Dec. 3, 2010
DEKALB, Ill.- The Northern Illinois wrestling team got off to a great start at its annual Showcase Meet but the Huskies were unable to hold on to an early lead as they suffered a 20-15 loss at the hands of Michigan State at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, Ill. Friday night.
The Huskies took a quick lead when wins from freshmen Nick Smith and Kevin Fanta gave the NIU an early 6-0 advantage. Smith opened the meet with an 8-1 decision over MSU's Eric Olanowski, before Kevin Fanta claimed a 4-2 victory over Josh Harper to put the Huskies ahead.
"We had some great performances from some of the freshman," said NIU head wrestling coach Dave Grant. "Nick Smith continues to be a very tough competitor at 125 pounds. As a true freshman he is one of those guys that continues to wrestle hard and gets better every week. Kevin did a great job as well, and he wrestled very physical. Our team started very strong with the one-two punch from these freshmen."
NIU senior Tristen DeShazer kept the momentum going for the Huskies when he posted a quick victory over MSU's Joel Trombly in the 141-pound match. DeShazer came out strong and aggressive, defeating Trombly with a pin just 31 seconds into the first period.
MSU won the next match, but Northern Illinois senior Bryan Deutsch responded strong with a 10-5 victory over 13th-ranked 157-pounder David Cheza. The win put the Huskies ahead of MSU, 15-3.
"Bryan Deustch came out avenging a loss, and earned a win over a 13th-ranked wrestler and it was a huge win for him," Grant said. "Tristen came out with a pin. He showed great leadership as a senior and we saw a great performance from him."
Despite the strong start the Huskies were unable to hold on to their 15-3 lead, dropping the next four matches to head into the final round trailing 17-15. 285-pounder Dakota Greenhaw battled Mike McClure in the final bout, but the Huskie fell 7-3 to give Michigan State a 20-15 victory.
"It came down to the wire," Grant said. "I'm disappointed that we didn't win, but I am encouraged that our guys are wrestling extremely hard. We had some great performances and they put their best leg forward. Overall, it was a great event. It was exciting having all the fans here and it's really nice to see a lot of the wrestlers from high schools and junior high come out. Today's event was well-attended and it demonstrates a great interest for wrestling in this area."
The Huskies return to action Dec. 18 when they head to Dubuque, Iowa to compete in the Fox Open.
Michigan State 20, Northern Illinois 15
125 - Nick Smith (NIU) dec. Eric Olanowski (MSU), 8-1
133 - Kevin Fanta (NIU) dec. Josh Harper (MSU), 4-2
141 - Tristen DeShazer (NIU) fall Joel Trombly (MSU), :31
149 - Dan Osterman (MSU) dec. Vince Castillo (NIU), 4-2
157 - Bryan Deutsch (NIU) dec. David Cheza (MSU), 10-5
165 - Ben Bourdo (MSU) dec. Matt Mougin (NIU),4-1
174 - Curran Jacobs (MSU) major dec. Zach Benzio (NIU), 15-5
184 - Ian Hinton (MSU) major dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 10-2
197 - Tyler Dickenson (MSU) dec. Mike Lukowski (NIU), 3-2
285 - Mike McClure (MSU) dec. Dakota Greenhaw (NIU), 7-3