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    No. 16 Northwestern Rallies to Beat 22nd-Ranked Badgers, 24-15

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Ryan Lang won his first Big Ten match of the season over Wisconsin's Ed Gutnik.
    Ryan Lang won his first Big Ten match of the season over Wisconsin's Ed Gutnik.

    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)