Three 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.
Comments Syracuse (13-5, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) topped Pittsburgh (12-6, 2-3), 74-63, on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. Tyus Battle led the Orange with 22 points and four players scored in double-digits.Here are three quick takeaways from the Orange’s second-straight win.Nothing too pretty, but it’ll doBoth Syracuse and Pittsburgh entered Saturday coming off major upset wins. For the Orange, a victory at No. 1 Duke proved they can beat anybody. For the Panthers, a win over No. 11 Florida State meant they’d taken a step closer in head coach Jeff Capel III’s turnaround attempt. Yet, both teams’ performances Saturday belied their recent wins. Neither squad played with the fluidity or resolve they showcased earlier in the week.Syracuse entered the break leading, 28-25, after blowing an 11-point advantage as halftime neared. The Orange had scored 20 points more in the first half at Duke, a telling stat of the SU offense’s early struggles Saturday. Stagnancy had replaced movement.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Move the ball!” SU head coach Jim Boeheim yelled midway through the first half.In the second frame, Syracuse cobbled together enough baskets to beat the Panthers, who are a young, defensive-minded team that hosts SU in two weeks. The 2-3 zone was quality, which, combined with Pitt’s shooting slump, doomed the Panthers.Trifectas for daysWill Syracuse lean more heavily on 3-pointers moving forward? The Orange shot 44 percent against the Blue Devils, and they continued their hotness from deep for the second-straight game. Junior guard Elijah Hughes drilled a 3-pointer to start the contest, thanks to a drive and kick by BattleThe offense goes as Battle’s aggression goes. Freshman sharpshooter Buddy Boeheim knocked down four-straight 3s, and senior point guard Frank Howard added two 3s as well. Five SU players hit 3-pointers, meaning the Orange appear to have more consistent options from deep. That’s important come the more difficult conference games ahead.Limited turnoversSyracuse committed 14 turnovers in the game, above their season average (12.4) entering the game. Senior center Paschal Chukwu had four turnovers alone, causing Boeheim to yell toward him: “What are you doing? Slow down, grab the ball. Just hold the ball.” Chukwu’s lack of control aside, Syracuse didn’t let Pitt’s pesky trio of guards take the ball away, or generate offense off takeaways.Without Chukwu’s struggle to command the ball and make accurate outlet passes, the Orange played a relatively clean brand of basketball en route to their fourth conference victory. Published on January 19, 2019 at 4:07 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+