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    Three Wildcats Set to Wrestle for Big Ten Titles

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Jake Herbert will wrestle for his second Big Ten crown on Sunday.
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    Jake Herbert will wrestle for his second Big Ten crown on Sunday.
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    March 3, 2007

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    Bout-By-Bout Results (End of Day One)
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    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- After one full day of competition at the Big Ten Championships, three Wildcats find themselves in positions to capture Big Ten crowns. Jake Herbert (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny), Ryan Lang (North Royalton, Ohio) and Mike Tamillow (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) will wrestle for conference championships on Sunday. The finals will get underway at approximately 1 p.m. CT.

    The Wildcats sit eighth in the overall team standings, but with three wrestlers going for championships, there are many points still up for grabs.

    "Our guys in the finals just need to raise their intensity up and want it more than their opponents," head coach Tim Cysewski said. "We have some work to do tomorrow."

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    Listen to Coach Cysewski's comments after Day One.

    VIDEO (COURTESY OF NNN SPORTS)
    Click Here to watch Tamillow's takedown to open his first match.

    Click Here to watch Lang's reversal in overtime of his quarterfinal match.

    Click Here to watch Herbert's takedown of Tyrel Todd.

    Lang faced Alex Tsirtsis of Iowa in his semifinal match and won a convincing 4-1 decision to advance to Sunday's final.

    Lang struck first in the third period after the first two frames ended scoreless. Lang escaped to take a 1-0 lead and opened a 3-0 lead with a two-point takedown.

    The junior had built a significant riding time advantage by not allowing Tsirtsis to escape in the second period and took the 4-1 decision.

    Although Lang is ranked No. 1 at 141 lbs., he was seeded second in the championship draw. Top-seeded Manuel Rivera of Minnesota fell in his semifinal match to Wisconsin's fifth-seeded Kyle Ruschell. Lang will face the Badger Sunday in the finals. Lang finished second in 2006.

    At 184 lbs., the top-ranked and top-seeded Herbert dominated Michigan's Tyrel Todd to a 7-1 decision. Todd kept his match against Herbert close to end the dual season, but the Wildcat came out hungry for revenge.

    He scored his first takedown with 30 seconds remaining in the first period and notched another takedown, an escape and plenty of riding time to take the 7-1 victory. The Wildcat nailed a "superduck" for his final takedown to seal the match with 15 seconds remaining.

    Herbert will face second-ranked and second-seeded Roger Kish of Minnesota in Sunday's final. Herbert won a major decision over Kish when they met at the NWCA All-Star Classic exhibition in November. Herbert is going for his second Big Ten title.

    Tamillow wrestled a tight match against Illinois third-seeded Patrick Bond, but he escaped with the 2-1 decision to advance to the finals. The two traded escapes, but Tamillow held enough riding time to take the 2-1 decision.

    The junior will face Ohio State's fourth-seeded J.D. Bergman in Sunday's final. Bergman downed top-seeded and top-ranked Phil Davis of Penn State in the semifinals. Tamillow is going for his first Big Ten crown.

    Dustin Fox (Galion, Ohio/Galion) fell to Penn State's Aaron Anspach in his semifinal match, but it proved to be one of the most entertaining bouts of the session. A total of 16 points were scored in the heavyweight battle, but Fox was on the wrong end of a 9-7 decision.

    Both wrestlers scored multiple takedowns in the first period and the first frame ended in a 6-6 tie.

    Anspach escaped to take a 7-6 advantage in the second, but Fox escaped in the third to tie the score at 7-7 and force overtime.

    The Wildcat nearly had the match won, but his takedown attempt landed Anspach too far off the mat. When the wrestlers reset, Anspach scored a quick takedown to advance to the final.

    Fox will face Wisconsin's Kyle Massey to see who will advance to the third-place match. Fox downed the Badger in a dual match to seal the victory for NU.

    Sixth-seeded Nick Hayes (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Lewis Central) advanced in the consolation bracket at 174 lbs. with a 4-1 decision over Michigan State's John Murphy. Hayes registered a takedown in the first and an escape in the second to take the victory.

    The junior fell to Wisconsin's Matt Maciag in his next consolation match by a 6-4 decision. Hayes maintained a 4-2 advantage heading into the third, but Maciag came back to take the 6-4 decision. Hayes will wrestle eighth-seeded Matt Winterhalter of Illinois for seventh place on Sunday.

    Sixth-seeded Brandon Precin (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) fell to Penn State's seventh-seeded Mark McKnight in his consolation match.

    McKnight scored a takedown in the first, but Precin escaped to close to 2-1. The two traded escapes through the second and third, but Precin could not get the match-tying point in the third period. He faces Ohio State's Will Livingston for seventh-place.

    Eric Metzler (Luxemburg, Wis./Luxemburg-Casco) exited the tournament with a 5-0 loss to Minnesota's third-seeded Mack Reiter. The Gopher notched a pair of takedowns in the second to take the decision.

    Marty Gould (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) wrestled to a scoreless first period with Purdue's seventh-seeded Jake Patacsil, but Patacsil used a takedown and two-point near-fall combination to take the 5-0 decision.

    At 157 lbs., Dominic Marella (Roselle, Ill./Conant) surrendered a takedown in the first and could not recover. He fell to Purdue's seventh-seeded Jake Murphy by major decision, 8-0.

    Greg Hagel (Linwood, N.J./Blair Academy) wrestled a spirited match with Illinois' fourth-seeded Roger Smith-Bergsrud, taking a 2-0 lead with a reversal in the second period.

    He led the match halfway through the third period, but Smith-Bergsrud took Hagel down to tie the score at 2-2. The Illini maintained a healthy riding time advantage to take the 3-2 decision.

    Session three begins at 11 a.m. CT Sunday. The finals will commence at approximately 1 p.m. CT.

    For brackets, results and schedules, Click Here.

    Northwestern Results Session Two

    Championship
    Lang (NU) dec. Tsirtsis (Iowa), 4-1
    Herbert (NU) dec. Todd (MICH), 7-1
    Tamillow (NU) dec. Bond (ILL), 2-1
    Anspach (PSU) dec. Fox (NU), 9-7 (OT)

    Consolation
    Reiter (MINN) dec. Metzler (NU), 5-0
    Patacsil (PU) dec. Gould (NU), 5-0
    Murphy (PU) maj dec. Marella (NU), 8-0
    Smith-Bergsrud (ILL) dec. Hagel (NU), 3-2
    Hayes (NU) dec. Murphy (PU), 4-1
    McKnight (PSU) dec. Precin (NU), 3-2
    Maciag (WIS) dec. Hayes (NU), 6-4