Creating The Best Wisconsin D1 Lineup Of All Time

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A few weeks ago I asked my Twitter followers how they would put together an all-time great college dual team with the current weights using athletes from their home states. The responses were great and really got me curious. So, I did the research and have now putting together the best possible team for some of the top states, including some formidable back-up teams.

Previous States: Pennsylvania, California, Oklahoma, Iowa, New Jersey, Ohio, New York, Michigan, Minnesota

Now, on Wisconsin!

125 Starter: Eric Jetton, 1995-98

Hometown: La Crosse

College: Wisconsin

NCAA Finishes: NQ, 3, 3, 2 (126)

I debated whether to start Eric Jetton or Jack Reinwand, but because Jetton has a better career winning percentage (.865), more wins, and faced harder competition, I went with Jetton. That stiff competition Jetton ran into was Olympian Sanshiro Abe, who defeated him his sophomore year, and Eric Guerrero, who defeated him both his junior and senior years. Jetton did have at least one victory over Guerrero in his career, however. Although he was never a national champion, Jetton was still a two-time Big Ten champion.

125 Backup

Jack Reinwand - 2X AA and 1976 NCAA champion for Wisconsin


133 Starter: Kevin Black, 1999-2003

Hometown: River Falls

College: Wisconsin

NCAA Finishes: NQ (125), R12, 4, DNQ (133)

A Wisconsin high school wrestling legend, Black stayed home when he chose to wrestle for Barry Davis and Wisconsin. At Wisconsin Black earned All-American status his junior year when he placed fourth, outplacing eventual champions Zach Roberson and Cliff Moore. His senior season was unfortunately cut short due to injury. 

133 Backup

Bill James - 1971 AA for Army West Point


141 Starter: Rick Lawinger, 1972-74

Hometown: Mineral Point

College: Wisconsin

NCAA Finishes: R8, 2 (150), 1 (142)

In 1974 Rick Lawinger became the University of Wisconsin’s first national champion when he defeated Steve Randall of Oklahoma State 8-2. This capped off a career that included a 130-17-1 record with a 39-1 record his senior year, two finals appearances, and two Big Ten championships. The summer between his two NCAA finals appearances, Lawinger won a University World bronze medal in Moscow.

141 Backup

Jason Mester - 2X AA for Central Michigan in the early 2000s


149 Starter: Andy Rein, 1977-80

Hometown: Stoughton

College: Wisconsin

NCAA Finishes: 2, 6 (142), 1 (150)

Before he was the head coach at Wisconsin, Andy Rein was a standout wrestler there. The Stoughton native compiled a career record of 119-13-1 including a 40-0 mark as a senior. In addition to being an NCAA champion, Rein was a two-time Big Ten champion and three-time Midlands champion. Months after winning his NCAA title, he made the Olympic team, but the US boycotted the Olympics. However, in 1984 Rein won a silver medal at the Los Angeles Games.

149 Backup

Travis Shufelt - 2004 AA for Nebraska

Tyler Turner - 2007 AA for Wisconsin


157 Starter: Craig Henning, 2005-08

Hometown: Chippewa Falls

College: Wisconsin

NCAA Finishes: NQ (149), 8, 2, DNQ (157)

While Craig Henning’s Badger career ended on a sour note, he still put up a career record of 105-29 and was a two-time All-American. After a junior season where he defeated Mike Poeta in the Big Ten championship, beat James Strouse in the NCAA semifinals, and lost a close match to senior Trent Paulson in the NCAA finals, Henning was preseason ranked #1 his senior year. However, Henning was upset by Nicholas Bertucci at Big Tens and failed to qualify for the national tournament.

Watch Craig Henning pin Andrew Flanagan below.

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157 Backup

Mark Scmitz - 2X AA and 1984 NCAA finalist for Wisconsin


165 Starter: Alex Dieringer, 2013-16

Hometown: Port Washington

College: Oklahoma State

NCAA Finishes: 3, 1 (157), 1, 1 (165)

Alex Dieringer went an absurd 133-4 while at Oklahoma State, including 66-0 his last two seasons. Three of those four losses came to Derek St. John. In Ringer’s senior season when he won the Hodge, he pinned 36% of his opponents, had an 81.8% bonus rate, and a 4.76 dominance score. Nobody even came close to beating him his last two seasons. He really is an all-time great.

