March 16, 2007
Detroit, Mich. - The NIU Wrestling team acquitted themselves quite well in the second day of the NCAA Championships held at the Palace of Auburn Hills, as the Huskies picked up four wins on the day. Every Huskie picked up at least one win in the Championships and all four wrestlers advanced to the second day of action, but advancing to the final day would be just out of their grasp despite the strong overall performance.
"Our guys did a great job here, I was really pleased with our effort," said head coach Dave Grant, "Castillo and Danny Burk wrestled great today and Galloway came real close to finishing in the top eight."
Senior Johnny Galloway took down Penn's Zack Shanaman with a 5-4 decision in his opening match of the third round of the wrestlbacks. Galloway continued his winning ways as he upended Michael Cannon of American University by a score of 8-5 in the fourth round of wrestlebacks. In his third and final match of the day Galloway faced off against Matthew Pell of top ranked Missouri. One more win would have assured Galloway of a top eight finish along with All-American status but it was not to be as Pell won by fall at the 6:08 mark.
Senior Danny Burk pulled out a nail-biter against Kenneth Robertson of Eastern Illinois in his first match of the day. Burk tied the match with a late takedown in the third sending the match into over-time. After a scoreless over-time period, a tie-breaker ensued where Burk pulled a reversal to win the match with a 6-4 decision. Burk's second match of the day was a rematch of the MAC finals as he faced Brandon Sinnott of CMU. Once again Sinnott bested Burk but the match was extremely close as Sinnott topped Burk by a score of only 3-2.
Junior Pat Castillo started his second day of competition with a 3-2 decision over Steve Mytych from Drexel. The match ended in regulation with a 2-2 tie but Castillo earned a point for riding time giving him the win. In his second match of the day Castillo faced Tyler Shinn of Oklahoma State. Shin bested Castillo in a hard fought match that went down to the last second and ended with a final score of 4-3 in favor of Shin.
Freshman Duke Burk
found himself in the third round of the wrestlebacks taking on a tough opponent in Trevor Brandvoldt of Wisconsin. Brandevolt got the better of Burk with a final score of 6-3.
Grant said of this year's performance by his team and the promise of next years squad, "Our guys showed real grit and determination this year and we've got two national qualifiers coming back next year in Castillo and Duke Burk so the future looks real good."