No. 13 UW-W Wrestling Earns WIAC Dual Win

The No. 13 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater wrestling team claimed five of the final six matches Tuesday night, Jan. 21 on its way to a 27-12 victory over UW-Eau Claire in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference dual inside Kachel Gymansium. Senior Mike Tortorice and sophomore Jaritt Shinhoster recorded pins to lead the Warhawks (9-6 overall, 3-1 WIAC), who were taking part in their final home home competition of the 2019-20 season. Tortorice, ranked No. 2 in the nation by and No. 3 by Intermat at 125 pounds, posted a fall at 4:55 to give UW-Whitewater a 21-9 lead. Shinhoster, the nation’s consensus No. 1 wrestler at 174 pounds, took advantage of an early takedown for a fall at 1:29 over No. 10/9 Evan Lawrence. All other Warhawk victories were decided by decision. Freshman Jake Burford started off the dual with an 8-4 triumph at 157 pounds. He tallied a reversal and a two-point near fall in the second period to take control of the match. After the Blugolds (10-4, 2-3) tied the dual at 9-9 through four matches, senior Nick Sundberg gave UW-Whitewater the lead for good at 197 pounds, registering a third-period take down to pull away for a 5-1 win. Sophomore Cadin Koeppel then edged Noah Carter 2-1 at heavyweight. Senior Hazen Rice scored three third period points at 141 for a 5-3 comeback victory. Rice, ranked No. 2 in the nation by and No. 4 by Intermat, remained undefeated on the season. Senior Devin Tortorice closed the night with a comeback win, earning four points in the third period on a takedown and near fall for a 6-3 decision at 149 pounds. The Warhawks close out WIAC competition for the year Thursday at 7 p.m. at UW-Stevens Point. See below for complete results from Tuesday’s dual. 125: Mike Tortorice d. Erik Gerovac (UWEC) by fall, 4:55133: Jack Marley (UWEC) d. Josiah Lynden by decision, 9-5141: Hazen Rice d. Tyler Demo (UWEC) by decision, 5-3149: Devin Tortorice d. Jake Drexler (UWEC) by decision, 6-3157: Jake Burford d. Tristan Massie (UWEC) by decision, 8-4165: Chase Schmidt (UWEC) d. Ryder Sigler by decision, 6-1174: Jaritt Shinhoster d. Evan Lawrence (UWEC) by fall, 1:29184: Grant Balconi (UWEC) d. Alex Oruna by fall, 2:34197: Nick Sundberg d. James Huntley (UWEC) by decision, 5-1285: Cadin Koeppel d. Noah Carter (UWEC) by decision, 2-1
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