WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Wisconsin wrestling team continued its strong start to the season Thursday night in the nation's capital by winning all but one match against American University. The Badgers had to forfeit at 197 lbs., but were perfect otherwise and came away with a 31-6 win.
No. 2 Tyler Graff (133 lbs.), No. 6 Isaac Jordan (157 lbs.) and No. 6 Connor Medbery (Hwt.) all improved to 8-0 on the year after recording victories in a dual that included only three matches that ended in something other than a decision.
Graff and No. 18 Jesse Thielke provided the Badgers with a strong start by each recording technical falls. Graff defeated Esteban Gomez-Rivera 22-7 (7:00) while Thielke beat Matt Crocket 16-0 (1:45) at 141 lbs., to improve to 5-3.
Wisconsin would then win five straight matches by decision to go up 25-0 before having to forfeit at 197 lbs., giving America its only victory of the night to No. 12 Daniel Mitchell.
Medbery then recorded his victory over No. 14 Blake Herrin by a score of 5-1 and redshirt freshman Ryan Taylor closed things out with a 15-8 win over David Terao at 125 lbs.
Senior Scott Liegel also continued his perfect season by improving to 3-0. He won by decision over Keithen Cast at 174 lbs., by a score of 12-7. Fellow senior Jackson Hein also continued a strong start to the season by securing his fifth victory. The No. 11-ranked wrestler at 184 lbs., won by decision over Jason Grimes by a score of 11-5 and still has just one loss on the season.
The Badgers will remain on the East Coast this weekend and will compete in the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md., all day Saturday. The Badgers will compete against 12 other teams and the first matches are set to begin at 9 a.m. (CT).
133 #2 Graff (UW) tech. fall Gomez-Rivera (AU), 22-7 (7:00) 5 0
141 #18 Thielke (UW) tech. fall Crockett (AU), 16-0 (1:45) 10 0
149 Ruschell (UW) dec. Moseley (AU), 9-2 13 0
157 #6 Jordan (UW) dec. Boyle (AU), 7-4 16 0
165 Cox (UW) dec. Peralta (AU), 5-3 19 0
174 Liegel (UW) dec. Cast (AU), 12-7 22 0
184 #11 Hein (UW) dec. Grimes (AU), 11-5 25 0
197 #12 Mitchell (AU) forfeit Wisconsin 25 6
HWT #6 Medbery (UW) dec. #14 Herrin (AU), 5-1 28 6
125 Taylor (UW) dec. Terao (AU), 15-8 31 6