OREM, Utah -- The eighth-ranked Badger wrestling team faced its first ranked opponent of the season and passed with ease, defeating No. 18 Utah Valley 31-13
The match everyone had circled on their calendars lived up to its expectations. Wisconsin's No. 2 Trent Hillger faced off against No. 4 Tate Orndorff, both coming into the match undefeated. Both wrestlers recorded escapes to end regulation tied at one. Hillger came alive in overtime and recorded a fall in eight minutes, 18 seconds.
Cole Martin also got the fall. Wisconsin's No. 16 149-pounder defeated Landon Knutzen, pinning him to the mat in just 50 seconds. This was Martin's first pin of his senior season.
Evan Wick was dominant in his bout against Koy Wilkinson. Wick recorded his third major decision of the year, defeating Wilkinson 15-3. Wick has scored bonus points for the team in all but one of his matches this season.
Seth Gross, Tristan Moran and Johnny Sebastian all scored bonus points for the team by recording major decisions. Gross defeated Taylor LaMont ,11-3. Moran took down Cameron Hunsaker by a score of 12-2 and in his first match since Battle of the Midway, Sebastian beat Gary Jantzer, 11-2.
From the mat
"Great wins for our guys out here today. I'm happy that at the marquee matches, 133 and heavyweight. We were able to pull out a win. That will really help these guys down the road. I'm excited an we are on progress to get to Iowa City next week."
- Head coach, Chris Bono
"Last year we went into overtime too, I wasn't planning on going into overtime this year. But you've got to make it work and go with it. I knew I would be in better shape and more athletic and got it done in overtime."
- Redshirt sophomore, Trent Hillger
"It feels good. I haven't been in a whole lot of opportunities yet to get a pin. It was nice to just go out there and get to my offense and on my feet. When you take care of that and just step on the mat, it all rolls into place. I had the opportunity to get the pin and I went for it."
- Redshirt junior, Cole Martin
125 - Michael Cullen (UW) over Will Edelblute (UVU) by dec. 8-3
133 - No. 1 Seth Gross (UW) over Taylor LaMont (UVU) by maj. dec. 11-3
141 - No. 9 Tristan Moran (UW) over Cameron Hunsaker (UVU) by maj. dec. 12-2
149 - No. 16 Cole Martin (UW) over Landon Knutzen (UVU) by fall, 0:50
157 - Jed Loveless (UVU) over Garrett Model (UW) by fall, 1:45
165 - No. 3 Evan Wick (UW) over Koy Wilkinson (UVU) by maj. dec. 15-3
174 - Kimball Bastian (UVU) over Tyler Dow (UW) by maj. dec. 9-1
184 - Johnny Sebastian (UW) over Gary Jantzer (UVU) by maj. dec. 11-2
197 - Tanner Orndorff (UVU) over Taylor Watkins (UW) by dec. 10-4
285 - No. 2 Trent Hillger (UW) over No. 4 Tate Orndorff (UVU) by fall, 8:18