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Varsity - March 7, 2013

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INSIDE WRESTLING BY RYAN EVANS Big Ten tourney awaits Graff leads UW into Big Ten championships W isconsin heads to Champaign, Ill., this weekend to compete in the 2013 Big Ten Championships, an event that head coach Barry Davis says, year in and year out, may be the toughest tournament in the country. Including the NCAAs. "It may be tougher [than the NCAA tournament] because it's so compact with ranked guys at each weight class," Davis said. Having as many ranked wrestlers as the Big Ten conference should make for an exciting, competitive tournament in Champaign this weekend, including at 133 lbs., where junior Tyler Graff will be looking for his first 62 » VARSITY MAR CH 7, 2013 Big Ten title after secondand fourth-place finishes in 2011 and 2010, respectively. Davis described Graff as Wisconsin's "best guy going in" to the Big Ten championships, but will have his work cut out for him to reach the top of the podium. Graff, the No. 3 wrestler at 133 lbs., is the third seed for Big Tens behind Ohio State's No. 1 and defending national champion Logan Stieber and Iowa's No. 2-seeded Tony Ramos. Davis said Graff will have to wrestle "mistake free" matches to win a Big Ten title, but that he belives Graff's Olympic redshirt last season taught him how to train and @Badger_Wrestle SCHEDULE (7-8, 4-4) This Week Saturday Big Ten Championships Sunday Big Ten Championships Coming Up Mar. 21-23 NCAA Championships All Day All Day All Day prepare for big matches like the ones he'll face at this weekend. "He's got as good a shot as anybody to win it," Davis said of Graff. "To beat the No. 1 and No. 2 guys in the county. Is that possible? Yes." Badgers wrestling on BTN » Big Ten Network will provide coverage of both days of the 2013 Big Ten Championships. Sessions I and II on Saturday will be available via the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) at, and Sunday's final session will be broadcast live on BTN starting at 1:30 p.m.

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