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    2013 NU grad Jason Welch recorded three tech falls to finish at No. 6 at the 2014 Las Vegas/ASICS Open

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    2013 NU grad Jason Welch recorded three tech falls to finish at No. 6 at the 2014 Las Vegas/ASICS Open
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    April 21, 2014

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. – All four of Northwestern’s participants in the Las Vegas/ASICS Open reached the quarterfinals during the weekend events.

    Northwestern alums Jason Welch (’13), Brandon Precin (’11) and current volunteer assistant coach Conor Beebe reached the quarterfinals of the Las Vegas Open.

    Current freshman Mitch Sliga (Fishers, Ind./Fishers) reached the quarterfinals in the 84 kg (185 lbs.) weight class in the FILA Junior Nationals. 

    Welch finished in sixth place at 70 kgs (154 lbs.), while Beebe and Precin each competed in 61 kgs (134 lbs.) bracket, with Beebe finishing No. 6 and Precin at No. 7.

    Finishing in the Top 7, Beebe, Precin and Welch qualified for the World Team Trials. Wildcats RS freshman Jason Tsirtsis automatically qualified for the World Team Trials (at 65 kgs) by winning the 2014 NCAA Championship at 149 lbs. 

    Sliga also received a bid for the Junior World Team Trials after winning the 2013 Junior National Freestyle Title. 

    The individual match results are below:

    2014 Las Vegas/ASICS Open 

    Conor Beebe
    61 kgs (134 lbs.)
    Championship Bracket
    First Round: Conor Beebe tech. fall Ian Nickell (Bakersfield), 10-0
    Second Round: Conor Beebe tech. fall Thomas Cottrell (Van Nuys), 14-4
    Quarterfinals: Bernard Futrell (Titan Mercury) tech. fall Conor Beebe, 10-0 
    Consolation Finals
    Consolation: Conor Beebe dec. Darrius Little (Sunkist Kids), 13-6
    Consolation Quarterfinals: Conor Beebe dec. Brandon Precin, 12-5
    Consolation Semifinals: Matt McDonough (Titan Mercury) tech. fall Conor Beebe, 15-5
    5th Place Match: Joe Colon (Panther Wrestling), tech. fall Conor Beebe, 19-8 

    Brandon Precin
    61 kgs (134 lbs.)
    Championship Bracket
    First Round: Brandon Precin received first round bye
    Second Round: Brandon Precin tech. fall Thomas Kimbrell (Compound), 10-0
    Quarterfinals: Coleman Scott (Titan Mercury) tech. fall Brandon Precin (10-0) 
    Consolation Finals
    Consolation: Brandon Precin tech. fall Ian Nickell (Bakersfield), 10-0
    Consolation Quarterfinals: Conor Beebe dec. Brandon Precin, 12-5
    7th Place Match: Brandon Precin dec. Kyle Jahn (Bristol Gladiators), 9-3 

    Jason Welch
    70 kgs (154 lbs.)
    Championship Bracket
    First Round: Jason Welch tech. fall Koleton Hardy (Wolverine Wrestling), 12-1
    Second Round: Jason Welch dec. Kevin Tao (Sooner Wrestling Club), 17-12
    Quarterfinals: James Green (Titan Mercury) dec. Jason Welch, 10-10 
    Consolation Finals
    Consolation: Jason Welch tech. fall James Vollrath (Nittany Lions Wrestling), 12-2
    Consolation Quarterfinals: Jason Welch tech. fall Hunter Stieber (Ohio Regional Training), 10-0
    Consolation Semifinals: Kevin LeValley (Minnesota Storm) fall Jason Welch, 1:40
    5th Place Match: James Green (Titan Mercury) injury default Jason Welch 

    2014 FILA Junior Nationals

    Mitch Sliga
    84 kgs (185 lbs.)
    Championship Bracket
    First Round: Mitch Sliga received first round bye
    Second Round: Mitch Sliga tech. fall Hayden Hrymack (Rutgers), 12-1
    Round of 16: Mitch Sliga tech. fall Nich Corba (NEORTC), 10-0
    Quarterfinals: Ricky Robertson (Wisconsin Wrestling) dec. Mitch Sliga, 10-6 
    Consolation Finals
    Consolation Quarterfinals: Myles Martin (New Jersey) dec. Mitch Sliga, 5-4 

    Beebe joined the Northwestern staff as a volunteer coach in October of 2013. He was a four-time NCAA qualifier for Central Michigan and was on the coaching staff at Gardner Webb University from 2010-2012. Beebe helped guide four Gardner Webb student-athletes to become East Regional Champions and qualify for the 2011 NCAA National Championships, the most that the Runnin' Bulldogs have had in a single season since 2006.

    Precin graduated from Northwestern in 2011. A three-time NCAA All-American, Precin also spent time as a volunteer assistant coach for the Wildcats after graduating. He ranks third all-time in NU history with 138 wins. He placed third at 125 lbs. twice at the NCAA championships and was a two-time Midlands champion. Away from Northwestern, Precin has enjoyed phenomenal success in freestyle competition. He won his first career title at the University Nationals last April. In 2010, he placed third at the United States World Team Trials at 55 kg.

    Sliga, a current freshman at Northwestern, compiled a 4-3 record wrestling unattached this season, winning matches by a major decision, tech fall and fall at 4:59. He won the 184 lbs. Duhawk Open on Feb. 1 at Loras College. Sliga also took second place this year at 184 lbs. at the UW-Parkside Tournament, the 42nd Annual Wisconsin Open. Last summer he won the Junior Nationals Freestyle Title at 195 lbs.

    Welch graduated in 2013 after winning a Big Ten Championship and reaching the NCAA finals at 157 lbs. A three-time All-American at NU, he was a two-time Midlands champion, ranking seventh in school history with 117 career wins and a .841 winning percentage. 

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