MADISON, Wis.–The No. 22 Wisconsin wrestling team defeated Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa Saturday afternoon. The Badgers beat the Panthers 25-11 and had seven individual victories to improve to 2-3 on the season.
The match began at 174 lbs., where redshirt freshman Jimmy Duffy took on junior Jarion Beets. Beets scored the first takedown with 2:40 left on the clock in the first period and added to his lead with seven more points to win the match by major decision, 19-6, and give the Panthers a 4-0 lead. Duffy registered six escapes in the match.
Sophomore Travis Rutt then took on junior Andy O’Loughlin at 184 lbs. Entering the third period, O’Loughlin had scored on a takedown and Rutt scored on two escapes. The match remained tied until Rutt scored a takedown with just four seconds left in regulation to win the match 4-3, narrowing Northern Iowa’s lead to 4-3. This marks Rutt’s first win of the 2009-10 season.
In his first match of the 2009-10 season, No. 7 Trevor Brandvold faced fellow junior Dustin Bauman at 197 lbs. Brandvold jumped out to an early 4-0 lead entering the third period, adding three more points to win the bout, 7-2. Brandvold scored two takedowns, a reversal and riding time to give the Badgers their first lead of the meet, 6-4.
At heavyweight, junior Eric Bugenhagen wrestled No. 17 sophomore Christian Brantley. Bugenhagen recorded the first takedown of the match with 0:03 left on the clock in the first period. He then scored another takedown and an escape to win the match 5-4, extending Wisconsin’s lead to 9-4.
Senior Drew Hammen faced junior Terrance Young at 125 lbs. Young scored two takedowns and two nearfall points to win the bout 6-0, closing the gap on the Badger lead to 9-7.
No. 12 redshirt freshman Tyler Graff took on freshman Joey Lazor at 331 lbs. Graff jumped out to an early 9-3 lead in the first period, scoring three takedowns and three nearfall points. He then added five more takedowns and riding time, winning the match by a 12-2 major decision, and extending Wisconsin’s lead to 13-7.
Redshirt freshman Cole Schmitt battled redshirt freshman Alec Hoffman at 141 lbs. Schmitt entered the second period with a 7-1 lead after recording two takedowns and three nearfall points. Schmitt then added two more takedowns, three nearfall points and an escape to win by a 15-9 decision, pushing the Badgers’ lead to 16-7.
No. 2 Kyle Ruschell then faced sophomore Jamal Lawrence at 149 lbs. After a scoreless first period, Ruschell went on an eight-point run to win the match by an 8-0 major decision. Ruschell scored two takedowns, two nearfall points, an escape and secured riding time in the bout, extending the Wisconsin lead to 20-7. Ruschell has now allowed his opponents to score a total of just nine points against him in 10 matches this season.
At 157 lbs., junior Greg Burke wrestled senior Tyson Reiner. Reiner claimed an early 6-2 lead in the first period, adding 10 more points to win the match 16-5 and cutting the Badgers’ lead to 20-11. Burke registered five escapes in the matchup for UW.
In the last match of the day, No. 2 sophomore Andrew Howe took on redshirt freshman David Bonin. Howe won the match by a 22-1 tech fall, extending his overall record on the season to 10-0. Howe scored nine takedowns, two nearfall points, an escape and riding time in the match.
The Badgers take a two week break, then hit the road again Dec. 29-30 to compete in the Midlands Championship in Evanston, Ill.