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    Second Season Begins at 2013 Big Ten Championships

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Two-time All-American Jason Welch will be competing in his final Big Ten Championships this weekend in Champaign. Welch is pre-seeded No. 2 at 157 lbs.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Two-time All-American Jason Welch will be competing in his final Big Ten Championships this weekend in Champaign. Welch is pre-seeded No. 2 at 157 lbs.
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    March 6, 2013

    2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championships
    Saturday, March 9-Sunday, March 10 • All Day
    Saturday: Session I – 10 a.m. CT / Session II – 5 p.m. CT
    Sunday: Session III – 11:30 a.m. CT / Session IV – 1:30 p.m. CT
    Site: Assembly Hall (Champaign, Ill.)
    Live Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE / @NU_Wrestle
    Session I-III Live Video Links
    TV: Sunday’s finals air live on Big Ten Network (1:30 p.m.)

    2013 Big Ten Championships Website


     

     

    2013 Big Ten Championships Pre-Seeds Get Acrobat Reader

    Northwestern Big Ten Championships Notes Get Acrobat Reader

    2013 B1G Wrestling Brackets Get Acrobat Reader

    EVANSTON, Ill. – Several Northwestern wrestlers will look to capitalize on remarkable seasons at the 2013 Big Ten Championships hosted by the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill. The championships, running from Saturday, March 9 through Sunday, March 10, mark the beginning of the postseason for the Wildcat squad. NU will look to qualify all 10 competitors for the 2013 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
     
    Fans unable to make it to Champaign, Ill. this weekend can watch the ‘Cats from the comfort of their homes. Fans can watch all of the matches either on the Big Ten Digital Network or on the Big Ten Network. Championship Central has all of the links for the webstreams from Sessions I-III and tune into the Big Ten Network at 1:30 p.m. Sunday to watch the finals live.
     
    The complete schedule for the 2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championships is as follows:
     
    Saturday, March 9
    9 a.m. – Assembly Hall opens
    10 a.m. – Start of Session I
    5 p.m. – Start of Session II
     
    Sunday, March 10
    10:30 a.m. – Assembly Hall opens
    11:30 a.m. – Start of Session III
    1:30 p.m. – Start of Championship Finals
     
    *All times are Central time
     
    NU Participants

    Weight Name Year Record vs. B1G Field B1G Pre-Seed CP/RPI
    125 Dominick Malone Fr. 16-10 3-6 8 24/--
    133 Garrison White Fr. 24-14 3-3 -- --/--
    141 Pat Greco R-So. 11-8 4-3 7 --/--
    149 Dylan Marriott R-So. 7-17 0-5 10 --/--
    157 Jason Welch R-Sr. 26-1 6-1 2 1/2
    165 Pierce Harger R-So. 22-5 5-3 6 17/20
    174 Lee Munster R-So. 22-5 4-5 7 9/16
    184 Jacob Berkowitz Fr. 7-18 0-7 -- --/--
    197 Alex Polizzi R-So. 17-12 3-5 9 25/24
    Hwt Mike McMullan R-So. 16-2 4-1 2 T-8/--


    Eight Wildcats Receive B1G Pre-Seeds
    Eight Northwestern wrestlers received pre-seeds for the 2013 Big Ten Championships. Returning All-Americans Jason Welch (157) and Mike McMullan (285) each enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed in their respective weight classes.

    Other pre-seeded Wildcats include sophomore Pierce Harger (No. 6, 165), sophomore Lee Munster (No. 7, 174), sophomore Pat Greco (No. 7, 141), true freshman Dominick Malone (No. 8, 125), sophomore Alex Polizzi (No. 9, 197) and sophomore Dylan Marriott (No. 10, 149).

    The pre-seeds, as voted on by the conference’s coaches, rank the top eight wrestlers in five weight classes, along with 11 or 12 schools’ starters in five weight classes due to the Big Ten receiving eight or more NCAA Championships qualifier allocations in those classes. Final seeds will be announced following the coaches’ seeding meeting on Friday.

