EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 25 Northwestern (7-1, 2-1 Big Ten) knocked off #16 Wisconsin, 18-14, in commanding fashion on Friday night at historic Patten Gym. For the 'Cats, it was their first ranked win since topping No. 23 Indiana on Jan. 4, 2014.
Chicago's Big Ten Team started the dual with three-straight wins to open up a 12-point lead.
Redshirt junior Conan Jennings (285) started the Wildcats' evening on a high note, taking a start-to-finish, 3-1 decision over Wisconsin's heavyweight Ben Stone.
Redshirt first-year Sebastian Rivera (125) followed up that performance with a quick, 3:57 tech fall of Johnny Jimenez. Rivera topped the Badger 16-0, which marked the second time that he has beaten Jimenez since Dec. 29.
After Rivera's bout, Wisconsin was docked two team points for unsportsmanlike penalties. Northwestern also lost a team point.
Fresh off entering the Intermat poll for the first time, first-year Colin Valdiviez showed that he belongs. He commanded his bout against UW's Jens Lantz, finishing with a 13-4 major decision over the redshirt junior.
Before the intermission, redshirt first-year Ryan Deakin (149) went on a point-scoring frenzy against Wisconsin's Cole Martin, topping him with a 19-7 major decision. That pushed NU's team score lead to 13 before the break.
Tasked with putting the team back on track following two straight set-backs, redshirt junior Johnny Sebastian was faced with a grind-it-out bout against Ryan Christensen -- a Badger that he had twice beaten this season. Tied 1-1 with less than 30 seconds left in the third period, Christensen was issued his second stalling warning, giving Sebastian the decisive, 2-1 lead.
It was NU's first win over Wisconsin since topping the Badgers, 33-9, on Jan. 8, 2012.
Northwestern wrestles at home again on Jan. 19 against Nebraska. The match is set for 7 p.m. CT at Patten Gym.
285: Conan Jennings (NU) dec. Ben Stone (WIS), 3-1 | NU 3, WIS 0
125: #10 Sebastian Rivera (NU) Tech. Fall Johnny Jimenez (WIS), 16-0 (3:57) | NU 8, WIS 0
One point unsportsmanlike penalties assessed to both teams after the 125 bout
One point Wisconsin deduction on head Coach Barry Davis
133: #18 Colin Valdiviez (NU) maj. dec. Jens Lantz (WIS), 13-4 | NU 11, WIS -2
141: Eli Stickley (WIS) dec. Alec McKenna (NU), 6-0 | NU 11, WIS 1
149: #4 Ryan Deakin (NU) maj. dec. Cole Martin (WIS), 19-7 | NU 15, WIS 1
157: Andrew Crone (WIS) dec. Shayne Oster (NU), 7-5 | NU 15, WIS 4
165: #6 Evan Wick (WIS) maj. dec. Michael Sepke (NU), 12-3 | NU 15, WIS 8
174: #18 Johnny Sebastian (NU) dec. Ryan Christensen (WIS), 2-1 | NU 18, WIS 8
184: #9 Ricky Robertson (WIS) dec. Mitch Sliga (NU), 3-1 | NU 18, WIS 11
197: Hunter Ritter (WIS) dec. Regis Durbin (NU), 3-1 | NU 18, WIS 14