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Wisconsin Badgers Wrestling Derail Boilermakers in Win vs Purdue

The Wisconsin Badgers wrestling program took down Purdue on Sunday.



Photo: Courtesy of BadgerNotes Staff Writer Ryan Eilers
Photo: Courtesy of BadgerNotes Staff Writer Ryan Eilers

The No. 23 Wisconsin Badgers Wrestling program derailed the Boilermakers in their 24–15 win on Sunday.

Let’s take a look at how the Badgers performed vs. Purdue.

125 pounds

No. 2 Eric Barnett vs. No. 1 Matt Ramos

Following a scoreless first period, Ramos was able to turn Barnett for a 4-point near fall. After escaping, Barnett threw all his offense at Ramos but wasn’t able to secure a takedown.

This will be a great rematch to see as these two alphas are likely to tangle again at the Big Ten tourney.

Barnett lost the match by a 5–1 decision.

133 pounds 

Nicolar Rivera vs. Dustin Norris

Rivera put on a show in West Lafayette. Trailing 7–0 to Norris, the 133 pounder from Stoughton went on the offensive. Rivera got the takedown and the 4-point near fall to tie it up.

In overtime, Rivera shot and scored his second takedown for the win!

Rivera won the match by a 10–7 sudden victory decision.

141 pounds

Zan Fugitt vs. Christian White

In what turned out to be a very odd ending – Fugitt looked to have had a takedown and a case for back points. It was ruled a takedown and coaches from both teams threw their coaches challenge bricks.

Wisconsin Coach Chris Bono wanted the takedown and two swipes for back points.

Purdue Coach Tony Ersland wanted a no-takedown call.

Ultimately, the call was reversed to no takedown and Fugitt tailed late in period three 4–1. White went into hibernation mode and was hit with stalling calls as time ran out on the Badgers true freshman.

Fugitt lost the match by a 4–3 decision.

149 pounds

No. 22 Joseph Zargo vs. Marcos Polanco

Zargo continues to impress with his work ethic and attacks. He showed plenty of offense on the day with three takedowns and the ability to escape.

Zargo won the match by a 11–5 decision.

157 pounds

Cody Goebel vs. Issac Ruble

Goebel, just as he did vs Northwestern on Friday night, never waivered. The Wisconsin Badgers 157 pounder trailed 11–3 to end period two. After scoring 75% of his points in the final period, he ultimately fell by a narrow margin.

Goebel lost the match by a 14–12 decision

165 pounds

No. 5 Dean Hamiti vs. Stoney Buell

It didn’t take long for DJ to finish an honest days work. In just over a minute, Hamiti was able to get the cradle and rock Buell to sleep and finish him by pin!

For those keeping track at home – that is DJ’s 17th bonus point win on his 20–1 campaign.

Hamiti won this match by fall.

174 pounds

No. 12 Max Maylor vs. No. 32 Brody Baumann

Boilermakers fans felt like their may be an upset brewing. After trailing 9–2 in period one, 13–7 in period two, and 15–10 late in the third – Maylor went bonkers!

Not so fast, my friend.

Maylor tied it up late in the third period with a takedown and ride to eliminate the ride time advantage for Baumann and forced overtime!

Early in the overtime period and tied at 16 – Maylor struck and earned the hard-fought win and took the life out of the home fans.

Maylor won this match by by a 19–16 sudden victory decision.

184 pounds

No. 16 Shane Liegel vs. James Rowley

Liegel did what Liegel does.

Hard-nosed, scrappy, gritty matches decided by decision and he came out on top. He has a relentless motor and continues to be a consistent wrestler at 184 pounds.

Scoreless half-way through the third and final period – Liegel scored a takedown in the scramble and fought off the reversal and escaped for a much needed Wisconsin win.

Liegel won this match by a 5–2 decision.

197 pounds

Luke Condon vs. Ben Vanadia

Condon, fresh off a Loras Open win at 184 pounds was wrestling up a weight class and fought valiantly, but fell by pin to his opponent.

Condon lost this match by fall.

285 pounds

Gannon Rosenfeld vs. Tristan Ruhlman

BOOM! Rosenfelds hard work paid off! He takes out Ruhlman with a pin!

Rosenfeld won this match by fall.

What’s Next for Wisconsin Badgers Wrestling?

Wisconsin is home for a Big Ten clash with Illinois on Sunday 2/11 at 12PM on BTN+

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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.