Jan. 31, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. – For the second time this season, Northwestern junior heavyweight Mike McMullan defeated a No. 1 ranked wrestler in the country.
Before a season-high 1,832 fans at Welsh-Ryan Arena, No. 3 Mike McMullan (8-1) recorded a 3-1 overtime win over No. 1 Bobby Telford, who fell to 16-2 on the season.
McMullan led Telford 1-0 going into the third period. With 1:15 left in the match, Telford tied it up with a quick escape to bring the match into the third over time of the night. McMullan took over in overtime with a quick take down, winning 3-1 after eight and a half minutes of tough wrestling.
McMullan defeated No. 1 Tony Nelson of Minnesota on Jan. 10.
No. 4 Jason Tsirtsis got the Wildcats on the board at 149 lbs. with a big win over No. 12 Brody Grothus by a 5-2 margin. This was his third win over ranked opponents and now claims an 18-3 record.
In a hard fought Big Ten dual which featured three matches go into overtime, the No. 2 Hawkeyes (12-2, 5-1) defeated No. 12 Northwestern (6-6, 1-6) 31-6.
Northwestern had a rocky start, losing the first two matches to touch Hawkeye opponents including No. 3 Tony Ramos at 133 lbs.
Pat Greco came back strong for the Wildcats taking No. 9 Josh Dziewa into double overtime at 141 lbs. Greco stayed neck and neck with Dziewa the entire match. At the end of the third period, Dziewa had a take down in the last seconds of the match, however the referees determined that time had expired before the final points. After the second over time, Greco lost by a narrow 5-4 margin.
At 157 lbs. Ben Sullivan gave an impressive performance against former NCAA Champion No. 2 Derek St. John, losing 8-3. St. John was a rival of former Wildcat and NCAA Champion Jason Welch, defeating Welch in the 2012 NCAA Semi-finals.
No. 7 Pierce Harger battled in a tough match against No. 4 Nick Moore at 165 lbs., losing 7-3. Moore is ranked No. 4 at 165.
After a Northwestern forfeit at 174 lbs., the ‘Cats faced more ranked opponents as Jacob Berkowitz took on Ethen Lofthouse at 184 lbs. Lofthouse also wrestled up a weight class and is ranked No. 4 at 174 lbs. After three tough periods, Berkowitz fell 11-5.
In the second overtime match of the night, No. 17 Alex Polizzi fell in a tight match against No. 16 Nathan Burak 3-1 at 197 lbs.
No. 2 Iowa 31, No. 12 Northwestern 6
125: Cory Clark (Iowa) won by major decision over Garrison White (NU) 10-1. (Iowa 4-0)
133: No. 3 Tony Ramos (Iowa) won by pin over Dominick Malone (NU) 5:24. (Iowa 10-0)
141: No. 9 Josh Dziewa (Iowa) won in tie breaker 3 over Pat Greco (NU) 5-4. (Iowa 13-0)
149: No. 4 Jason Tsirtsis (NU) won by decision over No. 12 Brody Grothus (Iowa) 5-2. (Iowa 13-3)
157: No. 2 Derek St. John (Iowa) won by decision over Benjamin Sullivan (NU) 8-3. (Iowa 16-3)
165: No. 4 Nick Moore (Iowa) won by decision over No. 7 Pierce Harger (NU) 7-3. (Iowa 19-3)
174: No. 5 Michael Evans (Iowa) won by forfeit over Unknown (Unattached). (Iowa 25-3)
184: No. 4 Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa) won by decision over Jacob Berkowitz (NU) 11-5. (Iowa 28-3)
197: No. 16 Nathan Burak (Iowa) won in sudden victory 1 over No. 17 Alex Polizzi (NU) 3-1. (Iowa 31-3)
285: No. 3 Michael McMullan (NU) won in sudden victory 1 over No. 1 Bobby Telford (Iowa) 3-1. (Iowa 31-6)
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