Jan. 5, 2011

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EVANSTON, Ill. -- On Friday, Jan. 14, when No. 21 Northwestern hosts No. 15 Illinois in a battle of Big Ten rivals, fans are invited to Welsh-Ryan Arena to take in the action on the mat as well as events surrounding Family Fun Night Presented by Coke Zero. As part of the special event, the first 300 fans in attendance will receive free color-changing Northwestern Wrestling mugs and a voucher for Coke Zero to be redeemed at the Welsh-Ryan Arena concession stands.

Start time for the match is scheduled for 7 p.m.

After the match begins, be sure to cheer Northwestern on to victory in its Big Ten home-opener because with every Wildcat takedown, NU T-shirts will be tossed into the crowd as part of the "T's for Takedowns" promotion.

One lucky fan in attendance also will be named Northwestern's Fan of the Match and walk away with an Apple iPod!

Finally, all fans are welcome to stick around following the match to receive a Northwestern Wrestling poster and have it autographed by members of NU's 21st-ranked squad, including two-time All-American Brandon Precin and NCAA tournament qualifiers Andrew Nadhir and Jason Welch. Precin is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation at 125 pounds.

Northwestern, which stands 10-0 in dual matches entering action this weekend, will be facing an Illinois that also boasts several ranked competitors, including No. 3 Jimmy Kennedy (141) and No. 7 B.J. Futrell (133).

Admission to all Northwestern wrestling matches is priced at $7 for adults, $4 for students, youth and senior citizens and $3 for group tickets. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the Welsh-Ryan Arena ticket window.


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