Wrestling starts season at No. 12

first_imgThe No. 12 Wisconsin wrestling team kicks off a fresh new season Friday as they welcome No. 22 Old Dominion to the UW Field House.The Badgers arrive at the dual opener following a successful 2008-09 campaign in which they achieved a 9-8 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the extremely competitive Big Ten. Wisconsin faired even better in tournament play, finishing fourth in the Big Ten Championships and ninth in the NCAA Championships.Head coach Barry Davis returns for his 16th year in command of the Badgers, and his team’s ninth-place finish at the NCAA’s tied the best placing of his career. He enters this year riding on 10 consecutive winning seasons.Wisconsin lost a good portion of last year’s manpower with the graduation of three All-Americans in Dallas Herbst, Kyle Massey, and Zach Tanelli, who combined for a 280-95 career record.Seven starters return, including two All-Americans in No. 2 senior Kyle Ruschell and No. 3 sophomore Andrew Howe. Ruschell finished third in the NCAA’s at 141 pounds, while Howe, at 165 pounds, won the Big Ten title, finished second nationally and collected Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors along the way.A strong Old Dominion team enters the new season favored to win their respective conference, the Colonial Athletic Association, with the support of four returning nationally ranked players: No. 5 James Nicholson at 125 pounds, No. 10 Jesse Strawn at 197 pounds, No. 13 Chris Brown at 165 pounds and No. 17 Kyle Hutter at 133 poundsWisconsin remains confident, though, they will come away with the victory.“I think it’s going to be a decisive win,” UW associate head coach Donny Pritzlaff said. “I think we have some real horses on our team and that we should win handily.”One reason for Pritzlaff’s confidence may be because it was recently announced that Brown and Hutter would not compete in the opener.Hutter’s would-be opponent, redshirt freshman Tyler Graff, will make his official collegiate debut for Wisconsin. Graff, a four-time Colorado state champion, is ranked No. 10 at 133 pounds. and is expected to face redshirt freshman Josh Gillis if Hutter indeed does not compete.Pritzlaff spoke on the excitement building around Graff’s debut.“He’s very excited, I’m very excited, I know our entire staff is very excited to see him wrestle and I know the fans are too,” Pritzlaff said. “We’re hoping they bring their best guy (Hutter), because Graff is a top recruit. That will be one of the best matches.”Pritzlaff indicated Howe and Brown’s matchup would have been one of the more important and exciting matchups of the dual. With Brown out of the starting lineup, however, Howe will be expected to face redshirt junior Derek Gallagher despite preparing all week for Brown. Regardless, Howe is eager and willing to get back to the mat, no matter the opponent.“I feel really good, I’m ready to go,” Howe said. “I’m just ready to get after it. Hopefully we can win the close matches and we will blow them out of the water.”Freshman Jackson Hein and senior Drew Hammen may be facing the toughest challenges of the dual opener. Hein will face Strawn at 197 pounds while Hammen will size up Nicholson at 125 pounds.Hein won the Wisconsin Division 1 state championship as a senior last year and finished with a 186-24 career record. Strawn qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year and has started this season on the right foot, going 4-0 at the Hokie Open last Sunday.Hammen, a returning starter, finished eighth at the Big Ten Championships last year while Nicholson is the reigning CAA champion.Hammen appears to be well prepared for Nicholson. After studying Nicholson’s tendencies, Hammen believes he has found an advantage in his approach.“He sticks to the basics,” Hammen said. “He’s a left-leg lead, which helps me a lot because I feel like I wrestle a lot better against left-leg leads. It’s easier to get my shots off in my offense.”last_img read more

