Feb. 14, 2013
Northwestern (7-8 overall, 1-6 Big Ten)
at South Dakota State (5-10 overall, 1-3 WWC)
Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 • 1 p.m. CT
Live Stats: TrackWrestling.com
Live Video: GoJacks.com
Northwestern will look to continue a strong nonconference slate this weekend with a trip to Brookings, S.D. to take on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. With the regular season drawing to a close, this marks the last nonconference dual meet. NU has been successful in such meets, posting a 6-2 record to date.
These two schools last met on November 14, 2010, at the NU Duals, and Northwestern came away with a convincing 41-0 shutout victory.
Last Time Out
The ‘Cats honored the seniors on the team during a Senior Night ceremony on Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena prior to the match against No. 8 Illinois. The Fighting Illini were able to pick up the dual victory by a 24-10 score. At the halfway point of the meet, NU was in striking distance, trailing 10-7 but lost four of the final five matches on the night.
Two-time All-American and ranked No. 2 in the country at 157 lbs., Jason Welch, wrestled his last match in Welsh-Ryan Arena as a Wildcat, thoroughly dominating Matt Nora of Illinois by a 19-7 major decision. Pat Greco (141) won the most exciting match of the night with a takedown in sudden victory to defeat Steven Rodrigues, 8-6. No. 8 Mike McMullan (285) has wrestled well since returning to the starting lineup and continued that trend Sunday, beating Chris Lopez by a score of 6-2.
NCAA Releases Second Coaches' Panel Ranking, First RPI
The NCAA released the second of three coaches’ panel rankings and the first Rating Percentage Index (RPI) for the 2012-13 wrestling season. The final rankings and RPI will be two 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 are measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots for their respective qualifying tournaments 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.
To be eligible for an RPI ranking, a wrestler must have a minimum of 17 Division I matches at a given weight class. The top 33 wrestlers in the RPI are listed for each weight class.
Here's where the 'Cats rank:
Jason Welch continues to inch his way ever closer to a spot on the Northwestern all-time wins list. With a 24-1 mark so far in this season, Welch has increased his career total to 106 wins. He is chasing Tony Pariano (1992-96), who is currently ninth on the list with 110 career victories. Here is 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
106 – Jason Welch, 2008-Present
Of Welch’s 106 career victories, nearly 50 percent of them have come with bonus points. He has 23 major decisions, 15 tech falls and 14 falls in his career, winning 52 of 106 matches (49.1 percent) with bonus points.
Coming Back Strong
Sophomore heavyweight Mike McMullan returned to the starting lineup against Purdue (2/1) and has won all three bouts since then. McMullan is the only NU wrestler with a perfect dual record at 8-0 on the season and the last time McMullan lost a dual match was Jan. 29, 2012. Overall, McMullan is 14-2 on the season and currently ranked No. 8 in the latest Amateur Wrestling News Poll and No. 9 by InterMat.
Northwestern Probable Starters
125: --/#19 Dominick Malone (15-9)
133: Garrison White (22-14)
141: Pat Greco (10-8) OR Jameson Oster (6-6)
149: Dylan Marriott (6-16)
157: #2/#2 Jason Welch (24-1)
165: #15/#18 Pierce Harger (20-5)
174: #9/#9 Lee Munster (20-5)
184: Jacob Berkowitz (6-17) OR Marcus Shrewsbury (3-11)
197: Alex Polizzi (15-12)
Hwt: #8/#9 Mike McMullan (14-2)
Rankings reflect latest Amateur Wrestling News/InterMat rankings
South Dakota State Probable Starters
125: Aaron Pickrel (12-11)
133: Brance Simms (18-13)
141: Ben Gillette (6-17)
149: Dustin Walraven (21-11) OR Tyler Johnson (2-7)
157: Cody Pack (13-13)
165: Joe Brewster (11-13)
174: John Nething II (7-14) OR Troy Morisette (20-7)
184: Shea Nolan (7-11)
197: Joe Skow (3-12)
Hwt: J.J. Everard (5-16)
• NCAA Coaches' Panel Rankings
• USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll (Team Rankings)
• AWN Individual Rankings
• InterMat Rankings
• WIN Magazine Rankings
Scouting South Dakota State
The Jackrabbits recently ended a five-match skid by defeating Northern Colorado 28-13 last Friday. SDSU opened the wrestling season by defeating Big Ten member Indiana on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in DeKalb, Ill. South Dakota State is 1-1 against Big Ten opponents this season with their loss coming at the hands of Nebraska, 32-7. The Jackrabbits have wrestled six opponents in common with Northwestern. They beat SIU-Edwardsville, along with Indiana. SDSU has suffered defeats to Northern Illinois, Nebraska, Stanford and Northern Iowa. The Jackrabbits will host a rivalry match on Friday vs. North Dakota State before facing Northwestern in their dual finale on Sunday.
South Dakota State is led by senior Dustin Walraven (149) who is currently ranked No. 31 in the coaches’ panel rankings, one of the tools used to determine qualifying status for the NCAA Championships. Walraven is 21-11 on the season.
Northwestern concludes the dual portion of its schedule Saturday, Feb. 23 at Indiana. This is the Big Ten dual finale for both teams and match time is set for 1 p.m. CT in Bloomington, Ind.
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