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Wisconsin wrestlers upset Nebraska for first Big Ten win

The ninth-ranked Wisconsin wrestling team put on a show at the UW Field House on Sunday afternoon. The Badgers beat the No. 5-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers, 25-18, highlighted by big wins from Tristan Moran and Cole Martin.

At 141 pounds, Moran, coming off of a huge upset over No. 2 Mitch McKee from Minnesota on Friday, defeated No. 6 Chad Red of Nebraska by a 9-4 decision. Moran fell behind with an early take down by McKee but bounced back in the second period and held on for the decision.

No. 12 Martin wrestled angry Sunday at 149 pounds. Martin lost a heartbreaking 6-4 decision on Friday against No. 4 Brayton Lee of Minnesota but bounced back in a huge way today. Martin took down No. 16 Collin Purinton early in the first period and recorded the pin in just 1:44.

Redshirt junior Evan Wick, Wisconsin's All-American 165-pounder, recorded his 100th collegiate victory against No. 3 Isaiah White. Wick is currently ranked sixth by FloWrestling and made a huge statement today getting the 6-3 decision.

Eric Barnett started the dual off at 125-pounds with a big victory. Barnett, the true freshman out of Hortonville, Wisconsin, pinned Nebraska's Alex Thomsen in 5:45. Barnett has appeared in two duals at the UW Field House and each has resulted in a pin.

No. 1 Seth Gross and No. 5 Trent Hillger both tacked on ranked victories Sunday. At 133-pounds, Gross got the 13-5 major decision over No. 13 Ridge Lovett. Wrapping up the night at 285-pounds, Hillger beat Nebraska's No. 16 Christian Lance 4-1.

--UW-Madison Athletic Communications


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