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    Delguyd Wins Big Ten Championship

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Matt Delguyd won a Big Ten Championship Sunday in Iowa City and is one of five Wildcats to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
    Matt Delguyd won a Big Ten Championship Sunday in Iowa City and is one of five Wildcats to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

    March 6, 2005

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    March 6, 2005

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Junior Matt Delguyd (Mayfield Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) scored a takedown in overtime of his title bout against Ohio State's JD Bergman Sunday afternoon to become Northwestern's first Big Ten Champion since 2000.

    Within the first 15 seconds of the extra frame, Delguyd flung Bergman onto the outskirts of the ring for the takedown and the win. Delguyd had led 3-2 at the end of regulation, but Bergman was awarded a bonus point for riding time, tying it 3-3. Delguyd took care of business quickly in overtime though.

    Slated as the third seed, Delguyd upset the second-seed Nathan Moore of Purdue in the semifinals before upending the top-seeded Bergman in the championship. With a 3-0 mark at the Championships, Delguyd improves his team-leading 28-6 record.

    As a team, Northwestern finished in ninth place with 68.5 points. Illinois claimed the overall title with 130 points.

    Freshman Jake Herbert (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) came within seconds of joining Delguyd as Big Ten Champion, but could not fend off a late charge by Illinois' Pete Friedl. Herbert held a 3-2 lead late into the final round, but Friedl took him down with one second remaining to claim the 4-3 decision.

    Herbert enjoyed a 2-0 lead after round one, but Friedl tied the score at 2-2 heading into the final round. With Herbert in the down position to start the round, Friedl allowed him a quick escape and a 3-2 lead. Herbert held onto that lead for the entire round, until Friedl took him down in the final seconds.

    Freshman Ryan Lang (North Royalton, Ohio/St. Edwards) put himself in the third-place bout with a dominating, 12-1 major decision over fifth seed Alex Tsirtsis of Iowa. In the third-place match, however, Lang fell to Illinois' Cassio Pero, 4-2, finishing the tournament in fourth.

    Junior John Velez (Kings Mills, Ohio/Kings) finished in sixth place at 125 lbs. Velez began the day narrowing falling to Indiana's Joe Dubuque, 4-1. Velez battled Minnesota's Bobby Lowe for fifth place, but again was barely edged, 6-5.

    In his first match of session three, freshman Dustin Fox (Galion, Ohio/Galion) defeated Illinois' Mike Behnke, 8-3 -- a payback win for Fox, who had fallen to Behnke in their dual match earlier this year. In his battle for third place though, Michigan's Greg Warner earned a major decision over Fox, 14-1.

    Final Team Standings
    1 - Illinois 130
    2 - Minnesota 123.5
    3 - Michigan 118
    4 - Iowa 94.5
    5 - Indiana 89
    5 - Wisconsin 89
    7 - Penn State 72.5
    8 - Michigan State 70.5
    9 - Northwestern 68.5
    10 - Purdue 38.5
    11 - Ohio State 26.5

    Wildcat Finishes from Session 3
    125 - No. 3 Joe Dubuque (IND) dec. John Velez (NU), 4-1
    125 - No. 5 Bobby Lowe (MINN) dec. Velez, 6-5
    141 - No. 6 Ryan Lang (NU) major dec. No. 5 Alex Tsirtsis (IOWA), 12-1
    141 - No. 3 Cassio Pero (ILL) dec. Lang, 4-2
    174 - No. 1 Pete Friedl (ILL) dec. No. 2 Jake Herbert (NU), 4-3
    197 - No. 3 Matt Delguyd (NU) dec. No. 1 JD Bergman (OSU), 5-3 (OT)
    Hwt. - No. 4 Dustin Fox (NU) dec. No. 7 Mike Behnke (ILL), 8-3
    Hwt. - No. 2 Greg Wagner (MICH) major dec. Fox, 14-1

    Wildcat Place-Winners
    1st place - Matt Delguyd @ 197 lbs.
    2nd place - Jake Herbert @ 174 lbs.
    4th place - Dustin Fox @ 285 lbs.
    4th place - Ryan Lang @ 141 lbs.
    6th place - John Velez @ 125 lbs.

    The above five place-winners have all earned the right to participate in the NCAA Championships Thursday through Saturday, March 17-19 in St. Louis, Mo.

    Big Ten Championships Special Awards
    Big Ten Freshman of the Year - Mack Reiter (MINN)
    Big Ten Coach of the Year - Mark Johnson (ILL)
    Big Ten Wrestler of the Year - Ryan Bertin (MICH)
    Outstanding Wrestler of the Big Ten Championships - Mack Reiter (MINN)