Northern Illinois Set for SoCon Foes SIU Edwardsville, Appalachian State

GO HUSKIES Kevin Fanta returned to the starting lineup last weekend at the Midlands Championships
GO HUSKIES
Kevin Fanta returned to the starting lineup last weekend at the Midlands Championships
GO HUSKIES

Jan. 5, 2013

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DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois wrestling team rings in the New Year by stepping back into dual action Sunday with a triangular meet against Southern Conference members SIU Edwardsville and Appalachian State.
 
The meet begins at noon with the Cougars facing the Mountaineers. NIU's first meet starts at 2 p.m. against ASU, followed by a matchup against SIUE at 4 p.m.
 
"Appalachian State wrestles hard," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "They are scrappy up and down the lineup. We need to wrestle with intensity and within our best positions for a full seven minutes. As for SIUE, they will come to battle, so we need to stick to our gameplan and stay aggressive."
 
The Huskies are looking to reverse their fortunes after an unexpected quick exit from the Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill. Derek Elmore and Andrew Morse both led the team with two wins apiece, while Shawn Fayette and Matt Mougin also grabbed wins in the tournament.
 
NIU will also look to end their dual meet losing streak at three. After starting the year 5-0, the Huskies have dropped matches against Purdue, Michigan State and Kent State entering Sunday's meet.
 
Appalachian State, NIU's first opponent of the day, enters the meet with a 4-1 dual record, having defeated George Mason, Anderson, Belmont Abbey and Gardner-Webb. More recently, the Mountaineers recorded a pair of quality performances at the Reno Tournament of Champions and the Southern Scuffle.
 
ASU's lineup features plenty of youth, led by redshirt freshman and Southern Scuffle placer Zack Strickland at 165 pounds. Dominic Parisi (125), Chris Johnson (141) and Jesse Johnson (184) will also figure greatly into ASU's lineup.
 
Meanwhile, SIUE comes into Sunday with a 3-6 record in duals, defeating Iowa Central, Gardner-Webb and Iowa Western so far this season. The Cougars, who are in their first season as a part of the SoCon, are led by 133-pounder Patrick Myers and 165-pounder Jake Residori.
 
Fans can follow along with the action online at TrackWrestling.com and SIUECougars.com.
 
PROJECTED LINEUPS
Northern Illinois Huskies
125: Derek Elmore
133: Nick Smith
141: Tyler Argue OR Kevin Fanta
149: Rob Jillard OR Shawn Fayette
157: Andrew Morse
165: Sam Bennett OR Dan Burk
174: Matt Mougin
184: Bryan Loughlin
197: Shawn Scott OR Parker Settecase
285: Jared Torrence
 
Appalachian State Mountaineers
125: Dominic Parisi
133: Brett Boston
141: Chris Johnson
149: Zach Ketcher OR Aaron Scott
157: Collins Creech
165: Zack Strickland
174: Colin Hedash
184: Jesse Johnson
197: Paul Weiss
285: Joe Cummings
 
SIUE Cougars
125: Tyler Gilleland
133: Patrick Myers
141: Brandon Brindley
149: Dillon Pousson
157: Kyle Lowman
165: Logun Taylor
174: Jake Residori OR Deshoun White
184: Derek Nagel OR Deshoun White
197: Josh Wood
285: David Devine
 
PAW PRINTS
History Against Cougars And Mountaineers
Northern Illinois and SIU-Edwardsville will meet for the 27th time since 1969 Sunday in DeKalb, with the Huskies holding a decisive 23-2-1 edge against the Cougars. NIU has also won 19 straight matches against SIUE, which includes two decisive wins - 25-7 on Nov. 26 and 34-8 on Feb. 12 - last season. Meanwhile, Sunday will mark the first time that the Huskies and Mountaineers will go head-to-head.
 
Non-Con against The SoCon
Sunday will mark the fifth consecutive season that the Huskies will take on a team from the Southern Conference. During that span, NIU holds a 2-2 record, having defeated Campbell last year and Chattanooga in 2010. In addition, NIU has topped first-year member SIU Edwardsville each of those years.
 
Home Cookin'
January will be a month of easy travel for the Huskies, as three of their four dual meets will take place in the friendly confines of the Convocation Center. Following their lone road dual against SIU Edwardsville and Appalachian State, the Huskies host Ohio (Jan. 11) and Central Michigan (Jan. 18), followed by a triangular against Eastern Michigan and Missouri on Jan. 26.
 
Staying Instate
Speaking of light travel, the Huskies will leave the state of Illinois just once between Dec. 29 and Feb. 8. In that span NIU will have four home meets, in addition to trips to Evanston and Edwardsville. The lone trip outside of Illinois during that span will come on Jan. 12, when the Huskies send their redshirt wrestlers to Dubuque for Loras' Flash Flanagan Open.
 
The Return
Kevin Fanta, NIU's 2012 NCAA qualifier at 141, returned to the mats at the Midlands Championships for his first action since undergoing offseason knee surgery. Though his debut did not go as planned with two straight losses, Fanta should remain in the starting lineup for the remainder of the season.
 
Up Next...
The Huskies return home for the first time in over a month Friday, Jan. 11, when they battle the Ohio Bobcats in a MAC dual. The meet starts at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center.