Rapid Reaction: No 14 Wisconsin topped by No. 24 Northern Iowa

MADISON — For the second time in as many weeks, the Wisconsin wrestling team suffered an upset loss at home.

The No. 14 Badgers fell to No. 24 Northern Iowa 20-18 Thursday night at the UW Field House.

Each team won five bouts, but a pin from UNI’s Jay Schwarm in the opening bout of the night at 125 loomed large as the Panthers left Madison as victors.

UW got a victory via technical fall from No. 1 Seth Gross at 133. Fourth-ranked Evan Wick scored a major decision at 165, while No. 15 Cole Martin (149), Drew Scharenbrock (157) and No. 5 Trent Hillger (285) each won by decision.

Here are a few knee-jerk reactions and storylines that came from Thursday’s action. Continue reading “Rapid Reaction: No 14 Wisconsin topped by No. 24 Northern Iowa”

No, the Badgers aren’t falling apart

Following Wisconsin’s somewhat surprising loss to Michigan State Sunday, I received an interesting reply on Twitter that got me thinking.

This person asserted that, as it pertains to the NCAA team race, Iowa and Penn State had solidified themselves as the top-2 teams and that positions 3-10 were a hot mess. Continue reading “No, the Badgers aren’t falling apart”

Rapid Reaction: No. 9 Wisconsin shut down by No. 3 Penn State

MADISON — While Friday night’s bout between No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 3 Penn State had its fair share of excitement, the final outcome left little doubt.

The visiting Nittany Lions won the final five bouts of the night to leave the UW Field House with a decisive 29-10 victory. Continue reading “Rapid Reaction: No. 9 Wisconsin shut down by No. 3 Penn State”

Badgers Wrestling Notebook: Previewing Penn State

The No. 9 Wisconsin wrestling team (10-3, 3-3 B1G) returns to the friendly confines of the UW Field House Friday night as it takes on No. 3 Penn State.

Penn State (8-2, 5-1 B1G) went 1-1 last weekend with a 19-17 loss at the hands of No. 1 Iowa and 40-3 victory over Maryland. Continue reading “Badgers Wrestling Notebook: Previewing Penn State”

Rapid Reaction: No 9 Wisconsin overcomes slow start to top Indiana

After dropping the first two bouts of the night, including an upset loss, the No. 9 Wisconsin wrestling team bounced back to win six of the remaining eight bouts en route to a 27-12 win over host Indiana Friday night. Continue reading “Rapid Reaction: No 9 Wisconsin overcomes slow start to top Indiana”

#AskNWW Wrestling Q&A No. 7: A big matchup, the Badgers future, changing rules and toughest tournament assignments

This week’s edition of #AskNWW Wrestling Q&A is, without a doubt, the most detailed one so far. Thank you all for great questions. ‘

As always, you can join-in on the conversation by emailing me at nwwrestle@gmail.com or via Twitter by using hashtag #AskNWW.

I hope you find this banter interesting enough to power through the next 2,000-plus words. Continue reading “#AskNWW Wrestling Q&A No. 7: A big matchup, the Badgers future, changing rules and toughest tournament assignments”

#AskNWW Wrestling Q&A No. 6: Girls wrestling and Badgers chat

Another week, another awesome chance to talk wrestling with all of you.

As always, a huge thank you to those who submitted questions.

You can join-in on the fun by using #AskNWW on Twitter, emailing me at nwwreslte@gmail.com or by commenting on any of the posts on this site throughout the week.

Alright, let’s dig in! Continue reading “#AskNWW Wrestling Q&A No. 6: Girls wrestling and Badgers chat”