Jillard, Morse, Torrence Pace Huskies at Kaufman-Brand Open

GO HUSKIES Rob Jillard took top honors at 149 Saturday at the Kaufman-Brand Open
GO HUSKIES
Rob Jillard took top honors at 149 Saturday at the Kaufman-Brand Open
GO HUSKIES

Dec. 1, 2012

TOWN & COUNTRY, Mo. - The Northern Illinois wrestling team placed 14 wrestlers on the podium Saturday at the Kaufman-Brand Open at Maryville University.
 
Leading the way in that group were junior Rob Jillard, freshman Andrew Morse and redshirt junior Jared Torrence. Jillard took first place at 149 pounds, while Morse claimed second at 157 and Torrence was third at heavyweight.
 
"I'm proud of the way we went out and competed today," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "The team is buying into the right concepts and techniques."
 
Jillard, who hails from Franklinville, N.J., continued his strong start to the season with a 4-0 performance to take top honors at 149. The junior began the day with an 11-4 win over Iowa's Joe DuCharme to advance into the quarterfinals. From there, Jillard moved on to the finals with a pair of one-point wins. First, he narrowly defeated Keenan Hagerty of Maryville, 5-4, then edged Missouri's Brandon Rice to move into the finals. Jillard would cap the day with a 14-3 major decision against Lavion Mayes of Missouri.

"Rob did a nice job of going out and getting to an attack," Ludwig said. "He stayed aggressive all day."

Morse's day began with a pair of high-scoring wins to push him into the semifinals. The freshman started with a 10-2 major decision over Illinois' Matt Ruettiger, followed by a 14-7 win against Bobby Williams of Ouachita Baptist. In the semifinals, Morse held off Maryville's Greg Hegarty to move into the finals. However, his day ended on a down note when Illinois' Zac Brunson defeated Morse, 6-2.

"Andrew Morse did a great job and is making strides all the time," Ludwig said.
 
At heavyweight, Jared Torrence finished with a third place finish. Torrence would win his first two matches - a 4-2 overtime decision against Missouri Baptist's Luis Contreras and an 8-0 shutout of Maryville's Zack Wilcox - before falling to eventual champion Devon Mellon of Missouri, 3-2, in the semifinals. The redshirt junior from Norwalk, Ohio, rebounded in the consolation bracket with consecutive 6-1 decisions over Julius Anglickas of Missouri Baptist and Oklahoma's Ross Larson to walk away with bronze.
 
NIU finished with four fourth place finishers on the day in Derek Elmore (125), Tyler Argue (141), Shawn Fayette (149) and Matt Mougin (174). Mougin led the team in pins on the day with five during a long run through the consolation bracket. Similarly, Elmore stuck three opponents on the day, including pinning Baker's Alan Callahan in 10 seconds. Meanwhile, Argue and Fayette each recorded five straight wins to emerge from deep in the wrestlebacks to finish on the podium.
 
In addition, Trace Engelkes took fifth place at 165 pounds and Parker Settecase was sixth at 197. Five Huskies - Braun Marquez (125), Dan Burk (165), Caleb Busson (184), Arber Bebo (197) and Arthur Bunce (285) - each finished the day in seventh in their respective weight classes.
 
NIU returns to DeKalb Saturday, Dec. 8, when they host the Michigan State Spartans in the annual NIU Showcase Meet. The action starts at 2 p.m. in the Convocation Center.
 
125: Derek Elmore - Fourth Place
Derek Elmore (NIU) pins Alan Callahan (Baker), 0:10
Derek Elmore (NIU) pins Justin Scott (Unattached), 1:01
Derek Elmore (NIU) dec. Ryan Stearns (Missouri Valley), 3-0
Thomas Gilman (Iowa) maj. dec. Derek Elmore (NIU), 11-1
Derek Elmore (NIU) pins Blayne Shockley (Lindenwood), 4:39
Gabe Roman (Missouri Baptist) maj. dec. Derek Elmore (NIU), 9-1
 
125: Nick Harrison
Nick Harrison (NIU) maj. dec. Jerelle McCabe (King College), 9-0
Cory Clark (Iowa) dec. Nick Harrison (NIU), 10-3
Matthew Gurule (Iowa) dec. Nick Harrison (NIU), 5-2
 
