Wisconsin beats Michigan

MADISON, Wis. - The No. 4 Wisconsin wrestling team bounced back with a big win on Sunday in the UW Field House, beating No. 17 Michigan 20-12.

Despite falling behind early with Michigan taking the decision at 125, redshirt senior Seth Gross brought the crowd back into it at 133 pounds. No. 1 Gross was relentless in his bout against Michigan's Austin Assad and did not give up any points to record an 18-0 technical fall.

Cole Martin won in dramatic fashion against Ben Lamantia at 149 pounds. Martin fell behind early but rallied to take the match to overtime. In the second sudden victory period, Martin recorded an escape to win 9-8.

Redshirt junior Evan Wick was strong for the Badgers once again. The nation's fourth-ranked 165 pounder got the job done against Michigan's Reece Hughes, recording the 9-5 decision.

At 184 pounds, redshirt senior Johnny Sebastian prevailed in a tough match up. Sebastian took on No. 20 Jelani Embree and rode his way to a 5-2 decision for his second ranked win of the season.

Straight from the mat
"It feels a lot better sitting up here today than it did last week. They say during the course of the year you're going to hit a low point and last week was our low point. Today was great. They responded great. What I was real proud of, I just told the team was that even in the losses, they were all dog fights. In the wins, we had a dominant win in (Seth) Gross, Evan Wick had a great win. Our guys did what they were supposed to do. Cole Martin gutted one out in overtime and Tristan Moran gutted one out so I'm happy, I'm happy today."
- Head coach Chris Bono

" I knew that if I just kept him on my attacks and kept wearing on him, I'd be able to either pull it out in the third period or take it into overtime. A lot of it is just trusting my training and conditioning, and not counting myself out. I don't remember thinking anything, I just wrestled through all my positions. I didn't really know at the time when I got the reversal that they gave him the takedown. If I'm in a position like that, especially at the end of the match, I'm not going to just give up the takedown. It is something that, no matter what, I'm going to wrestle through until the whistle."
- Redshirt senior Cole Martin

"Going into this week, something that my coaches have talked to me about was I tend to control the matches a lot when I'm up and really trying to get my hands and feet moving early on in the first (period). I took a couple more attacks I would say in this match early in the first even though I didn't gut him. I was able to work through some positions and feel them out a little bit and in the second period opened it up a little bit."
- Redshirt senior Johnny Sebastian

  • Tyler Dow recorded his first career home victory on Sunday against Michigan's
  • Max Maylor at 174 pounds.
  • Wisconsin drew a large crowd on Alumni Day with 2,214 people in attendance.
  • Seth Gross remains undefeated at home and has won 17 straight matches

    125 -- #19 Jack Medley (U-M) dec. Eric Barnett, 8-3 -- U-M, 3-0
    133 -- #1 Seth Gross (UW) tech fall. Austin Assad, 18-0 (6:16) -- UW, 5-3
    141 -- #7 Tristan Moran (UW) dec. Cole Mattin, 5-4 -- UW, 8-3
    149 -- Cole Martin (UW) dec. Ben Lamantia, 9-8 TB -- UW, 11-3
    157 -- #9 Will Lewan (U-M) dec. Garrett Model, 5-3 -- UW, 11-6
    165 -- #4 Evan Wick (UW) dec. Reece Hughes, 9-5 -- UW, 14-6
    174 -- Tyler Dow (UW) dec. Max Maylor, 4-3 -- UW, 17-6
    184 -- Johnny Sebastian (UW) dec. #20 Jelani Embree, 5-2 -- UW, 20-6
    197 -- Jackson Striggow (U-M) dec. Taylor Watkins, 7-3 -- UW, 20-9
    Hwt -- #2 Mason Parris (U-M) dec. #5 Trent Hillger, 3-1 -- UW, 20-12

    Up next
    The No. 4 Badgers host No. 16 UNI in their final dual of the season. Wisconsin will honor seniors Michael Cullen, Seth Gross, Tristan Moran, Cole Martin, Johnny Sebastian and Taylor Watkins before the match.
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