Jan. 31, 2013
Northwestern (6-6 overall, 1-4 Big Ten)
vs. No. 18 Purdue (11-5 overall, 2-3 Big Ten)
Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 • 7 p.m.
Live Video: Big Ten Digital Network on Wildcats All-Access
Live Stats: TrackWrestling.com
Live Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
NU vs. Purdue Match Notes
Northwestern returns home after an extended period on the road to welcome the No. 18 Purdue Boilermakers to Welsh-Ryan Arena for a dual meet Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. CT.
These two squads met last season in West Lafayette with the Wildcats taking a close 21-18 victory on the road. NU has won the last two meetings between the schools.
Be sure to stay in your seats at the intermission as Northwestern fraternity and sorority members will compete in an arm wrestling tournament to raise money for Dance Marathon. Also, Coach Pariano will donate $1 to Dance Marathon for every Greek NU student in attendance, and will donate $100 in the name of the organization with the most students in attendance.
Don't forget, groups of 15 or more get in for just $3 and get free souvenir cups and free popcorn. Call 847-467-6862 to order group tickets.
Friday’s match is also part of Northwestern Wrestling Alumni Weekend. A number of former Wildcats are expected to be in attendance at Friday’s dual.
Last Time Out
The ‘Cats finished their Michigan road trip last weekend with a 1-1 record. On Friday, Northwestern defeated Michigan State 18-15 to claim the team’s first conference victory. NU started strong, winning four of the first five bouts to put the match out of reach from the Spartans.
On Sunday, the Wildcats traveled to Ann Arbor and dropped a tightly contested 23-13 decision to then-No. 18 Michigan. The meet was back and forth with several lead changes, but Northwestern dropped the final three matches to allow the Wolverines to hold on. Four Wildcats won both matches over the weekend, including No. 2 Jason Welch, No. 9 Lee Munster, Pat Greco and true freshman Garrison White.
White Wins First Big Ten Bout
Garrison White, one of three true freshmen currently in the Wildcats starting lineup, earned his first Big Ten win Friday night at Michigan State. White took down MSU’s Brandon Fifield at 133 in a decisive 6-1 decision. He then won again on Sunday at Michigan. In that match, he defeated Rosario Bruno by a close 5-3 score. White’s conference record now stands at 2-2 in his first year on the mat for the Wildcats.
After reaching 100 career wins, senior Jason Welch is chasing another milestone in his stellar Northwestern career. Welch is currently looking up at Tony Pariano (1992-96) for ninth-place overall on the all-time wins list at NU. With 103 wins, Welch needs seven more victories to catch Pariano. 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
103 – Jason Welch, 2008-Present
Northwestern Probable Starters
125: --/#19 Dominick Malone (14-7)
133: Garrison White (21-12)
141: Pat Greco (8-7)
149: Dylan Marriott (6-13)
157: #2/#2 Jason Welch (21-1)
165: #15/#18 Pierce Harger (18-4)
174: #9/#9 Lee Munster (18-4)
184: Marcus Shrewsbury (3-11) OR Jacob Berkowitz (5-15)
197: Alex Polizzi (14-10)
Hwt: --/#9 Mike McMullan (11-2)
Rankings reflect latest Amateur Wrestling News/InterMat rankings
Purdue Probable Starters
125: #18/15 Camden Eppert (19-7)
133: --/#14 Cashé Quiroga (4-1) OR Danny Sabatello (11-8)
141: Brandon Nelsen (17-9)
149: #7/13 Ivan Lopouchanski (19-0)
157: Tommy Churchard (16-9)
165: Pat Robinson (20-8) OR Doug Welch (13-8)
174: Chad Welch (16-7)
184: Patrick Kissel (19-8)
197: #18/18 Braden Atwood (18-6)
Hwt.: Alex White (7-12)
Rankings reflect latest Amateur Wrestling News/InterMat rankings
First NCAA Coaches' Panel Rankings Released
Seven Wildcats are listed in the first NCAA Coaches' Panel Rankings that were released last week. 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
• NCAA Coaches' Panel Rankings
• USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll (Team Rankings)
• AWN Individual Rankings
• InterMat Rankings
• WIN Magazine Rankings
The Boilermakers were busy in the non-conference slate wrestling 11 meets, although none were against ranked foes. Purdue is 2-0 against non-conference common opponents with the Wildcats this season. In November, they beat Northern Illinois on the road 37-0 before taking down SIUE 34-9 in December. At the Midlands Championships hosted by Northwestern, the Boilermakers placed 28th overall with 16.5 team points.
Purdue opened the Big Ten season with a resounding 26-10 win at Michigan State. They then lost three in a row to then-No. 5 Iowa, then-No. 6 Illinois and No. 1 Penn State. Most recently, Purdue defeated then-No. 20 Wisconsin 22-14 on Monday.
Senior Ivan Lopouchanski leads the Boilers with an 19-0 record. Wrestling at 149 lbs., Lopouchanski is currently ranked No. 7 in the country. Sophomore Braden Atwood is also nationally ranked for Purdue. Competing at 197 lbs., Atwood holds an 18-6 record and a No. 18 spot in the polls.
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