Jan. 22, 2006
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's 16th-ranked wrestling team earned a 24-15 win over No. 22 Wisconsin to record its first Big Ten win of the season Sunday at the UW-Field House. The Wildcats fell behind early, but orchestrated a comeback with five-consecutive victories to take the dual. Overall, Northwestern earned wins in six of the 10 weight classes.
With the match beginning at 157 lbs., sophomore Greg Hagel (Linwood, N.J./Blair Academy) took the mat for the 'Cats, facing Wisconsin's ninth-ranked Craig Henning. Henning took the lead early on a series of takedown attempts and went on to an 8-0 major decision win.
With Northwestern trailing 4-0, No. 18 Will Durkee (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy) faced the Badgers' 19th-ranked Jake Donar at 165 lbs. Donar got on the board first with a takedown early in the first period. Donar increased his lead when he earned a three-point nearfall and a series of takdowns in the second and third periods. Durkee scored a takedown late in the match, but the damage had already been done and Donar took the match 11-2, giving Wisconsin an 8-0 lead heading into the top- four weight classes.
No. 2 Jake Herbert took the mat for Northwestern at 174 lbs., needing to get something going for the Wildcats.
He did just that.
Herbert notched a takedown against Wisconsin's Mike Felling 20 seconds into the match and controlled the action from that point. After entering the second round with a 4-0 lead, Herbert recorded three takedowns, a three-point nearfall, an escape and a penalty point to take earn a technical fall at 4:25, 17-2.
Not only did Herbert's win help Northwestern on the scoreboard, but it also swung the momentum in the Wildcats' favor.
With Northwestern now only trailing 8-5, Mike Tamillow
(Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) propelled the 'Cats into the lead with a major decision over Wisconsin's Justin Peterson.
Tamillow earned a 2-0 lead with a takedown midway through the first period, then tallied a late escape to enter the second period with a 3-0 lead. Tamillow made it 5-0 with a takedown midway through the second round and increased his riding time to 2:02 at the end of the round.
Tamillow continued his dominating performance in the third round, earning a takedown and a penalty point after Peterson was called for his second stalling penalty. Tamillow went on to the win the match 9-0.
Eleventh-ranked Matt Delguyd (Mayfield Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) looked to increase Northwestern's lead with a win over Wisconsin's 18th-ranked Dallas Herbst.
After a scoreless first period, the two traded escapes in the second round to enter the third period with a 1-1 tie. Herbst earned a point on an escape to start the third, but Delguyd came through with a single-leg takedown to regain the lead. Delguyd rode Herbst for the remainder of the match and came out with a 3-2 win, extending the Wildcats' lead to 12-8.
After a 15-minute break, ninth-ranked Dustin Fox (Galion, Ohio/Galion) earned a big win over Wisconsin's Kyle Massey. Fox earned two first-period takedowns to take a 4-1 lead into the second round. There, Fox quickly increased his lead to 5-1 on an escape. Massey was then forced to default after suffering an injury. With the win, Fox increased NU's lead to 8-18 heading into the 125-pound weight class.
At 125 lbs., senior John Velez (Kings Mills, Ohio/Kings) took a 2-0 lead over Wisconsin's Collin Cudd midway through the first period. Cudd cut the lead to one point when he recorded an escape, but Velez notched a takedown with less than 10 seconds to take a 4-1 lead heading into the second period.
Velez earned a takedown and an escape to begin the second period, but Cudd cut the lead to 7-3 with a late takedown of his own.
Cudd made it 7-4 with an escape to begin the final round, but Velez outlasted him for an 8-4 win, increasing NU's lead to 21-8.
After Daniel Quintela (St. Paul, Minn./Highland Park) suffered an 8-2 setback to Wisconsin's fifth-ranked Tom Clum, Ryan Lang (North Royalton, Ohio/St. Edward) took the mat for the Wildcats at 141 lbs.
Lang faced Wisconsin's Ed Gutnik and went to work with an early takedown. Lang entered the second period with a 2-1 lead and increased it to 5-1 on an escape and a takedown.
Lang recorded another takedown in the third period and went on to an 8-1 win with riding time, all but sealing the deal for the Wildcats.
At 149 lbs., Jimmy Kim (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria Community) suffered a setback to Wisconsin's fifth-ranked Tyler Turner, but Northwestern had already clinched the dual.
"Everybody concentrated on their individual matchups and that obviously led to a much-needed win. Now we can ride that momentum into Michigan next weekend," Northwestern assistant coach Andrew Pariano said.
With the win, Northwestern improves to 6-3 this season. The 'Cats return to action when they travel to Ann Arbor to face Michigan at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.
#16 Northwestern 24, #22 Wisconsin 15
157- #9 Craig Henning (UW) MD Greg Hagel (NU) 8-0 (4-0)
165- #19 Jake Donar (UW) MD #18 Will Durkee (NU) 11-2 (8-0)
174- #2 Jake Herbert (NU) TF Mike Felling (UW) 17-2 (8-5)
184- #10 Mike Tamillow (NU) MD Justin Peterson (UW) 9-0 (8-9)
197- #11 Matt Delguyd (NU) dec. #18 Dallas Herbst (UW) 3-2 (8-12)
285- #10 Dustin Fox (NU) Inj. Def. Kyle Massey (UW) (8-18)
125- #8 John Velez (NU) dec. Collin Cudd (UW) 8-4 (8-21)
133- #5 Tom Clum (UW) dec. Daniel Quintela (NU) 8-2 (11-21)
141- #6 Ryan Lang (NU) dec. Ed Gutnik (UW) 8-1 (11-24)
149- Tyler Turner (UW) MD Jimmy Kim (NU) 10-1 (15-24)