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    Pierce Harger
    Pierce  Harger

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Loveland, Ohio

    High School:
    Archbishop Moeller

    Weight:
    165



    03/25/2015

    Big Ten Announces Winter Academic All-Big Ten Awards

    Thirty-nine Wildcats across five winter sports earn honor

    03/25/2015

    Big Ten Announces Winter Academic All-Big Ten Awards

    Thirty-nine Wildcats across five winter sports earn honor

    05/13/2014

    NU Names April Sports Performance Athletes of the Month

    Abbie Kraus of Volleyball and Pierce Harger of Wrestling earn honor

    03/26/2014

    Winter Sports Student-Athletes Receive Academic All-Big Ten Nods

    Northwestern with a combined 155 fall and winter honorees thus far

    03/26/2014

    Winter Sports Student-Athletes Receive Academic All-Big Ten Nods

    Northwestern with a combined 155 fall and winter honorees thus far

    2014-15 Northwestern Match-by-Match Results Get Acrobat Reader

    2013-14 Northwestern Match-by-Match Results Get Acrobat Reader

    2012-13 Northwestern Match-by-Match Results Get Acrobat Reader

    2014 All-American (8th, 165)

    2014-15: Became the 11th Northwestern wrestler all-time to reach 100 career wins … Got the milestone win on Senior Night with a Fall of Maryland’s T.J. Guidice (2/13) … 2015 Academic All-Big Ten … Earned his fourth straight trip to the NCAA Championships with a 4th place finish at the 2015 Big Ten Championships at Ohio State (3/8) … Beat Illinois’ Jackson Morse, the No. 5 seed and eighth ranked wrestler in the country, in the quarterfinals by a 10-5 score (3/7) … Ended the year with a 30-7 record ... Knocked off two ranked opponents to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals before injury sidelined him for the rest of the tournament … Beat four top-10 opponents during the season … Went to Indiana and beat No. 4 Taylor Walsh by a 15-0 tech fall (1/18) … Knocked off two ranked foes on his way to a second-place finish at the 2014 Midlands … Beat No. 14 Tristan Warner of Old Dominion in the quarterfinals by a 5-0 margin (12/29) before taking out Iowa’s No. 7 Nick Moore to advance to the finals (12/30) … Won 17 of his first 18 matches, including four over nationally ranked opponents … Picked up a big win at top-ranked Minnesota with an 11-1 major decision over No. 18 Nick Wanzek (12/18) … Opened the 2014-15 season with an 8-4 decision over No. 16 Jim Wilson of Stanford (11/8).

    2013-14:
    Finished No. 8 at NCAA Championships, earning first career All-American status at 165 lbs...Qualified for NCAA Championships for third time in career as No. 7 seed...Competed as No. 3 seed at 165 lbs. at Big Ten Championships in Madison, Wis...Named to NWCA All-Academic Team for third time in career...Named Northwestern Sports Performance Athlete of the Month for April of 2014...Academic All-Big Ten...Went 29-10 on the year with .743 winning pct...29 wins ranked second for Northwestern behind Jason Tsirtsis...Led `Cats with eight falls...won four matches by maj. dec...Won three matches at NCAA Championships... Finished No. 4 at Big Ten Championships, earning automatic bid to NCAA Championships...Placed fourth at 51st Midlands Championships, the highest individual finalist for Northwestern...Defeated No. 13 Jackson Morse of Illinois (2/9) and No. 18 Jim Wilson (Stanford) on 2/16...Finished No. 3 at Keystone Classic (11/24).

    2012-13: Academic All-Big Ten ... NWCA All-Academic Team honoree ... 2013 NCAA Qualifier at 165 ... 26-10 on the season ... 26 wins were a career-high ... Started every dual at 165 ... Posted 14-3 dual record, including 5-3 mark in Big Ten duals ... 56 dual points ranked second on the team ... 10 wins over the 2013 NCAA Championship field ... Wrestled a team-high 16 matches against 2013 NCAA qualifiers prior to the national tournament ... Went 1-2 at NCAA's, defeating Edinboro's Johnny Greisheimer, 6-5 ... Placed sixth at Big Ten's to earn an automatic bid to NCAA's ... Took first at the Keystone Classic ... Won eight straight matches to start the year ... Went 3-2 at Midlands ... Five-match winning streak from Jan. 6-25 ... Won four of five matches heading into Big Ten's, including a 4-2 decision over IU's then-No. 15 Ryan LeBlanc.

    2011-12: Academic All-Big Ten ... NWCA All-Academic Team honoree ... Finished his first season with a 22-14 overall record and 10-4 mark in dual action as NU's starter at 165 lbs. ... Qualified for his first NCAA championships by placing sixth at Big Ten's ... Wrestled above his No. 8 seed at Big Ten's ... Went 1-2 at NCAA's, defeating Drexel's Joe Booth, 8-5 in the consolation round ... Lost other two bouts by three points (5-2 decisions) ... Finished runner-up at the Michigan State Open and fourth at the Keystone Classic ... Went 2-2 at Midlands ... Won his first Big Ten dual in upset fashion, defeating then-No. 8 (and 2012 All-American) Ben Jordan of Wisconsin, 4-2 in Madison ... Also defeated Big Ten foes David Cheza (Michigan State), Kyle Moiser (Purdue) and Preston Keiffer (Indiana) in dual action ... Ended the regular season on a five-match winning streak, with all five victories coming in duals ... Wrestled nine matches against ranked opponents prior to NCAA championships ... Competed at 2012 FILA Junior National Championships, wrestling in 163 lbs./74 kg freestyle division.

    2010-11: Redshirt season ... Finished his year with a 19-8 record ... Won the Cleveland State Open at 157 pounds ... 3-2 in open division at Michigan State Open ... 1-2 at Midlands Championships with a win over Nick Visicaro of Rutgers ... Competed at the FILA Junior Nationals in April where he placed seventh thanks to four wins in the wrestlebacks.

    High School: Compiled a 116-22 record through his junior year ... Placed third, third, sixth and seventh in his four career trips to Ohio state championships ... InterMat's ninth-ranked senior recruit in the nation at 152 pounds (No. 61 overall recruit) ... 2010 district and section champion ... 2009 EnquirerAll-Stars First Team ... Competed in the 2009 Western Regionals in Las Vegas, where he was a champion in Greco-Roman and runner-up in freestyle at 152 pounds ... 2009 team MVP ... Led team in points and pins senior year ... 2009 State Duals MVP ... Three-time Disney All-American ... Two-time Ohio All-Academic team selection ... Ranked seventh in graduating class with a 4.0 GPA ... Member of National Honor Society.

    Personal: Born Pierce Everett Harger ... Son of Michael and Jodi Harger ... Chose Northwestern over Cornell, Stanford, Princeton, North Carolina, Missouri, and Indiana ... Brother Kyle wrestled at Maryland ... Majoring in industrial engineering.

    Season Overall W-L Dual Meet W-L Big Ten W-L Dual Points For-Against Big Ten Champs. NCAA
    Champs.
    Pins For-Against Tech Falls For-Against Major Dec. For-Against
    2011-12 22-14 10-4 4-4 40-15 6th DNP 6-1 0-1 4-3
    2012-13 26-10 14-3 5-3 56-11 6th DNP 4-0 1-2 5-1
    2013-14 29-10 14-2 9-4 58-8 4th

    8th

    8-0 1-1 4-1
    2014-15 30-7 18-2 7-2 69-9 4th

    DNP

    3-3 2-0 9-0
    Career 107-41 56-11 25-13 223-43 -- -- 21-4 4-4
    22-5