Clum wins Big Ten Championship

Sophomore avenges only conference dual meet loss of season; Wisconsin finishes seventh, two more Badgers qualify for NCAA meet

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Sophomore Tom Clum is the Big Ten champ in the 125-pound weight class after defeating top-seeded Iowa senior Luke Eustice Sunday at the Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio.


Clum defeated Eustice in a 5-3 decision victory after losing to him 7-5 in overtime earlier this season. The loss to Eustice Feb. 13 was Clum's only conference loss of the year and one of only two dual meet losses all season. Overall, he is now 28-4 this season. 


Clum is the first Badger to win a conference championship since Donny Pritzlaff, who won at 165 pounds in 2001.


Clum faced a daunting task winning this year's title. Ranked fourth in the nation at 125, Clum defeated Illinois sophomore Kyle Ott, ranked fifth nationally, in the semifinals before besting second-ranked Eustice.


Badgers seventh, Flaherty and Reinke qualify


Sophomore Ryan Flaherty qualified for the NCAA Tournament after taking seventh place at 197. Junior Brady Reinke finished eighth at 184 and earned an NCAA wildcard qualification after a vote of Big Ten head coaches. Six other Badgers - Clum, Ed Gutnik (133), Tyler Laudon (141), Kelly Flaherty (165), Ralph DeNisco (174) and heavyweight Jareck Horton - are also qualified for the NCAAs.


Wisconsin's team finished in seventh place at the Big Ten meet with 85 points while Iowa won the tournament with 129.5 points.

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