Jan. 11, 2005
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Following a 3-0 performance at the Buckeye Duals, Northwestern (6-0, 0-0 Big Ten) remains at No. 21 in the nation and returns home this weekend for a dual match against Eastern Illinois (0-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 in Patten Gym.
Northwestern's 6-0 record is the best start for the Wildcats in Head Coach Tim Cysweski's 15-year tenure. A win this Saturday against the Panthers would have the `Cats out to their best start since 1986-87, when NU began the season 7-0 and ultimately finished 15-2-1, with a 7-2-1 mark in the Big Ten.
Northwestern's young, budding superstars have been a huge part of the team's early success and flawless duals record. Ryan Lang (North Royalton, Ohio/Lakewood), Mike Tamillow (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) and Jake Herbert (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) -- all with freshman eligibility -- are currently ranked in the top-20 in their respective weight classes.
Lang is 16th at 141 lbs. with a 6-0 record in duals. Tamillow is 15th at 184 lbs. with a 4-1 duals mark. Herbert continues to climb the national charts, currently sitting at No. 4 for 174-pounders. He was No. 7 last week, but vaulted three spots after a 3-0 performance at the Buckeye Duals and is 6-0 on the year.
Junior Matt Delguyd (Mayfield Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) is ranked 15th at 197 lbs., also having posting a perfect 6-0 duals record.
The marquee matchup of Saturday's match could be the 174 lb. class, pitting Herbert against the No. 19 Kenny Robertson.
The match against the Panthers will be Northwestern's final tune-up before heading into the Big Ten season. The Wildcats' first Big Ten match will come at No. 19 Indiana Saturday, Jan. 21. Conference competition is shaping up to be nothing short of fierce this year, as eight Big Ten teams are currently ranked in the top-25.