NIU Wrestling Falls to Northern Iowa
Feb. 12, 2010
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University wrestling team suffered a 36-0 shutout at the hands of Northern Iowa Friday in Victor E. Court at the Convocation Center.
"We came out flat," NIU head coach Dave Grant said. "They [Northern Iowa] were in good position and they wrestled hard. We just didn't bring our `A' game tonight. We wrestled well all season long, but we took a step back tonight. We've got to come back, refocus and get ready for MAC competition next week."
The Huskies (9-9, 1-3), struggled right out of the gate, dropping the first match, 7-3, at 133. Vince Castillo (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) fought hard in the next match at 141, but suffered a tough 1-0 loss to Charlie Ettelson. A major decision and a technical fall at 149 and 157 respectively, put the Huskies in a 15-0 hole from which they would never recover.
John Odeen (Coal City, Ill./Coal City) at 165 and Mason True (Arcadia, Ohio/Arcadia) at 174 each suffered one-point losses, with Odeen losing, 3-2, and True falling 4-3. Sophomore Izzy Montemayor (Barrington, Ill./Grant Community) also dropped a one-point decision, falling to Caleb Flores, 3-2, in the final match of the night.
Northern Illinois returns to the mat Sunday, Feb. 21 when the Huskies play host to Mid-American Conference foe Buffalo in Victor E. Court at the Convocation Center. The match, which is also Senior Day for NIU's lone senior Dan Ruettiger (Joliet, Ill./Providence), begins at 2 p.m.
Northern Iowa 36-Northern Illinois 0
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