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Wisconsin dominates Kent State

MADISON, Wis. -- In their home debut, the Wisconsin Badgers were electric against the Kent State Golden Flashes. The Badgers beat up on the Flashes with a final score of 42-6, featuring four pins and two technical falls.

At 125, Eric Barnett got the crowd going early and recorded a pin against Kent State's Tomas Gutierrez. In his first dual with the Badgers, the true freshman from Hortonville, Wis., got the fall in just 1:40.

Drew Scharenbrock wrestled at 157 and was also impressive in his UW Field House debut. Coming off of two major hip surgeries last season, Scharenbrock showed no mercy against Kent State's Conan Becker, recording the fall in 4:51.

In the 184-weight class, Johnny Sebastian was phenomenal for Wisconsin once again. He got the fall over Tyler Bates in 2:09. In his first appearance at the UW Field House, Sebastian gets a pin.

Trent Hillger, Wisconsin's All-American heavyweight, ended the night with a fall of his own. He brought down Kent State's Spencer Berthold at the 1:30 mark and didn't look back, pinning him in just 1:46.

Seth Gross, Tristan Moran, and Evan Wick all recorded technical falls. Gross ended his match in 5:55, outscoring No. 22 Tim Rooney 20-2. Moran got the tech in 5:29, beating Cory Simpson by 17-1. Evan Wick gave up no points to Kade Byland and beat him 15-0 in 6:05.

Straight from the mat

Freshman, Eric Barnett

On the match:
I mean yeah it was obviously important to score points. As coach preaches, we got a pace and we're just going to go. I didn't get a takedown on the first sequence, but I got right back up and got in his face and created a situation where I was able to capitalize. It's great here though. I wanted to pump up the crowd right away as a first match here. It was my first opportunity to hear the crowd go crazy cheering for me, so I got it done.

On the team from here:
The goal is a national title. The team is doing all the right things. We hustle. Every workout, everyone is putting in effort, 100 percent effort. So, the goal is a national title so let's get there.

Head Coach, Chris Bono

On Cole Martin:
The key is a slow start. We've got to correct that. We've got a little stiffer competition, it's hard to come back from two, three takedowns down. But Cole's a competitor, fifth year senior, does all the right things, going to be in every match. His conditioning is unbelievable, and he did a great job at scoring in the last period. It's huge to score at the end of periods. He did everything we preached. I'm very proud of Cole and excited.

On Drew and 157-pound competition:
Drew did a great job. He came out and tried to run through the chairs. He didn't even want to go around the chairs. So, I knew he came out really fired up, and Drew is a competitor. First time wrestling in the field house. You could see there was a little bit of nervous energy, but Drew's a competitor. I'm very excited for Drew. We're bringing three guys at 157 to Midlands, so it's in their hands, so we're going to decide who that guy is after the tournament, but Drew did a great job tonight, very proud of him.

On the battle at 197:
Pete's going to have a great career. A lot of mistakes, but he's a true freshman. Again, we're going to look at Midlands, we're going to evaluate after Midlands. Taylor will get his chance, and Pete will get his chance. And then we have that second semester to see what we can do to get those guys ready to roll and make a decision. I'm not going to put a big judgement on one match. As a true freshman rolling out in front of that crowd -- a lot of nervous energy, and Pete's going to be just fine.

Notables
  • Eric Barnett, Drew Scharenbrock and Peter Christensen all made their Badger debuts.
  • Wisconsin recorded its largest margin of victory since 2015, when they beat UW-Whitewater 43-0.
  • During the sock toss, fans tossed 933 pairs of socks onto the mat to be donated to the Luccier Community Center.
  • Evan Wick will be competing at Senior Nationals in Fort Worth this weekend for a chance to compete in the Olympic Trials in April.

    Results:
    125 - Eric Barnett (UW) over Tomas Gutierrez (KSU) by fall, 1:40
    133 - No. 2 Seth Gross (UW) over No. 22 Tim Rooney (KSU) by tech. fall 20-2
    141 - No. 8 Tristan Moran (UW) over Cory Simpson (KSU) by tech. fall 17-1
    149 - No. 14 Cole Martin (UW) over Kody Komara (KSU) by dec. 9-6
    157 - Drew Scharenbrock (UW) over Conan Becker (KSU) by fall, 4:51
    165 - No. 3 Evan Wick (UW) over Kade Byland (KSU) by tech. fall 15-0
    174 - Andrew McNally (KSU) over Jared Krattiger (UW) by dec. 6-3
    184 - Johnny Sebastian (UW) over Tyler Bates (KSU) by fall, 2:09
    197 - Colin McCracken (KSU) over Peter Christensen (UW) by dec. 6-1
    285 - No. 4 Trent Hillger (UW) over Spencer Berthold (KSU) by fall, 1:46
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