Ryan Taylor battles Cory Clark at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)Taylor, who just completed his redshirt junior season for the Badgers, posted the following message on Instagram early Sunday evening: "Wrestling has been a very important facet of my life, although a new journey has begun due to injury I must say goodbye to this great sport. It was a great journey and lifestyle and I owe it nothing more than the greatest respect. Thank you to all the people that followed me in this journey that was my life."
The official Twitter account for Wisconsin Badger wrestling followed up with this Tweet: "You will be missed @rtbadger but thanks for all you did."
In three seasons at Wisconsin, Taylor was a three-year starter, first at 125 as a freshman, then at 133 the past two years. A three-time NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships qualifier, Taylor earned NCAA All-American honors by placing seventh at 133 at the 2015 NCAAs.
Prior to coming to Madison, Taylor wrestled at nationally-ranked St. Paris Graham High School, where he won three consecutive Ohio state titles at 120 pounds as a sophomore, junior and senior.