EVANSTON, Ill. – No. 10 Northwestern registered four individual victories against Illinois Sunday at Huff Hall, all coming from the Wildcats (6-7, 1-7) ranked wrestlers, but Illinois topped NU 24-12 in the dual.
No. 4 Jason Tsirtsis got NU on the scoreboard, recording the ‘Cats first win against Illinois’ John Fahy. Tsirtsis improved to 21-3 on the season with a 7-2 decision.
Two bouts later, No. 7 Pierce Harger recorded a 10-4 decision over No. 13 Jackson Morse. It was Harger’s second win on the season against a ranked opponent
In the upper weights, NU won two straight bouts at 197 and heavyweight. No. 17 Alex Polizzi at 197 lbs. defeated Jeffrey Koepke 7-6. Mike McMullan, ranked No. 1 at heavyweight and the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, moved to 9-1 on the sesaon by defeating Illinois’ Chris Lopez 4-0.
Up next for the ‘Cats, NU returns home for their final home dual of the season, facing Stanford on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 12 noon at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The dual against the Cardinal will be senior day, as NU honors its wrestlers competing for the final time at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
No. 13 Illinois 24, No. 10 Northwestern 12
125: No. 3 Jesse Delgado (ILL) won by tech fall over Garrison White (NU) 4:48 21-5.
133: No. 11 Zane Richards (ILL) won by major decision over Dominick Malone (NU) 14-5.
141: No. 8 Steven Rodrigues (ILL) won by decision over Pasquale Greco (NU) 7-2.
149: No. 4 Jason Tsirtsis (NU) won by decision over John Fahy (ILL) 7-2.
157: No. 13 Zach Brunson (ILL) won by decision over Benjamin Sullivan (NU) 11-4.
165: No. 7 Pierce Harger (NU) won by decision over No. 13 Jackson Morse (ILL) 10-4.
174: Tony Dallago (ILL) won by pin over David Helmer (NU) 0:00.
184: Lazarus Reyes (ILL) won by decision over Jacob Berkowitz (NU) 5-2.
197: No. 17 Alex Polizzi (NU) won by decision over Jeffrey Koepke (ILL) 7-6.
285: No. 1 Michael McMullan (NU) won by decision over Chris Lopez (ILL) 4-0.
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