Nielsen Tennis Stadium was initially filled with disappointment and later celebration this weekend as the Wisconsin men’s tennis team competed in its final regular season home matches of the year.The Badgers got off to a rough start Friday when they were shut out by the Ohio State Buckeyes, but after the intimidating events of Friday, Sunday’s match began with a celebration.It was Senior Day at Nielsen, and the Badgers honored their sole senior captain, Marek Michalicka. Soon after his achievements were recognized, the Badgers began their battle with the Penn State Nittany Lions.Doubles play was bittersweet for UW, as Russell Bader and Eddie Bourchier of PSU upset Michalicka and Billy Bertha, 8-3. The No. 1 pair was forced to cheer its remaining teammates from the sidelines in hopes that they could pick up the slack to pull off the doubles point win.“We came out and expected to win,” Bertha said. “But they came out with a lot of energy and hopped on us early. We couldn’t come back from that slow start.”Fortunately, the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles pairs of Fredrik Ask and Rod Carey and Ricardo Martin and Alexander Teppert held their own, clinching the doubles point for the Badgers and kicking Sunday off to a good start.The Badgers’ good fortunes continued, as they had just one loss in singles play. No. 3 Petr Satral, who did not play in a doubles match, fell to Bader, 6-2, 6-2.After that, Wisconsin couldn’t be stopped. Ask, Carey and Michalicka sealed the win for the Badgers as they grabbed the remaining points needed for a victory. Bertha and Martin were the last matches to finish up, both ending on tie break points. Martin split sets and then dominated 10-6 in a super tiebreaker to secure the fifth Badger point. Both of Bertha’s sets were close, as he won the first 6-4 and the second went to a tiebreaker, where he defeated Jason Lee 7-3. “The doubles loss added some extra motivation for both me and Marek to go out there and win in singles,” Bertha said.Head coach Greg Van Emburgh was pleased with his team’s ability to bounce back from a tough loss Friday and finish up its last home weekend strong.“We responded really well and the guys fought today even though we were down in a couple singles matches,” Van Emburgh said. “They fought back and made a lot of balls. I think that shows their commitment to their games and what they are trying to achieve this season.”The downward spiral began with all three doubles teams losing. First to fall was the pair of Martin and Satral. The Buckeyes’ aggressive net play and strong serve returns resulted in the first Ohio State win of the day. Martin and Satral lost 8-1, holding serve only once late in the match.No. 1 doubles partners Bertha and Michalicka followed shortly thereafter, and the duo was able to stay in the matchup until 4-5. However, they didn’t win a game after that, losing 8-4 to Peter Kobelt and Matt Allare.The freshman pair of Carey and Ask was able to endure the longest, as their match went to a tiebreak. However, Ohio State gained the doubles point when Balazs Novak and Blaz Rola took down Ask and Carey, 8-7.Singles play ended almost as quickly as it had started for some Badgers. Martin was nearly swept in the No. 4 singles position, as he was defeated, 6-0, 6-1, by Novak. Satral was unable to hold his own in the No. 3 spot against Allare and lost, 6-2, 6-4, giving Ohio State three out of the four points it needed to seal yet another conference win. Bertha tallied the Badger loss that gave the Buckeyes the final point they needed for the win. Bertha had his usual strong service game, but he struggled with his backhand ground strokes and fell, 6-4, 7-6, to Rola.Ohio State’s Chase Buchanan spoiled Michalicka’s spotless Big Ten singles record, defeating him 7-5, 6-1. In the first set, things were going well for the senior, as he jumped out to a 4-1 lead. However, Michalicka let Buchanan back in and eventually won at 5-7. “He got mad, which helped me to break his serve,” Michalicka said. “Then I held 4-1. I was up, I had it right there, I just couldn’t do it.”Michalicka was unable to shake the disappointment of that first set loss and was handily defeated 6-1 in the quick second set.“It’s always like that,” Michalicka said. “You shouldn’t let it bother you. I just wasn’t that good at fighting through it today.”
