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    'Cats Look to Capture Another Keystone Classic Title

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    Jameson Oster finished third at 133 lbs. at last year's Keystone Classic, helping the Wildcats win the 2011 title.

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    Jameson Oster finished third at 133 lbs. at last year's Keystone Classic, helping the Wildcats win the 2011 title.
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    Nov. 15, 2012

    2012 Keystone Classic (Hosted by Penn)
    Sunday, Nov. 18 • All Day
    Philadelphia, Pa. • The Palestra
    Live Video: PennAthletics.com
    Twitter Updates: @2012Keystone
    Participating teams (14): No. 13 Northwestern, American, Appalachian State, Bloomsburg (RV), Boston University, Brown, Cal Poly, Duke, Harvard, N.C. State, Penn, Princeton, Rider, VMI
    Keystone Classic Tournament Information
     
    Tentative Keystone Schedule (Eastern Time)
    9:00 a.m. - Championship First Round
    10:00 a.m. - Championship Second Round
    12:00 p.m. - Championship Quarterfinals and Consolation First Round
    2:00 p.m. Consolation Second Round
    3:00 p.m. - Championship Semifinals and Consolation Third Round
    4:30 p.m. - Consolation Fourth Round
    5:15 p.m. - Consolation Semifinals
    6:00 p.m. Championship Finals, Third and Fifth-Place Matches

    2012-13 Northwestern Wrestling Season Stats Get Acrobat Reader

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 13 Northwestern is off to Philadelphia, Pa., this weekend where the Wildcats look to defend their title at the Keystone Classic. Last year, the ’Cats won the 11-team tournament, with twelve of their fourteen wrestlers placing in the top six. Levi Mele took first at 125 lbs. while Jameson Oster upset three seeded wrestlers to place third at 133 lbs.
     
    The 2012 Keystone Classic features 14 teams this year, 10 of which competed in last year’s tournament. The Pennsylvania Quakers will again host American, Appalachian State, Boston University, Brown, Duke, Harvard, Princeton, VMI, and Northwestern, along with newcomers Bloomsburg, Cal Poly, N.C. State, and Rider.
     
    A total of 14 wrestlers currently ranked in InterMat’s top-20 are scheduled to compete this weekend. Five of those wrestlers, including No. 10 Levi Mele (133), No. 3 Jason Welch (157), No. 14 Pierce Harger (165), No. 10 Lee Munster (174) and No. 5 Mike McMullan (285) come from the Northwestern squad.
     
    Here’s a list of Northwestern participants for Sunday’s Keystone Classic:
    125: Dominick Malone
    133: No. 10 Levi Mele / John Coukos
    141: Colin Shober / Pat Greco / Jameson Oster
    149: Dylan Marriott / David Helmer
    157: No. 3 Jason Welch
    165: No. 14 Pierce Harger
    174: No. 10 Lee Munster
    184: Marcus Shrewsbury
    197: Alex Polizzi
    285: No. 5 Mike McMullan
     
    Homecoming
    Sunday’s trip to Philadelphia will be a homecoming of sorts for Mike McMullan and Colin Shober, who both hail from Pennsylvania. McMullan is from Easton, Pa., which is about 70 miles north of Philadelphia, while Shober's hometown of Reading, Pa., is about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Northwestern will head back to Pennsylvania in a few weeks, wrestling at Edinboro, Pa., on Sunday, Dec. 16.
     
    Last Time Out
    Northwestern opened the 2012-13 campaign last Friday on the road at Stanford. Two-time All-American Jason Welch (157) kicked off his senior season with a win in front of his hometown crowd and the Wildcats' stellar sophomore class accounted for six victories as then-No. 14 Northwestern dropped Stanford, 32-6.
    Northwestern dominated the action with wins in the first nine bouts of the night before Stanford evaded the shutout with a pin in the final match. It marks the second straight year Northwestern has topped Stanford in a season-opening dual.

    Latest Rankings
    USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll

    Amateur Wrestling News Individual Rankings

    InterMat Rankings

    Flowrestling.org Rankings

    Up Next
    Northwestern is off from competition until Dec. 1, when the Wildcats host their first duals of the season at Welsh-Ryan Arena. NU welcomes Stevens Tech and Duke to Evanston for a tri-dual, that begins at 5 p.m. Northwestern first faces Stevens Tech and then meets Duke at 6:30 p.m. The two visiting teams will square off at 8 p.m.

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