Watch Alex Dieringer defeat Isaac Jordan for his third NCAA title below.

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165 Backup

Pat Christenson - 1976 NCAA champion for Wisconsin

Steven Monk - 2014 NCAA All-American for North Dakota State


174 Starter: Ben Askren, 2004-07

Hometown: Hartland

College: Missouri

NCAA Finishes: 2, 2, 1, 1 (174)

Back-to-back greats here for Wisconsin. Similar to Dieringer, Askren only lost to two opponents in college and finished his career with back-to-back undefeated seasons. With a total of 91 pins in 153 matches, Askren currently sits at third all-time in NCAA pins. In his junior and senior seasons he won the Hodge, and Nomad ranked them #5 and #3 all-time Hodge seasons. In the NCAA finals his junior year, he defeated future Hodge Trophy winner and World silver medalist, Jake Herbert 14-2. That is ridiculous. It was eventual champion Keith Gavin that Askren handled with ease 8-2 in the finals his senior year.

Watch Ben Askren: The Funk trailer below.

174 Backups

Matt Pell - 2X AA for Missouri in the mid-2000s


184 Starter: Ben Peterson, 1970-72

Hometown: Cumberland

College: Iowa State

NCAA Finishes: 4, 1, 1 (190)

Once again, Ben Peterson is a wrestler who won every match his final two collegiate seasons. Over his three year career at Iowa State Cumberland native went 74-4, for a winning percentage of .948, with almost a third of his wins coming by pin. Just months after his college career was over, Peterson won a gold medal at the 1972 Olympics. He also won silver in ‘76 and made the team in ‘80 but was denied the opportunity at a medal due to the US boycott.

184 Backups

Max Askren - 3X AA and 2010 NCAA champion for Missouri

Tyler Baier - 2005 NCAA finalist for Cornell


197 Starter: Tim Hartung, 1996-99

Hometown: Durand

College: Minnesota

NCAA Finishes: NQ (177), 3, 1 (190), 1 (197)

I feel like people forget just how good Tim Hartung was. Back-to-back titles, 36-1 as a junior, 39-0 as a senior, beat Lee Fullhart at NCAAs both championship years, 1999 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, and 48 career pins. Not too shabby.

197 Backups

Trevor Brandvold - 2010 and 2011 AA for Wisconsin

Dallas Herbst - 2008 AA for Wisconsin

Chris Vike - 1999 AA for Central Michigan


285 Starter: Cole Konrad, 2004-07

Hometown: Freedom

College: Minnesota

NCAA Finishes: 4, 2, 1, 1 (285)

In a storied history of good heavies at the University of Minnesota, Konrad is up there with the best of them. He went 155-13 with two undefeated seasons, finished on a 75-match win streak, beat legend Steve Mocco in the finals Mocco’s senior year, recorded 50 pins, and won the Pan Am Championships in 2005 while still in college. 

285 Backups

Dale Lewis - 2X NCAA champion for Oklahoma in the 60s

Garrett Lowney - 2X AA for Minnesota in the early 2000s


There you have it, the greatest Wisconsin D1 lineup of all-time.

WeightNameYears ActiveHometownCollege
125Eric Jetton1995-98La CrosseWisconsin
133Kevin Black1999-2003River FallsWisconsin
141Rick Lawinger1972-74Mineral PointWisconsin
149Andy Rein1977-80StoughtonWisconsin
157Craig Henning2005-08Chippewa FallsWisconsin
165Alex Dieringer2013-16Port WashingtonOklahoma State
174Ben Askren2004-07HartlandMissouri
184Ben Peterson1970-72CumberlandIowa State
197Tim Hartung1996-99DurandMinnesota
285Cole Konrad2004-07FreedomMinnesota

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