Wrestling falls to Michigan

Wolverines win five consecutive matches to clinch dual win

The No. 12 University of Wisconsin wrestling team dropped another dual to a tough conference opponent Friday evening, as No. 7 Michigan topped the Badgers 23-16 at the UW Field House in Madison.

Michigan (10-3 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) took a 6-0 lead to open the dual after Wisconsin (7-3-1, 0-3) forfeited the heavyweight match, but Collin Cudd scored a decision at 125 and Tom Clum won a major decision at 133 to give the Badgers a 7-6 lead.

The Wolverines, however, answered with five consecutive match victories, clinching the dual win on Nick Roy's major decision over UW's Kelly Flaherty at 174, which give Michigan a 23-7 lead.

Wisconsin did win the last two matches of the evening. At 184 Brady Reinke remained unbeaten in duals, improving to 8-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten with a 9-3 decision win over Josh Weitzel.

UW's Ryan Flaherty closed out the match with his team-leading 12th pin of the season, taking down Steve Hellnick at the 2:40 mark in the first period to improve his overall record to 19-4.

"These were two highly ranked teams tonight," UW coach Barry Davis said. "We are right there, we just have to put it all together. We need to work, strive forward and get in better shape."

Wisconsin has another opportunity Sunday, when they host conference leading Michigan State (6-0, 3-2) at 1 p.m. in the UW Field House.

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