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    'Cats Resume Nonconference Action vs. UNI, SIUE

    Sophomore Alex Polizzi recorded his first career Big Ten victory last weekend against Nebraska.

    Sophomore Alex Polizzi recorded his first career Big Ten victory last weekend against Nebraska.

    Jan. 17, 2013

    No. 21 Northwestern (4-4 overall, 0-3 Big Ten)
    vs. Northern Iowa (3-2 overall, 0-0 MAC), 2 p.m. CT
    vs. SIU-Edwardsville (3-8 overall, 0-1 SOCON), 4 p.m. CT
    Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013
    Edwardsville, Ill.
    Live Stats for SIUE Match:

    2012-13 Northwestern Wrestling Season Stats Get Acrobat Reader

    Sunday’s Matches
    No. 21 Northwestern travels to Edwardsville, Ill. to take on the Northern Iowa Panthers and the host SIU-Edwardsville Cougars in a tri-dual event on Sunday. The Wildcats will wrestle UNI at 2 p.m. followed by a match with SIU-E at 4 p.m.

    Northwestern is 4-1 in nonconference duals so far this season and after this weekend, has two more duals (at Northern Illinois, at South Dakota State) scheduled against teams outside of the Big Ten.

    Last Time Out
    NU hosted No. 17 Nebraska at Welsh-Ryan Arena and fell short, losing by a 25-12 score. The ‘Cats picked up victories by Alex Polizzi at 197 lbs., then-No. 18 Dominick Malone at 125 lbs., and then-No. 13 Pierce Harger at 165 lbs. Harger ended the meet with a quick first-period fall over Austin Wilson of the Cornhuskers in 1:56. All eyes were on then-No. 2 Jason Welch, wrestling for his 100th career victory, but he came up just short to No. 7 James Green, falling by a 9-8 score.

    Another New Face
    True freshman Jacob Berkowitz made his first career start last weekend against Nebraska. Berkowitz, who wrestled at 184 lbs. in open tournaments to start the season, filled in for the Wildcats at heavyweight against the Huskers. He wrestled a close match against Spencer Johnson, but was unable to record his first varsity victory in the 6-0 decision.

    NU had three true freshmen in the starting lineup against Nebraska. Dominick Malone has been the starter all season at 125 lbs., and Garrison White made his first career start a week earlier against No. 4 Ohio State.

    Northwestern Probable Starters

    125: #16/16 Dominick Malone (12-5)
    133: Garrison White (0-2)
    141: Pat Greco (5-6) OR Jameson Oster (5-6)
    149: Dylan Marriott (5-10)
    157: #3/2 Jason Welch (17-1)
    165: #14/16 Pierce Harger (15-3)
    174: #9/9 Lee Munster (14-4)
    184: Marcus Shrewsbury (3-10) OR Jacob Berkowitz (0-1)
    197: #--/16 Alex Polizzi  (12-8)
    Hwt: #9/9 Mike McMullan (11-2)

    Rankings reflect latest Amateur Wrestling News/InterMat polls

    Northern Iowa Probable Starters

    125: Ryan Jauch (2-3)
    133: #9/12 Levi Wolfensperger (16-4)
    141: #14/15 Joey Lazor (21-6)
    149: Bart Reiter (8-2)
    157: David Bonin (17-4)
    165: Jarrett Jensen (12-8) OR Riley Banach (9-7) OR Kyle Lux (6-5)
    174: Cody Caldwell (21-4)
    184: #9/6 Ryan Loder (19-3)
    197: Blaize Cabell (8-8) OR A.J. McBroom (3-9)
    Hwt: Blayne Beale (9-9) OR Cody Krumwiede (14-9)

    Rankings reflect latest Amateur Wrestling News/InterMat polls

    SIUE Probable Starters

    125: Tyler Gilleland (0-2)
    133: Patrick Myers (11-4)
    141: Brandon Brindley (0-6)
    149: Dillon Pousson (4-10)
    157: Kyle Lowman (7-9)
    165: Logun Taylor (0-2)
    174: Jake Residori (4-3)
    184: Derek Nagel (4-3)
    197: Josh Wood (9-6)
    Hwt: David Devine (8-3)

    Latest Rankings
    USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll (Team Rankings)
    AWN Individual Rankings
    InterMat Rankings
    WIN Magazine Rankings

    Scouting Northern Iowa
    The Panthers have wrestled just three D-I opponents in duals this season. They defeated Northern Colorado 40-6 on Jan. 11. They lost earlier in the season to Wisconsin on Nov. 24, 24-13 and also succumbed to Air Force last Sunday, 19-18. The Panthers will wrestle No. 13 Oklahoma on Friday before taking on the ’Cats. UNI has three wrestlers ranked, including No. 12 Levi Wolfensperger at 133, No. 15 Joey Lazor at 141 and No. 6 Ryan Loder at 184.

    Scouting SIU-Edwardsville
    SIU-E has wrestled several high-profile opponents in the 2012-2013 season, including Big Ten members Iowa, Indiana, and Purdue. They were defeated 49-0 by Iowa, 33-11 by Indiana, and 34-9 by Purdue. Last year, NU hosted SIUE at Welsh-Ryan Arena and won nine of 10 bouts in the 43-3 Wildcat victory.


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