3 Badgers redshirt to prepare for Olympics

first_imgThree members of the Wisconsin wrestling team have chosen to take an Olympic redshirt for the upcoming 2011-2012 season in pursuit of representing the United States in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.Seniors Andrew Howe and Travis Rutt join redshirt junior Tyler Graff as they compete in Olympic qualifiers and then, hopefully, the summer games themselves.“I think it’s going to be great for them; all three need the experience,” UW head coach Barry Davis said in a statement. “They’ll be taking next year off with Andrew and Tyler focusing on freestyle and Travis on Greco-Roman. I think they’ll make a lot of great strides.”Howe is a three-time All-American and 2010 NCAA Division I champion at 165 lbs. Rutt earned his first All-American designation last year at 184 lbs., while Graff has twice earned the same honors at 133 lbs.Though the Badgers will miss the talents of the three wrestlers next season, Davis expressed much enthusiasm for the opportunities awaiting his players. “They’re going to be able to go overseas, participate in some of their own tournaments while focusing solely on freestyle and Greco-Roman,” Davis said. “I think right now that’s what those guys need. That experience is going to go a long way for them. It will make a big difference going into the trials.”Davis is also working closely with the three to arrange training and traveling schedules.“It’s important that we know ahead of time what these guys are going to do to make sure that they get the right times and workout partners. I’m sure those three guys will be in different places to travel and train. We need to make sure all four of us are on the same page.”The opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics begin July 27, while wrestling competitions last from Aug. 5-12.last_img

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