No. 24 Northern Illinois Wrestling Rejoins National Wrestling Coaches
Association National Rankings
DeKALB, IL Northern
Illinois wrestling continues to reap the benefits of its 10 match
winning streak. Following victories over Kent State (19-18), Ashland
(49-0), Cleveland State (31-6) and Slippery Rock (30-6) this weekend,
the Huskies rejoined the National Wrestling Coaches Associations
Top 25 on Monday, debuting at No. 24.
a tremendous accomplishment for our program, head coach Dave
Grant said. We obviously have a young team and went through
some growing pains early in the season. We have wrestled a tough
schedule with three Big Ten teams and got a great win over Purdue.
Now we get ready for the MAC schedule, so it wont get any
a pair of dual matches to Wisconsin (27-12) and Northwestern (21-13)
to open the season, the Huskies have raced to a 10-2 record which
include a pair of critical Mid-American Conference wins over Buffalo
(20-15) and Kent State (19-18). The Huskies defeated the Bulls at
the Ohio State Buckeye Duals on Jan. 8, before earning a dramatic
come-from-behind win at Kent State on Friday (Jan. 14). The Huskies
trailed 18-16 heading into the final match with the Golden Flashes,
but redshirt freshman Derick Hunsinger (197 pounds) came up with
an 8-2 win over the KSUs Ben Rings to keep the Huskies in
the hunt for a MAC title.
just one senior in the starting lineup, outstanding team depth has
propelled Northern Illinois into the national spotlight. Ten Huskies
have at least 10 wins this season, with sophomore Johnny Galloway
pacing the team with 20. Galloway, along with senior Sam Hiatt,
led the Huskies over the weekend, going a combined 8-0 with three
pins between them. Galloway, who is now 20-5, leads the team with
five falls, while Hiatt picked up his first pin of the year and
improved to 19-5 overall. Hiatts 20-6 win over Kent States
Mike Compton on Friday also gave the DeKalb, IL, native his 100th
career victory. The senior now needs just one more victory to reach
the 20-win plateau for the fourth consecutive year.
Huskies return to action on Jan. 22 when they host the Ohio University
Bobcats in another key MAC showdown at the Convocation Center. The
contest begins at 2:05 p.m.