Badgers shut out Whitewater in opener

By TomM November 13, 2015 02:34

Badgers shut out Whitewater in opener

Badgers shut out Whitewater

By Nate Woelfel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online

MADISON — As far as opening matches go, the Wisconsin wrestling team couldn’t have asked for much more.

The Badgers blanked NCAA Division III UW-Whitewater 43-0 Thursday at the UW Field House to mark the official beginning of the 2015-16 campaign.

Johnny Jimenez (125 pounds), Andrew Crone (149) and Jake Stilling (189) all earned pins for UW en route to the decisive victory.

Jimenez led off the night with fall, before Jens Lantz (133) earned a major decision.

Luke Rowh (149) earned a 4-2, overtime victory in the night’s most exciting match. Rowh went toe-to-toe with Whitewater’s Matt Adcock, who was an All-American in Division III a season ago.

Rowh held a 2-1 advantage after the opening period and deferred choice to Adcock who opted for bottom. Adcock eventually escaped to knot the match at 2-2.

“I just told myself to score some points,” Rowh said. “You just have to score. It’s a matter of who wants it more.”

Rowh hit a takedown early in the extra period to capture the victory, his first win as a varsity starter.

“I think I let the nerves get to me a little bit this first match,” Rowh said. “But now that it’s over, I can take the negatives from the match and learn from it and move on to the next one. Hopefully in the next one I’ll perform closer to where I want to be at.”

Following Rowh’s dramatics, Andrew Crone (149) cashed with a pin, the fastest of the evening, winning by fall in 4:31.

TJ Ruschell (157), Seth Liegel (165) and Ricky Robertson (174) kept things rolling for UW as they each recorded decisions.

Then came Stilling’s pin at 184 pounds. UW head coach Barry Davis pointed to Stilling’s showing as the most impressive performance of the night.

“Jake Stilling, by far. He did a really great job,”Davis said. “I was very impressed with the way he wrestled on top. He wrestled the whole time. He was very good.”

The Badgers, the No. 13 team in the nation according to FloWrestling, capped the night in style with a major decision from Eric Peissig at 197 and a tech fall from Brock Horwath at heavyweight.

It was an offensive onslaught of sorts as the Badgers were on the attack from the get-go.

“We created some offense,” Davis said. “I like the way we wrestled on top, riding, turning. There are a couple things we have to work on. We were a little bit loose on the arm bars, but overall we were pretty good.”

Throughout the night, Whitewater head coach Ned Shuck witnessed firsthand just how effective the Badgers were when in the top positing.

“We really struggled with them on top because they just brought solid, basic wrestling,” Shuck said. “We had a hard time with some of the stuff they did on their feet, too. So we just have a lot to learn.”

Wisconsin scored bonus points in six of 10 matches.

“That’s something we’ve been working on,” Davis said. ” We work on that in practice every day, trying to get more back points, more pins. If you’re going to be great, going to be successful and going to be a great team, you have to have that.”

Shuck pointed out that Wisconsin’s wrestlers were often the ones making the first move.

“Out of those first five matches, we had one guy who hit an offensive attack first,” Shuck said. “Otherwise they (Wisconsin) came out blazing after us. We always preach that you need to be the one to throw the first blow and they beat us at that.”

Even as the Badgers continued to rack up points, Rowh stated that maintaining the shutout remained a priority.

“We want to be as dominant as possible,” Rowh said. “We always talk about dominating in every aspect of life. It’s good to dominate every way we can and every opportunity we get.”

The Warhawks, the No.11 team in D III according to the National Wrestling Coaches Association, may have come up on the wrong side of the score, but Shuck remained pleased with his team’s effort.

“We wanted them to fight and we know they fought. We just got outmatched a bit in a couple of our matches. I’m happy with what we asked for and that was fight and heart and having a good attitude,” Shuck said. They did a fantastic job with that.”

The Badgers return to the mat Sunday when they take part in the Michigan State Open.

On the mend

Robertson was the only one of Wisconsin’s three nationally ranked wrestlers who took the mat on Thursday. However, UW head coach Barry Davis said after the match that he expects the other two, Isaac Jordan (165) and Ryan Taylor (133) to return to the lineup soon.

“They’re not quite there yet,” Davis said. “But they’re getting there.”

Davis projected that Jordan would see his first action of the season at the Navy Classic (Nov. 21), while Taylor would be back in the lineup for the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas (Dec. 4).


Whitewater was without two of its three returning All-Americans on Thursday.

Jordan Newman (174) and 2015 National Runner-up Shane Siefert (197) are expected to join the team next month.

Even though the Warhawks battled their toughest opponent of the season without two of their top returners, Shuck was not about to use that as a crutch for his team.

“We’re not going to be making any excuses,” Shuck said. “Bottom line is we got beat in positions that we work on and spent time on. We need to get back to the drawing board and do some film evaluation and break some of that stuff down for these guys so they can see what’s happening.”

