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Varsity - December 5, 2013

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INSIDE WRESTLING BY ANNA POULTER-HENDRICKSON @BADGERWRESTLING SCHEDULE COMING UP Dec. 6 #7 Illinois Dec. 8 at Michigan State UW regrouping before starting Big Ten action A tough road loss sets the stage for new focus he Badgers took a stumble last week, but they didn't fall down. Wisconsin hit the road for a tough matchup against Northern Iowa on Saturday, coming away with a disappointing 29-9 loss. The Badgers were ranked No. 24 at the time of the match, the Panthers No. 16. The loss dropped Wisconsin out of the polls and moved T 56 // VARSITY December 5, 2013 Northern Iowa to No. 12. "It was a great environment," head coach Barry Davis said of Northern Iowa's sold out West Gym. "They came out strong and we didn't match their intensity. We came out flat and they took an opportunity to capitalize on that and they did well." Wisconsin's night was highlighted by a pair of victories. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. No. 6 Connor Medbery won UW's first match of the night at heavyweight and then-No. 10 Isaac Jordan wrapped up the dual with a pin at 157 lbs. "After the dual meet we had to analyze a few things and talk to the guys and regroup," said Davis of this week's practice plan. "We have Illinois coming up here soon and we will see where we are at now." For Wisconsin, the season doesn't get any easier. In fact, it's about to get much harder. Big Ten action starts on Friday when No. 7 Illinois visits Madison. The Badgers then hit the road for a dual against Michigan State two days later. "You sit down and watch a little bit of tape from last week," continued Davis. "You don't dwell on it, you point out a few things and move forward and stay positive. (There will be) a lot of film watching with the athletes, small little technical things we have to work on to make sure we are doing the right things preparing for each match. "When you prepare for an opponent, I'm not really changing my skillset that much, just changing a few things, but the idea is how can I attack him with the skills that I have." The Badgers know their opponent, they know their skillset, now they just have to put it all together for a big weekend of Big Ten wrestling. ISAAC JORDAN IMPRESSES ‚óŹ With UW trailing 29-3 at Northern Iowa, Jordan went out in a hostile crowd and pinned his opponent in 1:50, an impressive move for a freshman.

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