125: Braun Marquez - Seventh Place
Matthew Gurule (Iowa) dec. Braun Marquez (NIU), 11-5
Braun Marquez (NIU) pins Dylan Arnall (Baker), 1:10
Braun Marquez (NIU) wins by forfeit over Kyle Powers (Rend Lake)
Braun Marquez (NIU) maj. dec. Lee Celestino (Ouachita Baptist), 18-4
Braun Marquez (NIU) dec. Ryan Stearns (Missouri Valley), 7-2
Zach Synon (Missouri) maj. dec. Braun Marquez (NIU), 8-0
Braun Marquez (NIU) dec. Matthew Gurule (Iowa), 5-4
 
141: Tyler Argue - Fourth Place
Tyler Argue (NIU) tech. fall Jerry Kennedy (Unattached), 21-6
Matt Katusin (Lindenwood) pins Tyler Argue (NIU), 0:43
Tyler Argue (NIU) pins Josh Durham (Oklahoma), 4:10
Tyler Argue (NIU) dec. Steven Bradtmueller (McKendree), 9-2
Tyler Argue (NIU) maj. dec. Joel Olivas (Baker), 15-7
Tyler Argue (NIU) dec. Trevor Jauch (Missouri), 8-6 (OT)
Tyler Argue (NIU) wins by injury forfeit over Matt Katusin (Lindenwood)
Steven Rodrigues (Illinois) maj. dec. Tyler Argue (NIU), 15-3
 
141: Gabe Morse
Eric Wilson (Missouri) dec. Gabe Morse (NIU), 6-4 (OT)
Gabe Morse (NIU) pins Paxon Fowler (Baker), 6:02
Steven Rodrigues (Illinois) dec. Gabe Morse (NIU), 3-1
 
149: Rob Jillard - First Place
Rob Jillard (NIU) dec. Joe DuCharme (Iowa), 11-4
Rob Jillard (NIU) dec. Keenan Hagerty (Maryville), 5-4
Rob Jillard (NIU) dec. Brandon Rice (Missouri), 8-7
Rob Jillard (NIU) maj. dec. Lavion Mayes (Missouri), 14-3
 
149: Shawn Fayette - Fourth Place
Shawn Fayette (NIU) pins Jacob Wadley (Westminster Christian), 5:00
Lavion Mayes (Missouri) pins Shawn Fayette (NIU), 2:29
Shawn Fayette (NIU) dec. Blake Pepper (Missouri), 9-4
Shawn Fayette (NIU) tech. fall Elmer Francisco (Missouri Baptist), 16-0
Shawn Fayette (NIU) dec. John Fahy (Illinois), 9-2
Shawn Fayette (NIU) pins Dylan Coppenbarger (Baker), 6:40
Shawn Fayette (NIU) dec. Brandon Rice (Missouri), 2-1 (OT)
Keenan Hagerty (Maryville) dec. Shawn Fayette (NIU), 10-8 (OT)
 
157: Josh Smith
Zac Brunson (Illinois) maj. dec. Josh Smith (NIU), 14-6
Josh Smith (NIU) dec. Gary Walliser (Rend Lake), 3-2
Joey Moorhouse (Maryville) dec. Josh Smith (NIU), 6-3
 
157: Andrew Morse - Second Place
Andrew Morse (NIU) maj. dec. Matt Ruettiger (Illinois), 10-2
Andrew Morse (NIU) dec. Bobby Williams (Ouachita Baptist), 14-7
Andrew Morse (NIU) dec. Greg Hegarty (Maryville), 3-1
Zac Brunson (Illinois) dec. Andrew Morse (NIU), 6-2
 
165: Dan Burk - Seventh Place
Dan Burk (NIU) dec. Cody Pych (Lindenwood), 4-2
Dan Burk (NIU) maj. dec. Bradley Burnside (Baker), 9-1
Clark Glass (Oklahoma) tech. fall Dan Burk (NIU), 17-0
Dan Burk (NIU) maj. dec. Brandon Scott (Baker), 13-2
Cameron Ream (Missouri Baptist) maj. dec. Dan Burk (NIU), 16-7
 
165: Sam Bennett
Sam Bennett (NIU) maj. dec. Brandon Scott (Baker), 11-1
Walt Gilmor (Iowa) dec. Sam Bennett (NIU), 5-1
Tyler Floyd (Missouri Baptist) pins Sam Bennett (NIU), 4:23
 
165: Trace Engelkes - Fifth Place
Trace Engelkes (NIU) tech. fall Trevor Sutton (Baker), 17-1
Trace Engelkes (NIU) dec. James Hirsch (Baker), 6-0
Trace Engelkes (NIU) maj. dec. Marvio Tischhauser (Maryville), 11-3
Clark Glass (Oklahoma) pins Trace Engelkes (NIU), 1:40
Tyler Prazma (Missouri) dec. Trace Engelkes (NIU), 10-7
Trace Engelkes (NIU) pins Cameron Ream (Missouri Baptist), 1:05
 
