NIU Welcomes MAC Foe Kent State Friday

GO HUSKIES Dakota Greenhaw will face No. 17 Brendan Barlow at Heavyweight Friday night.
Dakota Greenhaw will face No. 17 Brendan Barlow at Heavyweight Friday night.

Jan. 21, 2010

DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University wrestling team returns home to face No. 17 Kent State Friday night in Victor E. Court at the Convocation Center in a match up of Mid-American Conference foes. The first bout begins at 7 p.m.

"On paper, Kent State has a very talented team," NIU head coach Dave Grant said. "They have three guys ranked. We're just going to have to get in there and wrestle them hard."

The Huskies (7-6, 0-1) head into Friday night's match looking to build on some solid individual performances against tough competition at the Spartan Duals. As a team, NIU defeated Findlay, 27-12, and fell to Stanford, 22-18, and Michigan State, 28-6, while several individuals distinguished themselves on the day.

Bryan Deutsch (Columbia City, Ind./Columbia City) has been living up to his MAC Championship season of a year ago, winning 11 of his last 13 matches, including four straight, at 157. Deutsch owns a 14-3 record and will face redshirt freshman Mallie Shuster (20-9).

"He's a solid wrestler," Grant said. "He'll wrestle anyone anytime. He's a tough competitor and we love that about him."

Vince Castillo (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) was a perfect 3-0 at the Spartan Duals to improve to 9-4 on the season. Wrestling at 141, Castillo has won four of his last five matches. Either he or Patrick McLemore (Hinckley, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) will be facing redshirt freshman Chase Skonieczny (17-12). Another Huskie who has shown improvement of late has been Dakota Greenhaw (Monett, Mo./Monett). Greenhaw posted a 2-1 record at the Spartan Duals and will take on No. 17 Brendan Barlow Friday night.

"Vince is a hard-nosed, in your face wrestler," Grant said. "Dakota is coming along as a Heavyweight. He's got a pretty good match up with Barlow this week. We're excited to see how he'll do."



In addition to Barlow, the Golden Flashes (11-3) feature ranked wrestlers at 133 and 184 as senior Danny Mitcheff ranks 10th and Dustin Kilgore is No. 4 respectively. Friday's match with the Huskies is the conference opener for Kent State.


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