Dec. 17, 2010

#9 Northwestern (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) vs. Northern Illinois (1-3, 0-0 MAC)
Sunday, Dec. 19
Sam M. Vadalabene Center
Edwardsville, Ill. ? Noon

#9 Northwestern (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) at SIU-Edwardsville (1-4)
Sunday, Dec. 19
Sam M. Vadalabene Center
Edwardsville, Ill. ? 2 p.m.

Northwestern Wrestling Notes & Statistics -- Dec. 17

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Riding high after its dismantling of Big Ten rival Indiana on Wednesday, No. 9 Northwestern now turns its attention to a pair of in-state nonconference opponents. NU kicks off its tri-dual at noon Sunday against Northern Illinois before squaring off with host Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at 2 p.m.

Complete results of the dual matches will be available on upon their completion. Watch the video embedded at left to get head coach Drew Pariano's thoughts on Northwestern's big win at Indiana Wednesday, what he expects from NU's upcoming duals and a midseason evaluation of his ninth-ranked Wildcat squad.

Last Time Out: Wildcats Drop Hoosiers, 28-9
Northwestern's Big Ten dual season got off to a promising start Wednesday evening as the ninth-ranked Wildcats dispatched of host Indiana, 28-9, in Bloomington. NU handed the Hoosiers their first loss thanks in part to key wins against highly ranked opponents as No. 7 Andrew Nadhir (149) defeated 11th-ranked Kurt Kinser (3-1) and No. 5 Jason Welch (157) picked up a 4-1 decision over No. 9 Paul Young.

Those swing-match victories, coupled with pins by No. 2 Brandon Precin (125) and Aaron Jones (184) as well as a major decision by No. 16 Levi Mele (133) and a one-point decision win by 20th-ranked Kaleb Friedley (141), allowed Drew Pariano to win his first league dual match as NU head coach. It was Northwestern's first win over Indiana since 2006 and its first victory in Bloomington since 1998.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The broadcast of Northwestern's dual match win at Indiana will air today (Friday) from 1-3 p.m. CT on the Big Ten Network.

A Look at the Opposition
Northwestern faced both of its Sunday opponents in dual matches last season, defeating SIU-Edwardsville 28-15 but falling on the road at Northern Illinois by a 24-13 margin. The Huskies, led by 14th-year head coach Dave Grant, return a veteran lineup this season, including 2010 NCAA qualifiers Bryan Deutsch (157) and Tristen DeShazer (133). Northwestern represents the third Big Ten team the Huskies will have faced this season after falling in tight outcomes to Indiana, 22-18, and Michigan State, 20-15.

For complete Northwestern individual records and statistics, download the PDF document linked at the top of the page.

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