Feb. 21, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern closes out its regular season dual portion of its schedule with a pair of meets against Duke and N.C.State on Saturday.
It’s the ‘Cats final duals before the Big Ten Championships in Madison, Wis.
Where NU Ranks
Northwestern is ranked No. 10 by Intermat in the Tournament Poll and No. 20 in the Dual Poll.
This week in the NWCA Coaches Poll, the B1GCats come in at No. 21.
Northwestern features four wrestlers ranked in the Top 20 at their individual weight classes this week by Intermat.
Jason Tsirtsis is No. 5 at 149 lbs., 165-pounder Pierce Harger moved up to No. 6 and 197-pounder Alex Polizzi also moved up to No. 16.
Heavyweight Mike McMullan ranks No. 1.
Saturday’s heavyweight matchup between Northwestern and N.C. State features a Top-10 matchup. The ‘Cats Mike McMullan is ranked No. 1 with a 10-1 record, while Nick Gwiazdowski comes in ranked No. 6 for the Wolfpack.
On the season, McMullan has gone 4-1 against ranked opponents, including two wins over a No. 1. After falling to No. 8 Adam Chalfant (Indiana), he defeated
No. 1 Tony Nelson (Minnesota), No. 12 Jimmy Lawson (PSU), No. 10 Connor Medbery (Wisconsin) and No. 1 Bobby Telford (Iowa).
125 – Open
133 – Evan Botwin, R-Fr. (4-15)
141 – Xaviel Ramos, Fr. (7-19)
149 – Connor Bass, Fr. (11-13)
157 – Immanuel Kerr-Brown, R-Jr. (21-9)
165- Marcus Cain, R-So. (10-14)
174 – Trey Adamson, R-So. (15-11)
184 – Jacob Kasper, Fr. (12-14)
197 – Conner Hartmann, R-So. (18-8)
285 – Brendan Walsh, R-So. (8-4)
North Carolina State
125: Micah Perez or Brenden Calas
133: Chris Wilkes
141: Sam Speno
149: Brian Hamann or Cohl Fulk
157: Tommy Gantt
165: Nijel Jones
174: No. 16 Pete Renda
184: Michael Macchiavello or Shane Brady
197: KaRonne Jones
285: No. 6 Nick Gwiazdowski
Northwestern (7-7, 1-7)
125 – Garrison White (7-13)
133 – Dom Malone (10-11)
141 – Pat Greco (13-12)
149 – No. 5 Jason Tsirtsis (22-3)
157 – Ben Sullivan (7-9)
165 – No. 6 Pierce Harger (21-5)
174 – Lee Munster (6-4)
184 – Jacob Berkowitz (9-12)
197 – No. 16 Alex Polizzi (18-7)
Hwt – No. 1 Mike McMullan (10-1)
ESPN Expands TV and Digitial Coverage for NCAA Championships
ESPN will expand its TV and digital coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 20-22 by televising all six sessions and carrying every match on ESPN3, both for the first time. ESPN will televise the semifinals and championship finals while ESPNU will air the preliminary sessions and medal round. The entire tournament will be available on WatchESPN.
The tournament from Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., will begin Thursday, March 20, with the first and second sessions – never before televised – on ESPNU. ESPN3’s individual mat feeds will allow fans to watch every match, including the wrestle-back bracket, accompanied by live commentary throughout the tournament. Additionally, for computer users, ESPN3 will once again offer multi-mat simultaneous viewing which allows fans to watch up to four different mats at one time.
2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Schedule
(All Times Central Time)
Thursday, March 20
First Session: 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eight Mats) ESPNU/ESPN3
Second Session: 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (Eight Mats) ESPNU/ESPN3
Friday, March 21
Third Session - Quarterfinals: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Eight Mats) ESPNU/ESPN3
Fourth Session - Semifinals: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Six Mats) ESPN/ESPN3
Saturday, March 22
Fifth Session - Medal Round: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Three Mats) ESPNU/ESPN3
Sixth Session - Championships Finals: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (One Mat) ESPN/ESPN3
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