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    Welch, McMullan Wrestle into B1G Semifinals

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM No. 5 Mike McMullan pinned Nebraska's No. 4 Tucker Lane in the closing seconds of the heavyweight quarterfinal match.
    No. 5 Mike McMullan pinned Nebraska's No. 4 Tucker Lane in the closing seconds of the heavyweight quarterfinal match.

    March 3, 2012

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    2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships
    Sat., March 3-Sun. March 4 • All Day
    Saturday: Session I - 9 a.m. CT / Session II - 4 p.m. CT
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    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Northwestern will have two wrestlers in the semifinals of the 2012 Big Ten Championships tonight. Top-seeded Jason Welch punched his ticket into the 157 lbs. semifinals with a tech fall in the quarterfinals, while McMullan went 2-0 at heavyweight in Session I, including an exciting fall in the closing seconds of his quarterfinal match. Northwestern received a number of bonus points in the opening session with three falls and a tech fall to sit in seventh place with 25.5 points in the team race.
    Session II begins with a round of consolation matches at 4 p.m. CT. Semifinals and a second round of consolation bouts all will take place tonight.
    Top-seeded Jason Welch dominated his way into the semifinals with a 16-0 technical fall over No. 8 Jackson Morse in the 157 lbs. quarterfinals. Welch jumped out to a 7-0 lead, using a takedown and five nearfall points in the first. In the second, he added a reversal, two sets of three nearfall points and riding time, to record the technical fall in 4:33. Welch now meets Michigan State's No. 4 seed Anthony Jones in the semifinals tonight. Welch edged Jones, 6-3, during the dual season.

    No. 5 Mike McMullan won his first match by a 6-1 decision over Wisconsin's No. 12 Cole Tobin. His quarterfinal match against Nebraska's No. 4 Tucker Lane was an exciting one that came down to the final seconds. After a scoreless first, McMullan took the 2-1 lead in the second period, scoring a reversal after Lane chose down. McMullan started the third period on top and Lane escaped, tying things up at 2-2. Lane then jumped out to a 4-2 lead with a takedown but an escape by McMullan put him within one. With the clock winding down, McMullan scored a takedown before sticking Lane with just two seconds left in the match, at 6:58. A first-time meeting between McMullan and No. 1 seed Tony Nelson of Minnesota awaits in the semifinals.
    No. 5 Levi Mele had the first match of the day for Northwestern at 125 and got things out to a good start for the 'Cats, pinning Indiana's Zach Zimmer in 2:32 during his pigtail match. It was Mele's team-leading 11th fall of the year. Mele then faced Illinois' No. 4 Jesse Delgado for the third time this season in the quarterfinals. Delgado advanced with the 6-2 decision as Mele recorded just two escapes in the match. Mele is still alive in the wrestleback round and will meet Michigan's Grant Pizzo, who was one of the 11 opponents he has pinned this season, in Session II.
    No. 8 Kaleb Friedley also recorded bonus points for NU, sticking MSU's No. 9 Dan Osterman in 4:09 at 149 lbs. He then had the task of taking on Penn State's top-seeded and undefeated Frank Molinaro in the quarterfinals and Molinaro advanced with a first-period fall. Friedley now meets Iowa's No. 10 seed Mike Kelly in the consolation round. Friedley took the first meeting between the two with a 3-2 decision during the dual in Iowa City.
    Five other NU wrestlers will compete in the consolation round tonight after dropping their opening round matches. No. 6 Zac Stevens of Michigan pinned Jameson Oster at 133. The NU freshman now meets No. 4 Chris Dardanes of Minnesota during Session II.
    Colin Shober was edged, 9-6, by Nebraska's No. 5 Jake Sueflohn at 141 lbs. and faces Illinois' No. 6 Daryl Thomas in Session II.
    No. 8 Pierce Harger did not have a pigtail match, setting up a bout with top-seeded David Taylor from Penn State in the quarters and Taylor advanced with a fall. Harger now faces Preston Keiffer of Indiana, whom he shut out, 5-0, during the regular season dual finale on Feb. 17.
    No. 9 Lee Munster dropped his rematch with Illinois' No. 8 Jordan Blanton, 10-2 and unseeded Robert Kellogg put up a fight against Purdue's No. 6 Braden Atwood but fell, 4-0. Munster now has a match with Indiana's No. 10 Ryan LeBlanc, a wrestler he beat 3-1 in sudden victory during the last dual of the regular season. Kellogg takes on Ohio State's No. 5 C.J. Magrum tonight.
    John Schoen faced No. 5 Mario Gonzalez of Illinois for the third time this season. The match was close with the score at 2-2 in the second period but Gonzalez scored two more takedowns and a reversal before sticking Schoen with the just seven seconds left in the match (6:53). Schoen meets Ohio State's No. 6 Andrew Campolattano for the first time this season in tonight's consolation round.
    Complete NU Session I results are below:
    Big Ten Championships - Session I Results
    Pigtail Round:
    125: No. 5 Levi Mele (NU) pins Zach Zimmer (IU), 2:32
    133: No. 6 Zac Stevens (MI) pins Jameson Oster (NU), 1:38
    141: No. 5 Jake Sueflohn (NEB) dec Colin Shober (NU), 9-6
    149: No. 8 Kaleb Friedley (NU) pins No. 9 Dan Osterman (MSU), 4:09
    174: No. 8 Jordan Blanton (IL) maj dec No. 9 Lee Munster (NU), 10-2
    184: No. 6 Braden Atwood (PUR) dec Robert Kellogg (NU), 4-0
    197: No. 5 Mario Gonzalez (IL) pins John Schoen (NU), 6:53
    Hwt: No. 5 Mike McMullan (NU) dec No. 12 Cole Tobin (UW), 6-1
    Quarterfinal Round:
    125: No. 4 Jesse Delgado (IL) dec No. 5 Levi Mele (NU), 6-2
    149: No. 1 Frank Molinaro (PSU) pins No. 8 Kaleb Friedley (NU), 1:28
    157: No. 1 Jason Welch (NU) tech fall Jackson Morse (IL), 16-0, 4:33
    165: No. 1 David Taylor (PSU) pin No. 8 Pierce Harger (NU), 1:40
    Hwt: No. 5 Mike McMullan (NU) pins No. 4 Tucker Lane (NEB), 6:58


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