    This is college wrestling’s fifth season under the new system for earning automatic bids to the NCAA championships in which the NCAA allocates each weight class in each conference a certain number of automatic bids. The Big Ten breakdown for automatic bids is as follows: seven for 125, seven for 133, six for 141, eight for 149, seven for 157, eight for 165, eight for 174, six for 184, eight for 197 and nine for heavyweight.

    NU at 2012 Big Ten Championships
    Northwestern posted the best team finish at the Big Ten Championships since 2007, finishing sixth and having six wrestlers place in the top eight in their respective weight classes. Four current Wildcat starters qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2012, including Jason Welch (157), Pierce Harger (165), Lee Munster (174) and Mike McMullan (285). Welch finished as the runner-up in the Big Ten at 157, the highest finish by an NU wrestler last season.

    NU History at Big Ten Championships
    Northwestern has won 37 individual Big Ten titles in program history with 29 different wrestlers combining to win those 37 titles. Six Wildcat wrestlers have won multiple titles during their NU careers. The last ‘Cat to win a Big Ten Championship was Jake Herbert in 2009, when he won his third title (two at 184, one at 174). Northwestern’s best team finish came during the 1989-1990 season when the Wildcats placed third out of 10 teams.

    Last Go-Round
    Jason Welch has been a constant force for Northwestern on the mat during his career in Evanston and will compete in his final Big Ten Championships this weekend. Last season, Welch was involved in one of the most exciting matches of the 2012 Big Ten Championships, losing 4-3 to Derek St. John of Iowa in the 157 final. During his sophomore campaign, Welch again came close, finishing third at the 2011 Big Ten Championships in Evanston. He enters the 2013 Big Ten Championships pre-seeded No. 2 at 157.

    Six Wildcats in Final NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings
    Six NU wrestlers made the cut onto the final coaches’ panel rankings from the NCAA. Two-time All-American Jason Welch finished the season ranked No. 1 at 157 lbs. by the coaches’ panel and at No. 2 in RPI. Lee Munster (174) and Mike McMullan (285) also garnered top-10 rankings by the coaches, with McMullan coming in tied for eighth and Munster finishing ninth. Dominick Malone (125), Pierce Harger (165) and Alex Polizzi (197) round out the coaches’ panel rankings for Northwestern, grabbing spots in the top 33 in their respective weight classes.

    Here is a look at where Northwestern ranks in the final NCAA coaches’ panel rankings and RPI.

    Weight: Name CPR RPI
    125: Dominick Malone 24 NR
    157: Jason Welch 1 2
    165: Pierce Harger 17 20
    174: Lee Munster 9 16
    197: Alex Polizzi 25 24
    285: Mike McMullan T-8 NR

    Two Away…
    Senior Jason Welch has been winning matches his entire career at Northwestern and his hard work is very close to paying off with a spot on the all-time wins list at NU. Welch has a record of 26-1 so far this season, giving him 108 career victories. Tony Pariano (1992-96) resides ahead of Welch on the list with 110 career wins. 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


 


    --  108 – Jason Welch, 2008-Present
     
    Young ’Cats
    Six of the 10 Northwestern wrestlers competing in this year’s Big Ten Championships are doing so for the first time. NU had an extremely young team this year with three true freshmen and six sophomores in its starting lineup. True freshmen Dominick Malone (125), Garrison White (133) and Jacob Berkowitz (184) along with redshirt sophomores Pat Greco (141), Dylan Marriott (149) and Alex Polizzi (197) will see their first postseason action.
     
    The other four ’Cats in the lineup are returning NCAA qualifiers, but senior Jason Welch is the only upperclassman competing for Northwestern. Redshirt sophomores Pierce Harger (165), Lee Munster (174) and Mike McMullan (Hwt) all did so as freshmen in 2012.

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