Wisconsin heads to Philadelphia, Pa. for the 2011 NCAA Championships Thursday-Saturday

March 14, 2011

MADISON, Wis. -- Seven Badgers hit the road for the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships Thursday-Saturday at the Wells Fargo center in Philadelphia. Pa.

2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships Dates *Thursday March 17-Saturday March 19
Location *Philadelphia, Pa. |* Wells Fargo Center
Social Media
*@BadgerWrestle * |* Wrestling * |* Wisconsin Athletics* Live Blogs
*Session I | Session II | Session III | Session IV | Session V | Session VI*
Media Coverage
*See schedule below Seeds *2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships Bracket
*NCAA Championships (official page) | Championships Page *Links will become active on day of event

? Complete Release*

Follow all of the action
All sessions will be either televised on ESPN or streamed live on ESPN3.com. Please see complete schedule below for details.

UWBadgers.com will also provide a live blog for all sessions and fans can also receive updates on the Wisconsin Wrestling facebook page and by following the Badger wrestling squad on Twitter (@Badger_Wrestle).

? Thursday, March 17 | Session I | 10 a.m. | ESPN3.com
? Thursday, March 17 | Session II | 5:30 p.m. | ESPN3.com
? Friday, March 18 | Session III | Quarterfinals | 9:30 a.m. | ESPNU & ESPN3.com
? Friday, March 18 | Session IV | Semifinals | 6 p.m. | ESPNU & ESPN3.com
? Saturday, March 19 | Session V | Consolation Finals | 10 a.m. | ESPNU & ESPN3.com
? Saturday, March 19 | Session VI | Championship finals | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN

Tickets are SOLD OUT for NCAA Championships
On Feb. 9, the Division I Wrestling Committee, Rider University and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced that the tickets for the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are sold out.

2011 NCAA Lineup
? 133 lbs. - #4 Tyler Graff, 27-3***
? 149 lbs. - Cole Schmitt, 18-10***
? 165 lbs. - #2 Andrew Howe, 22-2*** ***
? 174 lbs. - #16 Ben Jordan, 16-11
? 184 lbs. - #4 Travis Rutt, 30-2***
? 197 lbs. - #2 Trevor Brandvold, 14-0
? 285 lbs. - #9 Eric Bugenhagen, 24-11

Seven Badgers qualify for the NCAA Championships
The Badgers automatically qualified seven different wrestlers, including redshirt sophomore Tyler Graff (133 lbs.), redshirt sophomore Cole Schmitt (149 lbs.), redshirt sophomore Ben Jordan (174 lbs.), juniors Andrew Howe (165 lbs.) and Travis Rutt (184 lbs.) and redshirt seniors Trevor Brandvold (197 lbs.) and Eric Bugenhagen (Hwt.).

In addition, Howe, Graff, Rutt, Brandvold and Bugenhagen were among those who are seeded in their respective weight classes.

Graff, who was slated as the No. 4 seed at 133 lbs. will wrestle Nebraska?s Ridge Kiley in the first round. The Badger enters the NCAA?s after placing second at the Big Ten Championships. Kiley and Graff squared off earlier in the season in Wisconsin?s dual with Nebraska on Jan. 21 and Graff slated a 13-5 major decision over Kiley.

Schmitt placed eighth at the league tournament last weekend and faces No. 9 seed Donald Vinson of Binghamton in the first round at 149 lbs. Although Schmitt has not wrestled Vinson, he could face American?s Ganbayar Sanjaa (No. 8 seed) in the second round, a grappler who the Badger defeated 4-3 at the NWCA National Duals on Jan. 8.

No. 2 seeded Howe, who most recently became a three-time Big Ten champion, faces Cal Poly?s Ryan DesRoches in the opening round. The two have not met on the mat this year.

At 174 lbs., Jordan placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships and will face Stanford?s No. 7 seed Nick Amuchastegui. This is the first meeting between the duo this year

A third-place finisher at Big Ten, Rutt received the No. 4 seed. The junior will square off against Binghamton?s Nathan Schiedel in the first round on March 17.

Joining Howe as a repeat Big Ten Champion, Brandvold was awarded the No. 3 seed for this year?s national tournament. At 197 lbs., Brandvold faces North Carolina-Greensboro?s Caylor Williams in the first round. Brandvold opened the 2010-11 season by pinning Williams at 2:22 in the Badgers? first regular season dual on Nov. 19.

