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Weekend recap: Badgers crown five champs at Roadrunner Open



Five Wisconsin wrestlers claimed championships at the Roadrunner Open in Bakersfield, Cali. Sunday.

Eli Stickley (141 pounds), Zander Wick (149), Ryan Christensen (174), No.20 Evan Wick (165) and No.11 Ricky Robertson (184) each finished tops in their respective weight classes.

Stickley bested teammate Cole Martin 6-3 in the championship match at 141 pounds. He ended his day with a perfect 4-0 record.

Meanwhile, Zander Wick topped No.19 Eric Barone (Illinois) in the title bout at 149. Wick compiled five wins, including two pins, en route to his individual championship.

Evan Wick grabbed his first tournament championship in a UW singlet with four bonus-point wins. He racked up two technical falls and a pair of major decisions, including a 13-5 win over No.17 Lorenzo De La Riva in the championship bout.

The triumph was Wick’s second win over De La Riva on the weekend.

The first-place match at 174 pounds was another showdown between UW teammates. Christensen bested Jacob Covaciu 2-1 to capture the top spot on the podium.

Robertson dominated the field at 184. After a pair of victories in Friday’s tri-dual, he capped a 7-0 weekend with five wins Sunday. Three pins and a technical fall put Robertson into the title bout where he topped Emery Parker of Illinois 3-1.

At 157 pounds, Andrew Crone rode three straight victories all the way to the title bout. There, he fell to No.16 Kyle Langenderfer of Illinois 9-4.

Four wins lifted Ben Stone to the finals at heavyweight. However, he was pinned by No.15 Youssif Hemida (Maryland) 2:46 into first-place match

In total, 14 of Wisconsin’s 15 entries placed.

Jens Lantz (133) and Hunter Ritter (197) each finished third, while Ethan Rotondo (125) placed fourth.

Jared Scharenbrock (157) and Mason Reinhardt (197) each took fifth.

The Badgers’ next competition is the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Dec. 1-2.


UW opened the dual meet portion of its schedule with a pair of wins.

The No.20 Badgers topped No.23 Pittsburgh 26-6 before defeating host CSU-Bakersfield 22-18, sweeping the tri-dual.

Wisconsin won eight of 10 bouts in its dual with Pitt (1-2). All three of UW’s nationally-ranked wrestlers earned victories.

Evan Wick earned a 6-3 decision over Jake Wentzel at 165 pounds, while Ritter also won by decision at 197.

At 184 pounds, Robertson won by major decision over Zach Bruce by a count of 9-1.

Christensen recorded the only other bonus-point triumph for UW. He bested Tommy O’Brien by major decision, 11-0.

Crone (157) upended No.15 Talen Rahmani 3-1, courtesy of a late takedown.

The Badgers closed the night with a win over the host Roadrunners (2-4).

With his team down 9-0, Eli Stickley put UW on the board with a 13-2 major decision over No.19 Russell Rohlfing.

Stickley’s victory was the first in a string of six straight that clinched the dual for Wisconsin.

Evan Wick earned his second win of the night, a 7-1 decision over No.17 Russell Rohlfing. He was one of four Badgers to go 2-0 on the night. Zander Wick, Robertson and Christensen also accomplished the feat.

At 197, Ritter dropped a tough 4-1 match to No.10 Matt Williams.

With the wins, the Badgers start their dual season 2-0 for the second consecutive year.

Wisconsin returns to dual action on Dec.7 when it hosts Maryland in a Big Ten battle.


