Feb. 20, 2013
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Northwestern (8-8 overall, 1-6 Big Ten)
at Indiana (9-9 overall, 0-7 Big Ten)
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 • 1 p.m. CT
Live Video: Big Ten Digital Network on Wildcats All-Access
Live Stats: TrackWrestling.com
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Saturday’s Match
Northwestern closes out the regular season traveling to Bloomington, Ind., to take on the Indiana Hoosiers. Match time is set for 1 p.m. CT Saturday. The Wildcats will look to close out the season on a two-match winning streak heading into the Big Ten Championships.
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These two squads met last season in Evanston with NU taking a decisive 27-7 victory. The ‘Cats have won their last two matchups against the Hoosiers, dating back to the 2009-10 season.
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Last Time Out
NU finished off the non-conference slate of the 2012-13 season with a dominating 39-4 win at South Dakota State on Sunday. The Wildcats won seven bouts with bonus points and earned victories in nine of 10 matches on the day.
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No. 2 Jason Welch (157), No. 9 Lee Munster (174) and No. 8 Mike McMullan (285) were all big winners, posting tech falls. Munster earned a 17-0 win in the first period of his bout to improve his record to 20-5. Dominick Malone (125), Pat Greco (141) and Alex Polizzi (197) all finished off their opponents with major decisions.
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One Chapter Ends
Saturday will mark the final dual for NU two-time All-American Jason Welch. The senior has accumulated an impressive 28-4 record in dual matches over the last four seasons. Two of his four blemishes came during his freshman season and as a junior in 2011-12, Welch did not lose a dual match.
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Three Away…
Senior Jason Welch is moving ever closer to a spot on the all-time wins list at Northwestern. Welch has a record of 25-1 so far in the season, giving him 107 career victories. Tony Pariano (1992-96) stands in front of him with 110 career wins. Here is the list for all-time victories:
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1. 156 – Jack Griffin, 1987-90




2. 146 – Steve DePetro, 1983-86




3. 138 – Brandon Precin, 2006-11




4. 135 – Jake Herbert, 2004-07, 2008-09




5. 122 – Mike Funk, 1987-1991



*** 122 – Brad Traviolia, 1987-90




7. 115 – Joei Bales, 1986-89




*** 115 – Scott Schatzman, 1995-00




9. 110 – Tony Pariano, 1992-96


 

*** 107 – Jason Welch, 2008-Present
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More impressive for Welch is that 53 of his 107 victories (or 49.5 percent) have come with bonus points. He has accumulated 23 major decisions, 16 tech falls and 14 falls over his NU career.
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Avenging a Loss
Sophomore Mike McMullan is 15-2 on the season and he has a chance to avenge one of those losses this weekend. Earlier this season, McMullan met Indiana’s Adam Chalfant in the finals of the Keystone Classic. Chalfant took the 5-3 decision but McMullan edged the IU wrestler 5-4 in last year’s dual in Evanston.
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Northwestern Probable Starters
125: Dominick Malone (16-9)
133: Garrison White (23-14)
141: Pat Greco (11-8) OR Jameson Oster (6-6)
149: Dylan Marriott (6-17)
157: #2/2 Jason Welch (25-1)
165: #15/18 Pierce Harger (21-5)
174: #9/9 Lee Munster (21-5)
184: Jacob Berkowitz (7-17) OR Marcus Shrewsbury (3-11)
197: Alex Polizzi (16-12)
Hwt: #8/9 Mike McMullan (15-2)
Rankings reflect latest Amateur Wrestling News/InterMat rankings
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Indiana Probable Starters
125: Joe Duca (12-14)
133: Alonzo Shepherd (5-9)
141: Alex Gregory (5-11)
149: Geno Capezio (6-10) OR Preston Keiffer (2-8)
157: #15/12 Taylor Walsh (27-6)
165: --/#15 Ryan LeBlanc (19-5)
174: Cheney Dale (8-18)
184: Luke Sheridan (20-11)
197: None
Hwt: #12/14 Adam Chalfant (22-6)
Rankings reflect latest Amateur Wrestling News/InterMat rankings

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NCAA Releases Second Coaches' Panel Ranking, First RPI
The NCAA released the second of three coaches’ panel rankings and the first Rating Percentage Index (RPI) for the 2012-13 wrestling season. The final rankings and RPI will be two of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.Wrestlers in each weight class are measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots for their respective qualifying tournaments for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class.
To be eligible for an RPI ranking, a wrestler must have a minimum of 17 Division I matches at a given weight class. The top 33 wrestlers in the RPI are listed for each weight class.
Here's where the 'Cats rank:
Latest Rankings
• NCAA Coaches' Panel Rankings
• USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll (Team Rankings)
• AWN Individual Rankings
• InterMat Rankings
• WIN Magazine Rankings

Scouting Indiana

The Hoosiers are still looking for their first Big Ten win this season. In their most recent conference match, Indiana was defeated by Purdue 28-13. On Sunday, the Hoosiers swept the field at the SIUE Duals in Edwardsville, Ill. They cruised by the field of Lindenwood-Belleville, Knox and SIU-E.
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Indiana is led by No. 14 Adam Chalfant, a junior heavyweight who has posted a 22-6 mark this seasonNo. 15 Ryan LeBlanc has been a consistent force for the Hoosiers this season at 165 lbs., working his way to a solid 19-5 mark.
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Up Next
Northwestern now turns its attention to the postseason, beginning with the 2013 Big Ten Championships, March 9-10. This year’s tournament takes place in Champaign, Ill., and the finals will air live on the Big Ten Network at 1:30 p.m. CT.
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