EVANSTON, Ill. - The Indiana University wrestling team (11-8) closed out the 2011-12 regular season with a 27-7 road loss to #18 Northwestern (11-4) Friday night. Postseason action is up next on the Hoosier docket, heading to the Big Ten Championships on March. 3-4.
Friday evening's dual started with the 184-pound bout and back-to-back victories for Indiana. True freshman Luke Sheridan got it started the right way, topping Robert Kellogg in a 4-3 decision. Third-ranked Matt Powless then pushed IU ahead 7-0, recording his ninth major decision of the season in the 197-lbs. match-up.
Powless' 10-2 win over John Schoen was the 119th of his career, giving him a share of sixth-place in the school's all-time rankings for career wins. He pulls even with current volunteer coach Brandon Becker, who also gathered 119 W's during his four years donning the Cream and Crimson (2005-08). Next on the list is Coyte Cooper (2000-04) in fifth place with 123 triumphs.
Powless has not lost a match since Jan. 2 at the Southern Scuffle, rattling off 10 straight since his last defeat. Eight of those 10 W's have come with bonus points as well, including four pins. It marked his 30th win of the season, making it three consecutive 30-plus-wins years for Powless.
Sheridan, meanwhile, improves to 16-13 during his rookie campaign; and is currently riding a four-bout winning streak.
The 27-7 final score is a deceiving one as three Hoosiers lost by a lone point and/or in sudden victory. Adam Chalfant and Matt Ortega each came up just one point short while Ryan LeBlanc forced extra time against #12 Lee Munster.
No. 18 Northwestern 27, Indiana 7
184: Luke Sheridan (IU) dec Robert Kellogg (NU), 4-3 (3-0 IU)
197: No. 3 Matt Powless (IU) maj dec John Schoen (NU), 10-2 (7-0 IU)
Hwt: No. 13 Mike McMullan (NU) dec Adam Chalfant (IU), 5-4 (7-3 IU)
125: No. 10 Levi Mele (NU) dec Zach Zimmer (IU), 9-4 (7-6 IU)
133: Jameson Oster (NU) maj dec Joe Duca (IU), 11-0 (10-7 NU)
141: Colin Shober (NU) dec Matt Ortega (IU), 4-3 (13-7 NU)
149: Kaleb Friedley (NU) maj dec Geno Capezio (IU), 8-0 (17-7 NU)
157: No. 2 Jason Welch (NU) maj dec Sawyer Morris (IU), 15-3 (21-7 NU)
165: Pierce Harger (NU) dec Preston Keiffer (IU), 5-0 (24-7 NU)
174: No. 12 Lee Munster (NU) dec Ryan LeBlanc (IU), 3-1 SV (27-7 NU)