March 16, 2010
Get to Know Nadhir -- On the Record
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- With a career-best 21 wins and a season spent ranked in the top 15 nationally already under his belt, Northwestern junior Andrew Nadhir (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central) heads to Omaha to compete in the 149-pound weight class at the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships beginning on Thursday.
Northwestern fans wishing to stay current on Nadhir's progress through the tournament can do so by following live updates from Omaha on the username @NU_sportsLIVE on Twitter.
What to Watch For
Nadhir opens his NCAA Championships experience against Bucknell's ninth-seeded Kevin LeValley, who has already amassed a 37-6 record after advancing to the 149-pound finals of the EIWA. Nadhir will then face one of three individuals: either David Cheza of Michigan State, eighth-seeded Jason Chamberlain of Boise State--who wrestle in a first-round pigtail match--or freshman Brian Stephens of Virginia Tech. Nadhir is 2-0 against Cheza, with both wins coming during the 2008-09 campaign, and has not yet faced Chamberlain or Stephens in his career. In all, Nadhir has six career wins against competitors in this year's 149-pound field at the NCAA Championships. Download the NCAA notes packet linked at the top of the page for Nadhir's complete list of career outcomes against the field.
On the cusp of the 2010 NCAA Championships, there's no better time to look back at what has been a historic run for Northwestern wrestling on the Big Ten and national level. The Wildcats have placed at least two All-Americans every year since 2006--the longest such run in program history--highlighted by the program-record-tying four when NU placed fourth in the nation at the 2007 NCAA Championships. Northwestern enters this year's tournament as the only school in the country to have won at least one individual NCAA title the last three years. Jake Herbert won 184-pound titles in 2007 and 2009 on his way to becoming a four-time All-American and Hodge Trophy winner, while Dustin Fox capped off his stellar career with a heavyweight national championship in 2008.
Just one year removed from completing his decorated college wrestling career, Jake Herbert is already finding ways to promote the sport of wrestling to future NCAA champions. Last week, Herbert was tabbed as a member of the Big Ten roster in the Big Ten vs. Big 12 Alumni Challange that will take place at the Qwest Center in Omaha on Friday, pitting some of the most elite wrestlers from the past decade against one another with conference bragging rights on the line. In addition, the NWCA has announced that Herbert and former Wisconsin All-American Jeff Jordan will serve as the featured clinicians at the NWCA Coaches Clinic held annually in conjunction with the NCAA Championships.
"We are thrilled to have two clinicians of this caliber joining us on the Main Stage at the NCAA Fan Fest for the NWCA Coaches Clinic. This is a great opportunity for our members and coaches to be able to see technique from two very talented and accomplished athletes," said Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director.
The NWCA Coaches Clinic will take place on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 2 p.m. on the Main Stage of the Fan Festival.