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Season Preview of Wisconsin

Isaac Jordan leads the Wisconsin Badgers in to 2014-2015

Isaac Jordan leads the Wisconsin Badgers in to 2014-2015

Wisconsin heads in to the 2014-15 season with excitement around a talented group of young wrestlers. Only one all-american returns, but six wrestlers are ranked and 3 of those are in the top eight. Barry Davis' squad looks to take a big step forward this year to join the top of the toughest conference in the land. 

125- #7 Ryan Taylor 

- Taylor had a very solid redshirt freshman season last year finishing 3rd in the Big Ten, was the 7 seed at the NCAA's, and fell just 2 wins short of the podium. He is a 3-time state champion from Ohio powerhouse St Paris Graham. The Big Ten at 125 will once again be very exciting with plenty of great wrestlers. Expect Taylor to be right in the thick of it in the conference and nationally. 

133-  #17 Jesse Thielke

- Thielke was 20-13 last year at 141, and is now moving down to 133 with Graff graduated. He finished 7th at the Big Ten's last year as a redshirt freshman. For Germantown High School he was a 4-time Wisconsin State Champion. He has a lot of potential and competed at the Senior Greco World Championships in 2013. With 133 wide open, Thielke could be a guy making a quick climb up the rankings. 

141- Rylan Lubeck

- As a redshirt freshman he took 6th at the Big Ten's and went 2-2 at the NCAA's at 149. He is another guy moving down a weight for his sophomore season. He was a 3-time state finalist in Wisconsin winning the title as a senior. He has flashed a lot of potential, but should be hampered by the stacked weight class. 

149- Andrew Crone

- Crone has appeared to win the spot (for now) in the wrestle-offs as a redshirt freshman. He was 23-6 last year and even won the Dan Gable Open & Blugold Open. He is a 2-time Wisconsin state champ, and could be a ranked guy by mid-season. 

157- Seth Liegel

- Barry Davis has another talented redshirt freshman in Seth Liegel. He was 20-4 last year winning the Dan Gable Open and the Blugold Open (at 165).  He is a 2-time Wisconsin state champ finishing his career 91-0. 157 is another tough weight in the Big Ten, but he is someone to keep an eye on. 

165- #3 Isaac Jordan

- A 3-time state champ from St Paris Graham Ohio, Jordan was a much heralded recruit and lived up to it as a redshirt freshman last year. He was an all-american taking 7th at 157 and finished 3rd at the Big Ten's. Moving up a weight is interesting, and he comes in to the season the highest ranked 165 in the Big Ten. However, his cousin Bo (Ohio State), Nick Moore (Iowa), Taylor Massa (Michigan), and Pierce Harger (Northwestern) make this a loaded weight. 

174- Frank Cousins

- A 5th-year senior from St Cloud, Florida, Cousins has seen starting action each of the last three seasons with minimal success. 174 hasn't gotten any easier in the Big Ten, but Cousins could use his experience to put together a solid senior season. 

184- Ricky Robertson

- Is another talented redshirt freshman with a lot of potential. He is a state champ from Carl Sandburg High School in Tinley Park, Illinois. He was 21-5 in open competition and has placed nationally in freestyle and greco winning junior title in 2014 freestyle at 84kg. He can score a lot of points and should be fun to watch. 

197- #15 Timmy McCall

- McCall is a 5th year senior who was an NCAA qualifier last year after taking 7th at the Big Tens. He had an up and down season with a high of beating Nick Heflin (Ohio State) in the dual. Expect McCall to make a push for the podium in his senior season. 

285- #6 Connor Medberry

- Medberry was ranked in the top 10 all season in the famously tough hwt class in the Big Ten. He went a disappointing 2-2 in the NCAA's though and is still looking for his first all-american honor heading in to his junior season. He was a 3-time undefeated state champion for Loveland, Colorado and should be an all-american this year. 

Overall this is a tough Wisconsin team with a mix of veteran talent and underclassmen looking to burst on the scene. The Big Ten will have a top shelf of 4 teams that the Badgers won't be able to unseat, but look for them to be right in the thick of things pulling off some nice dual victories as the season goes on. If these recruits pan out, it could be exciting times in Madison for the next couple years.