Dec. 29, 2013
Midlands Day One Brackets
EVANSTON, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University wrestling team advanced two wrestlers to Day Two of the Midlands Championships Sunday, as junior Tyler Argue and sophomore Andrew Morse moved one step closer to getting on the podium at one of the nation's toughest tournaments.
As a team, the Huskies are tied for 17th with Rider with 18.5 points. Both Argue and Morse are looking to become the first NIU wrestlers to place at the Midlands since Brian Deutsch took seventh in the 2010 tournament.
Following an injury default win to start the day, Argue advanced to the quarterfinals following a close 7-6 victory over Utah Valley's Avery Garner. The junior couldn't get to the semifinals, though, as 12th-seeded Pat Greco of Northwestern bested him in a 5-3 decision. Argue will now face Sahid Kargbo of George Mason in wrestlebacks tomorrow.
Morse, ranking as the six seed at 157 pounds, started strong with a 5-2 win over Michigan's Jake Salazar. After a loss to Nebraska's Destin McCauley knocked him out of the championship bracket, the sophomore stayed alive with a pair of pins in wrestleback matches. First, Morse stuck Danny Orem of Maryland in the first period, followed by a second-period pin of Illinois' Jake Gingerich. He'll take on Columbia's Chad Ryan in his first match of Session III.
Matt Mougin was the other Huskie to claim multiple wins on the day, taking two at 174 pounds. The redshirt senior defeated Edinboro's Patrick Jennings in a 6-4 decision to start the day, but lost to third-seeded and #20-nationally Elliot Riddick of Lehigh to fall to the consolation bracket. Mougin stayed alive with a 9-8 win over Indiana's Nate Jackson, but was knocked out by Utah Valley's Monte Schmalhaus in a 6-2 decision.
Four others Huskies - Rob Jillard, Shaun'Qae McMurtry, Caleb Busson and Shawn Scott - each earned one victory before bowing out of the tournament. At 149 pounds, Jillard dropped his first match of the day to third-seeded and eighth nationally-ranked Dave Habat of Edinboro, but bounced back with a pin of Chicago's Jacob Smith before falling to Andrew Crane of Wisconsin.
McMurtry opened his tournament with a 6-1 loss to third-seeded Taylor Massa of Michigan. However, the Chicago-area native scored a 6-4 overtime win against Cal Poly's Travis Berridge in wrestlebacks, only to be eliminated by Edinboro's Zach Towers.
Busson's day began with a 6-3 victory over Northwestern's Mitchell Sliga. Yet, the redshirt junior suffered losses to 11th-seeded Domenic Abounader of Michigan and sixth-seeded Jackson Hein of Wisconsin to see his day come to a premature end.
For Scott, he opened the Midlands with a 9-3 win against 2013 Division III All-American Shane Siefert of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Much like Busson, though, he took an overtime defeat against sixth-seeded and nationally-ranked Chris Penny of Virginia Tech, then bowed out following a tight 5-4 loss to Utah Valley's Derek Thomas.
The Midlands action continues tomorrow at noon with Session III, as three consolation rounds, semifinals and seventh place matches will be contested in each weight class. Session IV is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network.
125: Braun Marquez
Jarrod Garnett (Bison Legends WC) maj. dec. Braun Marquez (NIU), 15-6
Penn Gottfried (Columbia) dec. Braun Marquez (NIU), 11-4
133: Nick Smith
#7 Joe Colon (Northern Iowa) maj. dec. Nick Smith (NIU), 17-5
Colt Schilling (Cal Poly) dec. Nick Smith (NIU), 9-8
141: Tyler Argue
Tyler Argue (NIU) wins by injury default over Will Switzer (Lehigh)
Tyler Argue (NIU) dec. Avery Garner (Utah Valley), 7-6
Pat Greco (Northwestern) dec. Tyler Argue (NIU), 5-3
141: Kevin Fanta
#9 Josh Dziewa (Iowa) dec. Kevin Fanta (NIU), 8-4
Ryan Fillingame (Adams State) dec. Kevin Fanta (NIU), 4-1
149: Rob Jillard
#8 Dave Habat (Edinboro) dec. Rob Jillard (NIU), 14-7
Rob Jillard (NIU) pins Jacob Smith (Chicago), 3:59
Andrew Crone (Wisconsin) dec. Rob Jillard (NIU), 10-6
149: Gabe Morse
Alex Griffin (Purdue) maj. dec. Gabe Morse (NIU), 12-4
Curt Delia (Rider) pins Gabe Morse (NIU), 0:51
157: Andrew Morse
Andrew Morse (NIU) dec. Jake Salazar (Michigan), 5-2
Destin McCauley (Nebraska) dec. Andrew Morse (NIU), 10-7
Andrew Morse (NIU) pins Danny Orem (Maryland), 1:19
Andrew Morse (NIU) pins Jake Gingerich (Illinois), 3:24
165: Shaun’Qae McMurtry
Taylor Massa (Michigan) dec. Shaun’Qae McMurtry (NIU), 6-1
Shaun’Qae McMurtry (NIU) dec. Travis Berridge (Cal Poly), 6-4 (SV1)
Zach Towers (Edinboro) dec. Shaun’Qae McMurtry (NIU), 8-7
174: Matt Mougin
Matt Mougin (NIU) dec. Patrick Jennings (Edinboro), 6-4
#20 Elliot Riddick (Lehigh) dec. Matt Mougin (NIU), 7-5 (SV1)
Matt Mougin (NIU) dec. Nate Jackson (Indiana), 9-8
Monte Schmalhaus (Utah Valley) dec. Matt Mougin (NIU), 6-2
184: Caleb Busson
Caleb Busson (NIU) dec. Mitchell Sliga (Northwestern), 6-3
Domenic Abounader (Michigan) dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 3-2 (OT)
Jackson Hein (Wisconsin) dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 3-1
197: Shawn Scott
Shawn Scott (NIU) dec. Shane Siefert (Wisconsin-Whitewater), 9-3
#18 Chris Penny (Virginia Tech) dec. Shawn Scott (NIU), 9-8 (SV1)
Derek Thomas (Utah Valley) dec. Shawn Scott (NIU), 5-4
285: Jared Torrence
Eric Thompson (Grand View) pins Jared Torrence (NIU), 6:01
Greg Velasco (Rider) dec. Jared Torrence (NIU), 3-2