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Wisconsin dominates in Frenzy at the Field House

KENT, Ohio -- The Frenzy in the Field House proved to be no match for the Wisconsin wrestling team. The Badgers (3-0) defeated both of their opponents in convincing fashion, taking down Kent State (3-4) 37-13, and then knocking off CSU-Bakersfield (3-2) 28-12 to go undefeated on the night.

Wisconsin started the night against the Golden Flashes of Kent State. Sophomore Connor Brown got the Badgers off on the right foot with a 17-5 major decision over Jake Ferri at 125 pounds.

After junior Michael Cullen lost by major decision at 133 pounds, the Badgers racked off four consecutive pins in the next four weight classes. Junior Tristan Moran pinned Cory Simpson in 1:22, junior Cole Martin pinned Kody Komara in 1:39, sophomore Patrick Spray, in his first dual of the season, pinned Joe Andrassy in only 0:43, and sophomore Evan Wick capped it off with a pin of Isaac Bast in 5:39.

The pin streak ended after Wick, but senior Ryan Christensen kept the wins flowing with a 7-0 decision over Dylan Barreiro at 174 pounds, and freshman Trent Hillger got in on the pin party at Heavyweight with a fall on Spencer Berthold at 3:45.

Junior Mason Reinhardt lost a tough match via fall in the third period at 184 pounds, and freshman Andrew Salemme lost a 3-1 decision in his Badger debut at 197 pounds, but Wisconsin earned a 37-13 victory in electrifying fashion.

Next, the Badgers moved on to a match up with CSU-Bakersfield.

Brown got the team started again with a 6-1 decision victory over Alex Hernandez-Figueroa, but Cullen had to forfeit at 133 due to an injury sustained in his previous match. Tristan Moran faced off against No. 13 Sean Nickell and came away with a grueling 8-7 overtime victory to level the score. Cole Martin went 2-0 on the day after defeating Russell Rohlfing 6-3, but Patrick Spray conceded a 8-6 decision to Wyatt Gerl, and the score was tied 9-9 through the 157 weight class.

That's when the Wisconsin team leaders took over. At 165 pounds, Evan Wick dominated from start to finish, securing the 18-1 tech fall victory over Jacob Thalin. Immediately after that, Ryan Christensen rolled to a 16-0 tech fall victory over Bryan Battisto, and the victor was never in doubt after that.

Mason Reinhardt defeated Dominic Ducharme 10-6 at 184 pounds, and CSU-Bakersfield forfeited at Heavyweight due to injury. Andrew Salemme lost at 197 pounds to Matt Penyacsek by a 9-3 decision, but the Badgers took home the 28-12 victory.

Straight from the mat

Head coach Chris Bono

On the team's performance: "Today was a good day, we came together as a team. We've only been with these guys a couple months, and today was a great team deal. We got on the road with these guys and we really bonded as a team and that's so important. You start coming together as a team, you start working for each other. That's something we've been stressing and I'm really proud of how we are coming together, everybody is supporting everybody, and our effort has been unbelievable."

On progress from last weekend: "Coming from last week, Buffalo came in and I thought we maybe got a little nervous, we didn't compete the way I thought we can. Today we competed well and I'm excited for where we're headed."

On the team's aggressive strategy: "We got a lot of pins today which is exciting, a lot of bonus point wins. When that happens the guys start feeding off each other, everybody wants to pin somebody. Let's make the sport exciting, right?"

Next up, the Badgers will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday for their first Big Ten match up of the season against Nebraska. Wisconsin returns to the Field House on Sunday for a non-conference doubleheader against Princeton and Utah Valley.

Wisconsin 37, Kent State 13
125: Connor Brown (UW) over Jake Ferri (KSU): Major Decision 17-5
133: Tim Rooney (KSU) over Michael Cullen (UW): Major Decision 9-1
141: Tristan Moran (UW) over Cory Simpson (KSU): Fall 1:41
149: Cole Martin (UW) over Kody Komara (KSU) Pin 1:40
157: Pat Spray (UW) over Joseph Andrassy (KSU): Pin 0:53
165: Evan Wick (UW) over Isaac Bast (KSU): Pin 5:30
174: Ryan Christensen (UW) over Dylan Barreiro (KSU): Decision 7-0
184: Andrew McNally (KSU) over Mason Reinhardt (UW): Pin 6:38
197: Shane Mast (KSU) over Andrew Salemme (UW): Decision 3-1
285: Trent Hillger (UW) over Spencer Berthhold (KSU): Pin 3:48

Wisconsin 28, CSU-Bakersfield 12
125: Connor Brown (UW) over Alex Hernandez-Figueroa (CSU): Decision 6-1
133: Michael Cullen (UW) Injury Forfeit
141: Tristan Moran (UW) over Sean Nickell (CSU): Decision 8-7
149: Cole Martin (UW) over Russell Rohlfing: Decision 6-3
157: Wyatt Gerl (CSU) over Pat Spray (UW): Decision 8-6
165: Evan Wick (UW) over Jacob Thalin (CSU): Tech Fall 18-1
174: Ryan Christensen (UW) over Bryan Battisto (CSU): Tech Fall 16-0
184: Mason Reinhardt (UW) over Dominic Ducharme (CSU): Decision 10-6
197: Matt Penyascek (CSU) over Andrew Salemme (UW): Decision 9-3
HWT: Jacob Sieder (CSU) Injury Forfeit

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