May 24, 2013
PHOTOS: 2013 Banquet and Golf Outing
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern celebrated the 2012-13 season one last time over two days in May with the team’s annual end of the year banquet and golf outing. NU put the wraps on a successful wrestling season that included two Wildcats advancing to the national finals, yet another top-20 finish at the NCAA Championships, another winning dual season and much more.
Northwestern handed out a number of awards at the banquet, which returned to the Hilton Orrington in Evanston. Senior Jason Welch was the recipient of the Lupton Takedown Award, which is given to the wrestler with the most net takedowns, and the Stuteville High Point Scorer Award, the wrestler who leads the team in points. The three-time All-American capped his Northwestern career on the biggest stage at the 2013 NCAA Championships, wrestling in the 157 lbs. finals. He recorded a career-high 34 victories in 2012-13, captured the 2013 Big Ten title at 157 and leaves Northwestern ranking seventh in career wins (116) and sixth in career winning percentage (.841).
National finalist Mike McMullan won the Jake Herbert Award for the second time in as many years. The redshirt sophomore reached the NCAA finals at heavyweight and improved on his finish at the tournament from a year ago after placing third as a redshirt freshman. The two-time All-American accumulated 22 wins during the 2012-13 campaign and had a perfect 10-0 mark in duals.
True freshman Dominick Malone was this year’s recipient of the Jack Riley Fall Trophy, which goes to the wrestler who accumulates the most pins during the season. Malone had eight of the team’s 28 falls on the year while wrestling at 125 lbs. He posted 17 victories in his first year at Northwestern, winning eight by fall.
There was a new award at this year’s banquet called the 11th Man Award, which recognizes a wrestler that may not be in the starting lineup but still provides significant contributions to the team. Sophomore Jameson Oster was the recipient of the inaugural 11th Man Award. Oster was part of a very competitive 141 lbs. weight class for the Wildcats. He went 6-6 on the year and placed second at the 2012 Keystone Classic, helping NU win the team title.
The coaching staff also recognized a number of Wildcats with the Academic Achievement and Academic Excellence awards. The National Wrestling Coaches Association recently released their annual Division I All-Academic Top 30 Teams and Individual All-Academic Team for the 2012-13 wrestling season. The Wildcats rank amongst the top 20 teams in the country for GPA while sophomore Pierce Harger received All-Academic individual honors for the second time in as many seasons.
This year’s golf outing once again returned to the Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling, Ill. Those at the outing had a great day of golf with beautiful weather as temperatures were in the 80’s. Former Northwestern assistant coach and current chairman of the Committee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling, Bill Scherr, spoke at the outing. Sherr is one of the key constituents in the fight to save wrestling at the Olympics.
Be sure to check out the photos from the annual banquet and golf outing.
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