Badger Sports Roundup, Feb. 20

Wrestling wins, women's crew announces interim coach

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Wrestling crushes Northwestern

The No. 13 men's wrestling team easily defeated Northwestern 28-6 in its regular season finale Friday night. The Badgers capped off the Big Ten season with a 4-4 record and are 17-6 overall heading into the Big Ten Tournament. Northwestern, meanwhile, falls to 0-7 in conference and 9-8 overall.

Senior Ralph DeNisco (174 pounds) went out in style in his last home match, defeating senior Nolan Walther in a 13-3 major decision win with three takedowns, five near-fall points and an escape. He lost a team point after the match for unsportsmanlike conduct, however. The rest of his team made up for that lost point and then some, as the Badgers picked up wins from seven wrestlers, including junior Brady Reinke (184), sophomore Ed Gutnik (133) and freshman Tyler Turner (157). Sophomore Tom Clum (125) also recorded a win when Northwestern forfeited. 

The Big Ten Tournament, hosted by Ohio State, is March 6-7.

Interim coach selected for crew

Sue Ela, a former UW women's rowing coach, has been named the interim director of the crew program after former crew coach Maren LaLiberty resigned Feb. 9.

Ela began her 24-year career at Madison as a member of the crew team from 1972-'75, where she rowed with the 1975 varsity eight national championship boat. From there, she served as an assistant coach before becoming the head coach in 1979, where she stayed until 1997.

"I'm pleased to be able to help transition [the program] this spring," Ela said. "I'm looking forward to working with what I consider to be a very talented group of assistant coaches."

Ela will serve until June 1, while the university searches for a permanent director.

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