NIU Prepares for Busy Road Weekend

GO HUSKIES Head coach Ryan Ludwig is one of seven native Michiganders in the NIU wrestling program
GO HUSKIES
Head coach Ryan Ludwig is one of seven native Michiganders in the NIU wrestling program
GO HUSKIES

Jan. 16, 2014

Meet Notes | EMU Dual Live Results | Ashland Dual Live Results
 
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University wrestling team dives into their busiest weekend in about two months, as they face Eastern Michigan in a Mid-American Conference dual Friday and battle Ashland and #22 Purdue at the Wendy’s Duals Sunday.
 
Friday’s meet starts at 6 p.m. inside EMU’s Convocation Center. Meanwhile, Sunday’s action gets underway at 11 a.m. CT when NIU takes on Ashland, followed by a 1 p.m. CT tilt against the nationally-ranked Boilermakers.
 
“EMU has been competing well,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. “They have a nice record to their credit thus far, so we need to stick to our strengths, let it fly and scrap for everything. Ashland and Purdue both wrestle hard and are tradition-rich programs. We will be on the road all weekend on a business trip, so we will need to maintain focus and compete one match at a time.”
 
The Huskies will look to get back in the win column this weekend after suffering a 33-9 loss against the Ohio Bobcats. After going into an early hole, Caleb Busson scored a pin and Shawn Scott got a narrow decision to get NIU back within 18-9. However, Ohio closed the door on the Huskies, coasting to victory.
 
EMU comes into Friday with an 8-3 dual record and a 1-0 MAC mark, as they knocked off Old Dominion, 21-19, in their conference opener. The Eagles are led on the mats by 2013 NCAA Championships qualifier Phillip Joseph at 184 pounds and the 15th-ranked 125-pounder Jared Germaine.
 
Ashland, the Huskies’ first opponent on Sunday, holds a 5-4 record in dual meets, but will face their first Division I opponents this weekend in NIU and Purdue. Last weekend, the Eagles took second at the Mid-Atlantic Duals, knocking off Belmont Abbey and East Stroudsburg before falling to Division II power St. Cloud State.
 
Purdue is 3-4 so far in 2013-14, but 0-4 in the Big Ten Conference following losses last weekend to Michigan and Penn State. The Boilermakers’ lineup is headlined by two nationally-ranked individuals in Cashé Quiroga (#14 – 133) and Braden Atwood (#15 – 197).
 
Live results will be available on TrackWrestling.com (see above links).
 
Projected NIU Lineup
125: Braun Marquez OR Nick Harrison
133: Nick Smith OR Derek Elmore
141: Tyler Argue
149: Rob Jillard OR Gabe Morse
157: Andrew Morse
165: Shaun’Qae McMurtry OR Sam Bennett
174: Matt Mougin
184: Caleb Busson
197: Shawn Scott
285: Jared Torrence OR Arthur Bunce
 
Projected Eastern Michigan Lineup
125: #15 Jared Germaine
133: Vincent Pizzuto
141: Nicholas Barber
149: Mike Shaw OR Mike LeHolm
157: Brandon Zeerip
165: Jacob Davis
174: Mike Curby
184: Phillip Joseph
197: Nick Whitenburg
285: Khodor Hoballah
 
Projected Ashland Lineup
125: Johnny Maurice OR Dalton Howard
133: Michael Labry
141: Bobby Mason
149: Brent Fickel OR J.J. Diven
157: Kyle Burns
165: Jake Piatt
174: Luke Cramer
184: Bryson Hall
197: Joseph Brandt OR Ray Canale
285: Tyler Houska
 
Projected Purdue Lineup
125: Camden Eppert OR Luke Schroeder
133: #14 Cashé Quiroga OR Kyle Ayersman
141: Danny Sabatello
149: Brandon Nelsen OR Alex Griffin
157: Kyle Mosier OR Dustin Schultz
165: Chad Welch OR Pat Robinson
174: Patrick Kissel
184: Tanner Lynde
197: #15 Braden Atwood
285: Alex White
 
Scouting Eastern Michigan
Eastern Michigan enters Friday with an 8-3 dual record. In the conference, they hold a 1-0 mark after edging Old Dominion, 21-19, on Dec. 6 in Virginia. Last weekend, the Eagles went 1-2 at the Pitt Duals, defeating Duke (26-10) and falling to North Carolina (18-16) and North Carolina State (32-11). EMU is led individually by 2013 NCAA Championships qualifiers Phillip Joseph (174 pounds) and Nick Whitenburg (197), who are a combined 18-7 this season.  NIU leads the all-time series with EMU, 25-4-1, but the Eagles have won the last two duals between the two sides.
 
Scouting Ashland & Purdue
Ashland, NIU’s first opponent Sunday and the host of the Wendy’s Duals, holds a 5-4 record this season, but have yet to face a Division I opponent this season. Last time out, the Eagles took second place at the Mid-Atlantic Duals, topping Belmont Abbey and East Stroudsburg before falling to St. Cloud State in the championship match. Meanwhile, Purdue is 3-4 overall on the year, but lost handily this past weekend to #18 Michigan (22-12) and #3 Penn State (34-3). The Boilermakers’ three victories this season have come against Duke, SIU Edwardsville and Chattanooga.
 
Six Huskies Place in Dubuque
While most of the team was in Ohio Friday night, a select group of Huskies competed Saturday at the “Flash” Flanagan Open in Dubuque, Iowa. Six NIU wrestlers placed at the meet, including first-place finishers Jordan Northrup (133 pounds) and Bryan Loughlin (184). In addition, Gabe Morse (3rd - 149), Parker Settecase (3rd - 197), Billy Chancey (5th - 174) and Shane Rosenberry (6th - 184) all ended up on the podium.
 
The Big 5-0
NIU redshirt seniors Matt Mougin and Jared Torrence are both two wins away from reaching the 50-win mark in their careers. Mougin maintains a 48-56 mark in his time with the Huskies, while Torrence is 48-40 in the Cardinal and Black. Earlier this season, senior Nick Smith earned his 50th career victory with an 8-4 decision against Clarion’s Sam Sherlock at the EMU Duals on Nov. 16.
 
Up Next...
The Huskies return to DeKalb for their first home dual meet in three weeks Saturday, Jan. 25, when they host #7 Missouri. The dual against the Tigers starts at 3 p.m. As part of the meet, NIU will sport special singlets for the Military Appreciation Meet.