UW wrestling slides by No. 25 Hofstra

first_imgAfter finishing last in the Big Ten a year ago, the Wisconsin wrestling team started off its 2012-13 season with an 18-13 victory over the No. 25 Hofstra Pride.Wisconsin (1-0) suffered its first loss last year against Hofstra (0-2) by a score of 25-12, a loss that ignited a string of 11-straight dual losses for the Badgers.UW head coach Barry Davis said he was encouraged by his team’s success in its first match of the year.“Last year was a rough year for a lot of guys, but as a team, to get off with a win and moving forward, building momentum,” Davis said. “Obviously we’ve got some things to work on; some young guys in the lineup right now, but definitely a good start overall.”Wisconsin took the final three matches of the afternoon after dropping its first two matches to find itself in a 0-7 hole. Redshirt sophomore Dylan Iczkowski and redshirt junior Jackson Hein won their respective matches to give Wisconsin the first lead of the day heading into the meet’s final contest.With the score at 15-13, redshirt senior Cole Tobin was asked to step in at the heavyweight position for No. 16 redshirt freshman Connor Medbery, who was not feeling well before the match. Tobin clinched the match for Wisconsin with a big takedown with less than 20 seconds left in the final period.The coaching staff called Tobin at the library around 10 a.m. Sunday morning to tell him he was in the starting lineup.Tobin said the win will provide a major momentum boost for the entire season.“I think this is a really big first step,” Tobin said. “Last year was kind of a tough year. This year, there’s a lot of excitement. It’s a good team we just beat, so it’s good momentum for the rest of the season.”Wisconsin began the day with the challenge of facing three-consecutive nationally-ranked wrestlers, including No. 4 Steve Bonanno. After the Badgers lost their first two matches, redshirt junior Tyler Graff earned the first Wisconsin win at the 141-pound weight class. The third-ranked Graff redshirted last season to compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, where he finished third. Only the top spot in each weight class earns a spot on the Olympic team.Graff said while he is still adjusting to the head-to-head format of collegiate wrestling, he was able to stay poised against his opponent.“Most of it was being patient, using my abilities,” Graff said. “I’m good enough to get more attacks off; I think it’s important just to keep building off of that and getting better and implementing.”Davis said it was good to have the two-time All-American back in the lineup, but he needs to work on switching his form back to a grappling style.“He’s got to get back into that folkstyle mode; right now he’s more in that freestyle mode,” Davis said. “He’s got to pull that trigger, get the guys legs more often and score some more points. That will come with time, though.”In the 149-pound matchup, fifth-year senior Cole Schmitt made a key takedown in the second period en route to a 3-0 shutout to put the Badgers within a point of the Pride. Schmitt accumulated a 13-5 record in the 2011-12 season.Davis said Schmitt wasn’t a player who expected to contribute much to the team.“Dylan never won a state title, and is a kid no one even expected to be in our lineup, and he came out with a big win today,” Davis said.After Wisconsin lost a 2-6 decision at the 157-pound match, redshirt sophomore Frank Cousins fell to an early 6-3 deficit after he was taken down twice in the first period and a third time in the second period. Cousins finally made his move in the final period as he created three takedowns, including one in the final five seconds of the period, to earn the 9-7 decision, again pulling within one point of Hofstra.Davis said that staying aggressive on the mat will be an important factor for the team for the remainder of the season.“What we’ve got to do is continue to be offensive,” Davis said. “Overall, we’re building; we’ve gotten better since September. Again, we’re going to learn and work on the small things, and they’ll turn into big things.”last_img read more

Melvin Ritsema: Staying true to Royal Panda’s sportsbook roots

first_img LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Related Articles Submit In the second of an exclusive three-part series for SBC News, Royal Panda CMO Melvin Ritsema discusses his company’s takeover by LeoVegas, staying true to its own sportsbook roots despite the acquisition, why the UK market remains the principal target, and how pricing ploys around the World Cup will be taken forward into future high-profile tournaments.SBC: Was the Royal Panda sportsbook impacted by the LeoVegas takeover? Or do the two effectively still run as separate businesses?MR: We had just launched our sportsbook a couple of months before being acquired by LeoVegas. They were very impressed by what we had achieved on our sportsbook in such a short amount of time, and the decision then was to keep our own sportsbook. This still holds true today. We are happy to operate completely independent from LeoVegas, with our own platform, our own sportsbook and our own operational teams. This allows us to grow in our own unique way instead of becoming the exact same product under two different brands.SBC: You estimate that 80% of your sportsbook business comes from the UK market; is this by design, or just a reflection of where your casino business was strongest?MR: It’s a representation of our casino business as well. Casino already had the majority of our business from the UK, and when we launched the sportsbook, we decided to focus mostly on the UK. We also had our UKGC license before the MGA one, so we went live in the UK before other markets. A main reason is that we want to focus and grow in regulated markets, since these markets are more sustainable long-term.SBC: How much of an increase would it take to consider moving the sportsbook tab ahead of either Casino or Live Casino? Do you anticipate that the casino side will always take prevalence?MR: We want to be a one-stop-shop for any online betting and gambling. While casino is currently the homepage, the idea is to ensure every customer can easily find what they want on the website. I don’t think we would shift to a sportsbook first, but definitely a sportsbook equal to casino is the aim.SBC: Looking back on the World Cup, how successful was it for the Royal Panda sportsbook? Did you turn to LeoVegas for advice given their experience of launching ahead of Euro 2016?MR: The World Cup was a huge success. We went all-in on getting our name out there in the UK. We joined the Oddschecker odds grid + offered top price match odds on England in all games + outright markets. We also had a lot of top price on Harry Kane and other England markets. This has worked well for us, though with England winning a lot more than anticipated, and Harry scoring quite a few goals, this came at a price. Still we managed to make a healthy profit over the world cup while attracting a lot of new punters, so we are very happy with the result. Now our sport and CRM teams are working on keeping these newly acquired players active for the new football season as well.SBC: What will you take from the marketing ploys you deployed this summer? Is going top price on core markets for England matches something you would revisit in tournaments to come?MR: I definitely prefer it over an inflated price at a max cap. A lot of companies boost 2/1 to 20/1 for instance, with a max bet of £1. We prefer to boost our odds slightly, just being (joint) top price. We’ll lower our spread and margin by doing this, but allow players to win as much as £5000 per bet. That seems much more interesting to a genuine punter than a £1 bet to win £20, doesn’t it? Sharelast_img read more