MADISON, Wis.-- The No. 20 Wisconsin wrestling team started the 2013-14 season off with a pair of convincing victories Friday night. The Badgers lost only one match and won by a combined score of 88-3 over Cumberland (Tenn.) and Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tenn.
In UW's first dual meet of the day, the Badgers (2-0) were perfect and posted a 51-0 victory over Cumberland (Tenn.). All but two matches were decided by either fall or technical falls.
No. 2 Tyler Graff, No. 10 Jesse Thielke, No. 7 Isaac Jordan, Scott Liegel and No. 12 Jackson Hein all recorded falls and accounted for 30 team points.
Thielke and Liegel provided UW with the quickest victories against the Bulldogs. Thielke pinned Dalton Baysinger in 30 seconds at 141 lbs., while Liegel recorded his fall over Jacob Shirley in 38 seconds at 174 lbs.
The only two matches decided by decisions in the Cumberland (Tenn.) dual came from Matt Cavallaris at 125 lbs., and Ben Cox at 165 lbs. Cavallaris put the Badgers on the board with a 3-1 victory over Justus Griffith at 125 lbs., while Cox defeated Kirk Johnson 5-2.
Also posting commanding victories for UW in the first dual of the day were TJ Ruschell at 149 lbs., Timmy McCall at 197 lbs., and Connor Medbery at heavyweight. Each wrestler won by technical fall and the three secured victories by combining to beat their opponent 51-1.
Against Chattanooga in the second dual of the day, the Badgers dropped just one set and came out on top 37-3.
Redshirt freshman Ryan Taylor had an impressive showing at 125 lbs., defeating Zach Bridson in a major decision, 22-9, to secure his first victory of the season.
Graff posted his second pin of the day, this time in 4:44, against Nick Soto to give UW an early 10-0 lead. After two victories by decision and a sudden victory from Jordan, Frank Cousins dropped the only match of the day with a 6-1 loss to Corey Mock at 165 lbs.
The Badgers would go on to score 18 points over the final four matches—including six points from Medbery's pin at heavyweight—to seal the win.
The Badgers will get back into action Sunday morning at the Hokie Duals in Salem, Va. UW will square off against North Carolina at 8 a.m. (CT), No. 14 Virginia at 10 a.m. (CT) and Old Dominion at noon (CT).
Wisconsin 51, Cumberland 0
125 Cavallaris (WIS) dec Griffith (CUM), 3-1 0 3
133 Graff (WIS) fall Ward (CUM), 5:21 0 9
141 Thielke (WIS) fall Baysinger (CUM), :30 0 15
149 Ruschell (WIS) tech fall Croley (CUM), 4:30 19-1 0 20
157 Jordan (WIS) fall Sanderfer (CUM), 5:39 0 26
165 Cox (WIS) dec Johnson (CUM), 5-2 0 29
174 Liegel (WIS) fall Shirley (CUM), :38 0 35
184 Hein (WIS) fall Hunt (CUM), 6:50 0 41
197 McCall (WIS) tech fall Stewart (CUM), 6:47 16-0 0 46
HWT Medbery (WIS) tech fall Smith (CUM), 3:43 16-0 0 51
Wisconsin 37, Chattanooga 3
125 Taylor (WIS) maj dec Bridson (UTC), 22-9 4 0
133 Graff (WIS) fall Soto (UTC), 4:44 10 0
141 Thielke (WIS) dec Sams (UTC), 8-4 13 0
149 Ruschell (WIS) dec Hooker (UTC), 5-4 16 0
157 Jordan (WIS) SV1 Hudson (UTC), 5-3 19 0
165 Mock (UTC) dec Cousins (WIS), 6-1 19 3
174 Liegel (WIS) dec Clemons (UTC), 8-7 22 3
184 Hein (WIS) inj Shrader (UTC), 3:56 28 3
197 McCall (WIS) dec Johnson (UTC), 6-5 31 3
HWT Medbery (WIS) fall Malone (UTC), 3:58 37 3