But it won’t come easy.He was in danger of falling from the top of the leaderboard today and has tough competition trailing right behind him. However, An was able to keep his bogey-free streak going through 54 holes en route to a round of 4-under 66, which was highlighted by an impressive 51-plus foot putt, the longest of the PGA season. Related News Two-time major winner Martin Kaymer loses PGA Tour card with missed cut at Wyndham Championship Wyndham Championship: Byeong-Hun An takes solo lead into weekend PGA Tour will reduce cut line to top-65 golfers next season Byeong-Hun An holds a one-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round of the Wyndham Championship.An, who had shared or held the solo lead since Thursday, is searching for his first PGA Tour win. He is now 17 under for the tournament. Longest putt of the PGA TOUR season: 51’ 6”. 👏@ByeongHunAn reclaims the lead by ONE @WyndhamChamp.📺: https://t.co/xTqyfA0N7Y pic.twitter.com/YgV66xDvhV— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 3, 2019Webb Simpson at one point tied An for the lead after a near-perfect round. He used a spotless front nine to put pressure on An, including a birdie on the par-4 9th hole.… but will settle for birdie to tie the lead @WyndhamChamp. 👏#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/j69L6bYhlB— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 3, 2019Simpson ultimately fell into second place a shot behind An (16 under) after a bogey on the par-4 14th hole. He shot a 5-under 65 on the Sedgefield Country Club course in Greensboro, N.C.Brice Garnett, who carded a 66 Saturday, is tied for second with Simpson. Twelve other golfers are within five shots of the lead. Ryan Armour (65 on Saturday) moved up four spots to claim solo possession of fourth (15 under) and Viktor Hovland, J.T. Poston and Paul Casey share a tie for fifth place at 14 under.Fabián Gómez and Rory Sabbatini are tied for eighth place (13 under) and there is a sizable tie to round out the top 10.
MORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Full results | Team-by-team grades | Winners & losersSteelers draft picks 2020: Who did Pittsburgh pick?Round 2, Pick No. 49: Chase Claypool, WR, Notre DameRound 3, Pick No. 102: Alex Highsmith, LB, CharlotteRound 4, Pick No. 124: Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, MarylandRound 4, Pick No. 135: Kevin Dotson, G, LouisianaRound 6, Pick No. 198: Antoine Brooks Jr., S, MarylandRound 7, Pick No. 232: Carlos Davis, DT, NebraskaSteelers 2020 NFL Draft orderRoundPick No.2493102 (compensatory)41244135 (from Titans through Dolphins)61987232MORE: Read the latest NFL Draft news at SN’s draft HQSteelers NFL Draft needsDefensive line: Pittsburgh needs to address its 3-4 front after losing defensive tackle Javon Hargrave in free agency. The Steelers could also stand to improve their depth on the edge to help Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt.Running back: The Steelers aren’t lacking for depth with James Conner, Benny Snell Jr., Jaylen Samuels and Kerrith Whyte, but if they can get a top-end running back early, then they should do it. They’re in win-now mode with Ben Roethlisberger in the twilight of his career, and he’ll need all the help he can get. Plus, Conner has struggled to stay healthy and will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season, so a new RB1 could serve them well in the long term.Offensive line: Pittsburgh isn’t necessarily looking to add a starter to the unit; it just needs to add quality depth. This year’s class is deep at tackle, so don’t be surprised if the team targets that area in the middle rounds.Linebacker: The Steelers only have four players to cover two inside linebacker spots. That’s not enough depth, so it’s likely they’ll look to add someone. A hybrid linebacker might be ideal if they can find someone in the later rounds.Wide receiver: Their receiving corps isn’t bad, but because the Steelers are a win-now team, it wouldn’t hurt to add competition at the position. A big-bodied, dynamic wideout might help JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson find extra room to operate. This year’s class is full of receivers.Steelers mock draft 2020Here are the latest 2020 NFL Draft projections for the Steelers, according to Vinnie Iyer’s seven-round mock draft :RoundPickPlayerPositionSchool249Jonathan TaylorRBWisconsin3102 (compensatory)Davon HamiltonDTOhio State4124Josh UcheEDGEMichigan4135 (from Titans through Dolphins)Hakeem AdenijiOTKansas6198Cheyenne O’GradyTEArkansas7232Jordan MackLBVirginia The Steelers waited until day three to pick up a running back, taking Maryland’s Anthony McFarland in the fourth round. They then used their last three picks to add some depth on the offensive line, defensive line and secondary.Here’s a look at where the Steelers’ 2020 NFL Draft: The Steelers may not have had the most prolific 2020 NFL Draft with only six players taken, but they were still able to address a few key areas.First, they took a big, physical wide receiver in Chase Claypool out of Notre Dame. While it might have made more sense to go for a running back, Claypool does address the size concerns behind JuJu Smith-Schuster. In the third round, Pittsburgh selected UNC Charlotte linebacker Alex Highsmith, who provides some solid depth behind T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree on the edge.