The 12th-ranked Badgers won five of the first six matches Friday to take a 16-3 lead, but unranked Ohio State came roaring back down the stretch to nearly overtake UW.
After decision wins at 125, 133, 149 and 157, UW's Chad Steldt scored a major decision win over Zach Craiglow at 165 to provide the Badgers with a 16-3 edge. Ohio State's Nathaniel Augustson, however, pinned Kelly Flaherty at 174 to draw OSU with 16-9.
Brady Reinke's major decision win at 184 put the Badgers up 20-9, but J.D. Bergman pinned Ryan Flaherty at 197 to make it 20-15. The Badgers also lost the heavyweight match, but Lee Kramer did his job, avoiding what would have been a match-losing pin. As it was, OSU's Kirk Nail scored a 9-3 decision win over Kramer, but the Badgers pulled out the victory.
Wisconsin improved to 8-3-2 overall and 1-3-1 in the Big Ten with the win. Ohio State is now 7-8-0, 0-4-0.
Women's tennis: Badgers fall 6-1 to Harvard
The No. 48 Wisconsin women's tennis team fell to No. 34 Harvard 6-1 in a consolation match Friday at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, held at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
Only sophomore Kaylan Caiati gave Wisconsin a point, as she defeated junior Eva Wang 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-2 at the No.4 singles spot. Wisconsin (2-2 overall) lost all of its doubles matches to Harvard (2-1).
"I was disappointed in the loss," Wisconsin head coach Patti Henderson said. "But, Harvard is very good. They're a very strong team and they're very deep."
Men's soccer inks seven
Wisconsin men's soccer head coach Jeff Rohrman announced Friday that seven athletes have signed National Letters of Intent for the 2005-06 season.
Forwards Eric Conklin (Rockford, Ill.) and Sam Van De Laarschot (Eden Prairie, Minn.), forward/midfielder Scott Lorenz (Barrington, Ill.), midfielder Kenny Dix (Atlanta, Ga.), goalkeeper Byron Neal (Cincinnati, Ohio) and defenders Zack Lambo (Crystal Lake, Ill.) and Andy Miller (Barrington, Ill.) will all join the team in the fall.
"With this class I think we filled a couple holes and we've also provided some depth," Rohrman said in a press release. "I also think that in this class we're going to have a couple kids who were a little under the radar maybe a couple that were late bloomers. There are certainly some players who are tremendous athletes who I feel, in time, will be able to help us on the field."