174: Matt Mougin - Fourth Place
Matt Mougin (NIU) pins Jordan Burgess (Baker), 1:00
Cody Johnston (Missouri) maj. dec. Matt Mougin (NIU), 13-5
Matt Mougin (NIU) pins Travis Shadrach (Baker), 3:50
Matt Mougin (NIU) pins James Smith (Missouri Valley), 1:33
Matt Mougin (NIU) pins Cody Willis (McKendree), 0:58
Matt Mougin (NIU) maj. dec. Zeb Wahle (Maryville), 11-3
Matt Mougin (NIU) pins Nick Burghardt (Maryville), 6:25
Kristopher Klapprodt (Iowa) dec. Matt Mougin (NIU), 9-6
 
184: Caleb Busson - Seventh Place
Sam Brooks (Iowa) dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 5-3
Caleb Busson (NIU) dec. Jake Landals (Lindenwood), 3-2
Caleb Busson (NIU) dec. Ryan Beltz (Maryville), 5-3
Sam Brooks (Iowa) dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 7-2
Caleb Busson (NIU) pins Joe Lamanna (Illinois), 1:07
 
184: Shane Rosenberry
Dallas Smith (Ouachita Baptist) maj. dec. Shane Rosenberry (NIU), 13-0
Shane Rosenberry (NIU) dec. Wade Aylett (Missouri Valley), 11-4
Joe Lamanna (Illinois) dec. Shane Rosenberry (NIU), 12-7
 
197: Shawn Scott
Matt Baker (Maryville) dec. Shawn Scott (NIU), 6-3
Shawn Scott (NIU) maj. dec. Tyler Douglass (Baker), 13-5
Cole Rogers (SIUE) dec. Shawn Scott (NIU), 4-3
 
197: Arber Bebo - Seventh Place
Cole Rogers (SIUE) dec. Arber Bebo (NIU), 8-4
Arber Bebo (NIU) dec. O'Dell Lee (Ouachita Baptist), 7-5
Arber Bebo (NIU) pins Troy Mercer (Ouachita Baptist), 3:43
Cole Rogers (SIUE) maj. dec. Arber Bebo (NIU), 12-4
Arber Bebo (NIU) dec. Seth Calvert (Ouachita Baptist), 9-4
 
197: Austin Pickering
Justin Heberlie (Missouri) dec. Austin Pickering (NIU), 7-2
Austin Pickering (NIU) maj. dec. Cody Davis (King College), 9-0
Seth Calvert (Ouachita Baptist) pins Austin Pickering (NIU), 3:11
 
197: Parker Settecase - Sixth Place
Tomas Lira (Iowa) pins Parker Settecase (NIU), 0:45
Parker Settecase (NIU) dec. Johnathan Hales (Baker), 9-2
Parker Settecase (NIU) dec. Justin Heberlie (Missouri), 6-3
Parker Settecase (NIU) dec. Seth Calvert (Ouachita Baptist), 6-2
Kyle Reid (McKendree) maj. dec. Parker Settecase (NIU), 14-6
Cole Rogers (SIUE) dec. Parker Settecase (NIU), 7-4
 
285: Jared Torrence - Third Place
Jared Torrence (NIU) dec. Luis Contreras (Missouri Baptist), 4-2 (OT)
Jared Torrence (NIU) maj. dec. Zack Wilcox (Maryville), 8-0
Devon Mellon (Missouri) dec. Jared Torrence (NIU), 3-2
Jared Torrence (NIU) dec. Julius Anglickas (Missouri Baptist), 6-1
Jared Torrence (NIU) dec. Ross Larson (Oklahoma), 6-1
 
285: Arthur Bunce - Seventh Place
Arthur Bunce (NIU) tech. fall Hunter Davis (Oklahoma), 15-0
Arthur Bunce (NIU) dec. Coltyn Pease (Rend Lake), 11-4
Donnell Walker (Maryville) dec. Arthur Bunce (NIU), 6-2
Arthur Bunce (NIU) dec. Andrew Lutterloh (King College), 3-1
Julius Anglickas (Missouri Baptist) dec. Arthur Bunce (NIU), 12-6
Arthur Bunce (NIU) wins by forfeit over James Alter (Missouri Valley)