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    No. 12 Northwestern Drops B1G Opener at No. 3 Minnesota

    No. 8 Lee Munster improved to 8-0 on the year with his victory at 174 lbs. Friday at Minnesota.

    No. 8 Lee Munster improved to 8-0 on the year with his victory at 174 lbs. Friday at Minnesota.

    Dec. 7, 2012

    Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Sports Pavillion)
    Score: No. 3 Minnesota 33, No. 12 Northwestern 7
    Records: No. 12 Northwestern (3-1), No. 3 Minnesota (7-1)
    Next NU Event: Sunday, Dec. 16 – Edinboro, Pa. – vs. Clarion, at Edinboro – Noon/2 p.m. CT

    MINNEAPOLIS – Two of Northwestern’s top-10 wrestlers extended their season-opening unbeaten streaks Friday night but the 12th-ranked Wildcats dropped their first dual of the season, 33-7, in their Big Ten opener against No. 3 Minnesota. Senior and second-ranked Jason Welch won a convincing major decision at 157 to improve to 9-0 while No. 8 Lee Munster also extended his season-opening winning streak to eight matches with a victory at 174 lbs.

    Friday’s match began at 125 lbs. and No. 15 Freshman Dominick Malone wrestled a close match against No. 8 David Thorn. After a scoreless first period, Thorn escaped to take the 1-0 lead and neither wrestler was able to record a takedown. Malone began the third period down and was unable to escape as Thorn hung on for the 2-0 victory.

    Minnesota extended its lead to 9-0 after NU forfeited 133 and then to 12-0 after a high-scoring bout at 141. Sophomore Jameson Oster took on No. 14 Nick Dardanes and had a 6-2 lead after two periods, scoring on an escape, takedown and reversal. Dardanes came back with five third-period takedowns to take the match 14-10.

    Another close match took place at 149 featuring NU sophomore Dylan Marriott and Seth Lange. Lange recorded the first takedown of the match in the first period and neither wrestler scored in the second, though Lange accumulated riding time. He then took the 3-0 lead with a third-period escape and Marriott came within one point with a takedown in the third but Lange captured the 4-2 victory.

    Second-ranked Jason Welch cruised to an easy 13-2 major decision over Brad Dolezal at 157, giving NU four team points. He had a 5-0 lead at the end of two periods and continued to rack up points in the third with another takedown, five nearfall points and another point for riding time. Dolezal managed two third-period escapes as Welch improved to 9-0 with Friday’s victory.

    Two ranked wrestlers squared off at 165 with NU’s No. 12 sophomore Pierce Harger vs. No. 9 Cody Yohn. After a scoreless first period, Yohn chose bottom and Harger racked up 55 seconds of riding time before Yohn escaped to give Minnesota the 1-0 lead after two. Harger quickly evened things up, escaping early in the third. Yohn took the 3-1 lead after a takedown but Harger once again pulled within one off an escape. Trailing 3-2, Harger was unable to record a takedown as Yohn took the 3-2 win, snapping Harger’s eight-match winning streak to start the season.

    Trailing 18-4, No. 8 Lee Munster gave NU three more team points with his 9-2 victory over Alec Ortiz at 174. The NU sophomore took the 5-0 lead after the first with a quick takedown and three nearfall points. He then added an escape and takedown in the second and had 3:48 of riding time to go along with the 8-1 lead after two. Ortiz managed another escape in the third and Munster added another point for riding time to remain unbeaten on the year at 8-0.

    Minnesota took the final three bouts of the night to capture the 33-7 victory.

    Northwestern takes a break from Big Ten action and wrestles two nonconference duals next Sunday, Dec. 16. The Wildcats head back east to Edinboro, Pa., to take on Clarion and Edinboro at noon and 2 p.m., respectively. That will be NU’s final test before hosting the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships Dec. 29-30 at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

    No. 3 Minnesota 33, No. 12 Northwestern 7

    125: #8 David Thorn (Min) dec #15 Dominick Malone (NU), 2-0 (Min, 3-0)
    133: #5 Chris Dardanes (Min) won by forfeit (Min, 9-0)
    141: #11 Nick Dardanes (Min) dec Jameson Oster (NU), 14-10 (Min, 12-0)
    149: Seth Lange (Min.) dec Dylan Marriott (NU), 4-2 (Min, 15-0)
    157: #2 Jason Welch (NU) maj dec Brad Dolezal (Min.), 13-2 (Min, 15-4)
    165: #9 Cody Yohn (Min) dec #12 Pierce Harger (NU), 3-2 (Min, 18-4)
    174: #8 Lee Munster (NU) dec Alec Ortiz (Min.), 9-2 (Min, 18-7)
    184: #3 Kevin Steinhaus (Min.) tech fall Marcus Shrewsbury (NU), 15-0, 3:48 (Min, 23-7)
    197: #7 Scott Schiller (Min.) maj dec #17 Alex Polizzi (NU), 12-4 (Min, 27-7)
    Hwt: #1 Tony Nelson (Min.) won by forfeit (Min, 33-7)


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