Jan. 17, 2013
NIU vs. CMU Notes | Live Results
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois wrestling team continues their mid-season home stand Friday when they match up with conference power and 12th-ranked Central Michigan.
The meet, which is NIU's second of five consecutive duals at home, starts at 7 p.m. in Victor E. Court.
"Central is a well-coached program that has built a tradition of success in this conference," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "They wrestle well within a system that they have bought into. "
The Huskies will look to end their skid against MAC schools Friday after falling to Ohio, 32-13, on Jan. 11. Despite wins by Derek Elmore, Nick Smith and Kevin Fanta, Northern could not stop the Bobcats, who registered four pins in the match.
On the other side of the mat, CMU has an 8-3 record and 2-0 MAC mark to go along with their No. 12 national ranking in the NWCA/USA Today Coaches' Poll. The Chippewas come to DeKalb after taking third place at last weekend's Virginia Duals, notching wins over Rider, North Dakota State and No. 16 Edinboro to go along with a loss to No. 9 Virginia.
Individually, five CMU wrestlers are currently in InterMat's Top 20 rankings. That group includes 2012 MAC champion and All-American Ben Bennett (2nd, 184 pounds), 2011 All-American Jarod Trice (6th, 285), Scotti Sentes (7th, 133), Christian Cullinan (9th, 125) and Craig Kelliher (20th, 174).
For NIU to have a shot of knocking off the Chippewas, Ludwig believes the Huskies have to be aggressive and maintain their techniques.
"Good things happen in wrestling matches when you attack with solid and familiar techniques and wrestle to improve your position at all times," he said.
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.
Northern Illinois Huskies
125: Derek Elmore
133: Nick Smith
141: Kevin Fanta OR Tyler Argue
149: Rob Jillard OR Shawn Fayette
157: Andrew Morse
165: Dan Burk OR Sam Bennett
174: Matt Mougin OR Caleb Busson
184: Bryan Loughlin
197: Parker Settecase OR Arber Bebo
285: Jared Torrence OR Arthur Bunce
Central Michigan Chippewas
125: #9 Christian Cullinan OR Joe Roth
133: #7 Scotti Sentes OR Tyler Keslering
141: Scott Mattingly
149: Donnie Corby
157: Lucas Smith
165: Mike Ottinger OR Dakota Cooley
174: #20 Craig Kelliher OR Anthony Bill
184: #2 Ben Bennett
197: Jackson Lewis
285: #6 Jarod Trice
History Against The Chippewas
The Huskies and Chippewas will meet on the mat for the 39th time since 1969 Friday night, with Central Michigan holding a 24-12-2 advantage on NIU in the series. NIU has dropped the last nine meetings against CMU and will be looking for their first win against the Chippewas since Jan. 31, 2003, when they upset 13th-ranked CMU, 16-15, in DeKalb. Last season, NIU lost a 24-9 decision against Central.
Nine Place at Flash Flanagan
NIU had nine wrestlers finish on the podium Saturday at the Flash Flanagan Open in Dubuque, Iowa. Among them was Nick Harrison, who won the 125 pounds bracket by beating teammate Braun Marquez in a 4-2 decision. Additionally, Matt Smith (157) and Trace Engelkes (165) also took second.
Torrence's Tough Schedule
Of all the Huskie wrestlers this season, arguably no one has had a more daunting schedule than Jared Torrence. Thus far, the redshirt junior from Norwalk, Ohio, has faced four 2012 NCAA qualifiers - Indiana's Adam Chalfant, Michigan State's Mike McClure, Ohio's Jeremy Johnson and Kent State's Keith Whitt. Yet, he will face three opponents ranked in the Top 10 nationally - No. 1 Dom Bradley (Missouri), No. 6 Jarod Trice (CMU) and No. 9 Mike McMullan (Northwestern) - before season's end.
Top 25 Tilts
Friday's dual marks the start of a stretch where the Huskies face three opponents ranked in the NWCA/USA Today's Top 25. Following a matchup with No. 12 Central Michigan, NIU faces No. 7 Missouri (along with Eastern Michigan) on Jan. 26, then wraps up that stretch with a Feb. 8 Senior Day showdown with No. 21 Northwestern.
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 Huskies close out January with a triangular against No. 7 Missouri and Eastern Michigan Saturday, Jan. 26. The meet begins at 1 p.m. with NIU taking on EMU, followed by NIU and Missouri at 5 p.m.