CEDAR FALLS, Wis. -- The No. 18 University of Wisconsin wrestling team (4-6) dropped both of its matches on Sunday and finished in eighth place at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals. The event was a final tuneup for the Badgers before the Big Ten season starts on Jan. 22. After going 2-1 on the opening day of the tournament, Wisconsin found itself competing for seventh place against No. 8 Maryland after losing a 22-12 decision to No. 9 Boise State in a consolation semifinal earlier in the day. After a 4-1 loss by Drew Hammen at 125 lbs., the Badgers rattled off three straight victories to take a 12-3 lead over the Terrapins. No. 6 Tyler Graff won his match at 133 lbs., by way of a 5-2 decision over Steve Bell. Cole Schmitt followed that up with a 6-3 win over Alex Krom at 141 lbs. No. 2 Kyle Ruschell then scored a fall at 4:16 to defeat Jon Kohler at 149 lbs. Andrew Howe got the Badgers back on track following a loss at 157 lbs. Ranked No. 1 at 165 lbs., Howe earned a 6-2 decision over Josh Asper to extend Wisconsin's lead to 15-7. A technical fall at 174 lbs. brought Maryland to within 15-12 before Travis Rutt got the win at 184 lbs. to make it an 18-12 advantage for UW. Rutt defeated Corey Peltier, 8-7, to mark the last win for Wisconsin on the day. Jackson Hein was pinned at 2:11 by Hudson Taylor in the 197 lbs. match to tie the score at 18-18. In the final tilt of the day, Pat Gilmore used a takedown just 15 seconds into overtime to come away with a 6-4 decision over Eric Bugenhagen and give Maryland the 21-18 victory. "We had some good individual wins, it's just frustrating for the team to go out like that," UW associate head coach Donny Pritzlaff said. "I was happy with the way some of our guys stepped up, but some guys didn't get tough when they needed to and it's frustrating for the team." Prior to its seventh-place bout, the Badgers faced off against Boise State for the second time this season. Like the first meeting, when the Broncos downed UW 30-9 in Corvallis, Ore., on Nov. 22, the Broncos proved victorious again on Sunday. Wisconsin earned four individual wins in its loss. Ruschell scored a 3-1 decision over Jason Chamberlain, while Howe also earned a decision as he beat Michael Cuthbertson, 10-8. At 197 lbs., Trevor Brandvold won his match over Matt Casperson 8-2 and, in the heavyweight bout, Bugenhagen topped Sam Zylstra, 3-1. "We got some good things accomplished this weekend, but there were some negative things, as well," Pritzlaff said. "This is a tough part of the year for us and now the Big Ten season is coming up." Following a week off from competition, Wisconsin will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 22, as it hosts Indiana in its Big Ten opener. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the UW Field House.Digg | Del.icio.us | Reddit | Newsvine | Email | Print



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