Hoosiers Drop Road Match at #20 Wisconsin
Jan. 25, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - Three Hoosiers arose victorious Friday evening against Wisconsin despite a 26-9 final team score in favor of the Badgers. Joe Duca (125 lbs.), Taylor Walsh (157 lbs.) and Luke Sheridan (184 lbs.) each came away with wins in their respective bouts.
Duca got the night started with a trio of takedowns on Wisconsin's Matt Cavallaris en route to his 7-3 triumph at 125 pounds. His ninth W of the season gave IU an early 3-0 advantage on the team scoreboard.
A trio of reserves filled in for injured Hoosiers in the next three bouts, each match resulting in UW team points.
Walsh, ranked ninth nationally at 157 pounds, ended the slide with his 8-6 decision over Kalvin York. In the first of what would eventually be three bouts being decided in the final 30 seconds, Walsh nailed a late takedown on the edge of the circle to secure his 8-6 winner. The redshirt sophomore improves to 24-6 overall, 11-1 in duals and 3-1 during the Big Ten season.
It was Wisconsin's turn to snare a late-match victory in the subsequent bout as Frank Cousins' takedown with under 30 ticks remaining handed Ryan Konz a 4-3 defeat. Eleventh-ranked Ryan LeBlanc (165 lbs.) was also forced to sit out, adding to IU's injury-plagued line-up.
Luke Sheridan posted a 2-0 decision at 184 pounds on the back of an impressive two-minute ride for the entire third period. After a scoreless opening frame, Sheridan picked up a quick escape after starting the second stanza from the bottom position. He then continually slipped in the legs during his final period ride, often times flattening Ben Cox to the mat for much of the win-clinching ride.
The third bout to play out in the last 30 seconds came at heavyweight. #12 Adam Chalfant's takedown had earned him a 3-2 lead with less than a half minute remaining, but #9 Connor Medberry then executed a four-point shot bringing Chalfant to his back and capturing a 6-3 final decision.
Before returning to Bloomington, the Hoosiers will make a stop in Champaign, Ill., for a Sunday showdown with the Fighting Illini. Match time is 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET and will streamed live by BTDN on IUHoosiers.com All-Access. Live bout scores will also be available at TrackWrestling.com.
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