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Wisconsin wrestling: UW dominates Buffalo in season opening match

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UW only lost one bout and beat the Bulls 30-3 on Monday night.

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Freshman Braxton Amos won his first bout as a Badger.
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The Wisconsin Badgers wrestling team opened up their 2021-22 campaign at the UW Field House on Monday night with a resounding win over the visiting Buffalo Bulls, 30-3. The Badgers recorded three major decisions (where you get four team points instead of three) on the evening and saw several freshmen preform well in their first collegiate match.

Here are the final results:

  • 125 No. 11 Eric Barnett (WIS) over Tristan Daugherty (BUFF) (Dec 4-2) - 3-0
  • 133 #HM Derek Spann (BUFF) over Ethan Rotondo (WIS) (Dec 8-4) - 3-3
  • 141 Joseph Zargo (WIS) over Ben Freeman (BUFF) (Dec 3-2) - 6-3
  • 149 No. 12 Austin Gomez (WIS) over John Arceri (BUFF) (Dec 9-4)- 9-3
  • 157 Garrett Model (WIS) over #HM Michael Petite (BUFF) (Dec 15-11) - 12-3
  • 165 Dean Hamiti (WIS) over Jay Nivison (BUFF) (MD 18-5) - 16-3
  • 174 No. 9 Andrew McNally (WIS) over Giuseppe Hoose (BUFF) (MD 10-2) - 20-3
  • 184 No. 18 Christopher Weiler (WIS) over Peter Acciardi (BUFF) (MD 10-2) - 24-3
  • 197 Braxton Amos (WIS) over Samuel Mitchell (BUFF) (Dec 8-2) - 27-3
  • 285 No. 6 Trent Hillger (WIS) over Tobin Cahill (BUFF) (Dec 11-4) - 30-3

All rankings listed from FloWrestling for Oct. 17, 2021, including #HM Honorable Mention

True freshmen Amos and Zargo scored their first wins while fellow classmate Hamiti got a major decision win at 165 pounds. If you were following along in Monday’s Blogopean Union comment section, Navy Badger was dropping some serious knowledge during the match. Navy Badger noted that Sam Mitchell, who wrestled for Buffalo at 197, is a native of Marshfield and had a large cheering section in town to see him wrestle.

He also discussed the atmosphere at the Field House:

Apparently the Field House is rocking (where have we heard that before – what a great venue!). Coach Chris Bono likes action (vs slow, defense heavy wrestling, which is a little boring to the casual fan), and his turnover-chain-esque gimmick is to have the fans call out the opposing wrestler for stalling (but doing it basically any time they’re not actively attacking). Fans used the “STALLING!” chant to great effect in Weiler’s match.

Starting to think maybe I should just have Navy Badger write these recaps...