Rapid Reaction: Badgers stymied by No. 3 Buckeyes

The Wisconsin wrestling team suffered its first home loss of the season on Friday as it fell to third-ranked Ohio State 21-13 at the UW Field House.

No. 9 UW (8-3, 1-3 Big Ten) won just four matches.

The Badgers received victories by decision from Eric Barnett (125 pounds), No. 4 Evan Wick (165), and No. 5 Trent Hillger (285).

No. 1 Seth Gross won by major decision at 133 pounds.

After winning the first two bouts of the evening, the Badgers dropped six of the final eight matches.

The Buckeyes moved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference with the victory.

Read on for some initial thoughts on the night’s proceedings.

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Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin upends No. 7 Nebraska

A run of four straight wins, including three bonus-point victories helped lift the No. 10 Wisconsin wrestling team to a 25-18 win over No. 7 Nebraska Sunday afternoon at the UW Field House.

The Badgers won six of 10 bouts en route to the upset win.

Eric Barnett (125 pounds), Seth Gross (133), Tristan Moran (141), Cole Martin (149), Evan Wick (165) and Trent Hillger (285) all triumphed for Wisconsin.

With the victory, the Badgers improved to 8-2 on the year and 1-2 in the Big Ten.

Wisconsin is now 2-0 at the UW Field House this season.

Nebraska (5-1, 0-1) won the takedown battle 19-10. Wisconsin now has a 63-22 deficit in the takedown department over its three Big Ten duals this season.

UW’s starters were 4-3 against ranked opponents on the day.

Here are a few quick highlights of Sunday’s proceedings:

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#AskNWW Wrestling Q&A No. 5: Badgers, toughest high school weight classes and more

Another week in the books. And we’re back at it again with a new edition of #ASKNWW Wrestling Q&A.

Thank you very much for another batch of great questions this week.

As a reminder, you can submit questions any time via Twitter by using #AskNWW or by email at nwwrestle@gmail.com.

Alright, housekeeping is done. Away we go! Continue reading “#AskNWW Wrestling Q&A No. 5: Badgers, toughest high school weight classes and more”

Rapid Reaction: No. 10 Badgers fall to No. 3 Gophers

Host Minnesota won six of 10 bouts to top the Wisconsin wrestling team 20-14 Friday night.

Updated 1/12/20

The Gophers won the first five matches of the night to race out to a 17-0 lead. That advantage proved insurmountable, even with Wisconsin claiming four of the final five bouts.

Seth Gross (133 pounds) won by major decision, while Tristan Moran (141), Drew Scharenbrock (157) and Evan Wick (165) each earned victories via decision.

Minnesota improved to 6-3 on the year and 1-0 in the Big Ten.

With the loss, UW falls to 7-2 in dual meet competition and 0-2 in the Big Ten.

The Badgers return home to take on No. 7 Nebraska (5-0, 0-0) Sunday at the UW Field House.

In the meantime, here is a knee-jerk, editorial look at some of the top headlines: Continue reading “Rapid Reaction: No. 10 Badgers fall to No. 3 Gophers”

Badgers’ stretch run filled with ranked matchups

It’s no secret the Wisconsin wrestling team faces an incredibly grueling schedule during the final six weeks of the regular season.

Beginning tonight, the No. 9 Badgers face seven nationally ranked squads over their final nine duals of the year. Those teams have a combined 47 nationally ranked wrestlers, according to the latest FloWrestling rankings.

Wisconsin’s current iteration of the starting lineup (factoring in both Taylor Watkins and Pete Christensen, since that spot is still up in the air) is a combined 11-20 in ranked matchups this season.

Seth Gross has, by far, the best mark against ranked wrestlers with a 6-1 record.

Each member of the UW lineup is slated to face at least three ranked foes. Five of 10 will square off with five or more ranked opponents, if everything holds steady.

But who has the toughest go of it from an individual standpoint? Continue reading “Badgers’ stretch run filled with ranked matchups”

Badgers Wrestling Notebook: The grind is here

As second semester begins, so does the meat of the Wisconsin wrestling team’s dual meet schedule.

The Badgers come face-to-face with five of their cohorts in the top-10 over the next four weeks.

That grueling stretch begins this weekend with a trip to No. 3 Minnesota Friday, followed by a home dual against No. 7 Nebraska Sunday at the UW Field House. Continue reading “Badgers Wrestling Notebook: The grind is here”

Badgers Wrestling Notebook: Gross named Co-B1G Wrestler of the Week

Wisconsin redshirt senior Seth Gross was named Co-Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Friday.

Gross was Midlands champion at 133 pounds, topping then-No. 1 Austin DeSanto of Iowa to claim the title.

He was also named the Dan Gable Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament by the media in attendance for the second time in his career and for the first time as a Badger. Continue reading “Badgers Wrestling Notebook: Gross named Co-B1G Wrestler of the Week”

#AskNWW Wrestling Q&A No. 4: Braxton Amos, Cheesehead, and Spencer Lee

After a week off between the holidays (and so you guys and gals didn’t get sick of me), we’re back at it for another edition of #AskNWW Wrestling Q&A.

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

Just a reminder, you can ask questions at any time by using #AskNWW on Twitter or by emailing me at nwwrestle@gmail.com.

Now that the housekeeping is done, away we go: Continue reading “#AskNWW Wrestling Q&A No. 4: Braxton Amos, Cheesehead, and Spencer Lee”

Rapid Reaction: Gross tops DeSanto, Badgers earn highest Midlands finish since 2010

What started as a relatively tough day, turned into a significantly positive one as the Wisconsin wrestling team finished strong to place third at the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on Monday night.

The third-place finish in the team standings is the Badgers highest placing at Midlands since taking second in 2010. Continue reading “Rapid Reaction: Gross tops DeSanto, Badgers earn highest Midlands finish since 2010”