NIU's Matt Mougin Advances to Day Two in NCAA Championships

GO HUSKIES Matt Mougin's two takedowns were enough to knock off 11th-seeded Blake Stauffer
GO HUSKIES
Matt Mougin's two takedowns were enough to knock off 11th-seeded Blake Stauffer
GO HUSKIES

March 21, 2013

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Northern Illinois redshirt junior Matt Mougin advanced to Day Two of the 2013 NCAA Championships Thursday by splitting his two matches.
 
After winning in the first round, Mougin lost to No. 6 Logan Storley of Minnesota in a 9-1 major decision. His next opponent will be Virginia Tech's Austin Gabel, who defeated Navy's Mat Miller in the consolation bracket, 5-1.
 
"Storley was able to score two off of Matt's first shot early in the match," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "He slowed us down with a tough ride. However, Matt is competing well and we are looking forward to the next match."
 
Looking for his second upset in as many matches, Mougin fell behind early when Storley scored a quick takedown for a 2-0 lead. After the Huskie scored an escape, the 2012 All-American Storley got another takedown shortly before the first period ended for a 4-1 lead.
 
Storley extended the lead to 6-1 with a smooth reversal in the second period. The match concluded with another Gopher takedown early in the third, while Storley's riding time advantage provided the final eight-point margin.
 
Session I Recap
 
Matt Mougin got his tournament started right Thursday afternoon by upsetting No. 11 Blake Stauffer of Arizona State, 4-2.
 
"Against Stauffer, Matt was able to go get right off to a nice single leg attack," Ludwig said. "He rode well and controlled the hand fight."
 
The Huskie 174-pounder set the tone early with a first period takedown against Stauffer. After the Sun Devil got an escape to cut the lead in half. Mougin's second escape attempt, though, went awry and Stauffer nearly dumped him for a takedown and the lead. However, Mougin held out and entered the second period with a 2-1 lead. Mougin would surrender an escape early in the second for a 2-2 tie, but another NIU takedown gave him a 4-2 lead going into the third.
 
After choosing down in the third, Mougin clinched the upset with a strong defensive effort, holding Stauffer scoreless throughout the period despite drawing one stalling warning.
 
The action in Des Moines continues tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. with the first of two consolation rounds in Session III. Fans can watch the action live on ESPNU and WatchESPN.com, while live results can be found at TrackWrestling.com and @NIUWrestling.