Wrestling team prepares for final match at Field House

first_imgThe No. 23 Wisconsin (7-4, 2-2 Big Ten) wrestling team faces a challenging weekend as it travels to Minneapolis to face No. 1 Minnesota Friday at the Sports Pavilion (16-0, 4-0) before returning home on Sunday to face Ohio State (5-8, 0-3) in its final home match of the season at the Field House.The Badgers look to spoil the Gophers’ celebration of head coach J. Robinson’s 20 years of service by taking them down for the third consecutive year. Two years ago, the Badgers knocked off the Gophers at Williams Arena by a 17-16 margin. Then, last year at the Field House, the Badgers were able to prevail 18-17.”[There is a lot of motivation facing Minnesota] especially this time because they are number one,” senior Ed Gutnik said. “And it’s a border battle, so every time you are wrestling them, it is a brawl. We have beaten them the past two years, so we can make it three in a row on Friday.”Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis thinks the team needs to wrestle smarter and be opportunistic when changes come their way.”We have to wrestle smarter in certain situations and we have to be more offensive,” Davis said. “We have been kind of waiting for the other guy to come back and initiate things. If you are not in good position on your feet, you are have to control the guys at the base, so showing guys base and getting on top again, pin him. If you pin a guy, ahead or behind, it doesn’t matter — you win the match.”Davis also likes his matchups against Minnesota.”We match up pretty good [against Minnesota],” Davis said. “It is going to come down to how we match up and winning the close matches.”The Gopher lineup only features two wrestlers that are not ranked in the top 15 in the country.”I know [Tom] Clum has a tough match-up, [Tyler] Turner does too, same with [Craig] Henning, so they are all going to be real tight,” Davis said. “The last one to score will probably win.”The sixth-ranked Clum faces a tough challenge at 133 pounds in third-ranked Gopher sophomore Mack Reiter, who will enter the match with a 23-2 record on the year.However, Clum defeated Reiter 6-3 last year in Minnesota.Ninth-ranked Tyler Turner will likely go up against No. 1-ranked Dustin Schlatter, who did not wrestle last weekend because of sickness, but is expected to compete tonight.It does not get much easier for sixth-ranked sophomore Craig Henning at 157 pounds, where he faces the other Schlatter brother, C.P., who is ranked fourth in the nation.At 174 pounds the Badgers are hoping to have the service of senior Kelly Flaherty, who has been out the past couple of weeks, but his status is unknown and listed as probable.The Gophers also boast No. 1-ranked heavyweight Cole Konrad. The Wisconsin native has not lost a match this season and is 28-0. After Minnesota, the Badgers host Ohio State at the Field House, but Coach Davis wants to take the weekend one step at a time.”I want to get through Minnesota first and then we will deal with Ohio State,” Davis said. “I mean we will look at both teams, but in the Big Ten you have to be ready match in and match out, win the close matches, hustle on the edge, and if you do all those things, you will have a good chance.”The Buckeyes, while winless in conference play, offer some interesting matchups for the Badgers.Turner will face a difficult opponent in J Jaggers. The freshman is ranked eighth in the country and is 22-4 on the season.Also at 174 pounds, the Buckeye’s No. 14-ranked Blake Maurer could pose problems for either Flaherty or Mike Felling. The freshman is on quite a tear, winning his last four matches since returning from injury, including going 2-0 last weekend against 10th-ranked Gabriel Dretsch of Minnesota and eighth-ranked Donny Reynolds of Illinois.The Badgers’ senior heavyweight, Lee Kraemer, will have his hands full this weekend, as not only does he face Konrad, but the Buckeye’s Kirk Nail is also the 10th-ranked heavyweight in the nation.last_img read more

The World Cup’s Finest with Sirplay CEO Bart Esposito

first_img Share StumbleUpon CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.As we enter the final World Cup week of the summer, Bart Esposito, Sirplay CEO, takes to The World Cup’s Finest hot seat and discusses “Pele of the 30s,” a favourite team dilemma and the footballing spirit that united a nation in 1990.First World Cup:PlayerJose Leandro Andrade. The first “Pelè” of the ’30s. He was an eclectic football player making news also outside the football field. There are few frames and a lot of urban legends about his character. They say he learned to dribble chasing hens, or all the many rumours on his bohemian life in Paris and his love story with the cabaret singer and dancer, Josephine Baker. Jose Leandro Andrade was a rock star before rock stars came, he was like Pelè and Maradona before Pelè and Maradona came, an innovator before the innovation.TeamHolland, 1974 & France, 1998. The first one with the best story of a defeat of all time, with the best titular member number 11, ever. The second one is the first Champion football team daughter of globalisation, led by an Algerian with icy eyes named Zinedine Zidane, who has changed the way we perceive football.GoalJames Rodríguez (Colombia v Uruguay, 2014). It would be too easy to mention Maradona’s goal versus England here, but of that, I’ll talk in my favourite Football World Cup game. The goal of “El Dies” is so boyish that seems to come out of a fairytale. A harmless ball played by his teammates, he turns around and without even let the ball touch ground, pulls it in the intersection of the goalposts. There are many with technique and athletic prowess, but this one expresses fantasy, craziness and genius all in one movement.Game Argentina v England, 1986. This is the story of a standard game becoming special thanks to the God of Football. In a single game, one man has accomplished to score two of the most important goals in the history of sports. He made it by hoaxing Peter Shilton with his hand before and dribbling past the whole England team in eleven touches, later. If this is not the greatest football game than great games don’t exist.KitMexico, 1978. I guess I don’t have “The” favourite kit. If I should think about my favourite historical one, I really loved the one of Mexico in 1978. It was the first to be signed by Levi’s for a World Cup, and it was really so fashionable for the times, it’s still cool also nowadays. Even if I have to say that this year, Japan and Nigeria had two beautiful kits really reflecting the identity of their teams.__________________________________________________First World Cup memory:8 June – 8 July (World Cup, Italy). The first Football World Cup I assisted was in 1986, but the most vivid memory I have is from 1990. That year is still impressed in all Italians’ memory. It took place in Rome and it seemed like all Italy got united together in one soul to watch and truly feel the World Cup spirit. It was a massive event engaging every aspect in people’s life. I remember the emotion in only watching the games with friends, it was like all of us were playing and not just the 11 on the field. And of course, the fact Italy’s defeat broke all our hearts, I can still remember we were all almost crying. I think that is what the Football World Cup should be, a reason to unify nations.The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day, if you would like to be involved please email [email protected]last_img read more