Flying under the radar, junior wrestler Collin Cudd is, in many ways, a personification of the UW wrestling team itself — he’d rather let his performance on the mat and in the gym do the talking.Not the first Cudd to wrestle at UW, Collin comes from a family full of Badger wrestlers. His older brother, Brady, as well as four of his cousins, have suited up for the Badgers at one point or another, establishing a family tradition at Wisconsin.”With my brother having wrestled here, and my cousins and five other people from (hometown) River Falls wrestling here too, I always knew I’d be a Badger,” Cudd said. “It worked out for a lot of those kids, and it’s worked out great for me too.”Family history aside, Cudd has made a name for himself at UW, earning NCAA tournament berths in each of the past two seasons despite a tumultuous career.After starting last season with a promising 7-3 record, Cudd seemed poised to establish himself as one of the Big Ten’s top wrestlers, but the 125-pounder struggled through the second half of the season. Cudd finished with an 11-15 record, including a poor 2-6 conference performance.But Cudd didn’t get discouraged.Even though he was unseeded in the Big Ten tournament, the then sophomore managed two impressive upset victories to finish fifth in his weight class, ending the season on a very high note.And although he is one of the older and more experienced wrestlers on a young Wisconsin team, Cudd admits not having much interest in playing the role of vocal leader, he’d rather do it quietly.”I’m kind of shy, and I’m not really a big talker,” Cudd said. “I think I choose to lead by example instead.” With so many freshmen and sophomores wrestling for the Badgers this season, Cudd understands it is inevitable that the younger grapplers will watch him closely, and it’s his job to make sure the example he sets is a positive one.”Being an older guy, I know some of the younger guys look up to me,” he said. “I know that I have to work hard and have a good work ethic in order to set a good example for them.”His up and down wrestling career has also given Cudd the experience to set a strong example of perseverance and fortitude for younger wrestlers to follow.”I took a lot of big steps at the end of the season, and in the off-season I was able to use that and work hard, and it’s carried over to this season as well,” Cudd said.Riding momentum from the end of last year, Cudd has high hopes of building off his conference tournament performance and putting together success over a complete season this year.Citing head coach Barry Davis’ mantra of consistency, Cudd has learned that even as the schedule gets tougher, he needs to compete with the same level of intensity and hard work in order to be successful.”You have your ups and downs in wrestling, [but] the real challenge is [maintaining] momentum throughout the season,” Cudd said. “You’re going to hit some bumps in the road, but you have to work through them and pick yourself back up.”So far, Cudd is off to yet another hot start, compiling a solid 10-3 record as the stretch run of the season nears.However, this year Cudd plans to keep his momentum going, and with the wrestling program supporting him, Cudd knows it’s possible.”This is a great program, with great facilities and great coaches,” Cudd said. “[And] that’s helped me to keep getting better as a wrestler which will be important for the rest of this season.”
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As of the 11:00 a.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center announced that Tropical Storm Barry has formed in the Gulf of Mexico south of New Orleans.———————————————–LOCATION…27.8N 88.7WABOUT 95 MI…150 KM SSE OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVERABOUT 200 MI…320 KM SE OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANAMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 270 DEGREES AT 5 MPH…7 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1005 MB…29.68 INCHESA Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for the Louisiana coast from the Mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City.A Storm Surge Warning is now in effect for the Louisiana coast from the Mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Shell Beach.A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for the Mississippi coast east of the Mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi/Alabamaborder…and for Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New Orleans.A Storm Surge Watch is now in effect for the Mississippi coast from the Mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.While South Florida is not going to be impacted by Barry, heavy rains and flooding are expected from the Florida Panhandle to Texas.
Kim Jong Un’s disappearance from the public eye in recent days is raising speculation about his health as well as about who is next in line to run North Korea if anything happens to the 36-year-old leader.Some experts believe that his sister and close associate Kim Yo Jong is most likely to run the country, since it has been ruled by the Kim family for 70 years.However, others think a collective leadership is possible, due to NoKo’s deeply patriarchal society. Some fear that such a scenario could eventually plunge North Korea into deeper political chaos.Japanese media claim that Kim Jong Un is in a vegetative state following complications from heart surgery late last week.Kim Jong Un in ‘vegetative state’, Japanese media claims
Kamloops was up 2-0 when some strong checking by Julia Burkart and Amiee Montpellier created a loose ball for Bomber speedster Hanna Quinn to pounce and slide a low shot into the Kamloops goal cutting the lead in half. It stayed that way for much of the second half until late in the game, when Kamloops had a short corner and netted their third goal and a 3 – 1 win. “All – in – all not a bad game by the bombers they all played hard and in the end it was just inexperience and a short bench that got us,” said Walgren. “Next up was the host Oliver, always a tall order to come out with a win against them,” Walgren added.Even with a short bench and thanks to two Grade 8 girls from Trafalgar Jessica McLeod and Marisa Price, the Bombers scored first when speedy Hanna Quinn got a hold of a loose ball and scored on a partial breakaway. Oliver then pressed the Bomber midfield and backline and scored soon after tying the game 1-1. The Hornets then took the lead on a broken play as the lady bombers could not clear the ball and a low hard shot was deflected past the bomber keeper Ashley Hall who had no chance on the play, for the 2 -1 win. Saturday the Bombers did not start until later in the day and that extra rest seemed to help. First up was Penticton Lakers.Rookie Page Meisner scored off of a goalmouth scramble before Hanna Quinn doubled LVR’s lead with some speedy running and great stick work.Penticton pressed the Bombers and got a goal late to make the game interesting at the end, but strong midfield play from Julia Burkart, Aimee Montpellier and backline play from Heather Potkins, Isabell Curiston, and Ashleigh McLean kept the Lakers at bay. LVR managed to pull even on the weekend by scoring a narrow 1-0 win over Princess Margret from Penticton.”Again strong Midfield play by Aimee Montpellier and Julia Burkart along with a solid back line with rookies Isabell Curiston, Ashleigh McLean and veteran Heather Potkins helped rookie keeper Ashleigh Hall preserve a 1 – 0 shutout,” Walgren said.Potkins scored LVR’s lone goal with a shot after some nice passing by Julia Burkart and Hanna Quinn during an LVR short corner. “All of the rookies, Keeper Ashley Hall, defence – Isabell Curiston, Ashleigh McLean, mids – Sienna Morningstar, Elissa Centrone, Aimee Montpellier, Jessica McLeod, forwards Paige Meisner, and Maria Gioveolioni played very well and showed great determination on Friday and Saturday, never stopping and always learning from the previous game,” Walgren said. Next up for the Bombers is a League game on Thursday against the very tough archrival J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail before the Bombers travel to Pass Creek for a Tournament hosted by Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar Friday afternoon and Saturday. Bring on the High School Field Hockey season.The L.V. Rogers Bombers jumped into the campaign with both feet, finishing with a 2-2 during the annual trek to Oliver to compete in the South Okanagan Hornets High School Girl’s Field Hockey Tournament.”The team ended up with a 2 – 2 record, not bad considering we only went with eleven players and three of them were returning veterans from last year’s Provincial Consolation group win in Victoria,” said coach Bruce Walgren.Walgren said the Lady Bombers started out playing a very fast team from Kamloops. The Bombers were on the defensive for most of the game continuously stopping multiple Kamloops attacks. Rookie goalie Ashley Hall, along with defenders Heather Potkins, Isabell Curiston and Ashleigh Mclean did their best to move the ball up to Julia Burkart and Aimee Montpellier in the midfield but the Kamloops ladies were not giving an inch. Many hard fought battles took place in the back line and midfield.