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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Matt Delguyd upset a No. 9 seed before falling in the fourth round of wrestlebacks.
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    Matt Delguyd upset a No. 9 seed before falling in the fourth round of wrestlebacks.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    March 19, 2004

    125 lbs. results
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    165 lbs. results
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    197 lbs. results
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    ST. LOUIS--The last two remaining Northwestern wrestlers were eliminated from competition today during the second day of the NCAA Championships, which effectively concluded the Wildcats' 2003-04 season.

    "I thought the guys had a good run," said head coach Tim Cysewski. "The experience our wrestlers gained from this tournament will be invaluable next year."

    Both John Velez (Kings Mills, Ohio/Kings) and Matt Delguyd (Mayfield Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) started out strong in the third round of wrestlebacks. The former churned out a 10-2 major decision over Clarion's Peter Derstine at 125 lbs., while the latter upended No. 9 seed K.C. Walsh of Boise State 10-3 at 197 lbs.

    But then things did not go NU's way.

    Velez, who has been riddled with injuries this season, had an injury default 6:18 into his bout against Hofstra's Tom Noto. Delguyd, meanwhile, was blanked 5-0 by Oklahoma State's Rusty Blackmon. Both 'Cats, who ended up totaling 50 victories for the season, fell just shy of earning All-America honors.

    Northwestern ended up tying for 50th in the team competition with 4.5 points. Oklahoma State won its 32nd national title by earning 51.5 points more than runner-up Iowa, which had 82.

    For further results, please visit www.ncaasports.com/wrestling/mens/results/divi.