The No. 15 Wisconsin wrestling team competed at the Lone Star Duals in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, defeating Cal-Fullerton and Brown before tying No. 4 Nebraska 19-19.
UW junior Ryan Flaherty, wrestling at 197 pounds, pinned Nebraska junior B.J. Padden to put the Badgers ahead by six points. Badger junior Lee Kraemer, though, was pinned by redshirt freshman Jon May in the heavyweight bout to give the teams a tie. Kraemer was wrestling at heavyweight instead of his usual 184.
"We wrestled pretty well. It was a tough match going up against the No. 4 team in the nation and I think our guys really rose to the occasion," Wisconsin assistant coach Bart Chelesvig said.
Wisconsin defeated Cal-Fullerton 25-9 and Brown 24-9.
The Badgers will host No. 2 Illinois at the Field House Friday in a Big Ten opener.
"The Big Ten season is always a challenge and Illinois is probably the favorite to win the conference so we're going to have our hands full," Chelesvig said. "This weekend was a good warm-up for what we will have to face coming up yet this season."
Director's Cup update
Wisconsin is 10th in the United States Sports Academy Director's Cup race standings, released Jan. 5.
The Badgers have 213 points, with the men's cross country team adding 90, the volleyball team posting 73 and the women's soccer team contributing 50 points. The standings were through Dec. 30, 2004 and do not include football.
The Cup pits NCAA Division I universities against each other in a race for all-around excellence in sports. Each school receives points for its finishes in up to 10 men's and 10 women's sports. National champions receive 100 points for their school. Notre Dame is currently winning with 337 points. Among Big Ten schools, Michigan is No. 6 with 279 points and Ohio State is No. 8 with 240.