Wisconsin wrestlers ready for tough competition at NCAAs

first_imgRedshirt freshman Tyler Graff is one of seven Badgers competing in the NCAA Championships this weekend.[/media-credit]Coming off a very strong showing at the Big Ten Championships a week ago, the Wisconsin Badgers are looking for continued success this weekend at the NCAA Championships in Omaha, Neb.When UW traveled to the University of Michigan for the Big Ten Championship March 6-7, two Badgers brought home conference titles and six earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships. Another Wisconsin grappler earned an at-large bid to the NCAAs, giving them seven total.“I though we went out there and had a terrific weekend; a lot of guys really stepped up,” UW wrestling coach Barry Davis said.Wisconsin, which is ranked in most polls as the 14th best team in the nation, is only the sixth-highest ranked team in the Big Ten conference. As a result, the third-place result at the championships was a big one for UW, as the Big Ten is one of the strongest wrestling conferences in America this year.With only the NCAA Championships remaining, the Badgers are looking to focus as best they can on the final task ahead.“This is the week before the NCAA championships; we’re mentally locking in,” Davis said.Cole Schmitt, a redshirt freshman, did not win at the Big Tens in his weight class. Instead, he was a wild card pick to get in the championships; but some, including Coach Davis, feel he is posed for a possible deep run in the tournament.“Cole’s the type of guy that really loves the big stage,” Davis said.A big stage is something all of these wrestlers need to be ready for. The arena in which these wrestlers will be competing features around 21,000 seats and eight different mats.Davis, who is no stranger to the NCAA Championships, has spent time this week preparing his team mentally, in addition to the usual physical preparation.“I tell our guys, ‘just walk in, do your job, then get back to the hotel,’” Davis said.The top wrestler for the Badgers is Andrew Howe, who already has ‘Big Ten Freshman of the Year’ to attach to his name.Last year, as the No. 2 ranked wrestler in his weight class, Howe lost in the NCAA title match. This year, the sophomore is the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class after posting a perfect 32-0 record.“I know the Big Tens is a good tournament, is a big tournament and a nice tournament to win,” Davis said. “But his main focus has been the NCAA Championships.”According to Davis, losing in the NCAA championships has greatly matured Howe on and off the mat.“Andrew is really mature for his age; he’s become a great leader,” Davis said.During his tenure at the University of Iowa, Davis was a three-time NCAA champion.With such experience, many have related his success on the mat to being able to help a strong young wrestler such as Howe.“Me and Coach Donny Pitzlaf have been there; we only want what’s best for him and he knows that,” Davis said. “Trust between coach and athlete is critical.”Being at the top of his game, Howe is still known for the sheer amount of time he spends in the gym. According to Davis, he occasionally has to tell the freshman to take a bit of a break.To help Howe with staying off the mat all the time, Coach Davis works with him to maintain that intensity.“Sometimes you have to tell him to back off a little bit because wrestling is his life,” Davis said. “That’s what he really enjoys. Sunday he was out of the room, not on the mat, completely off of the mat. It’s to keep that hunger and thirst going for him.”UW is sending its top seven wrestlers to Omaha this weekend for the NCAA Championships, and hopes are very high for not only the individuals and their aspirations for NCAA titles, but for the team as a whole.According to Davis, it is not unreasonable to expect the Badgers to come out at or near the top as a team at the Championships.“If things go well, we’re hoping to bring home our first team trophy.”last_img read more

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Opponent preview: What to know about Colgate

