Ritter takes second at MSU Open

Originally appeared on wisconsin.talking10.com on 11/6/17

Redshirt sophomore Hunter Ritter placed second at 197 pounds to lead the Wisconsin wrestling team at Sunday’s Michigan State Open in East Lansing.

Ritter was 3-1 on the day, topping Armani Robinson (Findlay), Kobe Woods (Purdue) and Jackson Striggow (Michigan). All three wins came via decision.

However, Ritter, the No.17 wrestler in the nation at his weight, was pinned by No.6 Kevin Beazley of Michigan in the first period of the championship bout.

No.11 Ricky Robertson (184) and Evan Wick (165) each finished third in their respective weight classes.

Robertson picked up a pair of bonus-point victories in his first two matches, topping Charles Wells of Findlay by major decision before pinning Purdue’s Jonathan Morales in the quarterfinals.

No. 9 Jordan Ellingson (Central Michigan) halted Robertson’s title run with in an 8-3 match in the semis.

Robertson bounced back with a pair of victories, including a 4-0 decision over No.17 Mitchell Sliga of Northwestern in the third-place match.

Wick outscored his opponents 39-9 in his three victories. His lone loss came to No.3 Logan Massa (Oklahoma) in the semifinals by major decision, 11-3.

Jens Lantz (133) finished 4-2 on the day to place fourth.

Following a win in his opening match, Lantz was on the short side of a 3-1 bout with Purdue’s Ben Thornton. From there, Lantz posted three straight victories to reach the third-place match. He ultimately fell to Ali Naser (Arizona State) 3-2 in that bout.

At 157 pounds, No.19 Andrew Crone took fifth for UW. Eli Stickley did likewise at 141. Each wrestler ended their day with a 4-2 record.

Crone rode a three-match winning streak all the way to the semifinals where he dropped a 5-2 decision to No.14 Josh Shields of Arizona State.

The redshirt senior fell to Oklahoma’s Justin Thomas 8-6 in the consolation semifinals before responding with a 9-6 victory over Jake Tucker (Michigan State) in the fifth-place match.

Stickley won his first bout before falling to No.11 Javier Gasca III (Michigan State) 9-6 in the quarters. He scored a pair of victories in consolation action before losing to William Mason Smith (Central Michigan) by major decision in the consolation semis.

A a 4-2 win over Nikko Villarreal (Arizona State) in the fifth-place match capped Stickley’s day.

No.15 Ryan Christensen placed sixth at 174 pounds. Christensen was relegated to the consolation bracket after falling to No.9 Drew Hughes (Michigan State) 4-2 in sudden victory in his first match.

Christensen tallied a pair wins to reach the consolation semis. There, he lost to Oklahoma’s Yoanse Mejias 9-3.

Johnny Sebastian (Northwestern) scored a 3-1 sudden victory win over Christensen in the fifth-place match.

No.18 Johnny Jimenez finished the day 0-2, losing a pair of matches by decision.

In total, UW’s 20 wrestlers in open brackets posted a record of 40-38

The Badgers’ five ranked wrestlers were 13-9 overall and 1-4 against ranked opponents.

All six of Wisconsin’s competitors in the freshman/sophomore brackets placed.

Paul Konrath took top honors at 133, posting a perfect 4-0 record. He defeated Kelan McKenna (Notre Dame (Ohio)) 6-3 in the title bout.

Jackson Hemauer (174) and Trent Hillger (285) each placed second in their freshman/sophomore brackets.

Hemauer lost his championship match by injury default, while Hillger fell to Kameron Teacher (Notre Dame (Ohio)) 9-4.

Hemauer’s injury status was not known at the time of publishing.

Garrett Model (149) and Ethan Rotondo (125) each finished fourth in their first collegiate tournament.

Tyler Shilson (149) took sixth.

The No.20 Badgers open their dual meet schedule Nov.17 with road matchups against No.23 Pittsburgh and CSU Bakersfield.

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