This Week in UW-Platteville Athletics

This Week in UW-Platteville Athletics

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Below are a list of all the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Athletic events taking place for the week of Jan. 21-Jan. 27.

Men’s Basketball (12-6, 5-4 WIAC)

This week: UW-Platteville men’s basketball team stays on the road for one more contest before returning to the friendly confines of Bo Ryan Court. The Pioneers head to UW-Oshkosh on Wednesday. The Titans are on a five-game losing streak and are led by Jade Royston with 13.5 points per game. The Pioneers not only welcome UW-River Falls on Saturday at 3 p.m., but also their alumni for Alumni Day. Saturday’s contest is also the Pioneers’ Coaches vs. Cancer game, where the coaching staff will be wearing suits and sneakers to raise awareness about the fight against cancer and to promote the American Cancer Society as a place for people facing cancer to turn 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Falcons host UW-Stout on Wednesday before coming to Platteville. Arik Smith leads UWRF with 13 points per game.

Last week: The Pioneers suffered a tough loss at UW-Stevens Point, 65-60, last Wednesday and earned a comeback victory at UW-Superior, 76-67. Junior Chas Cross led the Pioneers with 21 points versus the Pointers and 22 points against the Yellowjackets. The Winnebago, Ill. native has dropped 20 or more points in three of the last four games and scored in double-figures in eight of the last nine contests. Fellow junior Brad Reinke had a season-best week by netting 11 points in both games.

Women’s Basketball (5-13, 1-8 WIAC)

This week: UW-Platteville women’s basketball team welcomes UW-Oshkosh on Wednesday and then UW-River Falls on Saturday for Alumni Day. The Titans are a half-game behind Stevens Point, Superior, and Whitewater who are tied on top of the WIAC standings. UWO will come to Platteville well rested as they had the weekend off and are coming off a big home victory over UW-Whitewater last Wednesday. Megan Wenig leads the team with 13.8 points per game. UW-River Falls has dropped six of its last seven contests and are led by Tess Lueders with 13.6 points per game.

Last week: The Pioneers fell to UW-Stevens Point, 71-49, last Wednesday and to UW-Superior, 65-59, on Saturday. Kim Wellnitz led the Pioneers against the Pointers with 13 points while Claire Poad netted a game-high 11 points at UW-Superior.

Wrestling (1-3 WIAC)

This week: UW-Platteville wrestling team returns to conference competition on Friday when they travel to UW-Oshkosh and will finish the weekend with dual at Lakeland College at noon. The Titans post a 1-2 conference record will host UW-La Crosse on Thursday.

Last week: The Pioneers went 2-2 at the Wabash Duals on Saturday. UW-Platteville fell to 26th-ranked Dubuque and 25th-ranked Wabash, but defeated Ohio Northern and Wabash #2-team claiming fifth-place. Cole Ferguson led the team with a 4-0 record and recorded two pins during the weekend. Austin Holland posted a team second-best record of 3-1. 

Indoor Track & Field

This week: UW-Platteville track & field teams travel to the Jack Jennett Invitational hosted by The University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Saturday.

Last week: The men’s team took first at the UW-Eau Claire Triangular while the women’s team finished third. Senior Aaron Hrubes, from Lake Mills, Wis., won the 55-meter dash in 6.47 seconds. UW-Platteville swept the top five places in the 55-meter dash with senior Casey Goffinet, from Platteville, Wis., coming in a close second in a time of 6.66 seconds; senior Jordan Olp, from Reedsville, Wis., running a 6.67; freshman Caleb Mertens from Hartford, Wis. placing fourth in 6.68 seconds, and senior Matt Ziegler from Madison, Wis. finishing fifth in a time of 6.79 seconds. 

Senior Aaron Loferski from South Milwaukee, Wis., finished first in the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 7.67. Teammate, TJ Valley, a junior from Prairie du Chien, Wis., came in a close second in the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 7.69. 

On the women's side, senior Deidre Dillman, from Prairie du Chien, Wis., dictated the pace in the 400-meter run, eventually pulling away on the backstretch to win in a time of 59.56 seconds.