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    Nov. 17, 1997

    Northwestern Wrestlers Dominate Field at Michigan State Open

    'Cats Boast Four Winners and Two Runners-up

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern wrestling team travelled to East Lansing, Mich. last weekend for the Michigan State Open and came away big winners.

    Junior Scott Schatzman (Chesterfield, Mo./Parkway Central) took the title in the 134-pound class with a 10-8 overtime win over Damion Logan of Michigan. He advanced to the final by giving up just two points in his first four matches. Senior Mark Bybee (Chicago, Ill./St. Laurence) took the 177-pound title, also in overtime, by a count of 8-6. He advanced with wins of 15-6, a pin at 5:01, and a 6-1 win in the semifinals. Senior Sam Neider (Rocky River, Ohio/St. Edwards) and sophomore Joel Goeden (Grand Rapids, Minn./Grand Rapids) shared the title at 190 pounds after winning their semifinal matches and electing to split the win instead of wrestling each other.

    Northwestern was well represented in the other weight classes as well. Senior Drew Pariano (Fairview Park, Ohio/Fairview Park) was the runner-up at 150 pounds while sophomore Malik Elliott (Park Forest, Ill./Mt. Carmel) finished fourth at 150. Senior Micah Hey (Dixon, Ill./Dixon) took second at 126 pounds and freshman Tom Ciezki (Evergreen Park, Ill./St. Laurence) took eighth at 167 pounds.