Badger Sports Roundup, Jan. 3

Team USA advances to gold medal game; wrestlers and swimmers enjoy out of town success

U.S. National Junior Team to compete in championship game

A win over Finland gave the U.S. National Junior Team a ticket to the gold-medal game, where they will face Canada Jan. 5. Team USA advances to the finals of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship for the first time since 1997.

Team USA defeated Finland 2-1 under the leadership of Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves. The U.S. team scored first, as forward Zach Parise (University of North Dakota) broke away, feeding the puck to forward Stephen Werner (University of Massachusetts), who delivered it into the net for the first score. Neither team scored in the second period but Team USA extended the lead to two in the third period when forward Dan Fritsche juggled the puck between his skate to his backhand to his forehand and into the net.

Finland came back with less than a minute on the clock after pulling its goalie. Teemu Nurmi got the puck past netminder Alvaro Montoya (University of Michigan) but Team USA held on to advance to the final round. In the net, Montoya had 25 saves while Finland goaltender Hannu Toivonen had 27.

"It was the kids' job to play the game tonight," said Eaves. "Now, it's the coaches' job to go do some homework and try to create a game plan. The kids are satisfied, and a little drained, but now we can see the top of the mountain."

Wrestlers take perfect record home from Lone Star Duals

The No. 18 wrestling team earned a 4-0 record from the Lone Star Duals, knocking off Harvard 27-13, Brown 35-9, Utah Valley State 26-15 and No. 10 Cornell.

The Badgers (9-1 overall) defeated Cornell 21-14, with help from heavyweight Jareck Horton, who took a 3-1 decision from Matt Bogumil. Other key victories include Cole Wunnicke's (149 pounds) 8-7 decision over No. 13 David Dies and Kelly Flaherty's (165) 18-2 technical fall over No. 19 Sean Jenkins, both from Brown University. Against Harvard, Collin Cudd (125) pinned Greg Cook.

Wisconsin will head to the Virginia Duals next weekend.

UW swim teams champs at Hawaiian sprint meet

The men's and women's swimming and diving teams each took home pineapples, trophies for one of the events at the Duke Kahanamoku Sprint Meet at the University of Hawaii. The men took first in 10 of the 12 events and the women were tops in eight events.

Sarah Hernandez and Amalia Sarnecki led the Badger women, taking first in two events each. Hernandez won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.93 and the 100-yard freestyle in 51.90. Sarnecki placed first in the 50-yard breaststroke in 30.14 and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.81. Hernandez and Sarnecki also participated on the 200-yard medley relay along with Molly Buhrandt and Susan Johnson, taking first in 1:45.87.

Bethany Pendleton took first in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.87 while Anna Trinidad took first in the 100-yard individual medley in 58.01.

For the men, three Badgers—Pat Torpey, Matt Marshall and Dale Rogers—won two events each. Torpey took the 100-yard butterfly (50.35) and the 100-yard individual medley (52.58) while Marshall swept the competition in the 50-yard butterfly (22.45) and the 50-yard backstroke (23.67). Rogers finished first in the 100-yard freestyle, clocking in at 45.53 and the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in 21.13. Marshall and Rogers joined forces with Kevin Zakrzewski and Adam Mania in the first-place 200-yard medley relay, which earned a time of 1:32.28.

Mania also finished first in the 100-yard backstroke in 50.04. Eric Wiesner completed the 200-yard freestyle in 1:40.54, good for a first-place finish.

Both the men's and women's teams earned a unique trophy from the final contest, the "Pineapple Relay." A 500-yard freestyle relay with 10 individuals participating per team, the top three finishers in the "Pineapple Relay" were rewarded with a case of pineapples. Both UW teams finished first, with the women completing the relay in 3:58.54 and the men finishing in 3:30.36.

Both Wisconsin teams have one more meet in Hawaii Jan. 9 before heading back to Wisconsin.

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