Northern Illinois Returns Home to Face Ohio

GO HUSKIES Bryan Loughlin and the Huskies will take on the Bobcats of Ohio Friday night in the Convocation Center
GO HUSKIES
Bryan Loughlin and the Huskies will take on the Bobcats of Ohio Friday night in the Convocation Center
GO HUSKIES

Jan. 10, 2013

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DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois wrestling team comes back to DeKalb after a month-long road trip when they take on Mid-American Conference foe Ohio in a Friday night dual.
 
The match between the Huskies and Bobcats gets underway at 7 p.m. inside Victor E. Court.
 
“Ohio is a talented team,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. “Heading into MAC competition, the wrestling will be intense. Conference success paves the way to the national tournament.”
 
The Huskies come into Friday’s dual with a 7-3 record following a pair of wins – 26-12 over Appalachian State and 31-13 over SIU Edwardsville – last Sunday in Edwardsville, Ill. Between the two duals, NIU notched four pins, while Nick Smith, Kevin Fanta, Andrew Morse, Bryan Loughlin and Jared Torrence recorded individual wins in both duals.
 
Meanwhile, Ohio enters the meet with a 3-3 dual record and a 1-1 MAC mark. Thus far, the Bobcats’ victories have come against Eastern Michigan, Appalachian State and Anderson, along with defeats to Virginia, Chattanooga and Central Michigan. However, Ohio has excelled in tournaments, taking fourth at the Navy Classic and seventh at both the Reno Tournament of Champions and The Southern Scuffle.
 
Individually, the Bobcats are led by returning All-American Jeremy Johnson at heavyweight and 2012 NCAA qualifier Ryan Garringer at 184. Johnson, who is ranked 15th nationally by Intermat, has a 21-7 record this season. In addition, Spartak Chino (157), Harrison Hightower (165), Cody Walters (174) and Phil Wellington (197) also figure prominently into the Bobcat lineup.
 
Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door. Fans can also follow along with the action online at NIUHuskies.com and on Twitter @NIUscores.
 
PROJECTED LINEUP
Northern Illinois Huskies
125: Derek Elmore
133: Nick Smith
141: Kevin Fanta OR Tyler Argue
149: Rob Jillard
157: Andrew Morse
165: Dan Burk
174: Matt Mougin OR Caleb Busson 
184: Bryan Loughlin OR Shane Rosenberry
197: Parker Settecase
285: Jared Torrence
 
Ohio Bobcats
125: Tyler Heminger OR KeVon Powell
133: Joe Munos OR Garret Garness
141: Kagan Squire
149: Andrew Romanchik
157: Spartak Chino
165: Harrison Hightower
174: Cody Walters
184: Ryan Garringer OR Cody Rodgers
197: Phil Wellington
285: #15 Jeremy Johnson
 
PAW PRINTS
History against the Bobcats
Friday’s dual with the Bobcats will be the 21st meeting between Ohio and Northern Illinois since 1969, when the Huskies joined the major college ranks. NIU holds a 10-9-1 advantage in the series, but Ohio has taken the last four matches between the two, including last year’s 27-6 decision in Athens, Ohio. The last Huskie victory in the series came on Jan. 18, 2008, with a 26-10 win in Athens.
 
Socon Success
NIU grabbed two wins Sunday on the road when they defeated Southern Conference opponents Appalachian State and SIU Edwardsville. The wins over the Mountaineers and Cougars helped the Huskies improved to 7-3 on the season and snapped their three-meet losing streak. Individually, Nick Smith, Kevin Fanta, Andrew Morse, Bryan Loughlin and Jared Torrence won both of their matches on the day.
 
The Big 4-0
NIU junior Nick Smith notched his 40th career win Sunday when he defeated SIU Edwardsville’s Patrick Myers by a 4-3 decision. The Ida, Mich., native leads all current Huskies in career wins, as Matt Mougin and Jared Torrence each have 31 victories at NIU.
 
Home Cookin’
Beginning with this Friday’s dual against Ohio, the Huskies will have four consecutive duals inside the friendly confines of the Convocation Center. During that stretch, NIU will welcome three teams currently in the NWCA/USA Today Top 25, as Central Michigan (Jan. 18), Missouri (Jan. 26) and Northwestern (Feb. 8) will all descend upon DeKalb in that timeframe.
 
Staying Instate
NIU’s travel budget will be light for the next month, as 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.
 
Up Next...
The Huskies continue their homestand Friday, Jan. 18, when they host 11-time defending MAC champion and No. 9 Central Michigan. The meet starts at 7 p.m.