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    Sophomore Pierce Harger is on a four-match winning streak at 165 lbs. and has scored bonus points in his last three victories.

    Sophomore Pierce Harger is on a four-match winning streak at 165 lbs. and has scored bonus points in his last three victories.

    Jan. 23, 2013

    No. 23 Northwestern (5-5 overall, 0-3 Big Ten)
    at Michigan State (4-7, 0-4 Big Ten), 5 p.m. CT
    Friday, Jan. 25, 2013
    East Lansing, Mich.
    TV: Big Ten Network (Tim Johnson, Jim Gibbons, Kara Lentz)
    Live Stats:
    No. 23 Northwestern (5-5 overall, 0-3 Big Ten)
    at No. 18 Michigan (6-4, 0-3 Big Ten), 1 p.m. CT
    Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013
    Ann Arbor, Mich.
    Live Video: Big Ten Digital Network on Wildcats All-Access
    Live Stats:

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    The Weekend
    No. 23 Northwestern heads to the state of Michigan for two Big Ten duals this weekend, taking on Michigan State Friday in a match that will air live on the Big Ten Network at 5 p.m. CT and then visiting Ann Arbor on Sunday, for a showdown with No. 18 Michigan at 1 p.m. CT.
    Northwestern is in search of its first Big Ten win and looking to build some momentum going into the second half of the conference slate. The Spartans (4-7, 0-4 Big Ten) and Wolverines (6-4, 0-3 Big Ten) are also looking for their first Big Ten victories.
    Last Time Out
    The Wildcats traveled to Edwardsville, Ill., last weekend for a tri-dual event featuring Northern Iowa and the host team, SIU-Edwardsville. NU was defeated in the first match against UNI by a 21-13 score, before storming back to win 39-12 against SIUE. Four Wildcats won both of their bouts on Sunday, including Jason Welch, who picked up his 100th career victory with an 8-3 decision over David Bonin of UNI at 157. Pierce Harger (165) scored 10 team points on the day with a major decision and a fall, while Lee Munster (174) and Alex Polizzi (197) also recorded wins in both matches.
    Harger On A Roll
    Sophomore Pierce Harger has won his last four matches at 165 lbs., and the three most recent victories were won with bonus points, including two first-period falls. His streak began with a 5-0 shutout of Ohio State’s Mark Martin, then continued with a fall in 1:56 of Nebraska’s Austin Wilson. He scored another shutout, 8-0, of Northern Iowa’s Jarrett Jensen and then a fall in 2:04 Sunday against SIUE’s Logun Taylor. Harger has only given up one takedown in the last four matches, an early score for Nebraska’s Wilson, before the NU sophomore came back to record the fall.
    In his second year as NU’s 165 lbs. starter, Harger is an impressive 17-3 on the season, including 9-1 in duals. His lone dual loss was by a 3-2 decision to Minnesota’s then-No. 9 Cody Yohn. Harger is ranked No. 14 in the latest Amateur Wrestling News poll and No. 16 by InterMat.
    Nine Away…
    While senior Jason Welch’s 100th career victory is another notable milestone in the two-time All-American’s career, he still needs eight more wins to crack the list in career victories at Northwestern. Currently at 101 wins, nine more victories would tie him with Tony Pariano (1992-96) for ninth all-time with 110 victories. Here’s the list for all-time victories:
    1. 156 – Jack Griffin, 1987-90
    2. 146 – Steve DePetro, 1983-86
    3. 138 – Brandon Precin, 2006-11
    4. 135 – Jake Herbert, 2004-07, 2008-09
    5. 122 – Mike Funk, 1987-1991
        122 – Brad Traviolia, 1987-90
    7. 115 – Joei Bales, 1986-89
        115 – Scott Schatzman, 1995-00
    9. 110 – Tony Pariano, 1992-96
    101 – Jason Welch, 2008-Present
    Northwestern Probable Starters
    125: --/#19 Dominick Malone (13-6)
    133: Garrison White (19-12)
    141: Pat Greco (6-7)
    149: Dylan Marriott (S6-11)
    157: #3/2 Jason Welch (19-1)
    165: #14/16 Pierce Harger (17-3)
    174: #9/9 Lee Munster (16-4)
    184: Marcus Shrewsbury (3-11) OR Jacob Berkowitz (5-13)
    197: --/#16 Alex Polizzi (14-8)
    Hwt.: #9/9 Mike McMullan (11-2)
    Rankings reflect latest Amateur Wrestling News/InterMat rankings
    Michigan State Probable Starters
    125: Brenan Lyon (5-12)             
    133: Brandon Fifield (9-11)        
    141: Nick Trimble (6-14)             
    149: Dan Osterman (16-7)  OR Roger Wildmo (8-1)        
    157: Ryan Watts (14-8)
    165: Nick Proctor (13-9)            
    174:  Jordan Wohlfert (15-10)      
    184:  No. 16 John Rizqallah (20-5)
    197: Luke Jones (16-9) OR Nick McDiarmid (16-7)              
    Hwt.: No. 6 Michael McClure (23-2)
    Rankings reflect latest Amateur Wrestling News rankings
    Michigan Probable Starters
    125: No. 14 Sean Boyle
    133: Rossi Bruno
    141: Camryn Jackson OR Mike Hillock
    149: No. 12 Eric Grajales
    157: Collin Zeerip
    165: No. 9 Taylor Massa
    174: No. 10 Dan Yates
    184: Chris Heald OR Jordan Thomas
    197: Max Huntley
    Hwt: No. 20 Ben Apland
    Rankings reflect latest Amateur Wrestling News rankings

