Despite finishing a mediocre eighth place as a team, Wisconsin wrestling claimed an individual conference champion at this weekend’s Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
No. 2 seed Isaac Jordan, a redshirt sophomore, defeated his cousin, No. 1 seed Bo Jordan of Ohio State, in a 3-2 decision to win at 165 pounds. They were tied at 2 after the third period, but Isaac’s 1:59 advantage in riding time gave him the pivotal point.
Jordan becomes Wisconsin’s first individual conference champion since Trevor Brandvold and Andrew Howe in 2011. Continuing an extensive family affair in wrestling, Jordan joins his father Jim (1985 and 1986) and his uncle Jeff (1988) as Big Ten champions to wrestle for the Badgers.
Currently ranked No. 3 nationally in his weight class, Jordan will compete next at the NCAA Championships March 19-21 in St. Louis. Individual seeds will be announced this Wednesday.