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    No. 14 Northwestern Opens 2012-13 Season at Stanford

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Drew Pariano enters his third season as head coach of the Wildcats.
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    Drew Pariano enters his third season as head coach of the Wildcats.
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    Nov. 8, 2012

    No. 14 Northwestern (0-0)
    at Stanford (3-0)
    Friday, Nov. 9 • 8:30 p.m. CT
    Palo Alto, Calif.
    Live Video: Pac12.com
     
    Pariano Previews 2012-13 Northwestern Wrestling Season
     
    Friday’s Match
    Northwestern officially opens the 2012-13 season on Friday and heads west to take on Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. Match time is set for 8:30 p.m. CT.
     
    The Wildcats enter the season ranked No. 14 in the preseason USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll and return a strong core from last year’s team that finished in the top 10 at NCAA’s.
     
    They’re Back…
    Northwestern welcomes back nine starters from last year’s squad, including two All-Americans in senior Jason Welch and sophomore Mike McMullan. A two-time All-American at 157 lbs., Welch is in his senior season while McMullan is back as NU’s starting heavyweight after finishing third at the 2012 NCAA Championships during his freshman campaign.
     
    Head coach Drew Pariano enters his third season at the helm of the Wildcats and brings a perfect 19-0 nonconference dual record into Friday’s match. Pariano has compiled a 29-6 record in duals during his first two seasons and led the Wildcats to their ninth-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships, the team’s first top-10 placement since 2007.
     
    50 Days Away!
    Friday, Nov. 9, is a notable day as it is officially 50 days away from the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Welsh-Ryan Arena. This year’s tournament takes place Saturday, Dec. 29-Sunday, Dec. 30 and more than 30 NCAA Division I squads will visit Evanston for the prestigious tournament. To see all the teams scheduled to compete at Midlands this year, click here.
     
    With this year being the 50th anniversary of the historic Midlands Championships, we want to know, what are your favorite memories from the last 49 years? Send us a memory and you could win a commemorative 50th Midlands Championships t-shirt! Click here for more details.
     
    Scouting Stanford
    Stanford has started out the season 3-0, defeating Simpson, Menlo College, and Cal Baptist at the Menlo Duals last Saturday. The Cardinal won 24 of the 30 matches and nine wrestlers ended the day undefeated. Last year, Stanford finished the season 8-8 and 3-2 in the Pac-12. Ten wrestlers placed in the Pac-12 Championships and two wrestlers received All-America honors. Ryan Mango took fifth in the NCAA at 125 and Nick Amuchastegeui finished second at 174.
     
    Last year Northwestern opened its season with a win against Stanford, who was ranked 14th at the time. The 'Cats won eight of the 10 matches as Levi Mele, Colin Shober and Alex Polizzi scored bonus points with their major decision wins.


     

     

    There’s a familiar face on the Stanford bench as former Northwestern three-time All-American Brandon Precin joined the Cardinal coaching staff in the offseason. The Orland Park, Ill., native is serving as a volunteer assistant coach, a similar position he held with the Wildcats during the 2011-12 campaign.
     
    Probable Starters
    125: Dominick Malone (NU) vs. Evan Silver (Stanford)
    133: #10 Levi Mele* or Garrison White (NU) vs. Peter Russo (Stanford)
    141: Colin Shober or Pat Greco or Jameson Oster (NU) vs. Josh Lauderdale (Stanford)
    149: Dylan Marriott or David Helmer (NU) vs. Timmy Boone (Stanford)
    157: #3 Jason Welch (NU) vs. Garrett Schaner (Stanford)
    165: #19 Pierce Harger (NU) vs. Bret Baumbach (Stanford)
    174: #11 Lee Munster (NU) vs. Ryan Davies (Stanford)
    184: Marcus Shrewsbury (NU) vs. Alan Yen (Stanford)
    197: Alex Polizzi (NU) vs. Michael Sojka (Stanford)
    Hwt: #4 Mike McMullan (NU) vs. Dan Scherer (Stanford)
    *Mele is ranked at 125 lbs.
    *Rankings from Amateur Wrestling News/TheOpenMat.com

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