Jan. 15, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill.-- No. 14 Northwestern faces a tough conference road trip this weekend, heading to No. 12 Ohio State Friday. On Sunday, the ‘Cats take on Penn State, ranked No. 1 in the nation and the three-time defending NCAA champions.
This Friday’s dual against No. 12 Ohio Sate takes place at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati High School, where Northwestern’s 165 lbs. Pierce Harger attended high school. He ranks No. 9 in the nation at 165 lbs., having complied a 17-3 record on the season.
While in high school at Moeller, Harger compiled a 116-22 record through his junior year and placed in four career trips to the Ohio stat championships.
McMullan Named Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week
Following his thrilling overtime victory against reigning NCAA champion Tony Nelson, Northwestern junior Mike McMullan has been named Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.
McMullan is Northwestern’s first wrestler to win Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors this season and first since Jason Welch on Jan. 2, 2013. He joins Iowa’s Tony Ramos this week, who was also named Co-Wrestler of the Week.
The win moved McMullan up to No. 4 at heavyweight in Intermat’s latest rankings. He is matched up against Penn State’s No. 12 Jimmy Lawson this week in the ‘Cats dual against the Nittany Lions on Sunday.
In the highly anticipated heavyweight bout -- a rematch of last year's NCAA championship matchup -- Nelson scored first with an escape in the second period. McMullan tied the score with an escape in the third period. The two ranked foes went into extra time still tied at one apiece, but McMullan wasted no time in the extra frame and quickly took down Nelson in sudden victory for the win.
Where They Rank
Northwestern faces Penn Sate on Sunday. The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 1 in the nation at 8-0 and 2-0 in conference duals this season.
Penn State is the three-time defending NCAA champion. All 10 of the Lions starters at each weight class rank in the top 10, including six in the top four and four ranked either No. 1 or No. 2.
Ohio State has six ranked wrestlers.
For Northwestern, the ‘Cats feature No. 4 Jason Tsirtsis, No. 9 Pierce Harger, No. 9 Lee Munster, No. 17 Aelx Polizzi and No. 4 Mike McMullan.
No. 14 Northwestern Probable Starters (6-2, 1-2 Big Ten)
125: Garrison White (7-6)
133: Dominick Malone (10-5)
141: Pat Greco (12-5)
149: N. 4 Jason Tsirtsis (16-3) and Colin Shober (5-4)
157: Dylan Marriottt (8-8) Ben Sullivan (7-4) and David Helmer (3-5)
165: No. 9 Pierce Harger (17-3)
174: No. 9 Lee Munster (6-1)
184: Jacob Berkowitz (8-7)
197: No. 17 Alex Polizzi (16-4)
HWY: No. 4 Mike McMullan (4-1) or Robert Coukos (1-4)
No. 12 Ohio State Probable Starters(6-2, 1-2 Big Ten)
125: No. 18 Nick Roberts, R-Fr., (19-7; 0-3 Big Ten)
133: No. 5 Johnni DiJulius, R-So., (16-1; 1-0 Big Ten)
141: No. 3 Logan Stieber, R-Jr., (12-1; 2-1 Big Ten)
149: No. 18 Ian Paddock, Sr., (19-6; 2-1 Big Ten)
157: Randy Languis, R-Jr., (15-11; 0-3 Big Ten)
165: Joe Grandominico, Jr., (8-13; 0-3 Big Ten)
174: Mark Martin, So., (18-8; 1-2 Big Ten)
184: No. 8 Kenny Courts, R-So., (20-3; 2-1 Big Ten)
197: No. 8 Nick Heflin, Sr., (11-1; 2-1 Big Ten)
HWT: Nick Tavanello, R-Fr., (17-9; 1-2 Big Ten)
No. 1 Penn State Probable Starters (8-0, 2-0 Big Ten)
125: No. 2 Nico Megaludis (17-2)
133: No. 15 Jimmy Gulibon (9-8) or Jordan Conaway (13-5)
141: No. 2 Zain Retherford (18-0)
149: No. 7 Andrew Alton (4-0) or Zack Beitz (9-6)
157: No. 4 Dylan Alton (7-0) or James Vollrath (10-6)
165: No. 1 David Taylor (18-0)
174: No. 3 Matt Brown (18-1)
184: No. 2 Ed Ruth (17-1) or Wes Phipps (5-4)
197: No. 7 Morgan McIntosh (17-2)
HWY: No. 12 Jimmy Lawson (16-2) or Jon Gingrich (18-3)
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