michigan, let alone wrestled there, that this alone would create so many more opportunities for myself,” he said. “The prestigious academic experience and excellence at the school pulled me strongly. I have a ridiculous amount of confidence that the people, coaches and wrestlers at Ann Arbor will help me achieve my goals on and off the mat.”
Chesterton coach Chris Joll was impressed, if not surprised, with the manner in which Davison made his choice.
“He said it was one of the hardest decisions he’s ever made. I told him, ‘Don’t worry, it gets harder,'” Joll said. “It was a really wise decision, choosing a college that was best for the major he was interested in, not a college just for wrestling. To me, that means a lot. To turn down his father’s alma mater speaks volumes to the kid as a person. He understands what college is about and his parents understand what life is about.”
A fifth-place finisher last season at 182, Davison is undefeated and ranked second in the state.
“I couldn’t be more fortunate to have so much support from everybody who has helped and guided me to this point in my life,” he said. “I am extremely pumped about becoming a Wolverine in a year-and-a-half but I’m ready to get back on focusing on achieving what I wanted to for this season. It’s time to get back to work.”
Michigan is ranked 10th nationally.
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