NIU Defeats Northwestern in Annual Showcase Meet
Dec. 3, 2009
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University wrestling team defeated in-state rival Northwestern of the Big Ten Conference, 24-13, in the Annual Showcase Meet Thursday night at the Convocation Center.
"I think the difference tonight was we wrestled hard at critical situations," NIU head coach Dave Grant said. "It's all about continuing to wrestle. When you do that, good things happen.
"Overall, it was a pretty good night. Anytime you can beat a Big Ten opponent, that's a notable victory."
Trailing 9-10 after the sixth match of the evening, Bryan Deutsch (Columbia City, Ind./Columbia City) scored a defensive pin over Northwestern's Kevin Biakla, 51 seconds into the third period to take the victory at 157 and give the Huskies a 15-10 lead.
"He's a guy that makes things happen," Grant said of Deutsch's performance. "He never quits wrestling. He's dangerous at all times.
John Odeen (Coal City, Ill./Coal City) all but sealed the win for NIU (4-2) in the next match when he defeated Robert Kellogg, 6-1, at 165. Northwestern (1-3-1) forfeited the match at 174, giving Mason True (Arcadia, Ohio/Arcadia) the win and putting the Huskies up 24-10 with one match remaining.
"John Odeen had a close match," he said. "He kept wrestling, even on the edge. I've seen a lot of guys stop and give up in that situation. But that `never say die' attitude is what we've been talking about. "
The Huskies won six matches on the evening. Dakota Greenhaw (Monett, Mo./Monett) and Izzy Montemayor (Barrington, Ill./Grant Community) took home the titles at 285 and 125 respectively. With the Huskies trailing 6-5, Patrick McLemore (Hinckley, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) put NIU back on top, 9-6, with a 10-1 major decision over the Wildcats' Bobby Joyce at 141.
The Huskies are back in action Dec. 13 when the Huskies travel to Fargo, N.D. to take on North Dakota State and Oregon State.
Northern Illinois 24, Northwestern 13
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