first_imgAfter a historically poor 34-point showing against Virginia, Syracuse (0-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) starts its nonconference schedule against Colgate on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The last time SU started a season with a loss, it etched out a four-point win over Rhode Island in 2003. In Orange head coach Jim Boeheim’s 44 years at the helm, he’s never started 0-2. Colgate (1-1), meanwhile, enters off its first loss of the season to Clemson.Here’s what to know about the Raiders ahead of the matchup.Gambling Odds: As of Wednesday night, Syracuse is a 10.5-point favorite, with a total of 137, according to Pinnacle.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 126-45Last time they played: The Orange defeated the Raiders, 77-56, on Nov. 21, 2018, as Tyus Battle scored 24. Oshae Brissett and Elijah Hughes posted 17 each and Bourama Sidibe reached double-digit points for the only time in the 2018-19 campaign. SU went into halftime only up three, but a 42-point second half effort, keyed by a 22-3 run, was enough for Syracuse’s 53rd straight-victory against Colgate. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJordan Burns and Will Rayman led the way for the visitors, adding 13 each with six 3s combined. Starter and eventual Patriot League player of the year Rapolas Ivanauskas totaled five points and five rebounds on 2-of-9 shooting. More than half of the Raiders points (36) came via the 3-ball, but they missed 12 of their last 13. The Colgate report: The Raiders cruised through the back-half of their Patriot League schedule in 2018-19, winning eight-straight and then three more for the conference title. In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Colgate lost 77-70 to Tennessee. The 15th-seeded Raiders trailed by as few as three with two minutes left but the Volunteers pulled away. Then a sophomore, Burns scored 32 points following eight 3-pointers. In their first game this season, they hosted and beat the New Jersey Institute of Technology by five. On Nov. 10, they lost at Clemson, 81-68. Colgate hasn’t beaten an ACC team since toppling Syracuse on Feb. 24, 1962. Colgate only graduated one senior, center Dana Batt. The Raiders have a seven-to-nine player rotation that relies on mostly Ivanauskas and Rayman. In two games, they’ve averaged 36.5 points per game combined. Burns is still a factor too, now paired with junior transfer Nelly Cummings.How Syracuse beats Colgate: For Syracuse to prevent a second-straight loss, it’ll have to first score more than freshman Cole Anthony individually did in his debut for North Carolina. The Orange won’t be facing another pack line defense, instead hosting one that allowed 75 points to non-power 5 NJIT. Colgate’s opponents are converting 30% of their 3-pointers and 48.8% of all field goals, so Syracuse should be able to create looks. The talent-disparity between the Raiders and the reigning-national champions should make it easier for Hughes, Buddy Boeheim and others to win one-on-one matchups. If the Orange can blow past the Raiders, then more shooters should get open along the perimeter. Defensively, it’ll come down to Syracuse’s guards initially stopping Burns. He does it all, averaging 12.5 points, five assists and four rebounds in two games. He sparks the offense, and like all of Colgate’s starters, he can shoot from three. In its debut, SU held UVA to 48 points with the 2-3 zone limiting shooters. But the Cavaliers turned inside, and the margin ballooned. If SU’s young guards can run Burns, Rayman and others off the arc, the Raiders may look to their frontcourt for an edge. It’ll then be on Syracuse’s forwards to prevent Ivanauskas from taking over. Stat to know: 35.8 — The Raiders team 3-point percentage. Colgate has converted almost many deep balls (14) as free throws (20) through 80 minutes. KenPom odds: Syracuse has been given a 81% chance to win. The projected final score is a 73-63 SU.Player to watch: Rapolas Ivanauskas, Forward No. 25Ivanauskas transferred to Colgate prior to his junior season and was recently named to the Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award watchlist. The Lithuanian forward has had double-digit points in 12 of his last 13 games, the only deviancy in the NCAA Tournament matchup when he sat out the second half with an injury. Comments Published on November 13, 2019 at 3:23 am Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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South Florida Health Workers, First Responders to Get Antibody Tests

first_imgSouth Florida will get the first state testing site to detect antibodies to the coronavirus, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday.The initial plan is to focus on health care workers and first responders, in order to determine who has been exposed and has some at least level of immunity.The antibody testing will be part of the drive-thru coronavirus testing site at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.The governor added that the the Hard Rock site has already conducted about 20,000 coronavirus tests.“A diagnostic test is a snapshot in time,” he said during a news conference at the stadium. “We now have the ability to test for antibodies.”He also acknowledged that scientific debate exists about how long any immunity detected by antibodies to the coronavirus lasts. DeSantis added, “Once the antibodies develop, if you test positive for the antibodies, it’s not like you’re going to lose the antibodies the next day. I think most believe it will confer a certain level of immunity … That is probably the safest assumption.”The antibody test results are available within approximately 15 minutes.The state has also 200,000 tests approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Besides being used at the stadium site, the tests will be given to hospitals for their workers. Antibody tests will also soon be administered in Orange and Duval counties, according to DeSantis.DeSantis and Dr. Scott A. Rivkees, Florida’s surgeon general, said the state is working with OneBlood, which procures blood for most of Florida and some other southeastern states, in order to randomly test the state’s blood supply for coronavirus antibodies.last_img read more

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