No. 15 Wisconsin (7-6, 2-5 B1G) won eight of 10 matches over Maryland (0-8, 0-5 B1G), including four wins by bonus points.
Senior Jens Lantz gave the Badgers the lead in his 133-pound match when he answered a shot by Orion Anderson of Maryland by countering and getting Anderson on his back to secure Lantz’ first pin of the season. Wisconsin went up 6-3 and never came close to relinquishing that lead the rest of the dual.
The biggest match of the day, both literally and figuratively, was at heavyweight, as No. 11 Trent Hillger of UW faced No. 6 Youssif Hemida of Maryland. There wasn’t a lot of action in the match, but Hillger earned the only takedown in the first period, and held on to win 5-2 and secure a big upset over Hemida.
Two Badgers secured the first dual wins at Wisconsin today, and both did it in style. At 157 pounds, freshman Garrett Model scored takedown after takedown to defeat Jahi Jones 16-9, narrowly missing the major decision. And at 197 pounds, Beau Breske made quick work of Maryland’s Nick Cappello, just missing out on a technical fall but still earning a 16-2 major decision.
Last season, Wisconsin’s Cole Martin lost by major decision to Maryland’s Alfred Bannister at 149 pounds. It was a different story this time around, as Martin trailed 3-2 heading into the final seconds of the match, but managed to earn a buzzer beater takedown to win 4-3 and get revenge from last season’s defeat.
Junior Tristan Moran celebrated his newly-minted top-10 ranking at 141 pounds by doing what he normally does, winning the scrambles and using his conditioning to take over late in the match. His match against Danny Bertoni of Maryland started slow, but Moran eventually worked his way to a 13-4 major decision.
The only losses on the day for Wisconsin came at 125 pounds and 174 pounds, with sophomore Ethan Rotondo losing an 8-3 decision to Brandon Cray, and sophomore Patrick Spray losing by pin to Josh Ugalde, respectively.
Next up, the Badgers return to the Field House for a ranked match-up against No. 12 Illinois on Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.
Straight from the mat
Head Coach Chris Bono
On the team’s performance
“Great win for the guys today. But put the wins and losses aside, I’m proud of their effort again. They did a great job of scoring bonus points all over the place. It’s always tough to win a Big Ten match on the road, and I’m glad we were able to walk out of here with a win. The guys look great heading into the final home stretch of the season.”
On individual standouts
“Really happy with Trent Hillger beating a top-6 ranked guy in the country. Cole Martin beat a guy that beat him by 11 points last year. Jens Lantz getting a fall, and Beau Breske getting a big win is really good for us and we are building our momentum.”
125: Brandon Cray (MD) decision Ethan Rotondo (WISC), 8-3 (3-0 MD)
133: Jens Lantz (WISC) fall Orion Anderson (MD), 4:46 (6-3 WISC)
141: No. 9 Moran (WISC) major dec. Danny Bertoni (MD), 14-4 (10-3 WISC)
149: No. 20 Cole Martin (WISC) decision Alfred Bannister (MD), 4-3 (13-3 WISC)
157: Garrett Model (WISC) decision Jahi Jones (MD), 16-9 (16-3 WISC)
165: No. 3 Evan Wick (WISC) major decision Philip Spadafora (MD), 11-3 (20-3 WISC)
174: Josh Ugalde (MD) fall Pat Spray (WISC), 3:27 (20-9 WISC)
184: Mason Reinhardt (WISC) decision Kyle Jasenski (MD), 4-2 (23-9 WISC)
197: Beau Breske (WISC) major decision Niko Cappello (MD), 16-2 (27-9 WISC)
285: No. 11 Trent Hillger (WISC) decision No. 6 Youssif Hemida (MD), 5-2 (30-9 WISC)