WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: UW's Lihrman wins national title in weight throw
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - University of Wisconsin's Mike Lihrman took first place in the weight throw at the NCAA Division I National Indoor Track and Field Meet Friday at the University of New Mexico.
Lihrman's top throw of 76 feet, three inches, put him in first place as he became the first UW athlete to win first in a field event in the national indoor meet since Pat Matzdorf won the high jump back in 1971. He's UW's first individual national champ since Chris Solinsky in the 5000-meter run back in 2007. UW has now won 13 indoor national titles which is the most of any school in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is currently in eighth place in the men's team standings with 11 points. Oregon is in first with 24 points. UW's Connor Reed finished in eighth place in the 5000 and also earned All-American status. The meet concludes today with UW having four more entries to participate.
Caleb Gindl drove in the winning run in the 10th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers took a 9-8 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in spring training action on Friday. Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run home run for the Brewers, who also got two RBI from Elian Herrera. Wily Peralta gave up three runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings. Gerardo Parra drove in three runs and Tony Campana brought home two for the Diamondbacks. Randall Delgado gave up two runs on five hits over four innings.
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team was upset by Michigan State 5-4 in overtime Friday at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. The Badgers scored first, not quite two minutes into the game, on a goal by Joseph LeBate. But the Spartans scored three straight goals to take 3-1 lead in the second period. UW then scored twice in the second period off goals from Nic Kerdelis and Tyler Barnes to tie the score going into the third period, where both teams scored goals. MSU broke the 4-4 stalemate on a power play goal from Lee Reimer in overtime. The Spartans were 3-for-3 on the power play and UW was hurt by the loss of Jake McCabe to injury after he was hit in the head with a puck trying to block a shot. Matt Berry had two goals for State while Chase Drake also scored for UW and Mark Zengerle had two assists for UW. Both goalies, Jake Hildebrand for Michigan State and Joel Rumpel for the Badgers, made 27 saves. The series concludes Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Not only did Wisconsin lose and see its five-game winning streak snapped but Minnesota clinched the Big Ten's regular season title with its overtime win at Michigan.
The finals are now set at the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Rice Lake, led by Henry Ellenson's 21 points and 20 rebounds against Greendale Friday, will take on Wisconsin Lutheran in the Division 2 finals while Germantown will go for its third state title in a row in Division 1 as they will take on Neenah. Rice Lake defeated Greendale 70-58 while Wisconsin Lutheran downed West De Pere 64-44. Germantown dispatech Milwaukee Rufus King 77-60 while Neenah downed Mukwonago 58-41. Other finals to be play on Championship Saturday include Green Bay NEW Lutheran vs. Thorp in Division 5; Blair-Taylor vs. Whitefish Bay Dominican in Division 4 and Brown Deer vs. Lodi in Division 3