Badger Sports Roundup

Clum wins second conference crown, UW grapplers place seventh; softball and golf results

University of Wisconsin senior wrestler Tom Clum won a Big Ten Championship for the second time in his career Sunday, besting Minnesota's Mack Reiter, 6-4, in triple overtime to earn the title in the 133-pound weight class.

Reiter, the defending conference champion, took a 4-2 lead on an escape in the second period, but Clum registered a takedown late in the second to tie the match at 4-4.

Clum and Reiter battled through scoreless sessions in the third period and the first two overtimes. They appeared labeled for a fourth overtime, but Clum scored a takedown with 13 seconds left in the third overtime to create his margin of victory.

Clum previously won a Big Ten title at 125 pounds as a sophomore in 2004.

All told, the Badgers finished seventh with 76.5 points. Minnesota won the team title with 138 points.

Five other UW wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Championships and placed at the Big Ten event: Collin Cudd placed seventh at 125; Ed Gutnik was sixth at 141; Tyler Turner was fourth at 149; Craig Henning was fifth at 157; Jake Donar was eighth at 165; and Dallas Herbst was seventh at 197.

Turner was the Wisconsin wrestling team's nominee for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Softball: Badgers finish 3-2 at Buzz Classic

The Wisconsin women's softball team won its five-team pool but dropped its first game in the championship bracket at the Buzz Classic in Marietta, Ga., over the weekend.

The Badgers defeated Georgia State 7-5 and Florida A&M 10-0 Friday afternoon before falling to Texas-El Paso 4-0 Saturday. The Badgers came back to defeat Radford 2-1 and entered the championship bracket as a No. 5 seed. There Wisconsin (4-6) dropped to South Dakota State, 3-2, completing its play in the Buzz Classic.

On the weekend, junior pitcher Eden Brock struck out 21, gave up 19 hits and four runs, and walked six, pitching in four of the Badgers' five games.

Freshman pitcher Leah Vanevenhoven also saw significant time, walking two, striking out four and allowing nine hits in 7.1 innings.

Sophomore right fielder Katie Hnatyk finished the weekend with three runs, seven hits and seven runs batted in, while junior center fielder Sam Polito contributed three runs, nine hits and two runs batted in to lead the Badgers.

Against Florida A&M, junior pinch hitter Liz Klemp hit a three-run home run, her first homer in just her second career at bat.

Men's golf: Badgers finish 10th at Orange County Invite

The Badger men's golf team carded an 883 (296-295-292) to finish tied for 10th place with Texas-San Antonio and Rhode Island at the 15-team Orange County Invite in Orlando, Fla., over the weekend.

Junior Garrett Jones led UW with his 10th place finish at 3-under 213 (74-69-70). Behind him was freshman Tyler Obermueller, who placed 33rd at 4-over 220 (71-76-73). Fellow freshmen Pat Duffy and Nick Engen tied for 60th with scores of 227.

Lamar University claimed the team title with a score of 833 (271-279-283), 31 strokes under par, while Eastern Michigan's Graham Hill and Lamar University's Andrew Landry and Justin Harding finished in a three-way tie for first, each shooting an 8-under 208. Playoffs were not held due to team travel arrangements.

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