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    Welch Advances to 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Finals



    Dec. 30, 2012

    2012 Session III Brackets Get Acrobat Reader

    EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern senior Jason Welch will wrestle for the 157 lbs. title at the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships tonight at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Wildcats are currently in eighth place in the team standings with 59.5 points and sophomore Lee Munster is still fighting for fifth place at 174 lbs.
    The fourth and final session of Midlands, featuring first, third and fifth-place matches, takes place tonight at 7 p.m. Tune into the Big Ten Network to watch the finals live at 7 p.m.
    No. 1 seeded Jason Welch continued his tear through the 157 lbs. weight class Sunday afternoon, advancing to the championship match Sunday night where he will face No. 3 Joey Napoli of Lehigh. Welch wrestled his semifinal match against Issac Jordan, who was wrestling unattached for Wisconsin, and won 9-3. He jumped out to a 7-0 advantage before the end of the second period and came incredibly close to pinning Jordan, but time ran out in the period.
    Northwestern’s heavyweight, No. 2 seeded Mike McMullan, was poised for a trip to the finals of the 285 lbs. weight class before suffering an injury. McMullan was wrestling No. 3 Zac Thomusseit of Pittsburgh in a semifinal and the match ended in the first period after an injury for McMullan.
    Third-seeded Lee Munster battled Robert Kokesh, the tournament’s second seed, from Nebraska in the 174 lbs. semifinals. Munster suffered the 10-2 setback and is now competing for fifth place. Munster takes on No. 4 Dan Yates of Michigan tonight.
    Sophomore and No. 12 seed Alex Polizi completed his first Midlands Championships with a spot on the podium, placing eighth at 197 lbs.
    NU’s 125-pounder, Dominick Malone, the tournament’s ninth seed, opened the afternoon session against No. 10 Joe Roth of Central Michigan. Roth came away with a hard fought 5-3 victory, effectively ending the tournament for Malone just shy of a chance at the podium.
    Wrestling unattached from the ’Cats at 141 lbs., No. 8 Jason Tsirtsis entered Sunday needing just one win to secure a spot on the podium. He began the day by wrestling No. 7 Zach Neibert of Virginia Tech and winning 5-3. Tsirtsis then moved on to face fifth-seeded Evan Henderson (North Carolina) and lost a grueling match, 6-3. The freshman found a spot on the podium, placing eighth, after dropping a 7-1 decision against Joey Lazor of Northern Iowa.
    Complete Northwestern results from Session III can be found below.
    Session III
    No. 10 Joe Roth (C. Mich) dec. No. 9 Dominick Malone (NU), 5-3
    No. 8 Jason Tsirtsis (Un-NU) dec. No. 7 Zach Neibert (Va Tech), 5-3
    No. 5 Evan Henderson (UNC) dec. No. 8 Jason Tsirtsis (Un-NU), 6-3
    Tsirtsis places eighth
    No. 1 Jason Welch (NU) dec. Isaac Jordan (Un-Wisc), 9-3
    No. 2 Robert Kokesh (Neb) maj. dec. No. 3 Lee Munster (NU), 10-2
    No. 1 Jordan Blanton (Ill.) dec. No. 3 Lee Munster (NU), 3-1/OT
    No. 12 Alex Polizzi (NU) dec. No. 9 Max Huntley (Mich), 4-3
    Kevin Beazley (Old Dom) dec. No. 12 Alex Polizzi (NU), 10-5
    No. 3 Hudson Taylor (Lions WC) dec. No. 12 Alex Polizzi (NU), 7-2
    Polizzi places eighth
    No. 3 Zac Thomusseit (Pitt) med. for. No. 2 Mike McMullan (NU)


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