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    Wildcats Top SIU-Edwardsville, Split Nonconference Duals

    Jason Welch secured career victories No. 100 and No. 101 Sunday against Northern Iowa and SIU-Edwardsville.

    Jason Welch secured career victories No. 100 and No. 101 Sunday against Northern Iowa and SIU-Edwardsville.

    Jan. 20, 2013

    Site: Edwardsville, Ill.
    Score: Northern Iowa 21, No. 21 Northwestern 13
    Score: No. 21 Northwestern 39, SIU-Edwardsville 12
    Records: No. 21 Northwestern (5-5 overall, 0-3 B1G), Northern Iowa (5-2, 0-0 MAC), SIU-Edwardsville (3-10, 0-1 SOCON)
    Next NU Event: Friday, Jan. 25 -- at Michigan State -- 5 p.m. CT -- East Lansing, Mich.

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- No. 21 Northwestern split a pair of nonconference dual outcomes Sunday at the Vadalabene Center in Edwardsville, Ill., falling in a tightly contested match to Northern Iowa, 21-13, before cruising past host SIU-Edwardsville, 39-12. Four different Wildcats won both of their outings on the day, with sophomore Pierce Harger winning with bonus points on both occasions.



    The afternoon began against a competitive Northern Iowa squad, and it was the Panthers who gained the early momentum with four straight wins to begin the dual. UNI's Ryan Jauch scored an upset at 125 pounds, defeating NU true freshman and 16th-ranked Dominick Malone, 2-0.

    A pair of ranked Panther wrestlers, No. 12 Levi Wolfensberger (133) and No. 15 Joey Lazor (141), accounted for the next two wins, with NU's Pat Greco nearly pulling the upset at 141 but ultimately falling to Lazor, 3-2. After another victory at 149 pounds, Northwestern senior Jason Welch put the Wildcats on the board when he defeated David Bonin, 8-3, at 157 pounds. The win was the 100th in the tremendous career of the two-time All-American Welch (100-20).

    It was also the first of three straight wins for the 'Cats as No. 16 Pierce Harger won by major decision against Jarrett Jensen to pull NU to within 13-7 in the team score. At 174 pounds, No. 9 Lee Munster then cut Northwestern's deficit to three with a 7-1 decision over Cody Caldwell for his 15th victory of the 2012-13 campaign.

    Sixth-ranked Ryan Loder stemmed the tide for the Panthers, however, picking up a technical fall win and five team points at 184 pounds. Sophomore Alex Polizzi defeated UNI's Blaize Cabell by 7-2 decision at 197 pounds to put NU within striking distance of the win (18-13) entering the heavyweight bout, but true freshman Jacob Berkowitz -- wrestling up two weight classes -- fell in a tough bout to Cody Krumwiede, 7-2.

    Northwestern bounced back against host Southern Illinois Edwardsville in its next match, with Malone getting the 'Cats off to a quick start with a first-period pin of Tyler Gilleland at 125 pounds. His fellow true freshman, Garrison White, followed suit with an 8-7 decision victory at 133 pounds to give NU a 9-0 advantage.

    Northwestern then went on to post bonus-point wins in the next five bouts, beginning with Greco's tech fall win (16-0) over Brandon Brindley. Dylan Marriott was able to power past Dillon Pousson, 14-5, for his sixth victory of the season, while Welch picked up career win No. 101 with a 17-0 tech fall defeat of SIU-E's Kyle Lowman.

    Harger and Munster won by fall and major decision at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively, to give Northwestern an insurmountable 33-0 lead. Polizzi would account for the Wildcats' fourth fall of the dual and final bout win when he pinned Josh Wood 30 seconds into the second period.

    The Wildcats have a short week of preparation before resuming Big Ten action next weekend traveling north to face Michigan State at 5 p.m. CT Friday and Michigan at 1 p.m. CT Sunday.

    No. 21 Northwestern 21, Northern Iowa 13
    125: Ryan Jauch (UNI) dec. #16/16 Dominick Malone (NU), 2-0 (3-0 UNI)
    133: #9/12 Levi Wolfensperger (UNI) maj. dec. Garrison White (NU), 12-1 (7-0 UNI)
    141: #14/15 Joey Lazor (UNI) dec. Pat Greco (NU), 3-2 (10-0 UNI)
    149: Bart Reiter (UNI) dec. Dylan Marriott (NU), 8-2 (13-0 UNI)
    157: #3/2 Jason Welch (NU) dec. David Bonin (UNI), 8-3 (13-3 UNI)
    165: #14/16 Pierce Harger (NU) maj. dec. Jarrett Jensen (UNI), 8-0 (13-7 UNI)
    174: #9/9 Lee Munster dec. Cody Caldwell (UNI), 7-1 (13-10 UNI)
    184: #9/6 Ryan Loder (UNI) Tech Fall Marcus Shrewsbury (NU), 5:30 (19-3) (18-10 UNI)
    197: #--/16 Alex Polizzi dec. Blaize Cabell (UNI), 7-2 (18-13 UNI)
    Hwt: Cody Krumwiede (UNI) dec. Jacob Berkowitz (NU), 7-2 (21-13 UNI)

    No. 21 Northwestern 39, SIU-Edwardsville 12
    125: #16/16 Dominick Malone (NU) FALL Tyler Gilleland (SIUE), 2:12 (6-0 NU)
    133: Garrison White (NU) dec. Patrick Myers (SIUE), 8-7 (9-0 NU)
    141: Pat Greco (NU) Tech Fall Brandon Brindley (SIUE), 16-0 (6:06) (14-0 NU)
    149: Dylan Marriott (NU) maj. dec. Dillon Pousson (SIUE), 14-5 (18-0 NU)
    157: #3/2 Jason Welch (NU) Tech Fall Kyle Lowman (SIUE), 17-0 (6:00) (23-0 NU)
    165: #14/16 Pierce Harger (NU) FALL Logun Taylor (SIUE), 2:04 (29-0 NU)
    174: #9/9 Lee Munster (NU) maj. dec. Jake Residori (SIUE), 12-2 (33-0 NU)
    184: Derek Nagel (SIUE) FALL Jacob Berkowitz (NU), 5:25 (33-6 NU)
    197: #--/16 Alex Polizzi (NU) FALL Josh Wood (SIUE), 3:30 (39-6 NU)
    Hwt: David Devine (SIUE) win by forfeit (39-12 NU)

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