Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin 3rd after Day 1 of Midlands Championships

The Wisconsin wrestling team trails second-place Northern Iowa by just one point after the opening day of the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships Sunday in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

Iowa leads the team race by 46 points over second-place UNI. The Hawkeyes have 10 wrestlers in the semifinals and four more still competing in consolation bouts.

Here are a few of the quick headlines you need to catch-up on before wrestling resumes at noon Monday.

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Badgers hope Midlands Championships provide clarity

Throughout the season, Wisconsin head wrestling coach Chris Bono has alluded to the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships as a significant measuring stick for his team.

When the event kicks off Sunday in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, the No. 4 Badgers will get a chance to see how they stack up against the likes of No. 1 Iowa, No 8 Northern Iowa, No. 9 Northwestern, No. 10 Princeton and five other nationally-ranked teams in a two-day tournament setting.

They will also have one final opportunity to answer some lingering lineup questions. Continue reading “Badgers hope Midlands Championships provide clarity”

“Sky’s the limit” for true freshman Barnett

From the get-go there were signs Eric Barnett was going to have an opportunity to break into the Wisconsin lineup early in his career.

The Hortonville (Wis.) High School product was highly-touted in his prep days. He compiled a 185-3 record in folkstyle and was undefeated from his sophomore year onward, with a trio of state championships. Continue reading ““Sky’s the limit” for true freshman Barnett”

Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin pummels Kent State

MADISON — The Wisconsin wrestling team put on an impressive display in its home opener, handling Kent State to the tune of a 42-6 final at the UW Field House Thursday night.

Below are a few knee-jerk reactions to some of the night’s highlights. A full match recap will follow late tonight/early Friday morning. Continue reading “Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin pummels Kent State”

Badgers Wrestling Notebook: Lineup battles continue as semester comes to a close

College wrestling schedules can be full of oddities and Thursday’s dual between Wisconsin and Kent State is an example of one.

The Badgers host the Golden Flashes (2-3) in the first dual of the season at the UW Field House. While the matchup is Wisconsin’s home opener, it’s also the final dual of first semester. Continue reading “Badgers Wrestling Notebook: Lineup battles continue as semester comes to a close”

Badgers Wrestling Notebook: Bono sees progress after strong showing at Cougar Clash

After a little time to process, Wisconsin head wrestling coach Chris Bono offered up some perspective on his team’s showing at the SIU-Edwardsville Cougar Clash during his weekly press conference. Continue reading “Badgers Wrestling Notebook: Bono sees progress after strong showing at Cougar Clash”