Nov. 10, 2011
Event: Michigan State Open • Saturday, Nov. 12
Site: East Lansing, Mich. • Jenison Field House
Start Time: 8 a.m. CT
Live Scoring: TrackWrestling.com
EVANSTON, Ill. –Northwestern opened its 2011-12 dual campaign last weekend and now turns its attention to the first tournament of the year, the Michigan State Open. Competition runs all day Saturday with preliminary matches beginning at 8 a.m. CT with finals scheduled to begin at approximately 5 p.m. at the Jenison Field House in East Lansing, Mich.
Saturday’s tournament will be a double-elimination event and no team scores will be kept. Live scoring from the Michigan State Open is available at TrackWrestling.com.
Last Time Out
Northwestern opened up the season last Saturday and hosted Stanford at Marist High School on Chicago’s South Side. The Wildcats had three major decisions and won eight of 10 bouts as they defeated the Cardinal 28-7. Northwestern entered the dual ranked 19th by InterMat while Stanford began the season at No. 14.
Major decisions by Levi Mele (Vernal, Utah/Uintah) at 125, Colin Shober at 141 (Reading, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) and Alex Polizzi at 197 (Beloit, Wis./Beloit Memorial) helped Northwestern earn a season-opening victory over the Cardinal for the second-straight year. Last year, the team traveled to Palo Alto, Calif., and defeated Stanford 18-16, giving Drew Pariano a win in his first dual as Northwestern’s head coach.
Four redshirt freshmen (Shober, Polizzi, Lee Munster
, 174 lbs. and Mike McMullan
, heavyweight) and one true freshman (Jameson Oster
, 133 lbs.) wrestled in their first official match for Northwestern last Saturday.
Welch Selected to Compete at NWCA All-Star Classic
Northwestern junior Jason Welch (Walnut Creek, Calif./Las Lomas) has been selected to compete at the prestigious NWCA All-Star Classic Monday, Nov. 21, at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. Welch, who is ranked third in the country at 157 lbs., faces No. 4 Granbayar Sanjaa from American. The annual exhibition event traditionally features the top wrestlers in each weight class.
Welch is the 11th Wildcat in school history chosen to compete at the classic and first since 2007 when Dustin Fox, Ryan Lang and Mike Tamillow wrestled in Dallas. Other past participants include: Russ Schneider (1968, 160 lbs.), Mark Massery (1971, 126 lbs.), Al Marzano (1978, 190 lbs.), Tom Janicik (1981, 158 lbs.), Mike Funk (1991, 190), Sam Neider (1999, 197) and Jake Herbert (2005, 2006, 184 lbs.).
Despite opening the season with a big win, Northwestern currently ranks 20th in the latest InterMat poll, but a few individuals moved up in their respective weight classes. McMullan jumped two spots from No. 11 to No. 9 at heavyweight, Kaleb Friedley (Kansas City, Mo./Park Hill) also moved up two spots from No. 20 to No. 18 at 149 lbs. and Mele shifted a spot from No. 16 to 15 at 125 lbs. Welch remains at No. 3 for 157 and Munster dropped two spots to No. 12 after losing to the No. 1 wrestler at 174 lbs., Nick Amuchastegui.
Here’s a list of current wrestling rankings:
Northwestern continues tournament action next weekend and heads east to the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Pa. Competition runs all day on Sunday, Nov. 20.
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