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Varsity - January 24, 2013

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INSIDE WRESTLING BY RYAN EVANS @Badger_Wrestle SCHEDULE (6-4, 3-2) Last Week Jan. 18 at #1 Penn State Jan. 20 at #6 Ohio State This Week Friday Indiana Monday vs. Purdue Coming Up Feb. 10 Minnesota Feb. 17 NWCA National Duals Mar. 9-10 Big Ten Championships The power of Loveland: Graff, Medbery shining Colorado natives leading the way for Wisconsin A fter the way junior Tyler Graff and freshman Connor Medbery have performed for the Badgers this season, head coach Barry Davis may have to frequent Loveland, Colo., more often. Both Graff (133 lbs.) and Medbery (Hwt.) came to UW by way of Loveland High School and have been two of 54 » VARSITY JANUA RY 24, 2013 the Badgers' best wrestlers this season. Both are nationally ranked at their weight class and have a combined 37-7 record ― including 17-2 in dual competitions ― as well as four top-five finishes at national tournaments. Davis admitted that, recruiting wise, Graff and Medbery are a bit of an anomaly. L, 6-36 L, 10-29 7 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 1 p.m. All Day All Day "It's unusual to have a smaller guy and a bigger guy at the same high school," he said. Medbery is already putting together an impressive resume in his first season. He is ranked No. 11 at heavyweight and is undefeated in dual competitions this season. According to Davis, Medbery has the work he put in this summer to thank for his success. "He got a little bigger, a little stronger," Davis said. "His attitude is all about winning. I knew when we recruited this kid, he was a special kid." Graff started the year at 141 lbs., but recently made the switch back to 133 lbs., where he is a two-time AllAmerican and currently ranked No. 5. Davis said that Graff has his sights set higher now that he's back at a weight class that's a more natural fit. "As time went on, he realized for his body type, et cetera, 133 is the weight class for him," Davis said. "I think it's the spot for him and I think he's focusing on hopefully winning a national championship there."

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