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    #19 Northwestern Makes Statement in First Dual, Downs #14 Stanford 27-8

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    Kevin Bialka defeated Matt Schneider 8-2 at 165 lbs. Saturday in Northwestern's season-opening dual.

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    Kevin Bialka defeated Matt Schneider 8-2 at 165 lbs. Saturday in Northwestern's season-opening dual.
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    Nov. 5, 2011

    Site: Chicago, Ill. (Marist High School)
    Score: No. 19 Northwestern 27, No. 14 Stanford 8
    Records: NU (1-0-0), Stanford (0-1-0)
    Next NU Event: November 12, at Michigan State Open, East Lansing, Mich., All Day

    No. 14 Stanford vs. No. 19 Northwestern

    125: #16 Levi Mele (Northwestern) maj dec. Matt Sencenbaugh (Stanford), 13-3, NU leads 4-0
    133: #7 Ryan Mango (Stanford) maj dec. Jameson Oster (Northwestern), 12-4, Dual tied 4-4
    141: Colin Shober (Northwestern) maj dec. Donovan Halpin (Stanford), 12-3, NU leads 8-4
    149: #20 Kaleb Friedley (Northwestern) dec. Timmy Boone (Stanford), 6-2, NU leads 11-4
    157: #3 Jason Welch (Northwestern) dec. Mike Kent (Stanford), 6-1, NU leads 14-4
    165: Kevin Bialka (Northwestern) dec. Matt Schneider (Stanford), 8-2, NU leads 17-4
    174: #1 Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford) maj dec. #10 Lee Munster (Northwestern), 9-1, NU leads 17-8
    184: Brian Roddy (Northwestern) dec. Spence Patrick (Stanford), 6-4, NU leads 20-8
    197: Alex Polizzi (Northwestern) maj dec. Alan Yen (Stanford), 13-3, NU leads 24-8
    Hwt.: #11 Mike McMullan (Northwestern) dec. Dan Scherer (Stanford), 6-2, NU wins 27-8

    CHICAGO – No. 19 Northwestern opened up the 2011-12 wrestling season against No. 14 Stanford Saturday at Marist High School on Chicago’s South Side and won eight of 10 bouts for the 27-8 victory. Bonus points factored heavily into Saturday’s match with five major decision, three of which were by the Wildcats.

    “It’s a good season-opening win,” Northwestern head coach Drew Pariano said. “I was pleased with a lot of what the guys did technically. I think we could have closed the door even further on them in a couple of situations, but overall I was pleased. I think the guys were in great shape and that’s a testament to their preseason. It was a great effort and something to build on.”

    Northwestern jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to a 13-3 major decision for No. 16 Levi Mele at 125 lbs. Mele used four takedowns, two nearfall points a reversal and 3:49 of riding time to secure the victory.

    Stanford then evened the score as No. 7 Ryan Mango defeated Northwestern’s Jameson Oster 12-4 at 133 lbs., but Northwestern responded with another major decision at 141 lbs. Colin Shober defeated Stanford’s Donoval Halpin 12-3 to put the Wildcats back up 8-4.

    Northwestern then won its next three bouts to extend its lead to 17-4. At 149 lbs., No. 20 Kaleb Friedley trailed Stanford’s Timmy Boone 2-0 at the end of the first period but used an escape and a takedown in the second to go up 3-2. Friedley had two nearfall points and 1:56 of riding time for the 6-2 victory.

    No. 3 Jason Welch got his season off on the right foot, defeating Stanford’s Mike Kent 6-1 at 157 lbs. At 165, Kevin Bialka came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Matt Schneider 8-2. Schneider recorded a takedown at 1:59 in the first and Bialka scored eight unanswered with two escapes, three nearfall points a takedown and 3:13 of riding time.

    Stanford then won its final match of the day as No. 1 Nick Amuchastegui defeated NU’s No. 10 Lee Munster 9-1 at 174 lbs.

    The Wildcats then sealed the victory, winning the final three bouts. In probably the most exciting match of the day, NU’s Brian Roddy used a last-second takedown to defeat Spence Patrick at 184 lbs. After a scoreless first period, Roddy got on the board first with an escape at 1:06 in the second. Roddy then tacked on two nearfall points for the 3-0 lead in the third but Patrick escaped and then took down Roddy to tie things up at 3-3. Roddy added another escape at the 1:20 mark but was whistled a second time for stalling in the final five seconds. Tied, 4-4, Roddy used every last second to take down Patrick and he did in the final one for the 6-4 win.

    Alex Polizzi made the start for Northwestern at 197 lbs. and registered a 13-3 major decision over Alan Yen while No. 11 Mike McMullan closed out the match for NU with a 6-2 win over Dan Scherer at heavyweight.

    Northwestern returns to action Saturday, Nov. 12 when it travels to East Lansing, Mich., for the Michigan State Open.

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