Badgers Jordan grabs runner-up finish in NCAA finals - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Badgers Jordan grabs runner-up finish in NCAA finals

Posted: Updated:

NEW YORK CITY (Per UW Athletics) – Junior Isaac Jordan put the cap on an incredible season as he finished as a national runner-up for the Wisconsin wrestling team at the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Urbana, Ohio, native’s bid for a perfect record was halted by three-time national champion Alex Dieringer (33-0) of Oklahoma State and Jordan finished with a stellar 29-1 record on the season.

Jordan dropped a 6-2 decision to Dieringer at 165 pounds but held the four-time All-American to his tightest match of the tournament, just being edged by four points. Jordan was Wisconsin’s first finalist since 2014.

Oklahoma State’s Dieringer registered a takedown at the 1:25 mark in the first period to go up 2-0 after one period. Dieringer, who ended his collegiate career an 82-match win streak, escaped at the start of the second period to lead 3-0.

Later in the second period, Dieringer added another takedown but this time Jordan was able to escape to make the score 5-1.

Jordan escaped one more time in the third period as Dieringer clinched the close decision with the riding time point, 6-2.

Jordan became a three-time All-American after defeating Nebraska’s Austin Wilson in the quarterfinals (3-1) and is the 13th Badger to earn the distinction three times.

Jordan finished the NCAA tournament with a 4-1 record and the best finish of his career. He brought home the Big Ten title for the second-consecutive year at 165 pounds.

The Wisconsin junior had a 10-0 dual record on the season and went 9-0 in Big Ten duals. Jordan also went 8-0 against ranked opponents in the regular season.

Wisconsin has had 15 individual runner-up finishes in program history.

UW finished in 23rd place in the team standings with 20.0 team points. Fellow Big Ten Conference member Penn State took the national title with a total of 123.0 team points.

Powered by Frankly