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Wisconsin beats Navy, earns Dual for Valor trophy

Wisconsin celebrates after beating Navy to earn the Dual for Valor trophy (Photo/Wisconsin Athletics)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The Badger wrestling team improves to a perfect 3-0 after a dual against Navy. Wisconsin took the 24-12 victory to earn the Dual for Valor trophy.

Tyler Dow came up huge for Wisconsin. The typical 174-pounder moved up a weight class to 184 for Wisconsin. Dow was tough against his bigger opponent and didn't shy away from the challenge. He snagged a 3-1 decision over Navy's Andrew Buckley.

At 165 pounds, No. 3 Evan Wick took down No. 15 Tanner Skidgel with a major decision 10-2. Suffering a quick takedown, Wick came back with 10 unanswered points to win it. Wick, in his homecoming meet, remains undefeated boasting a perfect 3-0 record, including a technical fall.

In the 133-pound match, No. 1 Seth Gross faced off against No. 22 Casey Cobb. Seth continued his dominant day for Wisconsin and claimed a major decision of 11-2. This was Seth's first victory of a ranked opponent and he remains 3-0 on the season.

At 157, Garrett Model got his first win of the season in an exciting fashion. Model topped Scout Skidgel 10-7, recording a tight decision. Model, a Stoughton native, sprung back in a victorious fashion.

In the heavyweight bout, Trent Hillger hung on to remain undefeated on the season. He took the match from John Birchmeier with a 1-0 decision.

From the Mat
"I'm proud of our guys. It was a big time atmosphere tonight and I told them big time wrestlers show up in big time matches. It was our best match of the day. I am excited to see how much we can improve as the year goes on. Hats off to our fans who traveled to San Diego, they really made a difference."
- Head Coach, Chris Bono

"Let's do this! Anytime I get a chance to put he 'W' on my chest and wrestle, I'm going to do it, it doesn't matter what weight it is. I knew the kid was going to be bigger and stronger than me because I moved up a weight class. Just knowing that, I had to be clean on all of my techniques and wrestle through each position. I'm just thankful to be a part of this team."
- Redshirt freshman, Tyler Dow

"It was awesome! I wanted to come out here and have a good performance, I'm from California and had a lot of people coming out here so I really wanted to put on a show. I had a couple of great matches and I absolutely enjoyed wrestling on the Midway. Being down by two, you really have to put that adversity behind you and focus on scoring the next point. It's very difficult when you are worried about what's already happened. You have to keep your mind focused on the next points and make sure you break that guy."
- Redshirt junior, Evan Wick

Results:
125 Logan Treaster (NAVY) over Michael Cullen (UW) by dec. 1-0
133 No. 1 Seth Gross (UW) over No. 22 Casey Cobb (NAVY) by maj. dec. 11-2
141 No. 11 Tristan Moran (UW) over Cody Trybus (NAVY) by dec. 5-3
149 No. 11 Cole Martin (UW) over Morgan Fuenffinger (NAVY) by maj. dec. 14-3
157 Garrett Model (UW) over Scout Skidgel (NAVY) by dec. 10-7
165 No. 3 Evan Wick (UW) over No. 15 Tanner Skidgel (NAVY) by maj. dec. 10-2
174 No. 17 Spencer Carey (NAVY) over Anders Lantz (UW) by fall 3:26
184 Tyler Dow (UW) over Andrew Buckley (NAVY) by dec. 3-1
197 Jacob Koser (NAVY) over Taylor Watkins (UW) by dec. 4-1
Hwt No. 6 Trent Hillger (UW) over John Birchmeier (NAVY) by dec. 1-0

Up Next:
Wisconsin travels to Buffalo on Thursday, Nov. 7 to face off in a dual at 6p.m. The Badgers will be competing at Edinboro on Friday, Nov. 8. This meet will be broadcast live on FloWrestling at 6p.m.

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