Feb. 21, 2010
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University wrestling team suffered a 25-8 setback to Mid-American Conference foe Buffalo Sunday in Victor E. Court at the Convocation Center.
The Bulls (9-7-1, 2-3) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after taking the first two matches of the afternoon, winning at 125 and 133. Junior Patrick McLemore (Hinckley, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) gave the Huskies their first points of the day when he edged out Andrew Schutt, 4-3 at 141. McLemore's victory pulled the Huskies to within two, 5-3, as Buffalo was deducted a point after Schutt threw his headgear.
Northern Illinois' (9-10, 1-4) lone senior, Dan Ruettiger (Joliet, Ill./Providence), who was celebrating Senior Day Sunday gave NIU a 6-5 lead when he scored a 3-1 victory at 149. The lead would be short lived as Bryan Deustch (Columbia City, Ind./Columbia City) lost to Andrew Stella by pin fall, 2:43, at 157.
"Congratulations to Dan Ruettiger on picking up the last dual meet win of his career," NIU head coach Dave Grant said. "That was an unfortunate situation at 157 when we were winning."
Dakota Greenhaw (Monett, Mo./Monett) gave the Huskies their third and final victory of the day when he scored an 8-3 victory over Jason Weber at 285.
"We're getting to the end of the season where it really matters," Grant said. "We've got to start getting the focus and intensity in the direction that we want. We've got two weeks to get ready [for the MAC Championships]."
The Huskies will return to action Mar. 6 when Northern Illinois travels to Mt. Pleasant, Mich. to compete in the 2010 MAC Championships.
Buffalo 25 - Northern Illinois 8
125: Dan Bishop (UB) dec. Izzy Montemayor (NIU), 3-1
133: #19 Kevin Smith (UB) dec. Tristen DeShazer (NIU), 10-3
141: Patrick McLemore (NIU) dec. Andrew Schutt (UB), 4-3
149: Dan Ruettiger (NIU) dec. Chris Conti (UB), 3-1
157: Andrew Stella (UB) pin fall Bryan Deutsch (NIU), 2:43
165: #19 John-Martin Cannon (UB) dec. Joe Clothier (NIU), 11-5
174: Brian Sheehan (UB) Maj. dec. Mason True (NIU), 10-2
184: Josh Peters (UB) dec. Zach Benzio (NIU), 10-4
197: Jimmy Hamel (UB) Maj. dec. Scott Penny (NIU), 14-4
285: Dakota Greenhaw (NIU) dec. Jason Weber (UB), 8-3