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    March 20, 1998

    Northwestern Wrestling in 14th Place After Day One of NCAA Championships

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Three Wildcat wrestlers remain alive in the championship bracket of the NCAA Wrestling Championships after the first day of competition. The tournament is being held at the Convocation Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Scott Schatzman is in the quarterfinals at 134 pounds after a 17-2 tech fall over Central Michigan's Greg Mayer and an 8-3 win over Virginia Tech's Sean Gray. Schatzman, the No. 5 seed in the bracket, will face No. 4 seed Dustin DeNunzio of Harvard in the quarterfinals Friday morning. Mark Bybee advanced to the quarterfinals of the 167 pound class. Seeded sixth at NCAAs, Bybee knocked off Stanford's Jeff Grant (9-7) and 11th-seed Michael Roller of Oklahoma (8-0) on Thursday. He will face third-seeded Brandon Slay of Penn in the quarterfinals. Sam Neider, the seventh seed at 190 pounds, also is in the quarterfinals. He pinned Lock Haven's Ken Haines in 1:47 to open the tournament, followed by a 6-4 overtime decision against Oklahoma State's Pat Popolizio. Neider will face second-seeded Tim Hartung of Minnesota in the quarterfinals.

    Two other Wildcats also qualified for the NCAA Championships. At 150 pounds, Drew Pariano won his tournament opener against UNC-Greensboro's Trey Burlingame, 5-0, before falling to top-ranked Eric Siebert of Illinois, 7-5. Pariano remains alive in the consolation bracket, and will face Virginia Tech's Chris Martin on Friday. At 142 pounds, Malik Elliot dropped his first round match to North Carolina's John Mark Bentley, 13-4. He was then eliminated by NC State's Pierre Pryor, 6-5.