Feb. 23, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University wrestling team (9-10) concluded the 2012-13 regular season on Saturday, dropping a 32-6 dual to #17 Northwestern (9-8). Joe Duca (125 lbs.) defeated #22 Dominick Malone in sudden victory while Luke Sheridan (184 lbs.) extending his current winning streak to eight matches, including five straight in the Big Ten.
Indiana 6, Northwestern 32
125 lbs. - Joe Duca (IU) sudden victory Dominick Malone (NU), 6-4; Team Score: 3-0
133 lbs. - Garrison White (NU) dec. Alonzo Shepherd (IU), 6-0; TS: 3-3
141 lbs. - Pat Greco (NU) dec. Alexander Gregory (IU), 6-3; TS: 3-6
149 lbs. - Dylan Marriott won by forfeitl TS: 3-12
157 lbs. - #2 Jason Welch (NU) maj. dec. #10 Taylor Walsh (IU), 13-1; TS: 3-16
165 lbs. - #10 Pierce Harger (NU) dec. #15 Ryan LeBlanc (IU), 4-2; TS: 3-19
174 lbs. - #9 Lee Munster (NU) maj. dec. Ryan Konz (IU), 9-0; TS: 3-23
184 lbs. - #32 Luke Sheridan (IU) dec. Jacob Berkowitz (NU), 3-0; TS: 6-23
197 lbs. - #22 Alex Polizzi (NU) won by forfeit; TS: 6-29
285 lbs. - #7 Mike McMullan (NU) dec. #12 Adam Chalfant (IU), 6-2; TS: 6-32
Duca opened the dual by avenging an early season loss to the nationally-ranked Wildcat. He drilled a deep double-leg takedown in the second period to match Malone's first period two-pointer. Duca took arguably his best shot of the bout in the final 10 seconds of regulation but couldn't finish the takedown before time expired, sending the match into sudden victory. He kept it coming in the extra period, lifting Malone up off the mat and planting him to the mat for the bout-clinching takedown.
Sheridan will entered postseason action winner of his last eight matches overall and five consecutive against conference opponents. After a scoreless first period, Sheridan broke the tie with an escape for the only point of the second stanza. He then rode out Northwestern's Jacob Berkowitz for the entire third period to earn the riding time point and added on a stalling point.
The Big Ten Championships are up next for Indiana, heading to Champaign, Ill., for the conference tournament from March 9-10.