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Varsity - December 13, 2012

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A BIG ADDITION In helping the Badgers score a pair of Big Ten wins, reshman Connor Medbery has played an integral role in an early-season resurgence for the Wisconsin wrestling team BY MIKE LUCAS ��� UWBADGERS.COM W isconsin heavyweight wrestler Connor Medbery resisted the urge to take the conversation down this path ��� the football path ��� even though he was prodded into doing so. But he did let his guard down at the thought of running behind the Badgers��� ���Barge������ formation. ���I thought about it,������ he said shyly. The formation is heavy on linemen; a dreamcome-true for a running back. Medbery once rushed for 315 yards in a high school game. Wrestling, though, was his dream. As a result, he turned down football scholarships from Colorado State and Colorado ��� among some other BCS schools that expressed interest ��� to pursue his goals as a collegiate wrestler. ���I miss it (football) sometimes,������ said Medbery, a redshirt freshman from Loveland, Colo. ���I defi- nitely took some time to think about what I wanted to do. I had a love for both sports. ���But, in the end, I���ve been wrestling since I was 5. So giving that up would have been really difficult. I wouldn���t trade my situation right now. I���m really enjoying wrestling.������ He���s not the only one who feels that way. Wrestling is far more enjoyable when you���ve having a little success. Just ask UW head coach Barry Davis. ���I���ll tell you what,������ Davis said, ���I���m sleeping much better at night.������ The Badgers have won their first two Big Ten dual meets, including last Sunday���s 19-17 upset of No. 9 Nebraska, which marked the first victory over a top-10 opponent since early January 2011. That came on the heels of 19-12 win over Michigan State last Friday, which snapped an eightmatch conference losing streak that dated back to 2011.

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