The 11th-ranked Wisconsin wrestling team bested No. 10 Minnesota 18-17 Friday night at the UW Field House before a crowd of 1,272.
The Badgers (10-3-2 overall, 3-3-1 Big Ten) took an 18-8 lead with Brady Reinke's 10-8 decision victory over Roger Kish at 184, running Reinke's record to a perfect 11-0, including a 7-0 mark in dual meets.
UW's Ryan Flaherty then lost his dual but won the match for the Badgers at 197. Flaherty's 6-5 decision loss to Matt Koz allowed Minnesota to draw within 18-11. But by not allowing Koz to score more than three points for the Gophers, Flaherty made it impossible for Minnesota to complete a comeback.
Wisconsin took a forfeit at heavyweight, giving Minnesota (9-8, 3-4) six points to close out the match.
Trailing 5-0 after Collin Cudd's technical fall loss to Bobbe Lowe at 125, the Badgers rattled off four straight decision wins, with Tom Clum (133), Ed Gutnik (141), Craig Henning (149) and Tyler Turner (157) getting the better of their Gopher opponents.
Gutnik's victory may have been the key to the evening for the Badgers, as he bested Tommy Owen 3-1 in overtime.
Matt Nagel brought Minnesota within 12-8 with a decision win at 165, but Kelly Flaherty and Reinke gave the Badgers all the points they would need with decision wins at 174 and 184.
Women's hockey picks up easy road win
The No. 4 Wisconsin women's hockey team crushed Bemidji State 7-0 Friday afternoon at the John S. Glas Fieldhouse in Bemidji, Minn. The Badgers scored two quick goals early on and added five goals in the second period, forcing the Beavers (8-21-3 overall, 4-20-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) to switch goaltenders early in the second period.
Sophomore forward Meaghan Mikkelson led Wisconsin (23-7-1, 17-7-1) with two goals and an assist. She scored her first career shorthanded goal at 8:58 in the second period and added a power-play goal at 13:08. She also tallied an assist on a goal scored by freshman forward Jinelle Zaugg at 2:49 in the second period.
Junior forward Grace Hutchins notched her fourth goal in three games at 3:57 in the second period, forcing the Beavers to pull starting netminder freshman Emily Brookshaw and replace her with junior Jill Luebke. Luebke, who collected 16 saves, did not fare any better and allowed two goals from Mikkelson and one from junior forward Sharon Cole at 17:56. Brookshaw finished with 11 saves while Wisconsin junior Meghan Horras collected just 12 saves for the shutout, her eighth shutout of the season.
Men's track wins three events at UNI
Competing with only 11 athletes, the Wisconsin men's track team won three events at the UNI-Dome Open Friday in Cedar Falls, Iowa. This meet is the final event before the Big Ten Indoor Championships, which will be held next weekend at Purdue.
Sophomore Nathan Probst won the 600-meter run in 1 minute, 20.83 seconds, while sophomore Eric Hatchell won the 800 by fewer than one thousandth of a second in a time of 1:56.47.
Obermueller named Big Ten Golfer of the Week
Wisconsin senior women's golfer Jackie Obermueller earned Big Ten Golfer of the Week recognition for her 3-0 victory in the Badgers' 13.5-4.5 match-play win over Minnesota last weekend.
In the match, Obermueller had a career-low tying single round of 73. She has a 76 average this season, after playing just four rounds this fall. This honor is the first of her career.