Bugenhagen, who slated an impressive third-place finish, was slated the No. 12 seed and will open the tournament against Hofstra?s Paul Snyder at heavyweight.

Recapping the 2010 NCAA Championships
The Wisconsin wrestling team finished in fourth place at the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships with 70.5 points, tying for the best finish in school history and the best under current head coach Barry Davis. Wisconsin also finished in fourth place in 1976 and 1978. In addition, the Badgers crowned four All-Americans, tied for the second-most in school history and the most since getting five in 1984. To culminate the year, Davis was named the 2010 National Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Seven Badgers qualified for the NCAA?s and Wisconsin came home with four All-Americans, including first-timers freshman Tyler Graff (133 lbs.) and junior Trevor Brandvold (197 lbs.) to put the UW total at 60 All-Americans with 97 honors in the nearly 100-year history of the program.
Sophomore Andrew Howe defeated Penn State?s Dan Vallimont, 9-3, for the 2010 NCAA Division I Championship title at 165 lbs. With the win, Howe becomes the 13th different NCAA Champion in school history and the first since current UW Associate Head Coach Donny Pritzlaff won back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001.

Howe finished his sophomore season as an All-American, as well as an NCAA and Big Ten champion. He compiled a 37-0 overall record, including four wins by pin, two by tech fall and 13 by major decision. The undefeated sophomore is just the fourth Badger to go undefeated in a single season, joining Matt Demaray (42-0 in 1990-91), Andy Rein (40-0 in 1979-80) and Lee Kemp (39-0 in 1975-76).

No. 8 seed Tyler Graff put together a 5-2 record to capture fifth place at 133 lbs. After two straight wins, Graff, a redshirt freshman, fell to No. 1 and eventual champion Jayson Ness of Minnesota. Graff came back though and upset No. 7 Mike Grey of Cornell and No. 5 Borislav Novachkov of Cal Poly to reach the consolation semifinals. A loss to No. 3 Franklin Gomez of Michigan State put Graff in the fifth place match, but there he earned a 5-3 decision over No. 6 Dan Mitcheff of Kent State.

Fifth-seeded junior Trevor Brandvold took sixth place at 197 lbs., after going 4-3 at the event. He started strong with a pair of wins, including a pin over Brent Jones of Virginia in the first round. A loss in the third round to No. 4 Cam Simaz of Cornell dropped him to the wrestlebacks, though. A pair of wins over Big Ten foes Chad Beatty of Iowa and Sonny Yohn of Minnesota earned Brandvold All-American honors, but consecutive losses ended his run at sixth place.

Three Badgers were eliminated in Session III as redshirt freshman Cole Schmitt (141 lbs.), sophomore Travis Rutt (184 lbs.) and junior Eric Bugenhagen (HWT.) all lost in the wrestlebacks.

Schmitt?s run at the NCAA Championships ended as he was pinned by Oregon State?s Michael Mangrum at 1:50 at 141 lbs. After a scoreless first period, Mangrum started down in the second. He escaped four seconds into the frame then got a takedown with 1:18 to go. Eight seconds later, he got Schmitt?s shoulders down to with the match. Schmitt finishes the year with a 21-18 record.

Rutt lost in the third round of consolations to be eliminated at 184 lbs. Facing Zack Giesen of Stanford, Rutt dropped a 10-4 decision. Giesen led throughout, jumping ahead 5-0 before Rutt was able to score an escape. Another takedown was followed by another escape to close the second period with Giesen in front, 7-2. Rutt started down in the third and escaped to cut the lead to 7-3, but another takedown from Giesen made it 9-3. Rutt managed one last escape with 58 seconds left, but riding time made it a 10-4 final. Rutt went 17-13 on the season.

Bugenhagen was knocked out of competition at heavyweight by No. 4 Nathan Everhart of Indiana, 6-2. After the first period went by scoreless, Bugenhagen earned an escape after starting on bottom in the second period. The 1-0 lead would not last though as Everhart scored a takedown with 1:03 left in the second. The score remained 2-1 going into the third period. Everhart started down and escaped, then got another takedown with 56 seconds left. Bugenhagen escaped with seven seconds left, but riding time was added to give Everhart the 6-2 win. Bugenhagen ends the year with a 17-20 mark.

Last time out: Looking back at the 2011 Big Ten Championships
The Wisconsin wrestling team wrapped up the 2011 Big Ten Championships with a fourth place finish with 103.5 points. UW had two Big Ten Champions, including junior Andrew Howe (165 lbs.) and redshirt senior Trevor Brandvold (197 lbs.), who were also the Badgers? lone titlists a year ago.