Right to Dream Academy to represent Africa at Man. U Premier Cup

first_imgRight to Dream Academy (RtD) will be representing Ghana and Africa at the 2013 World Finals of the Manchester Premier Cup which starts on Monday 5th August, 2013.Together with South African newcomers Rosina Sedibane Sports School, the two teams will hope to make the continent proud in the 20th edition of the tournament.The Ghanaian Academy holds the record as the most successful African U-15 football team in recent years, by achieving four top 8 finishes in the Premier Cup.The U-15’s qualified for the prestigious tournament after beating Tunisian giants Esperance 4:2 on penalty shoot outs after the game ended 0:0 in regulation time at the African Finals Qualifiers, in May.The captain of Right to Dream Academy’s U-15’s, Collins Tanor is confident that his team has what it takes to play in the tournament.“I think we will do well. It takes hard work and belief to do well in this tournament. We have the chance to do well and we will give it our best shot.” RtD’s best finish in the competition in 2009 when the U-15’s clinched third place. Tanor believes the current team has what it takes to go through to the final.“RtD never gives up and we have a great passion for the game. Its football and anything can happen you know.”The Academy boys will get to know their opponents on Monday 5th August, after the Opening Ceremony and Draw is held at Manchester United’s Aon Training Complex.The finalists will enjoy the experience of a lifetime, when they walk out to play the final match, in a curtain raiser to Rio Ferdinand’s Testimonial, Manchester Utd -v- Sevilla at Old Trafford on Friday 9th AugustEarly Premier Cup graduates now playing at the highest level for club and country include: Gérard Piqué, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi and Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) Robinho (Milan); Carlos Tevez (Manchester City); Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) and Fernando Torres (Chelsea).last_img read more

Dodgers fans denied celebration in NLDS Game 5

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I really wanted them to win,” Mason said.He came to the game with his uncle, Chris Shane, who dates his Dodgers fan days to 1983 when he moved to Los Angeles from Michigan. He said Mason’s parents couldn’t come because of parent-teacher conferences.“I’m the favorite uncle,” he said.They sat near the right field line, and Shane said he felt the Dodgers looked listless during the game, which had been a low-scoring, back-and-forth affair. He said he wondered if the team was tired from the flight back from New York.Down the left field side, 45-year-old Gerald Yee was hoping for some magic, 1988 style. Mason Berlinger had his hands on his head and stood pigeon-toed on top his seat watching the Los Angeles Dodgers get down to their final strike.Howie Kendrick, the Dodger’s second-baseman, was batting. Mason, an 8-year-old from Thousand Oaks, was fretting. Any hit would do.But it didn’t come. The crowd collectively held its breath. Strike Three. Mason watched happy New York Mets players storm the infield after winning Game 5 of the National League Divisional Series and delivering a second straight year of disappointment to L.A. fans.Photos | Box score | Inside the Dodgers Blogcenter_img Thursday was the 27th anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s famous game-winning home run against the Oakland A’s. That Game 1 blast has been etched into Dodger lore and has a “Where Were You?” aspect to it.Yee said he was listening to that game on the radio with his parents and his sister when the hobbled Gibson pinch-hit and delivered the home run.• Related: Rare steal against the shift proves costly for LA DodgersBut for this game, he was just hoping for something. Anything.While the game was tied 2-2, he implored Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager to get a hit and drive in outfielder Joc Pederson.“Let’s go, Dodgers,” Yee yelled through cupped hands, urging everyone around him to join in. “Let’s go, Seager.”When Seager struck out, Yee bowed his head, frustrated.“We need to score some runs,” he said.The game felt tense for Allen Griffen, too. But for different reasons.The 50-year-old had been sitting quietly in his seat, his bearded face resting in his hands as he leaned forward. He wore a beat-up Dodgers hat that looked like it might’ve been from the Tommy Lasorda era.But it was a ruse.Griffen was a Mets fan. He said he wore the Dodgers hat because he lost a bet with a friend. The bet, he said, was that his friend couldn’t get tickets for Game 5. His friend said if he scored him the tickets, he had to wear a Dodgers hat.Griffen, who has been a Mets fan since 1970 and is a New York native, said it was a small price to pay to see his team move on to the National League Championship Series beginning Saturday against the Chicago Cubs.When the Mets took the lead for good on Daniel Murphy’s solo home run, he watched the crowd get quiet while a smattering of Mets fans cheered.“I’m internalizing a lot,” he said.• Bonsignore: Different year, same old Dodgers playoff failuresDodgers fans, who saw the season end also heard the last rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by organist Nancy Bea. Even Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti stopped by and Bea tweeted a photo of her with the mayor.Bea announced she was retiring from the organ after playing it for 28 years. She smiled as her fingers moved effortlessly over the organ and the crowd cheered as the last notes were played.When it was done, she hugged a few Dodgers employees and watched the team try to pull together a rally in the final innings.It wasn’t meant to be, however.Shane and Mason had planned to go to the first game of the NLCS on Saturday. But as they squeezed through the crowd to head to their car and heard Mets fans standing behind the visitors dugout cheering their team, Shane sighed.“I guess our weekend is open now,” he said.As is the weekend — and the rest of October — for the Los Angeles Dodgers.last_img read more