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Wisconsin Badgers Wrestling Beats Rider In First Of Two Duals On Saturday



Wisconsin Badgers Wrestling

The No. 29 Wisconsin Badgers Wrestling program squared off with the Rider Broncs in the first of the “double duals” Wisconsin was participating on Saturday and won 22–16.

Let’s take a look at each weight class and see how the Badgers performed vs. Rider.

125 pounds

No. 11 Eric Barnett vs. Tyler Klinsky. Barnett won this match 13–5 (major decision).

133 pounds 

Nicolar Rivera vs. Richie Koehler. Rivera won this match 18–8 (major decision).

141 pounds

Felix Lettini vs. McKenzie Bell. Lettini lost this match by a 8–3 decision.

149 pounds

No.17 Joseph Zargo vs. No. 12 Quinn Kinner.


Wisconsin Badgers Joseph Zargo went out west and beat the higher ranked wrestler on the road. I said last dual, when Joe is wrestling in this zone he’s in right now, he is going to be very tough to beat.

Zargo won this match by a 7–1 decision.

157 pounds

Luke Mechler vs. Colton Washleski. Mechler lost this match 12–4 (major decision).

165 pounds

Gavin Model vs. Jake Silverstein. Model lost this match 10–2 (major decision).

174 pounds

No. 6 Dean Hamiti vs. Michael Wilson.

Dean Hamiti, again bumped up from 165 pounds to 174 pounds and impressed.

Hamiti won this match 15–4 (major decision).

184 pounds

No. 28 Max Maylor vs. Isaac Dean.

Max got all of his scheduled time and more.  After finishing off his opponent last week in 27 seconds, this week, Maylo wrestled all the way to sudden victory.  The mark of a good wrestler is being able to find wins in a multitude of ways.

Maylor won this match by a 4–1 decision (SV).

197 pounds

Shane Liegel vs. Brock Zurawski.

Another dual and another victory to help the team by Liegel.  The Wisconsin native has become a rock in this Wisconsin Badgers lineup and his contributions cannot be understated.

Liegel won this match by a 5–0 decision.

285 pounds

Gannon Rosenfeld vs. #30 David Szuba.

Rosenfeld got the nod this dual and did not get the result he worked for.  Falling behind early wasn’t in his plans and Coach Bono has some work to do with the heavyweight group to find a stalwart.

Rosenfeld lost this match 22–6 (technical fall).

What’s Next for Wisconsin Badgers Wrestling?

The Badgers finish their second dual of the day vs. the Drexel Dragons in Philadelphia, PA at 5PM.

Stay tuned to Badger Notes for coverage of the Wisconsin Badgers wrestling program and their upcoming competitions!

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Ryan Eilers covers the Wisconsin Badgers football and wrestling programs for and has had his work published on Bleacher Report. He also makes up 1/4 of the BadgerNotes After Dark podcast crew.