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Wisconsin Badgers Wrestling 2023-24 Season is Almost Here!



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Wisconsin head coach Chris Bono reacts during the third session of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Friday, March 17, 2023, at BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Welcome to Wisconsin Badgers Wrestling!

We are almost there Wisconsin Badgers wrestling fans – the new season is almost upon us! Badger Notes is committed to bringing you comprehensive coverage of the Wisconsin wrestling program. BadgerNotes will be expanding their Wisconsin sports coverage and will include a focus on the outstanding athletes and coaches within the Wisconsin wrestling program.

During this inaugural season of our Wisconsin wrestling coverage we encourage you to interact with us to help guide the conversation of the Wisconsin Badgers wrestling program.  Let us know what interests you in and around the program. Our goal is to share the results from the matches and the stories of the people who make up the program.  We are excited to start this coverage and we would be honored if you accompanied us on this maiden voyage.

2022-2023  Championship Season Recap

It has been six months since Wisconsin Badgers wrestling took to the mats for the 2023 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma where Wisconsin Head Coach Chris Bono sent nine qualifiers to compete for wrestling glory.

After some hard-fought battles – only two men retuned to Madison as NCAA All-Americans.  Dean Hamiti placed 6th at 165 pounds and Trent Hillger placed 8th at 285 pounds.  Congratulations to Dean Hamiti and Trent Hillger on joining the ranks of NCAA wrestling immortality.

2022-2023 Regular Season Recap

First things first! How did we get here? Before we can dive into the 2022-2023 regular season recap, we have to acknowledge the gauntlet that is Big Ten wrestling.

The Big Ten Conference is arguably the best conference in all of Division 1 wrestling.  According to InterMat rankings, a preeminent source for national wrestling rankings, the Big Ten faced 13 teams ranked in the InterMat Top 30!  For those keeping up with conference realignment in college athletics – the Big Ten currently has 14 wrestling programs.

This is an important notation to make while analyzing the Wisconsin Badgers wrestling season of 2022-2023. Wisconsin wrestling program closed the regular season 8 – 8 overall and 1 – 7 in Big Ten duals.  On its face – that could be labeled a bad season. It doesn’t take long in review of those eight losses to see a common thread. All eight losses during the duals season came to InterMat Top 30 programs. In the Big Ten, its fair to say that not all 8 – 8 seasons are created equal. If 93% of your opponents are one of the top 30 program in the country – its going to be a bloodbath for team victories.

Upcoming 2023-2024 Wisconsin Wrestling – what’s next?

The finalized Wisconsin wrestling regular season schedule has not been released.  Unquestionably, I am most intrigued to know the tournaments. Those are excellent opportunities for the younger guys to get their feet wet with collegiate competition.

The Wisconsin wrestling programs official Instagram recently released the Big Ten home and away duals for the program. Wisconsin wrestling has announced their home duals include Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State.  The away duals include Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan State and Purdue. Full non-conference schedule, tournament entries and date/time of all contests will be announced soon.

Stay locked in with BadgerNotes as we bring you the 2023-2024 Wisconsin wrestling roster overview.

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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.