Wisconsin 43, UW-Whitewater 0

125: Jimenez (WIS) wins by fall over Logan Hanselman, 4:41

133: Lantz (WIS) wins by MD over Brandon Peshek, 16-5

141: Rowh (WIS) wins by Dec. over Adcock, 4-2

149: Crone (WIS) wins by fall over Isaiah Vela, 4:31

157: Ruschell (WIS) wins by Dec. over Brandon Arteaga, 7-1

165: Liegel (WIS) wins by Dec. over Thomas Gerszewski, 10-3

174: Robertson (WIS) wins by Dec. over Connor Price, 8-3

184: Stilling (WIS) wins by fall over Christian Dischler, 4:31

197: Peissig (WIS) wins by MD over Bowen Wileman, 9-1

Hwt: Horwath (WIS) wins by TF over Jordan Festege, 16-0

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Badgers silence UW-Whitewater in season-opening meet
UW won, 43-0, picking up bonus points in six matches

Christian Blatner | Cell Phone: (815) 482-4614 | E-mail: | On the web:

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin wrestling team kicked off the 2015-16 season with a bang, Thursday, at the UW Field House, as the Badgers defeated in-state foe UW-Whitewater by a score of 43-0.

En route to a lopsided victory, the Badgers picked up bonus points in six of the 10 matches.

Johnny Jimenez set the tone early, pinning Logan Hanselman 4:41 into the 125-pound match. At the time of the fall Jimenez led 6-0 thanks to two takedowns and a two-point nearfall.

Jens Lentz rivaled Jimenez’s performance with a 16-5 major decision in the 133-pound match. He scored the first five points before surrendering one point to Brandon Peshek by escape. Lentz went on to outscore Peshek, 11-4, to finish out the match.

“It feels good getting out there for the first dual of the year—getting my takedowns and riding tough on top,” Jimenez said.

“I had a lot of fun out there.”

The 141-pound matchup proved to be the most competitive, as Luke Rowh needed a sudden victory period to defeat NCAA Division III All-American and national runner-up Matthew Adcock.

Rowh got out to a two-point lead before Adcock responded with two escapes to knot the score at two after the second period. There was no scoring in the third period.

Coming out aggressive in overtime, Rowh needed just 11 seconds to finish off Adcock with a takedown.

“It was a close match,” Rowh said. “I knew it was going to be within a couple of points. I wrestled him (Adcock) last year and it was a close match. I ended up scoring early and didn’t score until late but I’m just happy I won.”

Andrew Crone extended the Badgers’ lead to 19-0 with a pin in the second period of the 149-pound match against Isaiah Vela. The Delafield, Wisconsin, native was up, 5-0, at the time of the fall.

The 157-pound tussle featured TJ Ruschell and Brandon Arteaga. Ruschell registered two takedowns and a two-point nearfall, while giving up an escape to lead, 6-1, after three minutes on the mat.

The junior escaped the hold of Arteaga in the third period to win, 7-1.

Seth Liegel faced off against Thomas Gerszewski at 165 pounds. Gerszewski had the most wins for UWW last season, posting a 33-9 record and taking the WIAC championship at 157 pounds.

Liegel had no problem with the conference champion, though, as he went up, 2-0, early on and never looked back. The Spring Green, Wisconsin, product won by a score of 10-3.

With Isaac Jordan and Ryan Taylor not participating, Ricky Robertson was the Badgers’ only ranked wrestler competing. He comes in at No. 10 on both FloWrestling and InterMat’s top-20 rankings.

In the 174-pound matchup, Robertson allowed Connor Price to score just three points, as the sophomore won, 8-3.

Jake Stilling picked up Wisconsin’s third pin of the night, defeating Christian Dischler at 184 pounds. The fall occurred in the second round with Stilling leading, 14-0.

Eric Peissig held Bowen Wileman scoreless until the third period in the 197-pound match, winning by major decision, 9-1.

Wrapping up the meet, Broth Horwath won, 16-0, by technical fall over Jordan Festege in the heavyweight scrap. In all, Horwath gathered two takedowns, two two-point nearfalls, two four-point nearfalls and two stalling points.

The Badgers are now 6-0 all-time against Whitewater, dating back to the schools’ first meeting in 1968-69.

Wisconsin will take a break from team competition until Nov. 21 when it takes part in the Navy Classic, but select wrestlers will compete in the Michigan State Open on Sunday at Jenison Fieldhouse in East Lansing, Michigan. The event will include up to 250 participants.

“I’m ready for some more competition and the opportunity to keep battling out there with my brothers,” Jimenez said. “We have a lot of good competition coming up this weekend (at the MSU Open) so this (tonight’s meet) was just a little preview of what we’re all about.”

Christian Blatner Cell Phone: (815) 482-4614

By TomM November 13, 2015 02:34
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