Evan Wick To Battle Isaiah White & Isaiah Martinez

Evan Wick has clawed his way into the top five of the 165-pound rankings this season by putting on incredible showings against some of the nation's best competitors.

This weekend, the fifth-ranked Wisconsin redshirt freshman has two more opportunities to prove he’s a serious contender when he takes on #12 Isaiah White of Nebraska on Friday and #2 Isaiah Martinez, a two-time NCAA champion at Illinois, on Sunday. 

WATCH LIVE: Nebraska at Wisconsin (Feb. 9) | Wisconsin at Illinois (Feb. 11)

At 20-2 on the season, Wick comes into Friday’s bout with White having collected bonus points in his last six matches, which includes three straight technical falls.

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A fast starter, Wick has held a 2-1 lead in many of his matches within the first 30 seconds of action. White has shown that he has a similar style as of late, as he has tried to get to his attacks very early and often. Naturally, IMar is a different animal. He poses a completely different threat, and that would be them heavy hands.

Martinez looks to put his paws on his opponents, then works his leg attacks after he goes clubbing on their head, neck, and shoulders. Nonetheless, it’s going to be a tough week for Wick up against the Isaiahs.

Nebraska at Wisconsin Projected Lineups
125: Mitchell Maginnis (Nebraska) vs. Johnny Jiminez (Wisconsin)
133: #15 Jason Renteria (Nebraska) vs. Jens Lantz (Wisconsin)
141: #15 Chad Red (Nebraska) vs. Eli Stickley (Wisconsin)
149: #11 Colton McCrystal (Nebraska) vs. Cole Martin (Wisconsin)
157: #8 Tyler Berger (Nebraska) vs. #19 Andrew Crone (Wisconsin)
165: #12 Isaiah White (Nebraska) vs. #5 Evan Wick (Wisconsin)
174: Beau Breske (Nebraska) vs. Ryan Christensen (Wisconsin)
184: #7 Taylor Venz (Nebraska) vs. #9 Ricky Robertson (Wisconsin)
197: Eric Schultz (Nebraska) vs. Hunter Ritter (Wisconsin)
285: Patrick Grayson (Nebraska) vs. Ben Stone (Wisconsin)

Wisconsin at Illinois Projected Lineups
125: Johnny Jiminez (Wisconsin) vs. #19 Travis Piotrowski (Illinois)
133: Jens Lantz (Wisconsin) vs. Dylan Duncan (Illinois)
141: Eli Stickley (Wisconsin) vs. #12 Mike Carr (Illinois)
149: Cole Martin (Wisconsin) vs. Eric Barone (Illinois)
157: #19 Andrew Crone (Wisconsin) vs. Kyle Langenderfer (Illinois)
165: #5 Evan Wick (Wisconsin) vs. #2 Isaiah Martinez (Illinois)
174: Ryan Christensen (Wisconsin) vs. David Riojas (Illinois)
184: #9 Ricky Robertson (Wisconsin) vs. #6 Emery Parker (Illinois)
197: Hunter Ritter (Wisconsin) vs. Andre Lee (Illinois)
285: Ben Stone (Wisconsin) vs. Deuce Rachal (Illinois)

Bratke's 10 Favorite Matches From The Weekend

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As was the theme last weekend points and pins were the story of this weekend in D1 wrestling. Three matches on the list total at least 20 points, another two totaled at least 13, and three other matches ended with a fall. Just a reminder, this list is made up of matches that were live only on FloWrestling. 

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Week 16 Roundup: Iowa Holds Serve + A New #1

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The second-to-last week of the dual meet season had its share of excellent action, but the post-season narratives have now nearly taken shape. The Hawkeyes held on to their rankings in a number of important spots, and several title contenders made themselves known. Here are the biggest stories from week 16:

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Updated Seeding Points For The Olympics After The European Championsips

The Olympic Games will be seeded for the second time, and there are three opportunities to earn seeding points. The second of those are the continental championships, two of which were just completed.

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#2 Trey Kibe Commits To Penn State

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Trey Kibe will be staying in central Pennsylvania as he committed to Penn State today.

Top 5 Weights To Watch At Class 2A Districts

Saturday, February 15, is the day that dreams will be realized and hearts will be broken. Thirty-two competitors remain in each weight class and this weekend the field will be narrowed down to the 16 that get to call themselves state qualifiers. Like any tournament, certain Districts have weights that are more difficult than others, so these are the five weight classes in Class 2A you need to watch this weekend.

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Match Notes: #1 Iowa Routs #7 Minnesota, Win Big Ten Title

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The expectations for the Hawkeyes this season are sky-high. Can the team title front runners stay unbeaten against a dangerous Minnesota squad in front of a rowdy crowd in Iowa City? Follow the action as we bring you live updates of this classic Big Ten brawl. 

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Match Notes: #2 Lee Beats #1 Pletcher, #2 PSU Defeats #3 tOSU

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The battles between the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions rarely disappoint, and we expect tonight's match to hold true to form. 

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Match Notes: Michigan vs Nebraska

#19 Michigan invades the Bob Devaney Sports Center looking to upset #7 Nebraska Despite the Wolverines Olympic redshirting All-Americans Stevan Micic, Logan Massa, and Myles Amine, there will still be a total of 13 ranked wrestlers stepping on to the mat.

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Conference Breakdown + NCAA Forecast

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With only two weekends before we wrap up dual meet season, the conference and NCAA tournaments will be here before we know it. Indeed the whirlwind that is the NCAA D1 wrestling season has nearly blown right by. 

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USA Wrestling Announces Roster For Pan Am Olympic Qualifier

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USA Wrestling has released the list of 14 wrestlers that will be sent to Ottawa, Canada for the Pan American Olympic Qualifier.