Feb. 17, 2011

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin (10-5-1, 1-4-1 Big Ten) wraps up its Big Ten Conference schedule with two duals this weekend. The Badgers travel to Penn State on Friday to square off against the Nittany Lions (16-1-1, 5-1-1) at 6 p.m. (CT) and wrap up league action in East Lansing, Mich. against Michigan State (9-7-0, 1-6-0) on Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT).*

*Dual #17* |* #16 Wisconsin vs. #4 Penn State*Date*Friday, Feb. 18* |* 6 p.m.
*Location*University Park, Pa. |* Rec Hall
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*Dual #18* |* #16 Wisconsin vs. Michigan State*Date*Sunday, Feb. 20* |* 1 p.m.
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Fans can catch bout-by-bout action for both duals live on BigTenNetwork.com. Live results will also be available via the NWCA Scorebook.

Probable matchups
? 125 lbs.* - Tom Kelliher (WIS) v. #11 Brad Patky or Nathan Morgan (PSU) and Eric Olanowski (MSU)
? 133 lbs. - #3 Tyler Graff (WIS) v. #8 Andrew Long (PSU) and Chris Lyon (MSU)
? 141 lbs. - Shane McQuade (WIS) or Danny Arnel (WIS) v. #7 Andrew Alton (PSU) and Levi Stace (MSU)
? 149 lbs. - #10 Cole Schmitt (WIS) v. #3 Frank Molinaro (PSU) and #20 Dan Osterman (MSU)
? 157 lbs. - Kalvin York (WIS) or Shawn Perry v. #3 David Taylor (PSU) and Sean McMurray (MSU)
? 165 lbs. -*Ben Cox (UW) v. Jake Kemerer or Nick Fischer (PSU) and Nick Kaczanowski (MSU)
? 174 lbs. - #14 Ben Jordan (WIS) v. #2 Ed Ruth (PSU) and Curran Jacobs (MSU)
? 184 lbs. - #3 Travis Rutt (WIS) v. #17 Quentin Wright (PSU) and Ian Hinton (MSU)
? 197 lbs - #2 Trevor Brandvold (WIS) v. Nick Ruggear or Justin Ortega (PSU) and Tyler Dickenson (MSU)
? 285 lbs. - #11 Eric Bugenhagen (WIS) v. #6 Cameron Wade (PSU) and Joe Rizqallah or Mike McClure (MSU)

Bout-by-bout preview
? Redshirt sophomore Tom Kelliher represents Wisconsin in his 13th and 14th dual at 125 lbs. He will take on Penn State?s No. 11 Brad Pataky or Nathan Morgan, as well as Michigan State?s Eric Olanowski. All of Kelliher?s opponents have above .500 records, while he sits at 4-8 on the season.

? No. 3 redshirt sophomore Tyler Graff will take on Penn State?s No. 8 Andrew Long and Michigan State?s Chris Lyon at 133 lbs. Graff holds a 24-1 record in the weight class, including three wins by pin, nine by tech fall and four by major decision.

? At 141 lbs., sophomore Shane McQuade or redshirt freshman Danny Arnel will face Penn State?s No. 7 Andrew Alton and Michigan State?s Levi Stace. McQuade is 0-3 in duals at 141 lbs. and Arnel has a 1-16 record.

? No. 10 redshirt sophomore Cole Schmitt wrestles two ranked opponents at 149 lbs, No. 3 Frank Molinaro (Penn State) and No. 20 Dan Osterman (Michigan State). Schmitt holds a 17-5 record and is 9-3 dual record. This will be the first time these wrestlers have faced one another.

? Either redshirt freshman Kalvin York or redshirt freshman Shawn Perry will compete at 157 lbs. for UW. Wisconsin's representative is scheduled to take on Penn State?s No. 3 David Taylor and Michigan State?s Sean McMurray. York and Perry have competed at several weight classes for the Badgers this season, but York is 5-11 at 157 lbs. and Perry has a 7-6 record.

? Freshman Ben Cox looks for his first dual win of the season at 165 lbs. against Penn State?s Jake Kemerer and Michigan State?s Nick Kaczanowski. Cox is 0-4 in duals at 165 lbs.

? No. 14 redshirt sophomore Ben Jordan faces two tough competitors in Penn State?s No. 2 Ed Ruth and Michigan State?s Curran Jacobs. Jordan lost three of his last four dual matches, but is 13-7 overall, including one win over a ranked opponent.

? At 184 lbs., No.3 Travis Rutt seeks out his 25th and 26th win against Penn State?s No. 17 Quentin Wright and Michigan State?s Ian Hinton. Rutt has a perfect 15-0 dual record, which includes for victories by major decision.

? No. 2 redshirt senior Trevor Brandvold wrestles Penn State?s Nick Ruggear or Justin Ortega and Michigan State?s Tyler Dickenson at 197 lbs. Brandvold has yet to lose a match this year with a 9-0 record. Five of those victories were won by major decision.

? No. 10 redshirt senior Eric Bugenhagen will take on Penn State?s No. 6 Cameron Wade and Michigan State?s Joe Rizqallah or Mike McClure at heavyweight. Bugenhagen is on a three-match win streak and has a career-best 18-9 record entering the weekend.

Flash to the opponents
? Penn State is 16-1-1 after most recently tying then-No. 5 Minneosta, 18-18 last weekend. Each team slated five wins in the draw.

? The Nittany Lions boast eight ranked wrestlers including No. 2 Ed Ruth (174 lbs.) and No. 3 David Taylor (157 lbs.).

? Michigan State is coming off road losses at Indiana and No. 23 Purdue last weekend. Both losses finished with a score of 22-9. Dan Osterman (149 lbs.) and Ian Hinton (184 lbs.) led MSU with two victories last weekend.

