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    Wildcats Honored at End of Year Team Banquet

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Seniors and four-year letter winners David Helmer and Kevin Bialka.
    Seniors and four-year letter winners David Helmer and Kevin Bialka.

    May 20, 2014

    EVANSTON, Ill. - The Northwestern wrestling team wrapped up its 2013-14 season with the `Cats banquet Sunday in Evanston.

    Northwestern set a team record for nine Academic All-Big Ten selections, tied for the most in school history. Pierce Harger was named an Academic All-American for the third time in his career and was joined by Garrison White.

    Northwestern had five wrestlers qualify for NCAA Championships.

    "Each of these guys battled through adversity, through tough matches, and they embraced the grind of the season and having all five of them return for next year is pretty exciting," Wildcats head coach Drew Pariano said. "Once you've reached the NCAAs you simply become hungry for more success, get greedy about it and that's a good thing."



    NCAA Champion Jason Tsirtsis won the Jake Herbert Freshman of the Year Award, Ralph Lupton Award for highest net takedowns and the Stuteville Award as the season points leader. Tsirtsis scored 59 points for NU in duals, losing just three points. He edged out Pierce Harger by a single point, who went 58-8.

    Harger earned the Jack Riley Trophy for Most Falls, leading the team with nine. Coaches named Pat Greco the Dedication Award. Jameson Oster and Mitch Sliga  won the Coaches Appreciation Award.

    "It's easy to talk about the guys who made it to NCAAs this year and got to wrestle on the big stage but we need to recognize a guy who did what he was told, never complained, and even prepared our guys for NCAAs to as a training partner even though he wasn't required to do so," Pariano said of Greco. "A program cannot have enough guys like this - we'd like to honor Pat Greco for this award."

    "We have several guys that could be up here," Pariano said of the Coaches Appreciate Award. "As a staff we decided to recognize Jameson Oster and Mitch Sliga.  They warmed up guy after guy at Big Tens and they did many extras that coaches want in their athletes.  We thank them for their dedication and look forward to next year."

    Senior National Success:  2013 graduate Jason Welch and volunteer assistant coach Conor Beebe return to Fargo, N.D. to compete for a spot on the U.S. World Team.  Current Wildcats Mitch Sliga and Jason Tsirtsis have been invited to compete at the World Team Trials.

    2013-14 Northwestern Team Awards
    Dedication Award: Pat Greco
    Coaches Appreciation Award: Jameson Oster & Mitch Sliga
    Jack Riley Award (Most Falls): Pierce Harger
    Jake Herbert Freshman of the Year Award: Jason Tsirtsis
    Ralph Lupton Award (Highest Net Takedowns): Jason Tsirtsis
    Stuteville Award (Season Point Leader): Jason Tsirtsis 

    NWCA All-Academic Team
    Pierce Harger
    Garrison White 

    Academic All-Big Ten:
    John Coukos, Sr. Chemistry Integrated Science Program Mathematics 
    Robert Coukos, So. • Integrated Science Program 
    Pat Greco, Sr. • Political Science 
    Matt Greene, So. • Undeclared  
    Pierce Harger, Sr. • Engineering 
    Dylan Marriott, Sr. • History 
    Justin Meyers, So. • Undeclared 
    Lee Munster, Sr. • Business Institutions & Economics 
    Garrison White, So. Undeclared 

    NCAA Qualifiers
    Dominick Malone (133)
    Jason Tsirtsis (149)
    Pierce Harger (165)
    Alex Polizzi (197)
    Mike McMullan (285) 

    NCAA All-Americans
    Jason Tsirtsis (1st)
    Pierce Harger (8th)
    Mike McMullan (3rd)

    Northwestern finished No. 9 in the nation at the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. from March 20-22, the `Cats second Top 10 finish in the last three years. RS Freshman Jason Tsirtsis won an NCAA Championships at 149 lbs. Tsirtis was one of three All-Americans for the Wildcats, including three-time All-American Mike McMullan and Pierce Harger


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