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    No. 18 Northwestern Welcomes No. 17 Nebraska to Welsh-Ryan Arena

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    Two top-10 wrestlers will square off at 174 lbs. as NU's No. 9 Lee Munster takes on second-ranked Robert Kokesh from Nebraska.

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    Two top-10 wrestlers will square off at 174 lbs. as NU's No. 9 Lee Munster takes on second-ranked Robert Kokesh from Nebraska.
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    Jan. 10, 2013

    No. 18 Northwestern (4-3 overall, 0-2 Big Ten)
    vs. No. 17 Nebraska (6-3 overall, 0-2 Big Ten)
    Saturday, Jan. 12 (7 p.m. CT)
    Welsh-Ryan Arena (Evanston, Ill.)
    Live Video: Big Ten Digital Network
    Live Stats: TrackWrestling.com
    Live Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE

    NU vs. Nebraska Match Notes Get Acrobat Reader


     

     

    Saturday's Match
    No. 18 Northwestern welcomes No. 17 Nebraska to Welsh-Ryan Arena at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. This is the Wildcats' last home stand in the month of January.
     
    This is the first meeting between Northwestern and Nebraska since the Huskers joined the Big Ten Conference. These two teams last faced off at the NWCA National Duals in Jan. 10, 2009, a close 19-18 win for Nebraska.
     
    Purple Out, T-Shirt Giveaway
    Saturday's match is a "Purple Out" at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The first 200 fans in attendance will receive a FREE purple Northwestern wrestling t-shirts. Tickets for groups of 15 or more are just $3, and each member of the group will receive a free souvenir cup and an order of free popcorn. To order tickets call 847-467-6862.
     
    Last Time Out
    The Wildcats hosted fourth-ranked Ohio State at Welsh-Ryan Arena and faltered to a 33-6 defeat. Senior Jason Welch, ranked No. 2 in the country at 157 lbs., continued his dominating ways this season with a 4-1 victory over No. 16 Josh Demas of the Buckeyes at 157 lbs. Pierce Harger, at 165 lbs., followed that with a victory of his own, a 5-0 decision over Mark Martin. Northwestern almost made it three victories in a row when Lee Munster took No. 2 Nick Heflin to overtime, before succumbing to a 2-1 decision in the tiebreaker.
     
    One Away
    Jason Welch moved ever closer to a significant milestone with his win last weekend. That victory gave him 99 career wins, just one away from No. 100. A 17-0 start to the season has given Welch the opportunity to win No. 100 in front of his home crowd at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday against Nebraska.
     
    Welch Moving Up NU All-Time Ladder
    An undefeated season so far in his senior season has positioned Jason Welch among some of the all-time greats in Northwestern wrestling history on the Career Winning Percentage list. With a .831 winning percentage, Welch is currently sixth in Wildcat history, passing Ken Kraft ('55-'57) with his victory against Ohio State. Next in line is Andre Allen ('72-'75) with a .870 mark. Jake Herbert ('04-'07, '08-'09) tops the chart with a .971 percentage as a result of a 135-4 career campaign. Welch's career record currently stands at 99-20.
     
    Meet in the Middle
    Northwestern's middle weight classes (157, 165, 174) have enjoyed a great deal of success during the dual season so far. The three wrestlers that make up those weights, Jason Welch, Pierce Harger and Lee Munster, are a combined 19-2 in dual matches and have outscored foes 77-6. Welch is 7-0 in duals (22-0 in the last two seasons) while Harger and Munster both carry a 6-1 record this year.
     
    White Makes His Debut
    True freshman Garrison White wrestled his first official match in a Northwestern singlet last Sunday against Ohio State. After compiling an 18-9 record while wrestling in open tournaments, the Concord, N.C., native made his first collegiate start against the Buckeyes. Half of his victories while competing unattached came with bonus points as he recorded four falls, two tech falls and three major decisions in his 18 wins.
     
    Latest Rankings
    USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll (Team Rankings)
    AWN Individual Rankings
    InterMat Rankings
    WIN Magazine Rankings

    Probable Starters (AWN/InterMat rankings)
    125: #18/16 Dominick Malone (11-5) vs. Eric Coufal (2-8)
    133: Garrison White (0-1) vs. Shawn Nagel (10-9)
    141: Pat Greco (5-5) OR Jameson Oster (5-6) vs. Ridge Kiley (9-6)
    149: Dylan Marriott (5-9) vs. #8/8 Jake Sueflohn (14-2)
    157: #2/2 Jason Welch (17-0) vs. #--/7 James Green (12-2)
    165: #13/15 Pierce Harger (14-3) vs. Austin Wilson (16-6)
    174: #9/9 Lee Munster (14-3) vs. #2/4 Robert Kokesh (22-1)
    184: Marcus Shrewsbury (3-9) OR Jacob Berkowitz (0-0) vs. #7/8 Josh Ihnen (15-2)
    197: Alex Polizzi (11-8) vs. Caleb Kolb (9-10)
    Hwt.: #8/9 Mike McMullan (11-2) vs. Spencer Johnson (0-0)
     
    Scouting Nebraska
    The Huskers have had some time off before hitting the mat with two duals this weekend. Nebraska visits Michigan Friday night in Ann Arbor before Saturday's dual against the Wildcats. Nebraska was last in action at the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The team finished tied for 15th with 39 points and had one Husker place in the top eight sophomore Robert Kokesh, captured a Midlands title at 174 pounds.
     
    Nebraska has wrestled two Big Ten foes, but neither dual was recent. On Dec. 9, they fell to Wisconsin at home by a 19-17 score. They also lost to then-No. 1 Minnesota at home on Nov. 16, 27-7.
     
    The Huskers have won six nonconference duals, including a victory over then-No. 19 Wyoming on the road, 22-15. At the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, Nebraska earned fifth place, scoring 89.5 team points. The team also participated in the Grapple at the Garden at Madison Square Garden in New York on Dec. 16, defeating Rutgers by a 22-10 score before falling to then-No. 18 Maryland 18-17.
     
    Nebraska returns six NCAA qualifiers from a year ago, including Ridge Kiley (141), Jake Sueflohn (149), James Green (157), Robert Kokesh (wrestled at 165 last year), Tyler Koehn (174) and Josh Ihnen (184).
     
    Up Next
    Northwestern travels to Edwardsville, Ill. to take on Northern Iowa and SIU-Edwardsville on Jan. 20. The Wildcats will wrestle UNI at 2 p.m. and take on SIUE at 4 p.m.

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