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    March 22, 1998

    Wrestling Finishes 18th at NCAA Championships

    Three Wildcats earn All-American honors.

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern wrestling team finished 18th as a team and had three wrestlers earn All-America honors at the 1998 NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio last week. NU wrestlers Sam Neider, Mark Bybee and Scott Schatzman all fell in the quarterfinals of the championship bracket, but all three rebounded in the consolation bracket to earn a top-eight finish and All-American honors.

    Schatzman fell to Dustin Denunzio of Harvard, 3-7, in the quarterfinals but rebounded to knock off Chad Jesko of Pittsburgh, 5-3, in the first round of the consolation bracket. He lost his final two matches, but still took eighth place. Bybee took sixth place at 167 pounds after falling to Brandon Slay of Penn, 5-8, in the quarterfinals. He pinned Kevin Welsh of Edinboro in 4:33 and advanced past Nick Mangerik by injury default before dropping his final two matches and settling for sixth place and All-America honors.

    Neider lost to Tim Hartung of Minnesota, 4-13, in the quarterfinals before beating Todd Hockenbroch of Bloomsburg, 9-1, and pinning Jeremy Goeden of Northern Illinois in 4:17. He then fell to Ryan Tobin of Nebraska, 0-4, before coming back to knock off Mark Bodo of Pittsburgh, 3-1 in overtime, to take fifth place.

    NU's Drew Pariano, 150 pounds, and Malik Elliott, 142 pounds, also competed in the championships but fell in the consolation bracket.