Northwestern dominates South Dakota State

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- Northwestern cruised to a 39-4 road win over South Dakota State in its final nonconference dual match of the season Sunday, collecting seven victories with bonus points and claiming nine of 10 bouts on the day.

True freshman 125-pounder picked up his 16th individual win of the season to open the competition, recording a 10-1 major decision victory against SDSU's Aaron Pickrel. The Wildcats then gained a 10-0 advantage in the team score after the Jackrabbits opted to forfeit the 133-pound match and hand six points to the visitors.

Sophomore Pat Greco kept momentum in NU's favor by dismissing Ben Gillette by major decision, 17-4, improving to 11-8 on the season.

South Dakota State came up with its lone win of the afternoon when Dustin Walraven -- ranked No. 31 in the recently released NCAA Coaches Rankings -- managed to win with bonus points (8-0) in the 149-pound contest. But Northwestern turned to its two-time All-American at 157 pounds, Jason Welch, to set things right with a 20-3 technical fall of Tyler Johnson midway through the second period.

Seventeenth-ranked Pierce Harger improved to a stellar 21-5 on the year by pulling out a 4-1 decision against Joe Brewster at 165 pounds, lifting Northwestern's lead in the team score to a dominating 22-4. His classmate Lee Munster needed less than one period to dismiss his opponent, John Nething II, with a quick 17-0 technical fall.

At 184, freshman Jacob Berkowitz earned a 10-6 decision against South Dakota State's Shea Nolan, while Alex Polizzi recorded an efficient 9-0 major decision over the Jackrabbits' Joe Skow. Northwestern's final win of the afternoon came courtesy of seventh-ranked heavyweight Mike McMullan, who ended the match with a 19-4 tech fall win late in the third period of his match with J.J. Everard.

Play-by-play and complete scoring from each individual bout is available in PDF format at the top of the page. Northwestern (8-8) concludes the dual portion of its schedule Saturday, Feb. 23 at Indiana, where start time is set for 1 p.m. CT in Bloomington, Ind.

125: No. 20 Dominick Malone (NU) maj. dec. Aaron Pickrel (SDSU), 10-1 (NU 4-0)
133: Garrison White (NU) won by forfeit, (NU 10-0)
141: Pat Greco (NU) maj. dec. Ben Gillette (SDSU), 17-4 (NU 14-0)
149: Dustin Walraven (SDSU) maj. dec. Dylan Marriott (NU), 8-0 (NU 14-4)
157: No. 2 Jason Welch (NU) Tech Fall Tyler Johnson (SDSU), 20-3 (4:21) (NU 19-4)
165: No. 17 Pierce Harger (NU) dec. Joe Brewster (SDSU), 4-1 (NU 22-4)
174: No. 9 Lee Munster (NU) Tech Fall John Nething II (SDSU), 17-0 (2:50) (NU 27-4)
? 184: Jacob Berkowitz (NU) dec. Shea Nolan (SDSU), 10-6 (NU 30-4)
197: Alex Polizzi (NU) maj. dec. Joe Skow (SDSU), 9-0 (NU 34-4)
285: No. 7 Mike McMullan (NU) Tech Fall J.J. Everard (SDSU), 19-4 (6:19) (NU 39-4)


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