Dec. 15, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 9 Northwestern dominated SIUE Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena, 36-6. The Wildcats won all nine bouts that were wrestled as the Cougars only points came with a forfeit at heavyweight.
Garrison White recorded the first Wildcat victory of the day, shutting out SIUE’s Dakota Leach, 5-0 at 125. White registered a first-period takedown, a reversal in the second and had 3:22 of riding time in the win. No. 18 Dominick Malone kept things rolling, recording a third-period fall against John Petrov at 133. Malone had a sizeable lead and more than three minutes of riding time before registering the fall to put Northwestern ahead 9-0.
Pat Greco put three more points on the board for the Wildcats with his 10-3 decision over Drew Vrbenec at 141. Jason Tsirtsis, who is ranked No. 2 in the country at 149 lbs., dominated SIUE’s Karsten Van Velsor. He jumped out to an 11-1 lead with 2:13 of riding time in the first period and ended the match in the second period with a 17-1 tech fall. Tsirtsis had three takedowns, an escape and a total of 10 nearfall points, including three to end the match with 1:11 left on the clock in the second period.
Dylan Marriott wrestled for Northwestern at 157 and captured the 10-3 decision over SIUE’s Logun Taylor. Marriott had the 4-1 lead after the first with two takedowns and added an escape along with another takedown to go ahead 7-1 after two. He then tacked on one more takedown in the third and had 1:38 of riding time in the win.
At 165, No. 13 Pierce Harger jumped out to a 10-4 lead over Connor McMahon with 2:27 of riding time in the first period. He added five more points in the second period and then secured the 21-4 tech fall with 56 seconds remaining in the third to give the Wildcats the 25-0 lead.
No. 9 Lee Munster recorded the 2-1 decision over SIUE’s Jake Residori, thanks to 1:02 of riding time. After a scoreless first period, Munster recorded a second-period escape. Residori started the third period down, allowing Munster to rack up 1:02 of riding time before the SIUE wrestler escaped. Neither wrestler scored again as Munster hung on for the decision.
Another close match took place at 184 with Jacob Berkowitz prevailing in overtime. Each wrestler traded escapes during the second and third periods and with riding time not a factor, the match went to sudden victory. With 42 seconds left in the overtime, Berkowitz scored the winning takedown to win, 3-1 and put NU ahead 31-0.
No. 16 Alex Polizzi then made quick work of Chris Johnson at 197 lbs. He recorded the 15-0 tech fall with just 16 seconds left in the first period to put NU ahead 36-0. The Wildcats then forfeited the heavyweight bout, giving SIUE its only points of the match and put the final score at 36-6 in favor of the Wildcats.
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Northwestern – 36, SIUE - 6
125: Garrison White (NU) dec Dakota Leach (SIUE), 5-0 (3-0, NU)
133: No. 18 Dominick Malone (NU) pins John Petrov (SIUE), 6:40, (9-0, NU)
141: Pat Greco (NU) dec Drew Vrbenec (SIUE), 10-3 (12-0, NU)
149: No. 2 Jason Tsirtsis (NU) tech fall Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE), 17-1, 3:49 (17-0, NU)
157: Dylan Marriott (NU) dec Logun Taylor (SIUE), 10-3 (20-0, NU)
165: No. 13 Pierce Harger (NU) tech fall Connor McMahon (SIUE), 21-4, 6:04 (25-0, NU)
174: No. 9 Lee Munster (NU) dec Jake Residori (SIUE), 2-1 (28-0, NU)
184: Jacob Berkowitz (NU) dec Deshoun White (SIUE), 3-1, SV (31-0, NU)
197: Alex Polizzi (NU) tech fall Chris Johnson (SIUE), 15-0, 2:44 (36-0, NU)
Hwt.: David Devine (SIUE) wins by forfeit (36-6 NU)
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