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    NU Ranked in Top Five

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Ryan Lang is one of two Wildcats ranked first in his weight class and one of three in the top five, propelling the team to a No. 4 ranking.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Senior Ryan Lang is one of two Wildcats ranked first in his weight class and one of three in the top five, propelling the team to a No. 4 ranking.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Oct. 16, 2007

    EVANSTON, Ill.-- Amateur Wrestling News' (AWN) top 20 poll has been released and includes Northwestern in the No. 4 spot, ahead of Big Ten foes Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana and Illinois. The magazine also ranked the top wrestlers by weight class and included Ryan Lang (North Royalton, Ohio/Lakewood St. Edward) and Dustin Fox (Galion, Ohio/Galion) on top of their respective classes and expected to compete for the national championship.

    Lang is coming off a season in which he finished second at the NCAA Championships at 141 lbs., earned his second straight All-America honors and won the Big Ten Championships. Lang also won at the 44th annual Midlands Championships, won the NWCA All-Star Classic and finished 23-7 overall on the year.

    Fox posted a career-best 33-5 record, 13-2 dual mark and went 6-1 in the Big Ten. He finished third at NCAA Championships to earn first career All-American honor and started the season on a career-best 14-match winning streak.

    In addition to the No. 1-ranked pair, Mike Tamillow (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) is ranked third in the 197 lb. weight class. Tamillow had a team-high 37 wins with only five losses, which included a 16-3 dual mark. The senior won the Big Ten Championships, the Midlands Championships and finished seventh at the NCAA Championships.

    NU begins its season on Nov. 3 at the Eastern Michigan Open in Ypsilanti, Mich.