Dec. 30, 2008
Final Brackets in PDF Format
Final Standings in PDF Format
EVANSTON, Ill. – Tristen DeShazer turned heads by turning shoulders, as he recorded four pins to earn a sixth-place finish at the 46th Midlands Wrestling Championships, Tuesday.
The top finisher for Northern Illinois, DeShazer (Wichita, Kan./Wichita West) won five consecutive matches after losing his opening bout. He followed the loss by pinning the No. 7 seed Jimmy Conroy of Pittsburgh (6:30), Monday, then earned falls over Josh Palivoda of Cleveland State (5:41), sixth-seeded Kyle Hutton of Old Dominion (3:16), and Todd Schravrian of Missouri (6:33), Tuesday. DeShazer also won by forfeit over American’s Jason Borshoff, before dropping the fifth-place match to No. 1 seed Jimmy Kennedy of Illinois. He finished the tournament with a 5-2 record, and improved to 15-6 overall, with 12 wins by fall.
“It’s very difficult to lose that first match and come all the way back to place,” head coach Dave Grant said. “It takes a lot of heart to come back and do something like that, because it is so many matches.”
As a team, Northern Illinois placed 20th with 25.5 points, ahead of Mid-American Conference opponent Eastern Michigan, Michigan State, Rutgers, and 23 others. Grant said the tournament’s tough field will help the team as it prepares for 2009.
“There are so many quality wrestlers at a tournament like this,” Grant said. “We’ve got to come back to DeKalb with some serious attitude, train hard, and get ready for the MAC season.”
Sophomore Bryan Deutsch (Columbia City, Ind./Columbia City) finished the tournament with a winning record at 157 pounds. After falling in his opening bout, Monday, Deutsch rallied to win three consecutive matches. He won a 5-2 decision over Cole Garcia of Nebraska-Kearney, defeated Gabe Burak, 5-2, and won a high-scoring match against Matt Ballweg, 13-11. Deutsch was eliminated from contention in the next round, losing to Nick Pertucci of Purdue.
In the 184 pound division, Brad Dieckhaus (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell Central) went 2-2 for the Huskies. After an opening round loss to sixth-seeded Jerome Ward of Iowa State, Dieckhaus pinned unattached Grant Gambrall, then defeated Eric Bugerhagen of Wisconsin, 5-1. Dieckhaus was eliminated in a 6-4 loss to Vince Didona of Central Michigan.
The Huskies open the 2009 dual meet season Jan. 10 in Edwardsville, Ill., where they will face SIU-Edwardsville and Missouri Baptist.