Wrestling: split decision

Badgers tie Michigan State

The University of Wisconsin wrestling team had Michigan State on its back Sunday but could not quite close the deal. The No. 12 Badgers, however, still earned a 16-16 tie with No. 18 MSU at the UW Field House.

The tie dropped the Spartans (3-0-1 Big Ten, 6-2-1 overall) out of first place in the Big Ten standings but preserved a 5-meet winning streak. Wisconsin (0-3-1, 7-3-2) snapped a 3-match losing streak.

The Badgers led 16-10 with two matches to go Sunday, but the Spartans Jeff Clemens beat Wisconsin's Ryan Flaherty at 197 and MSU's Max Lossen took a decision from Lee Kraemer at heavyweight to tie the score.

"I give credit to Michigan State because they came out to wrestle," UW coach Barry Davis said. "Will I take a tie, yes, but we got to step up. Not all of our guys are stepping up at the one time and right now we need to do that."

Wisconsin trailed 4-0 after one match but Tom Clum won a major decision at 133 and Tyler Laudon took a decision at 141 to give the Badgers a 7-4 lead. Michigan State took decision wins at 149 and 174, while the Badgers won decisions at 157 and 165. Brady Reinke gave the Badgers the 16-10 edge with a decision win at 184.

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