Badger Sports Roundup, Feb. 8

Wrestling, men's tennis fall

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No. 3 Illinois downs Badgers 30-9


The No. 12 men's wrestling team fell to No. 3 Illinois 30-9 on the road Sunday afternoon. Only sophomore Ryan Flaherty, sophomore Tom Clum and junior Tyler Laudon posted wins in the loss, all by decision. Illinois rises to 11-1 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten, while Wisconsin falls to 16-4 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten.


Junior Brady Reinke (184 pounds) fell to No. 4 junior Brian Glynn 7-5, the first of many defeats for the Badgers. Flaherty (197) defeated No. 8 senior Jason Potter 10-9 in triple overtime after a late escape in overtime. Clum (125) also scored a win in overtime over No. 3 sophomore Kyle Ott 9-7, the third ranked player he has defeated in two weeks. From there, however, it was downhill for Wisconsin, as it had only one win in the next six matches, from Laudon (141), who defeated redshirt freshman Michael Martin 5-4. sophomore Ed Gutnik (133), sophomore Tony Turner (149), junior Chad Steldt (174) lost major decisions and redshirt freshman Tyler Turner dropped a decision. Wisconsin forfeited matches in the heavyweight and the 165-pound weight classes.


Men's tennis falls to Ball State


The men's tennis team fell to Ball State 4-3 at home Sunday, its first loss of the season.


Ball State (3-3 overall) took the doubles point, the first time Wisconsin (2-1) has given up a doubles point this season. The No. 8 pair of senior David Hippee and junior Alex Kasarov fell to sophomores Matt Baccarani and Patrick Thompson 9-7, although Baccarani and Thompson both lost their singles matches, to Kasarov and senior Scott Green, respectively.


Green defeated Thompson in a tiebreaker, 2-6, 7-5 and 1-0 (5) and sophomore Ward Bortz defeated junior Brad Rhodes 6-4 and 6-3 for Wisconsin's three singles points. Sophomore Alex Conti, freshman Lachezar Kasarov and Hippee all lost their singles matches.


Wisconsin will next take on Western Michigan and Notre Dame on the road next weekend.

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