Badger Sports Roundup, Nov. 17

Wrestling earns duel win; women's basketball adds sixth recruit

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Badgers out duel UW-La Crosse

Wisconsin sophomore Ryan Flaherty propelled the Badgers to a 24-12 victory against UW-La Crosse Sunday afternoon at the UW Field House. Flaherty pinned third-ranked Jason Lulloff in 2:42 to secure the UW win in the last match of Wisconsin's home opening dual meet. .

"This is our first dual meet of the year and obviously some guys weren't ready when they went out there," Wisconsin coach Barry Davis said in a press release. "I'd like to step back in and things will look better and that's it. We definitely have some changes to make, some guys have to step up.

"I give UW-La Crosse credit. They wrestled tough, they came out to wrestle on our home turf and it could have as easily been 18-18. It's not the end of the year. It's a long year, so we've got to regroup and put some pieces back together and move forward."

After Wisconsin dropped its first two matches, redshirt freshman Tom Clum scored eight takedowns to claim an 18-6 major decision against Eagles' freshman Josh Miller at 125 pounds.

The Turner brothers helped UW pull ahead.

At 141, sophomore Tony Turner scored three crucial near-fall points in the second period to defeat Jake Larsen 6-2. Then at 157, Tyler Turner scored five takedowns in a 16-8 major decision against Ross Needham. Rounding out the family trio, senior Adam Turner scored a takedown, an escape and a point from riding time to shut out UW-La Crosse's Derek Hebrink 4-0.

The Badgers never looked back as senior captain Ralph DeNisco (174) widened the UW lead to 18-12 with an 8-0 major decision victory against Mike Perant, followed by Flaherty's pin.

Wisconsin will next take to the mats at 11th-ranked Northern Iowa, Saturday Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. and returns home Sunday, Nov. 30 to face No. 24 Northern Illinois at the UW Field House at 2 p.m.

Women's basketball adds sixth recruit

Janese Banks, a 5-10 shooting guard from Ben Davis High School (Indianapolis, Ind.), announced Saturday her decision to attend the University of Wisconsin next fall.

One of the preseason favorites for Indiana state high school player of the year, Banks averaged 19.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.9 steals per game last season. She is ranked No. 80 among high school seniors by the Blue Star Index, and the 147th overall player by All Star Girls Report. Banks, whose brother James is a quarterback at Tennessee, is the fifth UW recruit who is a member of the Chicago Hoops Express AAU team.

"Janese adds another perimeter player to our already great recruiting class," Wisconsin coach Lisa Stone said in a press release.

Other members of Stone's first recruiting class at Wisconsin include Jolene Anderson, a 5-8 guard from Port Wing, Wis. (South Shore High School); Akiya Alexander, a 5-9 guard from Evanston, Ill. (The Patterson School, Patterson, N.C.); Lesha Jones, a 6-3 post player from Detroit, Mich. (Martin Luther King High School); Danielle Ward, a 6-4 post player from Milwaukee, Wis. (Rufus King High School); Shari' Welton, a 5-11 guard from Calumet City, Ill. (Thornwood High School).

The Badgers could sign as many as seven players in this early signing period. Guard Shawna Nicols, who is taking a medical redshirt due to multiple head injuries, will continue on scholarship at Wisconsin, but the scholarship will not be counted against the NCAA complement of 15 allowed on aid.


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