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    Northwestern Set to Host 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Championships

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM This year's championships feature more than 40 schools, with an assortment of national champions and national powers from Division I, II, III and NAIA programs participating in this historic event.
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    This year's championships feature more than 40 schools, with an assortment of national champions and national powers from Division I, II, III and NAIA programs participating in this historic event.
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    Nov. 27, 2013

    EVANSTON, Ill. – The 51st Ken Kraft Championships will take place Sunday, Dec. 29-Monday, Dec. 30 at Northwestern’s Welsh-Ryan Arena, with the championship finals being televised live on Big Ten Network Monday at 8:00 p.m. CT.

    This year’s championships feature more than 40 schools, with an assortment of national champions and national powers from Division I, II, III and NAIA programs participating in this historic event. 

    Director of the Ken Kraft Midlands, Tim Cysewski, won five Midlands titles during his days on the mats. 

    The annual tournament regularly features many of the top programs in the country. This year’s field includes Big Ten rivals Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin, while 2014 Big Ten addition, Maryland will also be in the field.

    The 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Championships first session begins at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29, followed by the second session at 7:00 p.m.

    The action continues Monday with the third session, semifinals, consolation matches and seventh place matches at noon. 

    The Midlands championship final sessions will air live on Big Ten Network at 8:00 p.m. CT.

    Tickets for the 2013 Ken Kraft Midlands Championships can be purchased here.

    Northwestern returns with 2011 Midlands champion Lee Munster and 2012 semifinalist Mike McMullan.  The Wildcats will also have No. 4 Jason Tsirtsis vying for his first Midlands title at 149 pounds.

    The 2013 field features 14 schools in the NWCA Preseason Coaches Poll Top 25 or receiving votes.

    2013 Participants (with Current Intermat Rankings)
    Binghamton
    Brown
    Buffalo
    No. 17 Boise State
    Cal Bakersfield
    Cal Poly University
    Columbia
    Eastern Michigan
    No. 13 Edinboro
    Franklin and Marshall
    George Mason University
    Harvard
    No. 28 Indiana
    Lehigh
    North Dakota State
    Northern Illinois
    No. 16 Northern Iowa
    No. 11 Northwestern
    No. 11 Ohio State
    Princeton
    Purdue
    Rider
    No. 10 Illinois
    No. 2 Iowa
    No. 17 Maryland
    No. 19 Michigan
    No. 14 Wisconsin
    No. 21 Virginia Tech
    Utah Valley
    Adams State College
    SIU-Edwardsville
    Elmhurst College
    Luther College
    North Central College
    Wisconsin-Whitewater
    University of Chicago
    Wartburg College (No. 1 in DIII)
    Wheaton College
    Augsburg (No. 2 in DIII)
    John Carroll
    Wisconsin Oshkosh
    Nebraska Kearney (No. 1 in DII)
    Southern Oregon University (No. 2 NAIA)
    Grand View (No. 1 NAIA)

    • Bold indicates the team placed in the top 25 or received votes in the 2013 preseason NWCA Coaches Poll.

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