? The Spartans have one ranked wrestler in 149-pounder Dan Osterman. Osterman slates the No. 20 spot in this week?s poll and is 14-2 in duals this year.

About the series'
In the matchup?s all-time series, Wisconsin trails Penn State, 8-10. However, in its last five meetings, Wisconsin leads the Nittany Lions, 3-2. Last year the Badgers fell to Penn State at the UW Field House, 22-15.

The Badgers lead their series with Michigan State, 23-17-2, all-time. However, in the matchup?s last 10 meetings, Wisconsin trails the Spartans, 3-6-1. Last time the two faced off was in 2008-09 when Wisconsin fell to MSU, 25-17, in East Lansing.

Badger Bits
Seniors provide big showing on Senior Day
? Sunday?s 23-18 victory over Ohio State on Sunday signified Senior Day for No. 2 redshirt senior Trevor Brandvold (197 lbs.) and No. 11 redshirt senior Eric Bugenhagen (heavyweight).

? The Badgers trailed the Buckeyes 18-15 entering the 197 lbs. bout, but two-consecutive major decisions by the two seniors propelled UW over OSU. The win represents Bugenhagen?s first major decision in a dual this season and Brandvold?s fifth.

? Brandvold reclaimed the lead for the Badgers, 19-18, beating Peter Capone by a major decision. Brandvold entered the second period leading by just two points, but scored four additional takedowns, a reversal and 4:23 of riding time in the 13-4 major decision.

? Bugenhagen sealed the win for Wisconsin with another major decision over Zach Stolarsky. Bugenhagen scored four takedowns, an escape and 3:55 of riding time in his last bout at the UW Field House. The 10-1 major decision gave the Badgers a 23-18 victory over the Buckeyes.

Brandvold captures back-to-back bonus points
? Although he has only wrestled in nine matches this year, senior Trevor Brandvold (197 lbs.) has captured major decisions in five of them.

? The No. 2 Badger most recently captured back-to-back major decisions against Northwestern and Ohio State last weekend.

Trio shares major decision lead
? Trevor Brandvold (197 lbs.), Andrew Howe (165 lbs.) and Travis Rutt (184 lbs.) all lead the Badgers with five major decisions apiece.

? Howe shares the lead despite being sidelined due to injury since Jan. 16. Also due to injury, Brandvold has only competed in nine matches this year.*

Graff captures 30th, Brandvold grabs 70th career win
? Against Ohio State on Sunday, redshirt sophomore Tyler Graff captured his 30th career win while teammate Trevor Brandvold (197 lbs.) notched his 70th on Senior Day.

? Senior Eric Bugenhagen is just one win away from reaching 50 career wins.

61 dual points leads the way
? Redshirt sophomore Tyler Graff (133 lbs.) leads the Badgers with 61 dual points scored.

? Six of Graff?s 16 dual victories were by bonus points.

Extra credit
? Tyler Graff leads the Badgers with 13 victoies by bonus point this year.

? Graff?s extra-point wins came on four major decisions, seven technical falls and two pins.

? Not far behind is injured Andrew Howe, who despite having not competed since Jan. 16, is second on the team with 11 victories by bonus points.

36 individual victories over ranked opponents
? Individually, Wisconsin has recorded 36 total victories over ranked opponents. Of those 31 wins, No. 3 Travis Rutt (184 lbs.) has contributed 10 and No. 3 Tyler Graff (133 lbs.) has chipped in eight.

Rutt and Graff-undefeated since Dec. 4
? Redshirt sophomore Tyler Graff (133 lbs.) and junior Travis Rutt (184 lbs.) recorded wins over the weekend wins over the weekend to notch their 25th and 24th wins of the season, respectively.

? Graff is currently riding a 17-match winning-streak while Rutt boasts 16-straight wins.

Badgers drop four-straight
? The No. 16 Wisconsin wrestling team suffered its fourth-consecutive dual loss of the season and fourth defeat in Big Ten Conference competition to No. 16 Northwestern on Feb. 11.

? Prior to the Badgers? loss to the Wildcats, Wisconsin fell to Purdue, Michigan and Minnesota.

? The last time the Badger dropped four straight was in 2008-09 when they fell to No. 11 Minnesota, No. 1 Iowa, No. 19 Northwestern and Michigan State.

Two duals to go, one ranked team
? The Badgers have two duals left in its regular season slate. Their second to last dual is a big one against No. 4 Penn State. After competing against PSU, the Badgers? will have squared off against 11 ranked teams in its 2010-11 dual slate.

Looking back: Ohio State
The No. 12 Wisconsin wrestling team defeated Ohio State in its last home dual of the season, 23-18. Sunday?s matchup signified Senior Day for No. 2 redshirt senior Trevor Brandvold (197 lbs.) and No. 11 redshirt senior Eric Bugenhagen (heavyweight).

The Badgers trailed the Buckeyes 18-15 entering the 197 lbs. bout, but two-consecutive major decisions by the two seniors propelled UW over OSU. The win represents Bugenhagen?s first major decision in a dual this season and Brandvold?s sixth.

Looking back: Northwestern
The then-No. 12 Wisconsin wrestling team fell to then-No. 16 Northwestern, 25-13, Friday night. The Badgers grabbed four victories, all by ranked wrestlers at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.

It was Northwestern?s ability to capture four-straight victories from 141-165 lbs. that made the difference in the dual. Also lifting NU above the Badgers was its three wins by bonus points, including two pins.

Coming Up
? Wisconsin takes some time off before traveling to the Big Ten Championships in Evanston, Ill. March 5-6.