MADISON — While Friday night’s bout between No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 3 Penn State had its fair share of excitement, the final outcome left little doubt.
The visiting Nittany Lions won the final five bouts of the night to leave the UW Field House with a decisive 29-10 victory.
UW managed just three wins on the night, receiving a major decision from Garrett Model (157 pounds) and decisions from Eric Barnett (125) and No. 1 Seth Gross (133).
Penn State improved to 9-2 on the year and 6-1 in the conference.
Wisconsin fell to 10-4 overall and 3-4 in the B1G.
Below are a few knee-jerk reactions to Friday night’s action.
A full match story with quotes from head coach Chris Bono will be available Saturday morning. Please check back to nwwrestle.com for updates.
Gross hangs on for a big win
No. 1 Seth Gross was pushed to the limit, but the Wisconsin standout was able to grab a 6-5 victory over No. 4 Roman Bravo-Young.
For a fleeting moment, it looked like it was going to be a quick match. Gross scored the first takedown and picked up a pair of back points to go with it. He was eventually reversed by Bravo-Young to make the score 4-2.
At that point, action was stopped as UW head coach Chris Bono challenged the ruling of two back points, hoping that Gross would be awarded four. The original call on the mat was confirmed and wrestling resumed.
Gross held what was, effectively, a one-point lead entering the third due to Bravo-Young’s riding time.
The wrestlers started the final period from neutral.
Bravo-Young got in deep on a late shot attempt, but Gross was able to stand his ground and secure the victory.
With the win, Gross improved to 21-1 on the season, including a 9-1 mark against ranked opponents.
Model makes major statement
Redshirt sophomore Garrett Model made his first start since Dec. 1 and announced his presence in a big way.
He recorded five takedowns en route to a 13-4 win by major decision over PSU’s Bo Pipher.
Model grabbed a 4-1 lead after the opening three minutes. He outscored Pipher 9-2 the rest of the way.
Bono mentioned in the post-match presser that Model got the nod because starter Drew Scharenbrock was “dinged up.”
Significant gaps emerge
Two of the night’s marquee matchups turned out to be anything but.
A pair of top-5 battles were merely blowouts.
At 141 pounds, No. 2 Nick Lee manhandled No. 4 Tristan Moran , 14-1.
The much-anticipated bout between No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph and No. 4 Evan Wick, the first meeting of their collegiate careers, was all Joseph.
The Penn State star made easy work of Wick with a 8-0 major decision that included 4:08 of riding time.
Hillger a no-go at heavyweight
UW big man No. 5 Trent Hillger did not wrestle Friday night. Instead, the Badgers have up a forfeit at heavyweight to complete the dual.
In the press conference, Bono mentioned that Hillger has been sick the last couple days and will return to action as soon as he is feeling better.
Bono added that Hillger’s absence had nothing to do with the apparent head injury he suffered int he final bout of last Sunday’s dual with Purdue.