Dec. 12, 2010

Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: #9 Northwestern 34, Eastern Michigan 3
Records: NU (34-3, 0-0 Big Ten), Eastern Michigan (3-2, 0-0 MAC)
Next NU Event: Wednesday, Dec. 15 at Indiana -- Bloomington, Ind. -- 6 p.m.
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Being careful not to look ahead to its first Big Ten dual match Wednesday at Indiana, No. 9 Northwestern handled the task at hand Sunday by routing Eastern Michigan, 34-3, in Welsh-Ryan Arena. NU, now 7-0 to start the season, won the first nine bouts of the match, including two by fall, en route to the win.

Facing an EMU squad that came into the dual with a 3-1 record, the Wildcats' nine victories were a mix of dominating performances and gutsy last-minute wins.

"Our goal every match is to wrestle as hard as we can for seven minutes and I thought we did that today," said head coach Drew Pariano. "Eastern Michigan has some talented kids who tested us in a few areas. But for guys like John Schoen to work through some tough situations during their matches and come out with a win, that's encouraging to me."

The Wildcats were off to a quick 4-0 lead following the first match, a 12-4 major decision victory for senior and second-ranked 125-pounder Brandon Precin over Jared Germaine. Precin scored on two first-period takedowns before breaking the match open with back points in the second, going on to remain unbeaten this year at 12-0.

Senior and team co-captain Robert Joyce picked up an exciting victory at 133 pounds over EMU's Filiberto Colon, winning by 4-3 decision. The match was tied at two to start the third, but Joyce, who began the final period in top position, quickly collected two near-fall points that proved to be the decisive scoring in the match, allowing NU to secure a 7-0 lead after two matches.

Kaleb Friedley then continued his torrid pace to start his NU career, winning by pin for the fifth consecutive match dating to Nov. 21. Friedley needed only 38 seconds to notch the fall against Mike LeHolm as the Wildcat freshman upped his record this season to 13-1 with a 7-0 ledger in duals.

A pair of top-10-ranked wrestlers took care of business in the next two matches beginning with No. 7 Andrew Nadhir's 13-8 decision over EMU's Corey Phillips. Nadhir fell behind on an early takedown but, coming out of a restart with 15 seconds to go in the first period, scored on an escape and immediately shot and finished a takedown as time expired. He never let up on his way to his 11th win of the year.

Sophomore and fifth-ranked Jason Welch followed that up with a workman-like 5-0 decision over Aaron Sulzer at 157 pounds, amassing over four minutes of riding time and giving the Wildcats a 19-0 lead at the intermission.

Kevin Bialka kept things rolling for NU, scoring the first takedown and later riding out the entire third period to win a 4-1 decision against Nick Hendrick at 165 pounds. In the ensuing match, NU's Brian Roddy, Jr. brought out a loud cheer from the Wildcat faithful who had braved the Evanston snowstorm with his first-period fall of Chris Eggert, which came despite Roddy having surrendered the opening takedown of the match.

A 7-3 decision win for 184-pound senior Aaron Jones set up an exciting match at 197, where NU's John Schoen and EMU's Nick Whitenburg were deadlocked at four at the end of regulation. Thirty-five seconds into the sudden victory period, however, Schoen went in for an aggressive double-leg takedown to win 6-4 and lock up his eighth win this season, fourth in dual match competition.

Eastern Michigan's Wes Schroeder did in Northwestern's chances for its second shutout this year by winning a hard-fought 2-0 decision over junior Ben Kuhar in the heavyweight match, setting the final score at 34-3.

Northwestern will wrestle both its first midweek match and first Big Ten match on Wednesday when NU travels to Bloomington to take on Indiana at 6 p.m. CT. The match will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com.

#9 Northwestern 34, Eastern Michigan 3
125: #2 Brandon Precin (NU) maj. dec. Jared Germaine (EMU), 12-4 (NU 4, EMU 0)
133: Robert Joyce (NU) dec. Filiberto Colon (EMU), 4-3 (NU 7, EMU 0)
141: Kaleb Friedley (NU) FALL Mike LeHolm (EMU), 0:38 (NU 13, EMU 0)
149: #7 Andrew Nadhir (NU) dec. Corey Phillips (EMU), 13-8 (NU 16, EMU 0)
157: #5 Jason Welch (NU) dec. Aaron Sulzer (EMU), 5-0 (NU 19, EMU 0)
165: Kevin Bialka (NU) dec. Nick Hendrick (EMU), 4-1 (NU 22, EMU 0)
174: Brian Roddy, Jr. (NU) FALL Chris Eggert (EMU), 2:10 (NU 28, EMU 0)
184: Aaron Jones (NU) dec. Khoder Hoballah (EMU), 7-3 (NU 31, EMU 0)
197: John Schoen (NU) dec. Nick Whitenburg (EMU), 6-4 (SV1) (NU 34, EMU 0)
285: Wes Schroeder (EMU) dec. Ben Kuhar (NU), 2-0 (NU 34, EMU 3)

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