March 18, 2011

?*Session IV Brackets * |* Team Standings

PHILADELPHIA -- The Wisconsin wrestling team wrapped up competition at Session IV of the NCAA championships with three semifinal losses and a wrestleback victory on Friday. The Badgers are in 10th place with 44.5 points.

Penn State currently leads the team race with 92.5 points followed by Cornell (75.0), Iowa (74.0), Oklahoma State (65.5), American (56.0), Lehigh (53.5), Arizona State (52.5), Boise State (52.0) and Minnesota (49.5) to complete the top ten teams.

Highlighting the session was junior Travis Rutt?s (184 lbs.) victory over Northern Iowa?s Ryan Loder, earning him his first All-America honors.

Rutt joins fellow 2011 All-Americans redshirt sophomore Tyler Graff, junior Andrew Howe and redshirt senior Trevor Brandvold to complete the Badger quartet.

In his first match of Session IV, Rutt defeated No. 6 seed Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa) by a 4-2 decision. Rutt scored both of his takedowns in the first period and riding time was not a factor. The junior then faced No. 1 Seed Chris Honeycutt of Edinboro. After falling behind 2-1 entering the second, Rutt notched an escape and takedown to take a 4-3 lead, but Honeycutt scored a takedown just before the buzzer. Honeycutt grabbed another escape to start the final period to win the bout by a 6-5 decision. Rutt will wrestle for seventh place in the consolation round tomorrow.

At 133 lbs., No. 4 seed Graff fell to No. 1 seed Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State by a 5-2 decision in the 133 lbs. semifinal. Oliver grabbed a takedown at the end of the first period. Graff then escaped after starting down in the second period, but could not overcome Oliver?s escape and takedown in the third. Graff will face ____ with a chance to wrestle for third place following the bout.

No. 2 seed Howe?s (165 lbs.) run for his second-straight NCAA title came to an end after losing to No. 3 seed Tyler Caldwell in the third tiebreaker. Each wrestler scored an escape after choosing down to begin the second and third period. They then went through three sudden victory overtimes and three tiebreakers, but Caldwell notched six more seconds of riding time to take the 2-2 decision.

No. 3 seed Brandvold also lost his semifinal match to No. 2 seed Clayton Foster at 197 lbs. by a 4-3 decision. Brandvold got the first points of the match with a takedown, but Clayton scored an escape in the first and second period, as well as a takedown with 26 seconds remaining in the match. Brandvold could not escape and is now vying for third place.

Session V will feature the consolation finals at 10 a.m.(CT)* tomorrow on ESPNU and, while the championships finals will be televised on 6:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.

Justin Mozer
UW Athletic Communications