Wrestling takes down Hoosiers
The No. 13 Badger wrestling team defeated Indiana 26-12 at home to earn a win in its first Big Ten dual of the season. Wisconsin (14-2 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) took seven of the first eight matches in an impressive win over the Hoosiers (15-4, 0-1).
"I told the guys we had a Big Ten win which is good but we're much better than we showed," Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis said. "We're not where we should be right now, but then again we shouldn't be on top of our game right now because that's where we should be in March."
Among Badger individual winners: sophomore Ed Gutnik (133 pounds) pinned Indiana sophomore Nick Spatola, sophomore Kelly Flaherty (165) earned a 17-0 technical fall win over sophomore Nate McMillin, and senior Ralph DeNisco (174) defeated sophomore Brady Richardson 9-5.
Men's tennis hands loss to NIU
The men's tennis team earned its first win of the season in the form of a 5-2 trouncing of Northern Illinois, taking all three doubles matches and four singles matches on the Badgers' home court.
The team of senior David Hippee and junior Alex Kasarov, currently rated the No. 8 doubles team in the nation, defeated senior Juan-Pablo Barriga and junior Erick Martinez 8-6.
Wisconsin also looked strong in singles, as Hippee, senior Scott Green, freshman Lachezar Kasarov and sophomore Ward Bortz all grabbed wins for Wisconsin. Only junior Alex Kasarov and sophomore Alex Conti had losses.
Wisconsin owns Drake in opener
The women's tennis team opened its spring season in convincing fashion, defeating Drake University 7-0 at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Junior Katie McGaffigan shone in the singles competition and earned her 50th career win against Drake senior Annali de Bruyen. Senior Teresa Gonzaga overcame a 5-1 deficit with eight consecutive points in the third set tie-breaker to take down Bulldog junior Cheen Alkahatib, 6-7 (8), 6-4, 10-7. Freshman Kaylan Caiati gave up only one game in her 6-0, 6-1 crushing of freshman Julie Felsecker.
Wisconsin won both of the doubles matches it played and Drake forfeited the No. 3 doubles and the No. 6 singles matches. McGaffigan partnered with junior Lindsay Martin to defeat sophomore Eveline Rusdianto and junior Rebekah Thomas 8-1 while senior Shana McElroy and Gonzaga defeated Alkahatib and de Bruyen 8-5.