Howe is the first Badger to become a three-time Big Ten Championship since current associate head coach Donny Pritzlaff and former Badger slated three Big Ten titles from 1999-2001.

Brandvold was the only 197 pounder to capture a Big Ten title for Wisconsin and he now has two.

Graff took second place at 133 lbs. with a loss to Penn State?s Andrew Long. Graff had a 3-2 lead with two seconds remaining in the match, but Long was awarded a point because Graff fled the mat. Long won the match in overtime, 7-4, with a takedown and two nearfall points.

Rutt earned the third place title at 184 lbs., shutting out Ohio State?s C.J. Magrum by a 6-0 decision. Rutt defeated Iowa?s Grant Gambrall with a pin at 4:19 in the semifinals.

Bugenhagen also took the third place title at heavyweight. In the semifinals, Bugenhagen upset Penn State?s Cameron Wade by a 4-3 decision to advance to the third place match. He then defeated Michigan State?s Joe Rizqallah, 6-1.

Jordan lost his first match on Sunday to Purdue?s Luke Manuel in a match that came down to the first tiebreaker. Manuel defeated Jordan by a 4-3 decision, knocking Jordan down to the fifth place match. The Badger then fell to Minnesota?s Scott Glasser by a 6-1 decision, earning him a sixth place finish.

Redshirt sophomore Tom Kelliher also placed in sixth with a 3-0 loss to Purdue?s Camden Eppert. Kelliher lost to Minnesota?s Zac Sanders by pin at 3:29 prior to the fifth place bout.

Badgers place eighth in league
?* Wisconsin split its final two duals to finish eighth in the Big Ten standings with a 2-5-1 league mark (11-6-1 overall).

?* The Badgers wrapped up their regular season slate with a 27-9 victory over Michigan State on Feb. 20 Wisconsin won seven of the 10 bouts to earn their 11th win of the season. Highlighting the dual were three UW wins by bonus points.*

?* On Feb. 18, the Badgers suffered a tough 30-12 decision to No. 3 Penn State in University Park, Pa. The Cardinal and White dropped eight of the 10 bouts with its only victories coming from junior Travis Rutt (184 lbs.) and Trevor Brandvold (197 lbs.).

?* Iowa took home the Big Ten regular season crown with an 8-0-0 conference slate.

Wisconsin slates No. 15 spot in final NWCA ranking
?* After being ranked as high as No. 3 and as low as No. 16, the Badgers slid into the No. 15 spot in the final National Wrestling Coaches Association/USA Today Poll.

Brandvold captures four-straight bonus wins
?* Although he has only wrestled in 14 matches this year, senior Trevor Brandvold (197 lbs.) has captured wins by bonus points in half of the matches he has competed in.

?* He slated a four-match streak with wins by bonus points including three major decisions and a pin over Penn State?s Nick Ruggear at 0:42.

Brandvold, Howe, Rutt lead the major decision race
?* Trevor Brandvold, Travis Rutt and Andrew Howe leadd the Badgers with six major decisions apiece.

?* Graff captures 30th, Brandvold grabs 75th, Bugenhagen earns 50th
Against Ohio State on Feb. 13, redshirt sophomore Tyler Graff captured his 30th career win while teammate Trevor Brandvold (197 lbs.) notched his 75th in the Big Ten Championships title match at 197 lbs.

?* Senior Eric Bugenhagen earned his 50th career win with a 9-4 decision over Michigan State?s Joseph Rizqallah on Feb. 20.

Graff reaches 63
?* Redshirt sophomore Tyler Graff led the Badgers with 63 dual points scored. Of those 63 points, 10 wins were achieved by bonus points including two pins, three major decisions and five 5-point technical falls.*

Senior defender
?* Trevor Brandvold has won two of his 11 matches by fall. However, in the 12 matches that he did not end early by pinning his opponent, he has outscored his opponents 100-24.

Rutt continues winning ways
?* Junior Travis Rutt is road an 18-match winning streak that dated back to Dec. 4. During his perfect run, the grappler has conquered seven wins over ranked opponents including four in the top 10 at 184 lbs. The last time he dropped a match was in early December when he fell to then-No. 4 Steve Bosak (Cornell), 2-0, at the Cliff Keen Invitational. At the time of his lone loss of the season, Rutt was ranked No. 11.

?* The streak ended in the opening of the Big Ten Championships when he fell to eventual titlist, Quentin Wright of Penn State in the Quarterfinals.