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    Northwestern Returns Home Sunday for Dual vs. SIUE

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM No. 13 Pierce Harger (165 lbs.) has gone 9-1 this season and 5-0 in dual meets.
    No. 13 Pierce Harger (165 lbs.) has gone 9-1 this season and 5-0 in dual meets.

    Dec. 12, 2013

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    EVANSTON, Ill. – No. 9 Northwestern returns home Sunday for a dual against SIU-Edwardsville (3-6).

    The ‘Cats (4-1) are coming off a the 42nd Annual Wisconsin Open tournament at UW-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis.

    Where They Rank
    Northwestern ranked No. 9 by InterMat and No. 16 in the nation in the NWCA Coaches Poll. 

    The ‘Cats have six wrestlers ranked in the Top 20 in their respective weight classes by InterMat:

    Jason Tsirtsis (149 lbs.) and Mike McMullan (285 lbs.) are ranked No. 2 in their weight classes. At 174 lbs., Lee Munster ranked No. 9. Pierce Harger is No. 13 at 165 lbs. Alex Polizzi is ranked No. 16 at 197 lbs. and Dominick Malone ranks No. 18 at 133 lbs.

    Probable Lineups
    125: Garrison White (3-5) (NU) vs. Dakota Leach (SIUE)
    133: No. 18 Dominick Malone (6-2) (NU) vs. Patrick Myers (SIUE)
    141: Pat Greco (7-3)(NU) vs. Drew Vrbenec (SIUE)
    149: No. 2 Jason Tsirtsis (9-0) (NU) vs. Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE)
    157: Ben Sullivan (6-4)/Dylan Marriott  (2-3) (NU) vs. Logun Taylor (SIUE)
    165: No. 13 Pierce Harger (9-1) (NU) vs. Connor McMahon (SIUE)
    174: No. 9 Lee Munster (3-1) (NU) vs. Jake Residori (SIUE)
    184: Jacob Berkowitz (5-3) (NU) vs. Deshoun White (SIUE)
    197: No. 16 Alex Polizzi (9-1)(NU) vs. Chris Johnson (SIUE)
    285: No. 2 Mike McMullan (3-0) (NU) vs. David Devine (SIUE) 

    Northwestern Nabs Nation's Top Recruiting Class by WIN Magazine
    Northwestern head coach Drew Pariano’s incoming wrestling class of 2014, where Pariano recently signed four incoming student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, has been named the country’s top recruiting class, according to WIN Magazine.

    The publication slated the Wildcats Class of 2014 as the best class in the nation, which features Bryce Brill (Mt. Carmel, Ill.), Sammy Gross (Beachwood, Ohio), Stevan Micic (Hanover Central, Ind.) and Johnny Sebastian (Bergen Catholic, N.J.).

    Here’s what WIN Magazine has to say about Drew Pariano’s second recruiting class as Northwestern’s head coach:

    "The little school that could did it again. Pariano’s historic No. 1 haul: Stevan Micic (125-133) of Cedar Lake (Ind.) Hanover Central, Bryce Brill (157) of Chicago Mount Carmel and Johnny Sebastian (184) of Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic. All are two-time state champions. Ohio champion Sammy Gross (133-141) of Beachwood also signed."

    November's WIN Magazine ranks Brill (152) and Micic (120) and Sebastian (182) as all No. 1 in their respective weight classes.

    This is Northwestern’s third top 10 class and second top 2 class in the last five seasons. The 2010 class earned a No. 2 ranking by WIN Magazine and InterMat. WIN Magazine also tabbed Northwestern’s Class of 2012 as the nation’s 10th best class. 

    2008 NCAA Heavyweight National Champion Dustin Fox Elected to NU Athletic Hall of Fame
    Northwestern wrestler, Dustin Fox, the 2008 NCAA heavyweight champion, a two-time All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier, has been elected to the NU Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013. 

    Fox posted a 109-29 overall record for the Wildcats, including a 29-1 mark as a senior in 2008, culminating with an NCAA heavyweight championship. In the title bout, Fox defeated Ohio State's J.D. Bergman in a dramatic 4-2 victory that went to extra time.

    Fox sustained a cut to his head, which continued to bleed during the championship match. After trainers continued to fix the cut, his headgear broke and Fox also fought off a blow to the nose, which left it broken and bloody. In true grit fashion, Fox defeated Bergman with a takedown in the match's second sudden victory.

    Fox came to Northwestern after wrestling at Galion High School in Galion, Ohio. He qualified for the NCAA championships each of his four seasons with the Wildcats and was named an All-American during his junior and senior seasons.


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