Wrestling

Jordan wins 15th-straight match to extend unscathed record

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MADISON, Wis. – In its second-ever dual at the Kohl Center Friday, the Wisconsin men’s wrestling team fell to No. 2 Iowa, 31-3, dropping nine of 10 matches, but losing five by four points or less. The Badgers are now 0-2 in the Kohl Center after dropping the first Kohl Center dual 27-7 to Iowa State.

The Hawkeyes (11-0, 5-0) scored the first points in eight of 10 matches en route to their sixth-straight win over UW (1-4, 0-3), dating back to 2007-08. Iowa now leads the all-time series 76-8-3, including a 38-4-2 mark in Madison.

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“Tonight, they beat us to the punch, and some guys gave in to that,” head coach Barry Davis said. “You can’t do that. Other guys fought, they did a good job. There’s improvements, I see things happening yet, but we’re just not quite there yet.

“But I know we can do the work. We’ve got lift tomorrow, we go back to work, talk to the guys about it, stay committed and move forward.”

Despite the lopsided result, 165-pounder Isaac Jordan continued his win streak to 15-straight matches to maintain his perfect record this year.

Just one of two Badgers to take on an unranked Iowa opponent, third-ranked Jordan picked up a takedown on Patrick Rhoads in the first period and never looked back. The Urbana, Ohio, native piled on six points over the course of the match, while preventing Rhoads from registering a point until the 40-second mark of the third period when Rhoads earned an escape.

“Wrestling’s an individual sport, which is really nice because if you win, you can look at yourself and be satisfied,” Jordan said. “But as a team, there were a lot of things we need to work on, like some improvements with pace and intensity. They came in here and they were stingier than us. I think we need to readdress what our strategy is going into a match and look at it as a learning experience.”

Wisconsin’s other ranked wrestler, No. 7 Ryan Taylor, matched up with Cory Clark, who entered the dual rated third in the 133-pound weight class.

Taylor trailed, 4-1, after the first period, but UW head coach Barry Davis challenged Clark’s first of two takedowns which was eventually overturned. Due to the scoring change, the escape Taylor recorded following the takedown was also removed from the scoresheet.

The second-period stalemate—one of four on the night—was no indicator of the final period, as the pair combined to score seven points (eight with riding time point).

Clark came out victorious in a 7-3 decision, gathering a takedown, two escapes and a riding time point in the third compared to Taylor’s takedown and escape.

Easily the tightest grapple came in the 174-pound weight class, with Iowa’s 12th-ranked Alex Meyer narrowly edging Ricky Robertson in a 1-0 decision.

The Hawkeyes’ competitor notched an escape in the second period and prevented numerous attempts from Robertson to escape the bottom position for the remainder of the match.

At 141 pounds, Gabe Grahek fought tough against Topher Carton, but unable to force a takedown he fell, 4-2.

Both Andrew Crone and Brock Horwath lost their matches by just three points.

Crone kept the match competitive to the very end, escaping with 1:43 remaining to cut No. 2-ranked Brandon Sorensen’s lead to 5-3. The Badgers’ 149-pounder made multiple attempts to drop his opponent to the mat and tie the score, but Sorensen held tough to win 6-3, with an additional point tacked on for riding time.

Horwath was down, 3-0, against eighth-ranked heavyweight Sam Stoll entering the third period before finally earning his first point with an escape at the 1:30 mark. Stoll countered each of Horwath’s takedown-tries to prevent the score from knotting. The Iowa wrestler earned a riding time point to garner a 4-1 win.

TJ Ruschell traded points with No. 16 Edwin Cooper Jr. for much of the first two periods of the 157-pound match to trail, 4-2, with two minutes still left to wrestle.

In the third period, Cooper Jr. came out strong recording a takedown 20 seconds in. He was granted a penalty point and picked up an extra point for riding time to take the match, 8-2.

Ryan Christensen (174 pounds) and Eric Peissig (197 pounds) fell in major decisions to No. 8 Sammy Brooks (14-6) and No. 3 Nathan Burak (20-7), respectively.

125-pounder Jimmy Jimenez wrapped up Wisconsin’s results, as second-ranked Thomas Gilman won, 23-7, by technical fall.

Wisconsin will head east for the second time this year, taking on Rutgers on Saturday at 6 p.m. before matching up with Maryland at noon on Sunday.

125: Gilman (IOWA) wins by TF over Jimenez (WIS), 23-7
133: Clark (IOWA) wins by Dec. over Taylor (WIS), 7-3
141: Carton (IOWA) wins by Dec. over Grahek (WIS), 4-2
149: Sorenson (IOWA) wins by Dec. over Crone (WIS), 6-3
157: Cooper Jr. (IOWA) wins by Dec. over Ruschell (WIS), 8-2
165: Jordan (WIS) wins by Dec. over Rhoads (IOWA), 6-1
174: Meyer (IOWA) wins by Dec. over Robertson (WIS), 1-0
184: Brooks (IOWA) wins by MD over Christensen (WIS), 14-6
197: Burak (IOWA) wins by MD over Peissig (WIS), 20-7
Hwt.: Stoll (IOWA) wins by Dec. over Horwath (WIS), 4-1