Updated Brackets (After Session One)
Download Free Acrobat Reader
Session One Bout-by-Bout
Download Free Acrobat Reader
March 3, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Four Wildcats advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships and Northwestern sits fifth in the team standings with 39 points after one session. Ryan Lang (North Royalton, Ohio/St. Edward), Jake Herbert (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny), Mike Tamillow (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) and Dustin Fox (Galion, Ohio/Galion) will wrestle their semifinal matches tonight. Session Two begins at 5 p.m. CT.
VIDEO (COURTESY OF NNN SPORTS)
Click Here to watch Tamillow's takedown to open his first match.
Click Here to watch Lang's reversal in overtime of his quarterfinal match.
Lang, the No. 2 seed at 141 lbs., battled through two close matches to advance to the semifinals. He downed Penn State's Bryan Heller in his pigtail match, 3-0. Lang's takedown in the second frame proved to be the match-winner.
He needed overtime to top seventh-seeded J Jaggers of Ohio State in the quarterfinals. The first period ended scoreless and Lang took a 1-0 lead with an escape in the second.
The Buckeye scored an escape in the third and the match went into overtime with the score tied at 1-1.
The first overtime ended with no score and Lang started down to begin the second extra period. The junior turned the tables quickly, pulling ahead with a two-point reversal. He kept his two-point lead through the end of the third frame and advanced to the semifinals with a 3-1 decision.
He will face sixth-seeded Alex Tsirtis of Iowa in tonight's semifinal.
Herbert advanced to the 184-pound semifinals without wrestling a match. The junior received a bye through the first round, but his quarterfinal opponent -- eighth-seeded Trevor Brandvold of Wisconsin -- defaulted the match before it began. Herbert will take on Michigan's fourth-seeded Tyrel Todd in the semifinals.
Tamillow advanced through his pigtail and into the quarterfinals with a 12-2 major decision over Minnesota's Yura Malamura. Tamillow wasted little time getting ahead of the Gopher, scoring his first two points on a takedown in the first five seconds of the first period. Tamillow notched four more takedowns en route to the major decision.
His next opponent was seventh-seeded Nick Roy of Michigan. Tamillow downed the Wolverine in their dual season finale and scored his second win over Roy in as many matches with a 7-3 decision.
Roy struck first with an early takedown, but Tamillow pulled ahead 3-2 after the first period with an escape and a takedown.
The junior used an escape and a takedown in the second to advance to the semifinals where he will face third-seeded Patrick Bond of Illinois.
Fox, who by mandate of hair length had to trim his shaggy locks, cruised into the quarterfinals with an 8-0 major decision over Michigan State's Alan O'Donnell at heavyweight. MSU was penalized several points throughout the match, but Fox registered a late takedown in the third to take the major decision with riding time.
Indiana's sixth-seeded Josh Buuck gave Fox all he could handle in their quarterfinal match. The Hoosier got on the board first with a two-point takedown. Fox made the score 2-1 with a late escape.
Buuck went ahead 3-1 with an escape in the second, but business picked up in the third period. Fox escaped early and scored a takedown to make the score 4-3 in favor of the Wildcat. Indiana collected a penalty point to tie the score at 4-4, but Fox's heavy riding time advantage gave him the 5-4 decision. He will face Penn State's second-seeded Aaron Anspach in the semifinals.
Sixth-seeded Brandon Precin (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg), who had a bye to the quarterfinals of the 125-pound bracket, fell by 14-3 major decision to third-seeded Angel Escobedo of Indiana. He faces the winner of seveth-seeded Mark McKnight of Penn State and Michigan's Mike Watts in the consolation bracket.
At 174, sixth-seeded Nick Hayes (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Lewis Central) had a bye to the quarterfinals where he faced third-seeded Steve Luke of Michigan. Hayes fell to Luke in his last match -- a dual bout at Welsh-Ryan Arena -- in overtime.
Their quarterfinal match also needed an extra frame to determine a winner. Both wrestlers traded escapes through the second and third period to force overtime.
Similar to their encounter two weeks ago, Luke notched the crucial takedown and took the 3-1 decision. Hayes will face Michigan State's John Murphy in the consolation bracket tonight.
Eric Metzler (Luxemburg, Wis./Luxemburg-Casco) fell to No. 5 seed Jake Strayer of Penn State by a 10-1 major decision. He will face Minnesota's third-seeded Mack Reiter in the consolation bracket this evening.
At 149, Marty Gould (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) was pinned by No. 3 seed Lance Palmer of Ohio State. He will meet Purdue's fourth-seeded Jake Patacsil in the consolation bracket.
Dominic Marella (Roselle, Ill./Conant) surrendered a 9-0 major decision to Michigan's eighth-seeded Rob Sulaver. He takes on Purdue's seventh-seeded Jake Murphy tonight.
At 165 lbs., Greg Hagel (Linwood, N.J./Blair Academy) wrestled a close match against Minnesota's third-seeded Tyler Safratowich, matching him point-for-point through the first two periods.
The first period saw furious action with Hagel managing a two-point reversal and one-point escape. The second was just as action-packed as the two matched reversals early. The Gopher controlled the third with two takedowns and a two-point near-fall to take a 14-7 decision. Hagel will face Illinois' fourth-seeded Roger Smith-Bergsrud in the consolation.
Session two begins at 5 p.m. CT. For bracket updates, Click Here.
Northwestern Results: Session One
125: Escobedo (IU) maj dec. #6 Precin (NU), 14-3
133: #5 Strayer (PSU) maj dec. Metzler (NU), 10-1
141: #2 Lang (NU) dec. Heller (PSU), 3-0
#2 Lang (NU) dec. Jaggers (OSU), 3-1 (OT)
149: #3 Palmer (OSU) fall Gould (NU), 5:55
157: #8 Sulaver (MICH) maj dec. Marella (NU), 9-0
165: #3 Safratowich (MINN) dec. Hagel (NU), 14-7
174: #3 Luke (MICH) dec. Hayyes (NU), 3-1 (OT)
184: #1 Herbert (NU) win by default Brandvold (WIS)
197: #2 Tamillow (NU) maj dec. Malamura (MINN), 12-2
#2 Tamillow (NU) dec. Roy (MICH), 7-3
285: #3 Fox (NU) maj dec. O'Donnell (MSU), 8-0
#3 Fox (NU) dec. Buuck (IU), 5-4