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    No. 13 Northwestern In Fifth Place After One Session at Big Ten Championships

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM All-American Jake Herbert used a pin and a decision to advance to the semifinals at the Big Ten Championships.
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    All-American Jake Herbert used a pin and a decision to advance to the semifinals at the Big Ten Championships.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    March 4, 2006

    Big Ten Championships Brackets-through first session
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Northwestern's 13th-ranked wrestling team is in a tie for fifth place and has four wrestlers in the semifinals after the first session of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at Assembly Hall on the campus of Indiana University.

    Sophomore All-American Jake Herbert (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) took one big step toward winning his first Big Ten title by pinning Purdue's Nick Corpe in the first round. Herbert, the No. 1 seed at 174 lbs., took an early lead on Corpe and never looked back, racking up points and over two minutes of riding time in the first period.

    Herbert increased his lead to 9-1 midway through the second period before pinning Corpe at 4:08, his 12th pin of the year.

    In his second match of the first session, Herbert took the mat with Minnesota's eighth-seeded Gabriel Dretsch. After a scoreless first, Herbert notched a reversal and went to the third with a 2-0 lead. Dretsch tallied a reverse to make it 2-1, but Herbert recorded another takedown and walked off with the 5-3 win with 1:56 of riding time. By advancing to the semifinals, Herbert has automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships. He faces Penn State's fourth-seeded James Yonushonis in the semifinals.

    After a first-round bye, No. 3 seed John Velez (Kings Mills, Ohio/Kings) advanced to the semifinals with an 8-3 win over Michigan's sixth-seeded Michael Watts at 125 lbs. Velez went up early on Watts, but Watts wrestled tough and the two entered a third period tied at 2-2. Velez turned it on in the final period, however, and used two takedowns, an escape and over two minutes of riding time to take win. By advancing to the semifinals, Velez has automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships. Velez returns to action when he faces Michigan State's second-seeded Nick Simmons in the semifinal round.

    Fifth-seeded Ryan Lang (North Royalton, Ohio/St. Edward) then came through with a huge win over fourth-seeded DeWitt Driscoll of Penn State. Lang got on the board first, but Driscoll hung tough and the two went into the second period tied at 4-4. Lang went up 6-4 when he notched a reversal, but Driscoll cut it to 6-5 with a late escape. Lang rode him out for the remainder of the match, however, and took the 7-5 win with 3:32 of riding time. With the win, Lang automatically qualifies for the NCAA Championships. Lang faces Michigan's top-ranked Josh Churella in the semifinals.

    Third-seeded Matt Delguyd (Mayfield Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) faced Michigan State's Jeff Clemens after receiving a first-round bye. The two wrestled to a scoreless first, but Delguyd notched an escape and a takedown in the second and entered the first leading 3-1. After Clemens notched an escape to make it 3-2, Delguyd responded with a takedown and took the match 6-2 with the riding time. With the win, Delguyd advances to the semifinals to face Penn State's second-seeded Philip Davis and automatically qualifies for the NCAA Championships.

    At 165 lbs., Will Durkee (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy) staged a third-period comeback to tally a win in his first-round match versus Ohio State's Nathaniel Augustson. Augustson took a 3-1 lead into the third period, but Durkee tied the score with an early takedown, then rode Augustson out the rest of the way to take the 4-3 win with riding time.

    In his second-round match, Durkee faced Illinois' second-seeded Mike Poeta. Poeta got up early, but Durkee stayed focused and entered the third period trailing 4-1. Durkee cut the score to 4-3 with two early points in the third period, but Poeta tallied a takedown and won with riding time 7-3.

    At the 285-pound weight class, third-seeded Dustin Fox (Galion, Ohio/Galion) picked up a first-round win over Michigan State's Matt Lossen. Fox went up 1-0 after Lossen was whistled for his second stalling call, but Lossen tied it with an escape. After an escape and two additional stalling calls on Lossen, Fox walked off with the 5-1 victory.

    In his second match of the first session, Fox fell in a heartbreaker to Ohio State's sixth-seeded Kirk Nail. The two ended the third period tied at 1-1, then exchanged escapes in the first two tiebreaker sessions. In the third tiebreaker, Fox tallied an escape, but Nail responded with a reversal 15 seconds into the fourth tiebreaker and hung on for the 5-4 win. Fox faces Iowa's Mike Bucklin in the wrestleback section.

    At 184 lbs., sixth-seeded Mike Tamillow (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) faced Minnesota's third-seeded Roger Kish. Kish took a 4-1 lead into the second, but Tamillow notched two points to make it 4-3. Kish kept on the offensive, however, and took the match 9-4. Tamillow faces Indiana's Justin Curran in the consolation bracket.

    At 133 lbs., Daniel Quintela (St. Paul, Minn./Highland Park) fell in his first-round match to Wisconsin's third-seeded Tom Clum, 13-6. Quintela will face Penn State's fifth-seeded Jake Strayer in the consolation match.

    Freshman Marty Gould (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) faced Penn State's seventh-seeded James Woodall, and was pinned at 4:08. Gould returns to action by facing Michigan State's eighth-ranked Darren McKnight in the consolation round.

    Greg Hagel (Linwood, N.J./Blair Academy) fell in his opening-round match to Penn State's eighth-ranked Nathan Galloway, 13-5. Hagel is slated to face Ohio State's seventh-seeded Steve Sommer in the wrestleback bracket.

    The Big Ten Championships resume at 6 p.m. tonight with the semifinal final rounds and two rounds of consolation action.

    Team Scores-end of first session:
    1. Illinois-62
    2. Minnesota-57.5
    3. Iowa-51
    4. Penn State-46
    5. Michigan-39
    5. Northwstern-39
    7. Purdue-27
    8. Ohio State-26
    8. Michigan State-26
    10. Wisconsin-22
    11. Indiana-15