Here’s a summary of #NextLevel activity that took place either on Saturday or today:
Ethan Pickren (South Walton ’19; Arizona State): Was 2-2 at the Cowboy Open in Laramie, WY, on Saturday, competing at 141. Pickren fell in the round of 16 to Chadron State’s Joseph Ritzen, 9-8, but bounced back for two consi-side victories. On that side, Pickren falled Western Wyoming’s Carson Jensen (2:02) and then held off a late rush in the next round behind riding time and two scoring moves early against Wyoming’s Aidan Noonan in a 6-4 decision. Pickren then lost by fall (4:07) in the consi quarters to Chadron State’s Hunter Gilmore.
Drevon Wallace (Palatka ’20; Allen, no photo available from college): Got the start at 141 pounds Sunday for the Yellow Jackets at Limestone, as his team fell, 37-9, to the host Saints. Wallace fell, 10-1, to Limestone’s Brandon Seawright in one of five bonus-point wins that the Saints racked up.
Chris Bono (Bolles ’92; Wisconsin): Led his 15th-ranked Badgers (4-0 in duals) to a pair of wins Saturday in Newark NJ, overcoming a determined North Carolina effort (there were seven lead changes in the dual) for a 20-16 win, going on to turn back Hofstra, 38-12.
“We love coming to New Jersey to wrestle. There were some great things today, but in the same breath, we have a lot to work on.”
Two lower-ranked UNC wrestlers defeated Badger opponents to turn an 11-10 deficit into a 16-11 lead, but Wisconsin got a decision and pin at 197 and 285 to take the win. The Badgers took seven weight-class wins in the Hofstra dual. Wisconsin is now done in duals until the Big Ten season begins January 7 with Northwestern, but there are four tournaments on the UW itinerary in December.