UW Badgers 2-0 at CSUB Tri-Dual

By TomM November 18, 2017 07:53

UW Badgers 2-0 at CSUB Tri-Dual

UW Badgers 2-0 at CSUB Tri-Dual

Badgers bring the boom in Bakersfield

From UWBadgers.com

| November 17, 2017 |

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- In its first dual action of the year, Wisconsin wrestling squared off half way across the country against Pittsburgh and CSU Bakersfield. The Badgers took both bouts, defeating Pitt 26-6 and CSUB 22-18.

“I’m really happy with how the guys competed today,” Associate Head Coach Trevor Brandvold said. “We asked for great effort and to create scoring opportunities. That’s what the guys did. We wore guys out and were on the attack. It’s fun to coach this group and we are looking forward to Sunday. We always have areas to improve, so we’ll get back to work tomorrow and get after it.”

Freshmen and California natives Zander Wick and Evan Wick each got their first two dual wins of their career Friday evening. Zander defeated Robert Lee of Pitt with three takedowns in a 6-3 victory, and Kalani Tonge of CSU Bakersfield via major decision, 10-1 in the 149-pound weight class. No. 20 Evan Wick defeated Nick Wentzel of Pitt 6-3 and 17th-ranked Lorenzo Da La Riva of CSUB 6-1 at 165 pounds.

Junior Ryan Christensen was dominant in his two matches, scoring 27 points en route to a win in both duals, which included a tech fall over Bryan Battisto of Bakersfield, 15-0.

Senior Ricky Robertson was the other Wisconsin Wrestler to grab two victories, winning 9-1 over Gregg Harvey of Pitt and sealing the team win for the Badgers over Bakersfield in his 7-2 victory over Dominic Ducharme.

Other notables
Senior Andrew Crone was looking for retaliation in his one match of the night, after falling off the national rankings. He did so by defeating 15th-ranked Taleb Rahmani of Pittsburgh 3-1 with a takedown with 20 seconds left.

Sophomore Eli Stickley was aggressive in his one bout, defeating No. 19 Russel Rohlfing in a landslide, 13-2.

Junior Jared Scharenbrock had arguably the most exciting match of the night against Coleman Hammond of Bakersfield. The match went down to the wire, and was one that included eight total reversals. Scharenbrock ended up getting two near-fall points and a riding time point in the end to win the match 11-8.

The action continues for Wisconsin Wrestling when they will compete in the Roadrunner Open in Bakersfield on Sunday at 12:00 P.M. CT. Coverage of this open will be available via video stream through Flowrestling, and live updates from the official Twitter page, @BadgerWrestling.


No. 25 Pitt wrestling defeats Cal-Bakersfield, falls to No. 18 Wisconsin in Tri Dual

From Cardiachill.com

Pitt wrestling’s duals season began on Friday as the Panthers took on Cal-Bakersfield and then No. 18 Wisconsin in a pair of back-to-back meets.

No. 25 Pitt began with Cal-Bakersfield and pulled out a 21-18 victory. Things got off to a really slow start with Pitt missing starters at 125 pounds (L.J. Bentley) and 133 pounds (Dom Forys). The Panthers quickly fell behind as their replacements, Brendan Price and freshman Jake Cherry, respectively, both lost. Cherry’s loss really hurt as he was beaten, 15-0 and that put Pitt in a quick 8-0 hole. Cal-Bakersfield added three more to their team lead with No. 19 Russell Rohlfing defeating Nick Zanetta at 141 pounds to make it an 11-0 deficit.

Fortunately, Pitt picked up a lot of ground in the middle weights. Robert Lee scored a win at 149 pounds and No. 17 ranked Taleb Rahmani, as he often does, scored a pin (he led Pitt in pins last season, I believe) to cut the lead to 11-9. Jake Wentzel was dominant at 165 pounds with a 15-0 win over a top 20 wrestler, giving Pitt its first lead of the night, 14-11.

Tommy O’Brien filled in for Austin Bell at 174 pounds and lost but Gregg Harvey won his bout at 184 pounds to keep Pitt ahead, 17-14. I’m not sure if Harvey has officially beaten out last year’s starter Zach Bruce but he was pretty impressive. After Penn State transfer Kellen Stout was dominated at 197 pounds, No. 8 Ryan Solomon, as he often has to do, bailed the team out with a 10-0 major victory to secure the team win.

The victory, of course, was the first for new head coach Keith Gavin as he gets his career off on the right foot.

Unfortunately, while Pitt was competitive against Cal-Bakersfield, that wasn’t the case against the Badgers as the Panthers were routed, 26-6.

Facing No. 18 Wisconsin, Pitt again got off to a slow start in the lower weights. Both Price and Cherry were beaten again to fall behind 6-0. Zanetta scored a 7-3 win to cut the lead in half but Robert Lee dropped a decision to make it 9-3 in favor of Wisconsin.

Pitt got kind of a tough break in the next match with Rahmani dropping a 3-1 decision at 157 pounds. He seemed in position for a win as he was set to pick up a 2-1 win with riding time but gave up a takedown in the final ten seconds and lost the riding time point. Gavin appealed to ref as he thought Rahmani previously earned a takedown, but to no avail and Pitt was down 12-3 and the rout was on.

Wentzel, O’Brien, Zach Bruce (who got the nod over Harvey at 184 in that dual), and Stout all dropped their matches to put them behind even further. Solomon won his bout 4-0 and was the only Pitt wrestler to win two matches on the night.

Overall, it was kind of an up and down night. The loss to Wisconsin isn’t a killer since they’re a top 20 program. But you would have liked to see Pitt be more competitive in that one. I also don’t know the status of Bentley, Forys, or Bell right now. Hopefully those guys will be ready to go soon. It’s hard to see Pitt being too competitive without them in there based on what we saw from the replacements tonight, who went a combined 0-6.

197 could be a problem area for Pitt as Kellen Stout had kind of a rough night, losing both of his bouts. The team really doesn’t have any other alternatives there save for moving a guy like Harvey up and letting Bruce have 184.

Some good things tonight, but we also saw there are some holes to fill while guys are out.

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CSUB roundup: Wrestlers fall in close tri-dual matches against top-25 opponents

From Bakersfield.com

The Cal State Bakersfield wrestling team fell in in close matches to a pair of of top-25-ranked teams in a tri-dual meet Friday at the Icardo Center.

No. 25 Pitt beat CSUB 21-18 in the afternoon with No. 18 Wisconsin coming out on top in the evening, 22-18

Tenth-ranked 197-pounder Matt Williams defeated Wisconsin’s 16th-ranked Hunter Ritter in the marquee matchup of the night.

Lorenzo De Le Riva, CSUB 17th-ranked 165-pounder, lost 7-1 to 12th-ranked Evan Wick of Wisconsin.

By TomM November 18, 2017 07:53