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    Pierce Harger is now the No. 8 seed at 165 lbs.

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    Pierce Harger is now the No. 8 seed at 165 lbs.
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    March 2, 2012

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    2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships
    Sat., March 3-Sun. March 4 • All Day
    Saturday: Session I - 9 a.m. CT / Session II - 4 p.m. CT
    Sunday: Session III - Noon CT / Session IV - 2 p.m. CT
    Site: 
    Mackey Arena (West Lafayette, Ind.)
    Webstream:
    Sessions I-III on Big Ten Digital Network on Wildcats All-Access
    TV:
    Big Ten Network - Session IV LIVE at 2 p.m. CT (Tim Johnson, Jim Gibbons, Shane Sparks)
    Twitter Updates:
    @NU_SportsLIVE / #B1GWrestle
    B1G Championships Website:
    PurdueSports.com

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    Chicago Tribune: NU’s Welch knows he’s one of the best

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Official brackets and seeds for the 2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships were released Friday afternoon. NU has six seeded wrestlers in this year’s edition of the tournament, which begins Saturday at 9 a.m. CT inside Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.

    Only one change was made to this year’s pre-seeds and it involved NU wrestler Pierce Harger at 165 lbs. Harger moved from an unseeded wrestler to the No. 8 seed, replacing Ohio State’s Derek Garcia who had the No. 8 pre-seed. Harger received a first-round bye and will meet the winner of the Garcia/David Taylor (Penn State) match in the second round. Taylor has the No. 1 seed at 165 lbs.

    Jason Welch (No. 1, 157), Levi Mele (No. 5, 125), Mike McMullan (No. 5, heavyweight) Kaleb Friedley (No. 8, 149) and Lee Munster (No. 9, 174) all maintained their same seeds.

    Below is a look at Northwestern’s draw at the 2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships. Rankings reflect a wrestler’s seed in the tournament:

    125: No. 5 Levi Mele (NU) vs. Zach Zimmer (IU)
    2011-12 Results
    Mele dec Zimmer, 9-4 (Feb. 17)
    Winner takes on No. 4 Jesse Delgado (IL)

    133: Jameson Oster (NU) vs. No. 6 Zac Stevens (MI)
    2011-12 Results
    Stevens maj dec Oster, 13-2 (Jan. 6)
    Winner takes on No. 3 B.J. Futrell (IL)

    141: Colin Shober (NU) vs. No. 5 Jake Sueflohn (NEB)
    2011-12 Results
    Have not met
    Winner takes on No. 4 Nick Dardanes (MIN)

    149: No. 8 Kaleb Friedley (NU) vs. No. 9 Dan Osterman (MSU)
    2011-12 Results
    Friedley pins Osterman, 2:38 (Jan. 20)
    Winner takes on No. 1 Frank Molinaro (PSU)

    157: No. 1 Jason Welch (NU) receives first-round bye, meets winner of No. 8 Jackson Morse (ILL)/Brandon Zeerip (MI)
    2011-12 Results
    Welch dec Zeerip, 2-0 (Jan. 6)
    Welch pins Morse, 4:39 (Dec. 29)
    Welch maj dec Morse, 13-3 (Jan. 27)

    165: No. 8 Pierce Harger (NU) receives first-round bye, meets winner of No. 1 David Taylor (PSU)/Derek Garcia (OSU)
    2011-12 Results
    Taylor tech fall Harger, 20-5, 7:00 (Jan. 13)
    Harger and Garcia have not met

    174: No. 9 Lee Munster (NU) vs. No. 8 Jordan Blanton (IL)
    2011-12 Results
    Blanton dec Munster, 14-8 (Jan. 27)
    Winner takes on No. 1 Ed Ruth (PSU)

    184: Robert Kellogg (NU) vs. No. 6 Braden Atwood (PU)
    2011-12 Results
    Have not met
    Winner takes on No. 3 Josh Ihnen (NEB)

    197: John Schoen (NU) vs. No. 5 Mario Gonzalez (IL)
    2011-12 Results
    Schoen dec Gonzalez, 7-5 SV (Dec. 29)
    Gonzalez dec Schoen, 4-2 (Jan. 27)
    Winner takes on No. 4 Max Huntley (MI)

    Hwt: No. 5 Mike McMullan (NU) vs. No. 12 Cole Tobin (WI)
    2011-12 Results
    McMullan dec Tobin, 7-3 (Jan. 8)
    Winner takes on No. 4 Tucker Lane (NEB)

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