Wrestling: Eli Stickley pins down No. 12 Diehl in conference opener against Maryland

first_imgThe No. 19-ranked University of Wisconsin wrestling team defeated Maryland Thursday evening in the season opener for Big Ten play at the UW Field House. Coming off of an impressive performance by the team’s rookies at the Cliff Keen Invitational, the Badgers (3-0) broke into an early lead over the Terrapins (3-2.)Redshirt sophomore Eli Stickley stuck it to the Terrapins’ No. 12-ranked Ryan Diehl in the 141-pound category when the Badger scored an early takedown in the first bought followed by a second back play in the second period. In the third period, the Roadrunner Open champion secured a major decision for Wisconsin in a 14-1 result, upsetting the nationally ranked Terrapin.“I went out there and wrestled my match and not his,” Stickley said. “And it was proven that I could get my shot, my turn.”Stickley did not find that he would be facing nationally ranked Ryan Diehl until he stepped onto the mat for his first Big Ten battle of the season. The nationally ranked wrestler had been injured last week, and the Maryland alternate, Peter Tedesco, was scheduled to start in the category.“I made a quick adjustment up top mentally, and I was very calm before the match just because I thought I was about to wrestle somebody else,” Stickley said.In a freshman to freshman faceoff, Jens Lantz took three back points for the Badgers in the 133-pound weight class, and after a riding time of a minute and 10 seconds, Lantz committed to a 7-2 Wisconsin victory over Jhared Simmons.NCAA Championship bid-winner, Andrew Crone, took down Maryland’s 157-pounder, Justin Alexander, adding another win to the redshirt senior’s record of nine wins and five losses. Crone defeated No. 15 Taleb Rahmani earlier in the season, and the Maryland saga left another major decision for Wisconsin.No. 7-ranked Evan Wick made his debut in Big Ten play, winning his 165-pound matchup in a 13-3 major decision for the Badgers.“It’s really relieving,” Wick said. “It’s something I’ve been anxious about for a whole year being here and I didn’t know I would react to it but I think I reacted very well.”The six-foot-two redshirt freshman came in second place at the Cliff Keen Invitational last weekend, and went undefeated in all periods of the tournament hosted by Cal State-Bakersfield, showing promise for an NCAA Championship bid.Just one seed away in the rankings at No. 8, three-time NCAA qualifier Ricky Robertson swept his opponent recruited from Alaska in a decisive 6-0 result.Redshirt junior Ryan Christensen used two minutes and thirteen seconds to make a major decision of 13-2 for the Badgers.“For me its really just embracing these moments and understanding that it’s the last ride,” Christensen said. “It’s always looking to score as many points as I can.”The two-time NCAA qualifier used two minutes and thirty-two seconds of riding time to shut down the Terps in his final debut home match.Sophomore Hunter Ritter ranked No. 19 took a stance in securing six points in only 40 seconds of riding time during his first bought. Ritter’s second round closed out Maryland with a 9-0 decision for the Badgers.In another heavy impact play, the heavyweight match ended after just one minute and 11 seconds when No. 10 Youssif Hemida pinned UW’s Ben Stone to the ground. This defeat is inconsistent with the recent performances that Stone has been executing as a regular in Wisconsin’s starting lineup.“On paper you could say we’re favored in quite a few ways, but you still got to perform,” said Associate Head Coach Trevor Brandvold. “It starts 0-0 every time, no mater who you’re wrestling.”The Badgers are slated to face UW-Whitewater for an in-state dual Saturday at 1 p.m.last_img read more

Orange drop 3-1 decision to No. 8 Pittsburgh

first_img Published on October 5, 2018 at 9:46 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Syracuse’s historic undefeated start in ACC play came to an end on Friday night, as the Orange dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 8 Pittsburgh.Wearing their royal blue and gold retro uniforms, the Panthers (16-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast) outscored Syracuse (8-5, 4-1)  98-68 over the four sets. Pittsburgh’s hitting percentage of .319 more than doubled Syracuse’s .157.The loss extended SU’s losing streaks against both the Panthers and ranked opponents, each dating back to 2015.In the first set, senior setter Jalissa Trotter opened with a service error, sending the ball out of bounds. From there, the Panthers would go on to hold leads of 8-3, 13-4, and 22-6. The 25-9 final marked the first time the Orange were held to single-digit points in one of the first four sets since Sept. 1 of last season against No. 6 Wisconsin.The Orange held their own in the second set and found themselves in a 22-22 tie with a chance to turn the page. SU was unable to finish, however, losing 25-23, with back-to-back kills from sophomore Kayla Lund breaking the tie.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the third set, the Orange were able to finish, unlike the previous set. Up 24-22, a Lund kill brought the Panthers to within one. After calling a timeout to regroup and regain focus, a kill from Polina Shemanova won the Orange its first set.Playing out similar to the first set, Pittsburgh held leads of 10-3 and 20-10 in the fourth set, punctuated by a kill by Layne van Buskirk for the final point.Shemanova’s 10 kills led the Orange, however that total was her second lowest of the season and first time under 14 in conference play. Senior Santita Ebangwese had 10 blocks, while junior Kendra Lukacs contributed 12 digs.SU was unable to get its offense into a rhythm the entire match. They could not contain Pitt’s potent front line which was paced by Lund and Markovic with 21 and 18 kills, respectively.The Orange look to get back on track Sunday in their last of four consecutive road matches, taking on Virginia at 1 p.m. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more