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Varsity - February 7, 2013

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INSIDE WRESTLING BY RYAN EVANS @Badger_Wrestle SCHEDULE (7-5, 4-3) This Week Feb. 10 #4 Minnesota Coming Up Feb. 17 NWCA National Duals Mar. 9-10 Big Ten Championships Mar. 21-23 NCAA Championships Border Battle to provide exciting end to season Badgers, Gophers to renew rivalry for 96th time W isconsin ends its regular season this Sunday with a showdown against fourth-ranked Minnesota (12-2, 6-1), and Badgers' head coach Barry Davis said that his team is looking forward to facing its Border Battle rival. "Any Big Ten opponent is a rival, but with Minnesota it's 58 » VARSITY FEB R UA RY 7, 2013 a little bit more," Davis said. Facing a team like the Gophers, which features nine ranked wrestlers in its starting lineup, will provide Wisconsin with a good test of just how much it has improved this season ― a season that has seen the Badgers increase their Big Ten win count by four from a 1 p.m. All Day All Day All Day year ago, something Davis said "not many people expected from us." "It's going to be a good dual meet with some big matches," Davis added. "Minnesota has a very good team right now, and I'm looking forward to seeing how our guys respond." One of the biggest matches will be at heavyweight, where UW's No. 11 Connor Medbery and Minnesota's No. 2 Tony Nelson will square off. Nelson will be Medbery's sixth ranked Big Ten opponent of the season, and Davis said that experience should serve him well against the reigning NCAA heavyweight champion. "Connor has had a lot of big matches already this year," Davis said, "which has prepared him for this weekend." "It's a good stepping stone for him," he added. Celebrating the seniors » Sunday's dual against the Gophers is Senior Day at the UW Field House, and five departing members of the wrestling team will be recognized: student manager Christina Burke as well as wrestlers Shane McQuade, Brad Nardick, Tom Kelliher and Cole Schmitt.

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