EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern (5-7-1) won decisions in two of the first three contested bouts but ultimately fell by a score of 31-9 against No. 11 Indiana (12-1) Sunday afternoon in Welsh-Ryan Arena. Redshirt freshman Brian Roddy, Jr. posted a 6-4 win at 174 over IU's Trevor Perry, who came into Sunday with an 11-1 dual record and who had defeated Roddy in their previous two meetings. The dual meet began at 125 pounds where NU true freshman Levi Mele took on Indiana's Angel Escobedo, the nation's No. 1-ranked 125-pounder and a 2008 NCAA champion. Escobedo jumped ahead in the first period with three near-fall points and ended things with a pin at the 3:47 mark of the match, helping the Hoosier remain perfect at 24-0 on the year. Northwestern senior Eric Metzler was up next at 133 where he met IU's Matt Ortega, who notched a 10-2 major decision when these two met a year ago in Bloomington. Metzler ended the first period with a 2-1 lead but found himself tied at three after two periods following a reverse by Ortega in the second. After an escape to start the third, Metzler was in for another takedown to take the lead and tacked on a riding time point to earn the 7-4 decision. NU's forfeit at 141 pounds allowed Indiana to take a 12-3 team lead, but junior Andrew Nadhir cut into that deficit with an 8-2 decision at 149 pounds. Nadhir led 4-1 through two periods and extended his advantage with an escape and takedown in the third period on his way to over three minutes of riding time in the win. He is now 18-4 on the year and 2-0 in Big Ten action. Freshman Kevin Bialka was pinned in the third period by Indiana's seventh-ranked Kurt Kinser at 157 pounds as the Hoosiers built a comfortable 18-6 lead in the dual. That lead grew to 21-6 when 13th-ranked Paul Young of Indiana recorded an 11-4 decision against NU's Robert Kellogg. Roddy and Perry then took to the mat in their third all-time meeting, with Perry winning earlier meetings at the 2008 Michigan State Open and the 2008 Midlands Championships during Roddy's redshirt season. Roddy wasted no time establishing himself as the aggressor, earning a takedown less than a minute into the match. The Wildcat led 3-1 in the second before Perry tied things up with a takedown, but Roddy was able to escape and take Perry down one more time in the second to enter the third with a 6-3 advantage. Perry scored one point on an escape and spent the rest of the match trying to take Roddy down to tie the match with riding time not a factor. Roddy demonstrated solid defense the rest of the way, however, and held on for a 6-4 decision. He is now 5-1 in duals in his first season as a starter for the 'Cats. Eric Cameron regained momentum for Indiana with a 6-2 decision at 184 over Aaron Jones. A three-point near-fall by Cameron to start the second period proved to be the difference in what was otherwise a very evenly contested bout. Indiana's Matt Powless won at 197 before Nate Everhart, the second-ranked heavyweight in the nation with a 26-0 record, closed out the dual with a 12-0 major decision over NU true freshman Marcus Shrewsbury. Northwestern remains at home next weekend when it hosts in-state rival Illinois at 2 p.m. Sunday. The match will be aired on same-day tape delay by the Big Ten Network. No. 11 Indiana 31, Northwestern 9 125: #1 Angel Escobedo (IU) FALL Levi Mele (NU), 3:47 (IU 6, NU 0) 133: Eric Metzler (NU) dec. Matt Ortega (IU), 7-4 (IU 6, NU 3) 141: Danny Monaco (IU) win by forfeit (IU 12, NU 3) 149: Andrew Nadhir (NU) dec. Matt Coughlin (IU), 8-2 (IU 12, NU 6) 157: #7 Kurt Kinser (IU) FALL Kevin Bialka (NU), 6:13 (IU 18, NU 6) 165: #13 Paul Young (IU) dec. Robert Kellogg (NU), 11-4 (IU 21, NU 6) 174: Brian Roddy, Jr. (NU) dec. Trevor Perry (IU), 6-4 (IU 21, NU 9) 184: Eric Cameron (IU) dec. Aaron Jones (NU), 6-2 (IU 24, NU 9) 197: Matt Powless (IU) dec. John Schoen (NU), 8-1 (IU 27, NU 9) 285: #2 Nate Everhart (IU) Maj. Dec. Marcus Shrewsbury (NU), 12-0 (IU 31, NU 9)Digg | Del.icio.us | Reddit | Newsvine | Email | Print



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