Jan. 25, 2013
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DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois wrestling team will close out their January slate Saturday with a triangular meet against conference foes No. 7 Missouri and Eastern Michigan.
The meet begins at 11 a.m. inside Victor E. Court with the Huskies taking on the Eagles. After that match, NIU will face off with the nationally-ranked Tigers.
“EMU is a scrappy, tough team that will come to fight,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. “Missouri has a wealth of experience and talent.”
The Huskies come into the match with a 7-5 dual record and 0-3 MAC mark after a 23-12 loss to No. 12 Central Michigan on Jan. 18. NIU notched four wins against the Chippewas, with Nick Smith, Kevin Fanta, Andrew Morse and Parker Settecase all getting their arm raised. Despite the loss, Ludwig feels that Northern has progressed well since that loss.
“The team is progressing every day and responding well to the challenges put forth by the staff,” he said.
Missouri enters Saturday with an 8-1 dual record after dropping their MAC debut Sunday against Central Michigan, 17-16. In dual meets this year, the Tigers have notched impressive wins against Purdue, Cornell, Bloomsburg and North Dakota State. Individually, MU has eight wrestlers ranked in the Top 20, including top-ranked Dom Bradley at heavyweight, third-ranked Alan Waters at 125 and sixth-ranked Nathan McCormick at 133.
EMU currently has a 6-10 record overall and a 0-2 mark in conference action. Of those six wins, the Eagles’ best wins have been against North Dakota State and Duke, both of which came early in the year. Eastern is led on the mats by 2012 NCAA qualifiers Aaron Sulzer (157 pounds) and Phillip Joseph (174/184).
The Huskies know that the final month of the regular season is an important point in order to put them in the best position possible for March’s postseason action.
“We are training for our ultimate goals in March, so we are keying on strengthening our attacks and pushing the pace ion each individual match,” Ludwig 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
149: Rob Jillard OR Shawn Fayette
157: Andrew Morse
165: Dan Burk OR Sam Bennett
174: Matt Mougin
184: Bryan Loughlin
197: Parker Settecase OR Arber Bebo
285: Jared Torrence
Eastern Michigan Eagles
125: Alexander Calandrino
133: Jake Byers
141: Seth Schaner
149: Mike Shaw
157: Aaron Sulzer
165: Jacob Davis
174: Jacob Dorulla
184: Phillip Joseph
197: Nick Whitenburg
285: Chris Eggert
#7 Missouri Tigers
125: #3 Alan Waters
133: #6 Nathan McCormick
141: Nicholas Hucke OR Trevor Jauch
149: #15 Drake Houdashelt
157: Kyle Bradley
165: #14 Zach Toal
174: #16 Todd Porter
184: #9 Mike Larson OR Johnny Eblen
197: #11 Brent Haynes
285: #1 Dom Bradley
History against the Eagles and Tigers
The Huskies hold a decisive 25-3-1 edge against Eastern Michigan since becoming a Division I school in 1969. NIU has defeated the Eagles in nine of the last 11 times, though EMU came away with a 22-9 win against Northern last year in Ypsilanti. Meanwhile, NIU and Missouri will meet for the 15th time Saturday, with the Tigers holding an 11-3 series advantage. The last Huskie win in the series came Feb. 16, 2003, with a 21-16 victory in DeKalb.
NIU Adds Two to Schedule
The Northern Illinois wrestling team announced the addition of two more duals to their 2012-13 regular season schedule Jan. 16, as the team will cap off their regular season Feb. 24 in Cleveland, Ohio. On that day, the Huskies will battle Cleveland State and Gardner-Webb. The meet will begin at noon CT with NIU facing GWU, followed by a 2 p.m. CT matchup with CSU.
Note the Time Change
The Northern Illinois wrestling team’s meet Saturday, Jan. 26, has been moved to an 11 a.m. start in Victor E. Court. The change was made to avoid a conflict with women’s basketball’s 3 p.m. start. NIU will face EMU starting at 11 a.m., followed by NIU-Missouri at approximately 1 p.m.
The Home Stretch
Saturday’s triangular marks the start of the final month of the regular season for NIU. In that span, the Huskies will have six duals - three home, two away, one neutral. The final month will also see Northern battle three conference foes in EMU, Missouri and Buffalo.
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 five 2011 or 2012 NCAA qualifiers - Indiana’s Adam Chalfant, Michigan State’s Mike McClure, Ohio’s Jeremy Johnson, Kent State’s Keith Whitt and Central Michigan’s Jarod Trice. Yet, he will face two opponents ranked in the Top 10 nationally - No. 1 Dom Bradley (Missouri) and No. 9 Mike McMullan (Northwestern) - before season’s end.
The Huskies finish their home schedule Friday, Feb. 8, when they take on No. 23 Northwestern at 7 p.m. on Senior Day. Before the match, Arber Bebo - the lone NIU senior - will be honored.