Nine of Twelve Huskies Place at Flanagan Open

GO HUSKIES True freshman John Odeen was victorious at Saturday's tournament.
GO HUSKIES
True freshman John Odeen was victorious at Saturday's tournament.
GO HUSKIES

Jan. 5, 2008

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Northern Illinois wrestlers captured success at the "Flash" Flanagan Open, Saturday, with nine of the Huskies' 12 grapplers placing at the tournament.

Freshman John Odeen (Coal City, Ill./Coal City) highlighted the day by winning the tournament title at 157 pounds. Also at 157, Huskies Bryan Deutsch (Columbia City, Ind./Columbia City) and Garrett James (Kewanna, Ind./Culver Academy) placed third and fourth, respectively.

Northern Illinois had two place finishers in each of two other weight classes, as well. At 149, redshirt sophomore Will McDermott (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) placed fourth, while redshirt freshman Michael Smith (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) finished fifth.

In the 174-pound weight class, Huskie true freshman prevailed. Brad Dieckhaus (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell Central) placed second and Justin Carlson (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township) finished fourth.

Other top Huskie performances include Dan Ruettiger (Joliet, Ill./Providence) placing third at 141 and Anthony Victor (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) finishing fourth at 165.

Northern Illinois will now look forward to Mid-American Conference action. The Huskies open up the MAC season with a dual meet against Buffalo Jan. 12 in DeKalb. NIU will also take on Findlay as part of the day's competition.