EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern won 17 of 20 bouts in its home-opener Saturday at Welsh-Ryan Arena, shutting out Stevens Tech, 45-0 and then following that up with a 33-12 victory over Duke. The Wildcats won 10 matches with bonus points, including five by fall.
NU began the day with back-to-back pins against Stevens Tech as freshman and 19th-ranked Dominick Malone made quick work of Tony Geiger, pinning him in 59 seconds at 125 lbs. and sophomore John Coukos followed that up with a fall in 4:39 at 133 lbs.
Back-to-back decisions at 141 and 149 by Pat Greco and Dylan Marriott gave NU the 18-0 lead and then the Wildcats won four of their final six matches with bonus points. Second-ranked senior Jason Welch scored the fall in 2:57 at 157 lbs., No. 12 Pierce Harger registered an 8-0 major decision at 165 and No. 8 Lee Munster kept things rolling with a tech fall in 3:57 at 174.
Marcus Shrewsbury grinded out a close 4-3 decision at 184, Alex Polizzi recorded NU's fourth fall of the match, pinning Alex Moreno in 2:27 at 197 and No. 8 Mike McMullan kept the shutout intact with the 9-3 decision over Brian Schamalz at heavyweight.
NU then took on Duke in the second match of the day and Malone recorded his second pin, sticking Peter Terrezza in 1:55 at 125. Duke kept things close in the early bouts, responding with a fall at 133 and after Jameson Oster's 3-0 decision at 141, Duke's Marcus Cain registered a decision at 149 to once again tie things up at 9-9.
Northwestern won five of the final six matches to run away with the victory. Welch won by forfeit, Harger scored another first-period fall for NU and Munster added another major decision, putting Northwestern ahead 25-9.
Duke won its final bout of the evening at 184 but NU responded with an upset at 197 as Polizzi captured the 6-2 victory over Duke's No. 18 Conner Hartmann. McMullan once again closed the match on a positive note for the Wildcats, winning by tech fall in 3:15, putting the final score at 33-12 in favor of NU.
Northwestern returns to the mat next Friday, Dec. 7, opening its Big Ten dual season at No. 1 Minnesota. Match time against the top-ranked Gophers is set for 7 p.m.
No. 13 Northwestern 45, Stevens Tech 0
125: #19 Dominick Malone (NU) fall Tony Geiger (Stev. Tech), 0:59 (6-0 NU)
133: John Coukos (NU) fall Brandon Ling (Stev. Tech), 4:39 (12-0 NU)
141: Pat Greco (NU) dec. Cody Curtiss (Stev. Tech) 6-1 (15-0 NU)
149: Dylan Marriott (NU) dec. Mike Polizzi (Stev. Tech) 7-6 (18-0 NU)
157: #2 Jason Welch (NU) fall Leo Wortman (Stev. Tech) 2:57 (24-0 NU)
165: #12 Pierce Harger (NU) maj. dec. Joey Favia (Stev. Tech) 8-0 (28-0 NU)
174: #8 Lee Munster (NU) tech. fall Jake Odell (Stev. Tech) 3:57, 17-0 (33-0 NU)
184: Marcus Shrewsbury (NU) dec. Doug Medrano (Stev. Tech) 4-3 (36-0 NU)
197: Alex Polizzi (NU) fall Alex Moreno (Stev. Tech) 2:27 (42-0 NU)
Hwt.: #8 Mike McMullan (NU) dec. Brian Schamalz (Stev. Tech) 9-3 (45-0 NU)
No. 13 Northwestern 33, Duke 12
125: #19 Dominick Malone (NU) fall Peter Terrezza (Duke) 1:55 (6-0 NU)
133: Brandon Gambucci (Duke) fall John Coukos (NU) 2:57 (6-6)
141: Jameson Oster (NU) dec. Tanner Hough (Duke) 3-0 (9-6 NU)
149: Marcus Cain (Duke) dec. Dylan Marriott (NU) 9-3 (9-9 NU)
157: #2 Jason Welch (NU) wins by forfeit (15-9 NU)
165: #12 Pierce Harger (NU) pin Randy Roden (Duke), 0:55 (21-9 NU)
174: #8 Lee Munster (NU) maj. dec. Trey Adamson (Duke) 10-1 (25-9 NU)
184: Dylan Ryan (Duke) dec. Marcus Shrewsbury (NU) 3-2 (25-12 NU)
197: Alex Polizzi (NU) dec. #18 Conner Hartmann (Duke) 6-2 (28-12 NU)
Hwt.: #8 Mike McMullan (NU) tech. fall Brian Self (Duke) 16-0, 3:15 (33-12 NU)