The University of Wisconsin wrestling team’s dual meet winning streak continued in dramatic fashion on Sunday.
Connor Medbery won a tiebreaking heavyweight match by a 6-2 decision over Michigan’s Ben Apland, helping the No. 22 Badgers to a thrilling 19-16 win over the No. 11 Wolverines in a Big Ten Conference dual meet at the UW Field House.
The dual victory was the fourth straight for UW (6-2, 3-0 Big Ten), including its third in a row to open its conference schedule.
The Badgers trailed by six points with three matches to go, but rallied to tie the score at 16 and set up a deciding match between the 11th-ranked Medbery and No. 19 Apland.
“It’s kind of a bittersweet thing,” Medbery said of the outcome of the dual falling on his shoulders. “You know you have to help your team and your match has a big impact, but it’s a lot of pressure, too.”
After going winless in Big Ten competition last season, the Badgers aren’t content with just being a feel-good story this year.
“Three wins in Big Ten duals when we didn’t win one last year is a great feeling,” Medbery said. “But we also know that there is a bigger picture.”
Michigan fell to 6-2 overall, 0-2 in the Big Ten.