Denver, Colo. -- In No. 17 Northwestern's first road duals meet of the season, the Wildcats earned a pair of wins in Denver, Colo. Friday, defeating Air Force 28-15 and Northern Colorado 33-12.
NU won seven individual events against Air Force, including five with bonus points. After Air Force won the first match, NU's Dominick Malone got the ‘Cats their first victory, winning a 5-2 decision over David Walker at 133 lbs. Northwestern would not look back and did not trail again. Pat Greco and Jason Tsirtsis earned bonus point victories at 141 lbs. and 149 lbs. respectively.
"We need to do a better job of controlling the entire match," head coach Drew Pariano said. "We had some guys go out and dictate the pace of the match. We also had guys who needed to get after it from the opening whistle. We will improve."
Air Force answered at 157 lbs. and 174 lbs. to keep the match close at 16-15 Northwestern. But the ‘Cats swept the final three matches to close out the dual.
At 197 lbs., Alex Polizzi won by tech fall over Evan Gros. Two time All-American and NCAA finalist Mike McMullan returned to the mat for the ‘Cats to earn a major decision over Marcus Malecek.
Against Northern Colorado, Malone (1:34), Tsirtsis (2:12) and Pierce Harger (3:51) got the ‘Cats rolling early three pins pins at 141 lbs., 149 lbs. and 174 lbs. respectively, and NU led 24-6.
Jacob Berkowitz, Polizzi and McMullan closed out the match each winning by decisions over Northern Colorado to give the ‘Cats a 33-12 win.
NU opens up Big Ten action traveling to Nebraska to face the Cornhuskers on Nov. 17 at 1:00 p.m. CT.
No. 17 Northwestern 28, Air Force 15
125: Martin(Josh) Martinez (AF) won by decision over Garrison White (NU) 7-3. (3-0 AF)
133: Dominick Malone (NU) won by decision over Gregory Rinker (AF) 5-2. (3-3)
141: Pat Greco (NU) won by major decision over David Walker (AF) 17-7. (7-3 NU)
149: Jason Tsirtsis (NU) won by pin over Natrelle Demison (AF) 4:57. (13-3 NU)
157: Joshua Kreimier (AF) won by pin over Benjamin Sullivan (NU) 4:56. (13-9 NU)
165: Pierce Harger (NU) won by decision over Jesse Stafford (AF) 5-3.(16-9 NU)
174: Konner Witt (AF) won by pin over David Helmer (NU) 2:30. (16-15 NU)
184: Jacob Berkowitz (NU) won in sudden victory 1 over Scott Reilly (AF) 3-1. (19-15 NU)
197: Alex Polizzi (NU) won by tech fall over Evan Gros (AF) 4:04 15-0.(24-15 NU)
285: Michael McMullan (NU) won by major decision over Marcus Malecek (AF) (28-15 NU)
No. 17 Northwestern 33, Northern Colorado 12
125: Trey Andrews (NC) won by decision over Garrison White (NU) 11-4. (3-0 NC)
133: Dominick Malone (NU) won by pin over Michael Espinoza (NC) 1:34. (6-3 NU)
141: Pat Greco (NU) won by forfeit (Unattached). (12-3 NU)
149: Jason Tsirtsis (NU) won by pin over Beau Roberts (NC) 2:12. (18-3 NU)
157: Mitchell Polkowske (NC) won by decision over Dylan Marriott (NU) 4-0. (18-6 NC)
165: Pierce Harger (NU) won by pin over Donovan Maes (NC) 3:51. (24-6 NU)
174: Dylan Rutledge (NC) won by forfeit (Unattached). (24-12 NU)
184: Jacob Berkowitz (NU) won by decision over Nick Bayer (NC) 4-2.(27-12 NU)
197: Alex Polizzi (NU) won by decision over Brian Macchione (NC) 8-3. (30-12 NU)
285: Michael McMullan (NU) won by decision over Henry Chirino (NC) 4-0. (33-12 NU)