For the first time since the 2001-02 season, the No. 15 Wisconsin wrestling team came out of its match against Penn State with a victory. The Badgers won five of the last seven matches in defeating the No. 12 Nittany Lions (3-1-0 overall, 0-1-0 Big Ten) 19-15 in State College, Pa.
"I think our young guys really showed a lot of poise today, good things happened for us and we stepped up when we needed to," UW head coach Barry Davis said. "The team has been really dedicated and focused all season, both in the workout room and in competition. It's nice to see it pay off."
Wisconsin (3-0-0, 1-0-0) lost its first two matches and was down 9-0 but redshirt freshman heavyweight Kyle Massey pinned No. 19 Penn State senior Joel Edwards, earning six points for the Badgers. Junior Collin Cudd (125) gave Wisconsin the lead for the first time with a 13-1 win over freshman Brad Pataky.
Penn State regained the lead, with UW redshirt freshman Zach Tanelli (133) and senior Tony Turner (141) losing their matches.
With the score at 15-10, however, junior Tyler Turner upset No. 14 James Woodall 8-6 and No. 15 sophomore Craig Henning (157) defeated No. 10 Nathan Galloway to put Wisconsin ahead 16-15. The match came down to No. 20 Jake Donar, who defeated PSU freshman Phil Bomberger at 165 pounds.
Wisconsin next competes at the Cliff Keen Invite in Las Vegas Dec. 2-3.
Swimming and diving: Badgers compete at Minnesota Invite
The Wisconsin men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed at the Minnesota Invite throughout the weekend.
The women placed third with 670.5 points, while Notre Dame won with 722 points. The men finished second with 678.5 points, well behind No. 9 Minnesota, which won with 1762.5 points.
Leading the way for the women on Friday was freshman Yi Ting Siow, who won the 200-yard individual medley in 1 minute, 59.66 seconds. Senior Sarah Hernandez won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.20 and competed on the first-place 400-yard medley relay, along with Siow, junior Susan Johnson and sophomore Jenny Gelden.
On Saturday, senior Amalia Sarnecki won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.11 and took second in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:43.65, competing with teammates Johnson, Gelden and Hernandez. Siow placed second in the 400-yard IM in 4:19.82 and took part in the second-place 800-yard freestyle, along with Hernandez, senior Emily Carpenter and freshman Jennifer Illescas.
For the men, junior Tom Molzahn placed third in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:32.41 and third in the 400-yard medley relay in 3:26.20 on Friday. His teammates were freshman Mike Hopkins, freshman Scott Rice and freshman Eric Johnson. On Saturday, Rice placed third in the 100-yard butterfly in 50.11 and second in the 800-yard freestyle relay in 6:42.71, along with Molzahn, senior Michael Hamm and freshman Mike Desautels.
Senior diver Amanda Witte placed third on the 1-meter board Saturday and fourth on the platform board Sunday. Sophomore divers Josh and Justin Bonner placed fifth and sixth, respectively, on the 3-meter boards, on Saturday. On Sunday, Justin Bonner set a school record with 241.75 points in platform diving, finishing fifth.