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

Better Collective Spotlight – SmartBets – Servicing the Europe wide demand for personalised odds comparison

first_img Claus Jansson, Head of Sales for Better Collective, takes SBC News readers on a tour of SmartBets’ European operations, as the Better Collective Spotlight falls on the firm’s Scandinavian expansion, a bonus-based challenge for Swedish operators, legal challenges to the advertising ban in Italy, and building on its growing media profile in Germany.SBC: SmartBets expanded its Scandinavian horizons last year by launching in both Sweden and Denmark; does Sweden’s 18% GGR tax (compared to Denmark’s 20%) present an opportunity for odds comparison sites to make better deals with operators?CJ: There are many skilled punters in Sweden, so the demand for statistics, market overview, and tips in general, is big. That demand is reflected commercially. That’s why operators see a clear advantage in being present on trusted platforms like SmartBets. SBC: Will the removal of reload and reactivation bonusing in Sweden pose a problem for market incumbents?CJ: It creates a challenge for all the operators that have applied for a licence. Not because they don’t know how to attract customers, but because they need – similarly to media partners like us – to think differently, when it comes to acquisition. SBC: SmartBets has been active in its home country of Denmark for almost 18 months now; how successful has that launch been compared to other language version launches?  CJ: We are very happy with the Danish launch of SmartBets, as it’s a product that can stand on its own feet commercially. Looking at the future of SmartBets in Denmark, we need additional operators to apply for Danish sports licences. Currently there are only a handful of Danish bookmakers. More bookmakers create more markets, offering different values and greater commercial aspects. SBC: What are the target markets for SmartBets’ dotcom version?CJ: Our strategy is to supply licensed markets with the best and most transparent information for betting. So all current and future markets that operate with licences will be taken into consideration. SBC: SmartBets Italia was launched in 2017; how will the firm adapt to the country’s gambling imminent advertising ban?CJ: We will comply with the Italian gaming law. How this will look in the future, no one knows for sure. Currently the decision to ban gaming advertising is being challenged in EU by at least one major operator. We will follow the story closely, and adjust our strategy accordingly when we know the result.SBC: How has SmartBets utilised Better Collective’s vast experience of the German market to maximise its German language offering?CJ: In a core market like Germany, it’s crucial to have all media channels available. The demand for statistic, news, offers, tips is big, not only for football, but for a big variation of sports and events. We see SmartBets in Germany as another great addition to our existing media portfolio such as Wettbasis, Sportwettentest, and Wettfreunde. Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion  July 2, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Get in the holiday mood with Scrooge and the three Christmas ghosts

first_imgRelated posts:Christmas cheer, oxcart parades, and other happenings around Costa Rica Christmas-themed theater warms hearts this month Festival of Light, Egyptian dancers, and other happenings around Costa Rica Patriotic tunes, Children’s Day theater, and more events around Costa Rica Christmas is coming soon, and the staging of the traditional Charles Dickens tale “A Christmas Carol” will help you get in the mood.Actors are bringing the iconic story to life once more at Espressivo Theater. With the help of a quartet of carolers and live piano music, they will take you through 19th-century London to join Ebenezer Scrooge as he follows three Christmas ghosts on an adventure that will change his outlook on life.Scrooge is a business man whose only concern in life is money. Everybody in town is aware of his unpleasant manner, particularly his special hatred towards Christmas. Ebenezer Scrooge. (Courtesy of Teatro Espressivo)Scrooge is surrounded by really lovely people, but he is blind to their charms: he won’t raise the salary of his loyal employee, who has a sick child, nor spend time with his nephew, who comes to see his uncle during the holidays. He won’t donate a cent to charity, refuses to lower the rent he charges his tenants or allow them to delay their payment, though he knows they are hard up. Carolers in the Espressivo production. (Courtesy of Teatro Espressivo)As he slumbers on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, who transform the world of this cranky, rude penny-pincher and help him rediscover the kind soul inside. The Ghost of Christmas Past. (Courtesy of Teatro Espressivo)Particularly transformative for Scrooge is the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, who shows him the terrible future. The Ghost of Christmas Present. (Courtesy of Teatro Espressivo)A play to enjoy with the whole family, this comic adaptation will make you reconsider the way you are living not only holidays, but every day with your loved ones. The play will be performed Fridays through Sundays until Dec. 18, but hurry to buy your tickets: as of Nov. 26, 80% of the tickets for this year’s run had already been sold.“A Christmas Carol” is being performed at Teatro Espressivo, in Momentum Pinares, Curridabat. Fri – Sat: 8 p.m. Sun: 6 p.m. ₡7,500 – 10,000 ($15 – 20). Find more info at the Teatro Espressivo Website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more