No.20 Wisconsin 26, No.23 Pittsburgh 6

125: Ethan Rotondo (UW) dec. Brendan Price, 4-1

133: Michael Cullen (UW) dec. Jake Cherry, 6-5

141: Nick Zanetta (Pitt) dec, Cole Martin, 7-3

149: Zander Wick (UW) dec. Robert Lee, 6-3

157: Andrew Crone (UW) dec. No.15 Taleb Rahmani, 3-1

165: No.20 Evan Wick (UW) dec. Jake Wentzel, 6-3

174: Ryan Christensen (UW) maj. dec. Tommy O’Brien, 11-0

184: No.11 Ricky Robertson (UW) maj. dec. Zach Bruce, 9-1

197: No.16 Hunter Ritter (UW) dec. Kellen Stout, 5-4

HWT: No.8 Ryan Solomon (Pitt) dec. Ben Stone, 4-0


No.20 Wisconsin 22, CSU-Bakersfield 18

125: Sergio Mendez (CSUB) p. Ethan Rotondo, 4:33

133: Sean Nickell (CSUB) dec. Michael Cullen, 6-0

141: Eli Stickley (UW) maj. dec. No.19 Russell Rohlfing, 13-2

149: Zander Wick (UW) maj. dec. Kalani Tonge, 10-1

157: Jared Scharenbrock (UW) dec. Coleman Hammond, 11-8

165: No.20 Evan Wick (UW) dec. No.17 Lorenzo De La Riva, 7-1

174: Ryan Christensen (UW) tf. Bryan Battisto, 15-0

184: No.11 Ricky Robertson (UW) dec. Dominic Ducharme, 7-2

197: No.10 Matt Williams (CSUB) dec. No.16 Hunter Ritter, 4-1

HWT: Mark Penyacsek (CSUB) p. Ben Stone, 3:19

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Badgers tab Bono new head wrestling coach



The University of Wisconsin wrestling team has a new head coach.

On Saturday, UW tabbed former South Dakota State front man Chris Bono as the 16th head coach in program history.

The nation-wide coaching search came to a head just hours after Friday night’s application deadline.

Bono was named Big 12 Coach of the Year this past season and coached the first national champion in program history.

In the last six years, Bono has coached five All-Americans. The Jackrabbits have had at least one NCAA qualifier in each season under Bono’s guidance.

Prior to his stint in Brookings, Bono spent three seasons at the helm of Chattanooga. There he coached a pair of All-Americans and 19 NCAA qualifiers. The Mocs won three Southern Conference championships during his tenure.

Bono competed at Iowa State during his college days, qualifying for four NCAA tournaments. He won a national championship at 150 pounds and attained All-American status on three occasions.

In freestyle competition, Bono made the US world team on three occasions. He was a two-time freestyle champion and placed first at the World Cup in both 2002 and 2003.

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Barry Davis resigns as head wrestling coach



Wisconsin wrestling head coach Barry Davis is stepping down at the end of the season.

That announcement came from the UW Athletic Department early Monday afternoon, just hours after the Badgers advanced seven of their 10 wrestlers to the 2018 NCAA Division I National Championships.

The move reportedly comes after a recent meeting between Davis and athletic director Barry Alvarez.

Davis, who has been the head coach at Wisconsin for the last 25 seasons, will remain onboard through the end of next week’s NCAA Tournament.

During his tenure, Davis has coached 26 All-Americans and three NCAA champions. He is the winningest coach in program history, sporting a career dual meet record of 234-172-11. This season, Davis guided the Badgers to a 7-5 dual record and a 4-5 mark in the Big Ten.

The veteran head coach reportedly met with the team this morning to inform them of the circumstances.

A timeline on the search for Davis’ replacement has not been announced. But a UW official confirmed that a national search will take place.

Associate head coach Trevor Brandvold and assistant coach Kyle Ruschell will remain on staff through the end of the spring semester to aid in the transition process.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Wisconsin wrestling upends No. 13 Illinois



A strong team effort lifted the No. 20 Wisconsin wrestling team to a 19-16 win over host No. 13 Illinois in a Big Ten Conference dual Sunday afternoon.

Though each squad one five matches, the Badgers were able to pull the upset due to some timely performances.

Johnny Jimenez got UW (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten) off on the right foot as he upended No. 18 Travis Piotrowski 1-0 in the dual’s opening match at 125 pounds.

It was the first conference win of the season for Jimenez who is now 2-6, 1-3 as an attached wrestler.

The Illini (7-4, 6-3) earned decisions in the next two bouts to grab a 6-3 lead heading to 149 pounds.

That’s where Wisconsin’s Cole Martin recorded a key pin, winning by fall over Eric Barone in 5:15. Martin’s victory gave the Badgers a lead they managed to cling to for the remainder of the day.

Next up, No. 19 Andrew Crone scored his second win over a ranked opponent in a 48-hour span. The redshirt senior topped No. 20 Kyle Langenderfer 8-2 in sudden victory.

Crone is now 3-2 against Langenderfer at the collegiate level, including a 1-1 mark against him this season.

Illinois got back on track with a major decision from second-ranked Isaiah Martinez at 165 pounds. He topped No. 6 Evan Wick 14-6.

The match was the second in a string of three consecutive bouts against ranked opponents for Wick. He is set to face No. 11 Richie Lewis of Rutgers when the Badgers and Scarlet Knights tangle Friday.

