Nov. 18, 2012
2012 Keystone Classic
Site: Philadelphia, Pa. (The Palestra)
Team Finish: 1st/15 teams (156.0 points)
Next NU Events: Saturday, Dec. 1 – vs. Stevens Tech and Duke – 5/6:30 p.m. – Welsh-Ryan Arena
2012 Keystone Classic Results
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Four Wildcats won their weight classes Sunday afternoon at the 2012 Keystone Classic as Northwestern took home the tournament title for the second consecutive season. In total, 10 NU wrestlers placed, helping the Wildcats score 156.0 team points to run away with the team title. Runner-up Penn tallied 102.5 while third-place Rider had 91.0 points.
Freshman Dominick Malone (125), senior Jason Welch (157) and sophomores Pierce Harger (165) and Lee Munster (174) each took home titles at their respective weight classes. Welch, Harger and Munster all received No. 1 seeds while Malone entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed.
Malone, who wrestled in his first collegiate event in the season-opener last weekend at Stanford, was impressive in his tournament debut, winning four matches, including two by fall, to take the title at 125. He pinned No. 3 seed Dominic Parisi of Appalachian State and followed that up with an 8-3 decision over No. 2 seed Jeff Ott of Harvard. The Granby, Conn., native then captured the title with a 6-4 win in sudden victory over No. 1 seed Mark Rappo of Penn.
Welch and Harger each won five matches to win their weight class while Munster needed four bouts for the 174 lbs. title. All three remain undefeated on the season as Welch and Harger are 6-0 and Munster is now 5-0.
Three other Wildcats finished second including Levi Mele (133), Jameson Oster (141) and Mike McMullan (285). Oster made it to the championship match at 141 as the No. 7 seed.
A list of NU placers at the 2012 Keystone Classic is as follows and complete results can be found at the bracket link on the top of the page.
125: No. 6 seed Dominick Malone – 1st
133: No. 1 seed Levi Mele – 2nd
141: No. 7 seed Jameson Oster – 2nd
141: Pat Greco – 6th – 141
149: No. 6 seed Dylan Marriott – sixth 6th
157: No. 1 seed Jason Welch – 1st
165: No. 1 seed Pierce Harger – 1st
174: No. 1 seed Lee Munster – 1st
197: No. 5 seed Alex Polizzi – 4th
285: No. 1 seed Mike McMullan – 2nd
Northwestern is off of competition until hosting its home opener, Dec. 1 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Wildcats welcome Stevens Tech at 5 p.m. CT and then face Duke at 6:30 p.m.
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