Wisconsin opened its DII National Championship defense with a 32-7 win over the Chicago Blaze in Lemont, Ill. Saturday.
The Blaze, in their first year back in DII after spending time in DI, put up a tough early fight, breaking through the Wisconsin line multiple times in the first half, only to come up short due to knock-ons and unforced errors. T
The champions fielded a younger and much-changed lineup from the one that claimed first-place in Denver two months ago. Featuring debut players Michael Borys and Chris Bauch, the attack from the WRC was fierce and effective.
It only took six minutes of play before a try was given to flanker Mike Price. At 22 minutes gone, a brilliant kick counter by scrumhalf Cody Moran-Guevara put the score to 10-0. That is how the half ended, and aside from an early second half strike by the Blaze to close the score line to 10-7, it was all Wisconsin.
Other WRC tries on the day went to Garett Donath, Andrew Hanske, Jeffery Mortensen and rookie fullback Chris Bauch.