Ryan Christensen restored order for Wisconsin with a major decision of his own at 174 pounds.

For the second straight dual, No. 9 Ricky Robertson faced a fellow top-10 foe. This time, he crossed paths with No. 6 Emery Parker.

Parker emerged victorious by a count of 9-4. That win brought the Illini back within three with two matches to go.

Sunday marked the second time the two had met this season. Robertson took the first meeting by a count of 3-1 in sudden victory back in mid-November.

Hunter Ritter pushed UW’s advantage to six points courtesy of a 3-2 decision over Andre Lee.

That meant Illinois needed a pin at heavyweight to tie the match and force the dual meet to be decided by criteria.

For a brief moment, in the latter portion of the second period, it looked like the Illini were about to get their fall.

Deuce Rachal was able to put UW’s Ben Stone on his back. But Stone fought to avoid the pin.

Facing a 7-1 deficit, Stone fought back to cut the deficit to two. While he fell 7-5, Stone’s loss by decision preserved the dual meet win for the Badgers.

Wisconsin returns home to finish out the dual portion of its schedule. The Badgers host No. 16 Rutgers Friday before squaring off with No. 22 Purdue Sunday.


No. 20 Wisconsin 19, No. 13 Illinois 16

125: Johnny Jimenez (UW) dec. No. 18 Travis Piotrowski, 1-0

133: Dylan Duncan (UI) dec. Jens Lantz, 5-2

141: Mike Carr (UI) dec. Eli Stickley, 10-4

149: Cole Martin (UW) p. Eric Barone, 5:15

157: No. 19 Andrew Crone (UW) dec. No. 20 Kyle Langenderfer, 8-2 (SV-1)

165: No. 2 Isaiah Martinez (UI) maj. dec. No. 6 Evan Wick, 14-6

174: Ryan Christensen (UW) maj. dec. David Rojas, 17-4

184: No. 6 Emery Parker (UI) dec. No. 9 Ricky Robertson, 9-4

197: Hunter Ritter (UW) dec. Andre Lee, 3-2

HWT: Deuce Rachal (UI0 dec. Ben Stone, 7-5

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Badgers fall to No. 14 Nebraska



Visiting Nebraska won seven of 10 matches en route to a 24-10 over Wisconsin at the UW Field House Friday night.

The evening’s proceedings began at 165 pounds where No. 12 Isaiah White of Nebraska upended No. 6 Evan Wick by a count of 7-3 to give the Cornhuskers an early 3-0 lead.

UW’s Ryan Christensen (174 pounds) knotted the team score a match later as he edged Beau Breske 3-2.

The back and forth affair continued at 184 pounds. Seventh-ranked Taylor Venz got the better of No. 9 Ricky Robertson in their top-10 showdown. Venz’s 12-7 decision put No. 14 Nebraska (9-4, 7-2 Big Ten) back on top by three.

Wisconsin responded by way of Hunter Ritter who picked up a 9-6 win at 197 pounds to draw the team score back to even.

The Huskers grabbed the lead once and for all when David Jensen scored a pin at heavyweight, giving Nebraska a 12-6 lead at intermission.

That win sparked a five-match winning streak for the Huskers.

No. 19 Andrew Crone halted that run with an 11-3 major decision over No. 8 Tyler Berger. Crone scored 10 of his 13 points in the second period.

No. 20 Wisconsin (6-3, 3-3) heads to Champaign to take on No. 13 Illinois Sunday afternoon.


No. 14 Nebraska 24, No. 20 Wisconsin 10

165: No. 12 Isaiah White (N) dec. No. 6 Evan Wick, 7-3

174: Ryan Christensen (UW) dec. Beau Breske, 3-2

184: No. 7 Taylor Venz (N) dec. No. 9 Ricky Robertson, 12-7

197: Hunter Ritter (UW) dec. Eric Schultz, 9-6

HWT: David Jensen (N) p. Ben Stone, 1:33

125: Mitchell Maginnis (N) dec. Johnny Jimenez, 5-2

133: No. 19 Jason Renteria (N) dec. Jens Lantz, 11-4

141: No. 13 Chad Red Jr. (N) dec. Eli Stickley, 6-3

149: No. 10 Colton McCrystal (N) dec. Cole Martin, 7-4

157: No. 19 Andrew Crone (UW) maj dec. No. 8 Tyler Berger, 11-3


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