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Wisconsin wrestling improves to 4-0 with win over Whitewater

Though it was without a few of its regular starters, the No.21 Wisconsin wrestling team made quick work of UW-Whitewater in a non-conference dual on Saturday.

The host Warhawks (5-3) entered the match as the No.12 team in Division III according to InterMat.

Ethan Rotondo got the Badgers (4-0) rolling with a 4-2 win over Mike Tortorice in sudden victory at 125 pounds.

The victory sparked a three-bout winning streak as Jen Lantz (133) and Eli Stickley (141) each scored triumphs over opponents that are ranked No.10 in Division III in their respective weight classes.

Whitewater’s only victory of the afternoon came at 149 pounds when Wilder Wichman topped Patrick Spray 7-2.

Spray, who earned his first career Big Ten victory on Thursday, was standing in for N0.16 Zander Wick. Wick has been unable to compete the last two duals due to an undisclosed injury that is not believed to be serious.

From there, UW won out.

Jared Scharenbrock, wrestling in place of starter Andrew Crone, found himself on his back in the third period of his 157-pound match with Whitewater’s Isaiah Vela.

However, Scharenbrock arched off his back and managed to score a reversal before subsequently winning by fall in 5:54.

No.7 Evan Wick (165) scored a first-period pin to push Wisconsin’s lead to 18.

For the second time in three days, Ryan Christensen clinched a dual meet victory for the Badgers with a win at 174 pounds.

He bested Whitewater’s Nick Bonomo 7-1 to make the dual score 24-3 in favor of Wisconsin with just three bouts remaining.

All three of those remaining matches went to Wisconsin.

Eighth-ranked Ricky Robertson tallied a major decision at 184 pounds, while Brady Wetter (197) and Ben Stone (HWT) each won by technical fall.

Wetter competed in place of No.18 Hunter Ritter.

The loss capped an intense week for Whitewater. In the past seven days, the Warhawks have wrestled the Nos. 1, 2, and 21 teams in Division III in addition to highly-touted DII squad UW-Parkside and Wisconsin, the No.21 team in Division 1.

UWW scored wins in two of those five duals, including a 21-20 victory over DIII No.1 Wartburg College — a squad that won 57 consecutive duals prior to last Sautrday’s matchup with Whitewater.

With the win, Wisconsin moved to 7-0 all-time against UW-Whitewater. Saturday’s margin of victory was the third-largest in series history.

The Badgers return to action Dec.29 when they take part in the Midlands Championships, an event hosted by Northwestern University.

UW is currently ranked No.23 in the country as a tournament team.

No.21 Wisconsin 38, (DIII) No.12 UW-Whitewater 3

125: Ethan Rotondo (Wisc) dec. Mike Tortorice, 4-2 (SV-1)

133: Jens Lantz (Wisc) dec. (DIII) No.10 Hazen Rice, 8-2

141: Eli Stickley (Wisc) dec. (DIII) No.10 Devin Tortorice, 11-4

149: Wilder Wichman (UWW) dec. Patrick Spray, 7-2

157: Jared Scharenbrock (Wisc) p. Isaiah Vela, 5:54

165: No.7 Evan Wick (Wisc) p. Ryder Sigler, 2:58

174: Ryan Christensen (Wisc) dec. Nick Bonomo, 7-1

184: No.8 Ricky Robertson (Wisc) maj. dec. Nick Stencel, 12-4

197: Brady Wetter (Wisc) tf. Nick Sundberg, 16-0

HWT: Ben Stone (Wisc) tf. Dylan Uzumecki, 15-0

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