    First NCAA Coaches' Panel Rankings Released
    Seven Wildcats are listed in the first NCAA Coaches' Panel Rankings that were released on Thursday. This is the first of three rankings and the final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

    Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. In order to be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents and have wrestled within the last 30 days.

    Here are the ranked NU wrestlers:

    125 - Dominick Malone - No. 18
    133 - Garrison White - No. 30
    157 - Jason Welch - No. 2
    165 - Pierce Harger - No. 14
    174 - Lee Munster - No. 9
    197 - Alex Polizzi - No. 17
    Hwt - Mike McMullan - No. 8

    Latest Rankings
    NCAA Coaches' Panel Rankings
    USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll (Team Rankings)
    AWN Individual Rankings
    InterMat Rankings
    WIN Magazine Rankings
    Scouting Michigan State
    The Spartans have lost their last four duals, dating back to Jan. 12. The last time out, Michigan State hosted then-No. 4 Iowa and picked up wins at 149, 184 and Hwt., but fell by a 27-12 score. The Spartans have suffered four Big Ten losses and haven’t been able to capture a win in conference yet. They hold a 4-3 non-conference record, including a road win over Northern Illinois. The Spartans placed third, with 107.5 team points, at the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev.
    Michigan State is led by junior Michael McClure at 285 lbs. McClure is ranked sixth and owns a 23-2 record this season, including seven wins by fall. Sophomore John Rizqallah has also been dominant for the Spartans at 184 and is ranked No. 16 with a 20-5 record.
    The Wildcats defeated the Spartans at home last season, 30-12.
    Scouting Michigan
    The Wolverines have had a grueling start to the Big Ten season with losses to three ranked teams, including a 20-19 defeat by then-No. 17 Nebraska and a 19-16 loss at then-No. 22 Wisconsin. Michigan’s other loss came at the hands of then-No. 17 Central Michigan, 21-16. They have won several key nonconference duals, including two against ranked opponents. In November, the Wolverines beat No. 18 Pittsburgh and No. 10 Oregon State. At the Midlands, hosted by Northwestern, Michigan scored 65.5 team points to finish in eighth place.
    Taylor Massa has provided a spark all season for Michigan at 165 lbs. Ranked No. 9, he holds a 17-5 record, including five falls, three tech falls and four major decisions. Eric Grajales is another key wrestler for the Wolverines at 149. The 12th-ranked wrestler enters the match against Northwestern with a 13-5 record but is 8-1 in dual meets this season. Dan Yates (No. 10, 174), Sean Boyle (No. 14, 125) and Ben Apland (No. 20, Hwt.) are also ranked for the Wolverines.
    Up Next
    Northwestern returns to Welsh-Ryan Arena on Friday, Feb. 1, hosting Purdue at 7 p.m., as part of the team’s Alumni Weekend festivities.


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