Feb. 22, 2014
DURHAM, N.C. – No. 6 Pierce Harger recorded a pair of pins at 165 lbs. to move to 23-5 on the season and help lead Northwestern (9-7) to two dual victories Saturday.
Northwestern defeated North Carolina State 24-15 and followed it up with a 23-16 victory over Duke at Card Gymnasium in Durham, N.C.
The dual victories close out the Wildcats regular season. Up next, Northwestern heads to the Big Ten Championships in Madison, Wis. from March 8-9.
Harger pinned North Carolina State’s Max Rohskopf after 3:17. After entering the match leading just 14-12, Harger’s victory put the ‘Cats up 20-12 and the Wolfpack could not catch up.
Harger followed that up with an even faster fall, at 0:54 against Duke’s Marcus Cain, giving NU a 23-10 advantage.
No. 5 Jason Tsirtsis also recorded a pair of victories Saturday, improving to 24-3 on the year. Tsirtsis began with by earning bonus points for the ‘Cats with a five point tech fall, 20-4 over NC State’s Walker Fulk after 6:31. He would go on to defeat Duke’s Connor Bass 8-1 in the following dual, which gave NU 17-7 lead.
After starting at 197 in both matches, lighter weights Garrison White (125) and Dominick Malone (133) also recorded wins in their pairs of duals.
After falling to No. 6 Nick Gwiazdowski of the Wolfpack, No. 1 heavyweight Mike McMullan rebounded to register a 17-1 tech fall win over Duke’s Brendan Walsh.
No. 10 Northwestern 24, North Carolina State 15
197: Alex Polizzi (NU) won by decision over KaRonne Jones (NC State) 8-6. (NU 3-0)
285: No. 6 Nick Gwiazdowski (NC State) won in sudden victory 1 over Mike McMullan (NU) 5-3. (Tie 3-3)
125: Garrison White (NU) won by decision over Micah Perez (NC State) 6-2. (NU 6-3)
133: Dominick Malone (NU) won by decision over Chris Wilkes (NC State) 7-3. (NU 9-3)
141: Sam Speno (NC State) won by pin over Pat Greco (NU) 7:44. (Tie 9-9)
149: No. 5 Jason Tsirtsis (NU) won by tech fall over Walker Fulk (NC State) 6:31 20-4. (NU 14-9)
157: Thomas Gantt (NC State) won by decision over Benjamin Sullivan (NU) 13-7. (NU 14-12)
165: No. 6 Pierce Harger (NU) won by pin over Max Rohskopf (NC State) 3:17. (NU 20-12)
174: Kevin Bialka (NU) won by major decision over Nijel Jones (NC State) 16-5. (NU 24-12)
184: Michael Macchiavello (NC State) won by decision over Jacob Berkowitz (Northwestern) 8-7. (NU 24-15)
No. 10 Northwestern 23, Duke 16
197: No. 16 Conner Hartmann (Duke) decision No. 16 Alex Polizzi (NU), 7-5; (Duke 3-0)
285: No. 1 Mike McMullan (NU) tech fall Brendan Walsh (Duke), 17-1, 2:28; (NU 5-3)
125: Garrison White (NU) wins by forfeit, (NU 11-3)
133: Dominick Malone (NU) decision Evan Botwin (Duke), 4-0; (NU 14-3)
141: Xaviel Ramos (Duke) major decision Pat Greco (NU), 11-3; (NU 14-7)
149: No. 5 Jason Tsirtsis (NU) decision Connor Bass (Duke), 8-1; (NU 17-7)
157: Immanuel Kerr-Brown (Duke) decision Ben Sullivan (NU), 8-6 SV-1; (NU 17-10)
165: No. 6 Pierce Harger (NU) fall Marcus Cain (Duke), 0:54; (NU 23-10)
174: Trey Adamson (Duke) decision Kevin Bialka (NU), 9-5; (NU 23-13)
184: Jacob Kasper (Duke) decision Jacob Berkowitz (NU), 10-4; (NU 23-16)
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