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    2012-13 Wildcats Make Welsh-Ryan Debut Saturday vs. Stevens Tech, Duke

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore Lee Munster (174) is one of three Wildcats still undefeated on the season and one of four ranked in the top 10..
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Sophomore Lee Munster (174) is one of three Wildcats still undefeated on the season and one of four ranked in the top 10..
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    Nov. 28, 2012

    No. 13 Northwestern (1-0) vs. Stevens Tech (0-1)
    5 p.m. • Welsh-Ryan Arena
    No. 13 Northwestern (1-0) vs. Duke (0-0)
    Immediately following first dual • Welsh-Ryan Arena
    Stevens Tech vs. Duke
    Immediately following second dual • Welsh-Ryan Arena
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    Live Results for Northwestern Duals: TrackWrestling.com

    Northwestern 2012-13 Season Stats Get Acrobat Reader

    Saturday’s Matches
    Northwestern fans will have their first chance to see the 2012-13 Wildcat wrestling team Saturday for the team’s home opener at Welsh-Ryan Arena. No. 13 Northwestern wrestles two opponents, beginning with Stevens Tech at 5 p.m. and then takes on Duke immediately following the second dual. Stevens Tech and Duke will square off for the third bout of the evening. One ticket is good for all three matches and they are available for purchase at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
     
    So Far…
    Northwestern has had a strong start to the season, winning a convincing dual against Stanford, 32-6, and then capturing first place at the 15-team 2012 Keystone Classic with four Wildcats winning their weight class. True freshman Dominick Malone had an impressive tournament debut at the Keystone Classic, winning the 125 lbs. weight class with wins over the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, including a 6-4 sudden victory decision over then-No. 14 Mark Rappo of Penn.
     
    Sophomores Pierce Harger (165) and Lee Munster (174) along with senior Jason Welch (157) also won their weight classes and all three wrestlers are still undefeated on the season.
     
    Dual-ing December
    The Wildcats are busy in the month of December, wrestling five duals, beginning with their two against Stevens Tech and Duke on Saturday. Next week, No. 13 Northwestern opens up its Big Ten dual schedule against top-ranked Minnesota, in Minneapolis, on Friday, Dec. 7. NU then travels back to Pennsylvania, for matches against Clarion and host Edinboro on Dec. 16.
     
    The month of December wraps up at home with a historic event as the Wildcats host the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Welsh-Ryan Arena. NU is one of more than 30 Division I programs at this year’s event which runs Saturday, Dec. 29-Sunday, Dec. 30.
     
    Northwestern Probable Starters
    125: No. 19 Dominick Malone (4-1)
    133: No. 9 Levi Mele (5-1) or John Coukos (1-5)
    141: Jameson Oster (4-1) or Pat Greco (4-3) or Colin Shober (1-4)
    149: Dylan Marriott (3-3)
    157: No. 2 Jason Welch (6-0)
    165: No. 12 Pierce Harger (6-0)
    174: No. 8 Lee Munster (5-0)
    184: Marcus Shrewsbury (2-2)
    197: Alex Polizzi (4-2)
    285: No. 8 Mike McMullan (4-1)
     
    Latest Rankings
    Northwestern is ranked No. 13 in the latest USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll and has a number of wrestlers ranked in the various polls. Here’s a look at the latest rankings:
     
    USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll (Team Rankings)
    AWN Individual Rankings
    InterMat Rankings
    WIN Magazine Rankings
     
    Pariano to Appear on Takedown Radio Saturday
    Northwestern head coach Drew Pariano will be a guest on Takedown Radio Saturday morning prior to the Wildcats' home opener. Pariano will discuss the season along with the upcoming 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships. Fans can listen live at www.takedownradio.com or www.KXNO.com.

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    Scouting Stevens Tech
    Stevens Tech (The Stevens Institute of Technology) is a Division III team located in Hoboken, N.J. The Ducks earned their highest national ranking during the 2011-12 season at No. 16. The Ducks enter Saturday’s dual with two tournaments and a dual under their belts, placing eighth at the Roger Williams Invitational and sixth at the Doug Parker Invitational. Stevens Tech fell to No. 26 The College of New Jersey, 31-11 in its lone dual of the year. Senior Joey Favia (165) and sophomore Mike Polizzi (149) both won their weight classes at the Roger Williams Invitational.
     
    Scouting Duke
    Saturday marks the first duals of the season for Duke who opened the year with three tournaments. Duke competed at the Hokie Open, Michigan State Open and was at the Keystone Classic along with Northwestern. The Blue Devils took seventh out of 15 teams at Keystone with four wrestlers placing. Redshirt freshman Conner Hartmann entered the Amateur Wrestling News rankings recently and is currently tabbed No. 18 at 197 lbs. with a 12-2 record. Hartmann finished third at the Keystone Classic and won the Hokie Open.

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