Jan. 3, 2013
No. 15 Northwestern (4-2 overall, 0-1 Big Ten)
vs. No. 4 Ohio State (6-1 overall, 0-1 Big Ten)
Sunday, Jan. 6 • 2 p.m. CT
Welsh-Ryan Arena (Evanston, Ill.)
Live Stats: TrackWrestling.com
Live Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
No. 15 Northwestern returns to Big Ten action this weekend, hosting fourth-ranked Ohio State at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6. This is the lone match of the weekend for the Wildcats who are one week removed from hosting the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships.
Wildcats Host Team Day, Q&A Sunday Following Dual
Sunday is "Team Day" at Northwestern. All teams of 15 or more that attend the match will get the group rate of $3 for their ticket, a free souvenir cup and a voucher for free popcorn. After the match, NU head coach Drew Pariano and some of the wrestlers will be available for a post-match Q&A and autograph session for any youth wrestling teams. To order tickets call 847-467-6862.
Last Time Out
Northwestern hosted the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships last weekend at Welsh-Ryan Arena and finished seventh out of 48 teams with five Wildcats reaching the podium. Senior Jason Welch captured his second Midlands title in as many years, going 5-0 against the 157 lbs. field, including a 4-0 shutout of No. 3 seed and fourth-ranked Joey Napoli of Lehigh in the finals. Second-ranked Welch became just the third NU wrestler, along with Jake Herbert and Brandon Precin, to achieve two Midlands titles during their careers.
Sophomores Lee Munster (174) and Mike McMullan (Hwt.) both placed fifth while sophomore Alex Polizzi took eighth at 197 lbs. True freshman Jason Tsirtsis competed in his first Midlands and placed eighth at 141 lbs. while wrestling unattached.
Welch Named Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week
After winning back-to-back Midlands titles, Northwestern senior Jason Welch was named Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week the conference announced on Wednesday. The two-time All-American shares this week’s award with Nebraska’s Robert Kokesh, who won the 174 lbs. title at Midlands. This is the first Big Ten weekly award for Welch as he becomes the first Wildcat to take home a wrestler of the week award since Aaron Jones on Feb. 8, 2011.
Jason Welch is nearing a significant milestone as he is just two wins away from career victory No. 100. The senior won’t reach the milestone this weekend as the Wildcats have just one match, but after a 16-0 start to the season and 98 career wins, Welch is inching closer to No. 100. If Welch records a win this weekend, he has a chance to reach No. 100 in front of the home crowd at Welsh-Ryan Arena next weekend when Northwestern hosts Nebraska on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.
• Amateur Wrestling News (Individual Rankings)
• USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll
• InterMat (Team & Individual Rankings)
• WIN Magazine
Probable Starters (AWN/InterMat rankings)
125: No. 14/15 Dominick Malone (11-5) vs. No. 16/12 Nikko Triggas (13-5)
133: No. 9/20 Levi Mele (9-4) vs. No. 1/1 Logan Stieber (15-0)
141: Pat Greco (5-4) OR Jameson Oster (5-6) vs. No. 2/2 Hunter Stieber (18-0)
149: Dylan Marriott (5-8) vs. No 15/14 Cam Tessari (7-6) OR Ian Paddock (5-1)
157: No. 2/2 Jason Welch (16-0) vs. No. 16/-- Josh Demas (13-2)
165: No. 12/15 Pierce Harger (13-3) vs. Mark Martin (14-6)
174: No. 8/9 Lee Munster (14-2) vs. No. 2/2 Nick Heflin (6-0)
184: Jacob Berkowitz (0-0) OR Marcus Shrewsbury (3-8) vs. --/16 Kenny Courtis (16-6) OR C.J. Magrum (4-2)
197: --/No. 16 Alex Polizzi (11-7) vs. No. 8/9 Andrew Campolattano (12-5)
Hwt.: No. 6/No. 9 Mike McMullan (11-3) vs. No. 12/13 Peter Capone (13-3)
Scouting Ohio State
Ohio State opened its Big Ten schedule on the road at No. 5 Iowa on Friday, and fell to the Hawkeyes 22-9. Hunter Stieber (141), Cam Tessari (149) and Peter Capone (Hwt) were the three Buckeyes to win bouts vs. Iowa.
In addition to their six dual victories, the Buckeyes won the UB Invitational on Nov. 5 and the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational on Dec. 1. Of Ohio State’s six dual wins, three have come against Top 20 opponents. The Buckeyes downed No. 12 Virginia Tech, 23-10, Nov 16 in Blacksburg before opening their 2012-13 home campaign with a 26-13 victory vs. No. 18 Pittsburgh in St. John Arena Nov. 18. At the inaugural Grapple at the Garden in New York City Dec. 16, the Scarlet and Gray beat No. 18 Maryland, 34-3. When Ohio State defeated Kent State, 27-10, Dec. 14 in Columbus, the Golden Flashes were receiving votes.
The Buckeyes return all 10 starters off last year’s squad, including nine NCAA qualifiers and five All-Americans. The returning All-Americans include Nikko Triggas (125), Logan Stieber (133; 2012 NCAA Champion), Hunter Stieber (141), Cam Tessari (149) and Nick Heflin (174)
The Wildcats are back at home next weekend, hosting No. 17 Nebraska at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. This is the first dual meeting between the Wildcats and Huskers since Nebraska joined the Big Ten.
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