Feb. 2, 2007
DeKalb, Ill. - The Northern Illinois wrestling team will be competing against Old Dominion and Northern Iowa in a non-conference triangular meet at Cedar Falls, Iowa this Sunday. NIU is set to take on ODU (10-4) at noon CST, then after a short break, the Huskies will face-off against UNI (3-8) at 4:00 p.m. CST. With a sweep NIU would raise their dual meet record to 4-3 and build momentum going into next weeks conference showdown against Central Michigan.
Coach Dave Grant said of this weekends meet, "It's an important weekend for us. We tied Northern Iowa last year but we haven't had much success against them recently."
This year would seem to be an opportune time for the Huskies to pick up a win against Northern Iowa as the Panthers are only 3-8 in dual meet competition. But, a quick look at their schedule reveals the UNI's competition included such wrestling powerhouses as Iowa, Oklahoma State, and Iowa State. In fact, all eight of UNI's losses came against opponents currently ranked in the top-20 nationally.
Although, last years meet against Northern Iowa in DeKalb ended in a 16-16 tie, UNI holds a commanding lead in the all-time series between these two schools with a 20-1-4 record against the Huskies. NIU hopes to improve upon that record by picking up a second victory this weekend.
Old Dominion comes into the meet with an impressive 10-4 record this season, with three of their losses coming against ranked opponents. Two of those losses were at the hands of a team the Huskies are very well acquainted with in Kent State. The Huskies took on KSU last Friday but came up just short against the higher ranked Golden Flashes. ODU came away from their two meets against KSU with similar results so it should be an interesting match-up of the Huskies this weekend.
Match of the Day
The most anticipated match of the day will feature a pair wrestlers nationally ranked in the top-10 in the 165-pound weight class. In the match NIU's Johnny Galloway (12-1), ranked as high as 9th nationally, will look to avenge his only loss of the season, which came against 4th ranked Nick Baima (25-6) of Northern Iowa. Baima got the better of Galloway in a close 7-5 decision in the Kaufman/Brand on November, 18th.
The Huskies return to action on Friday February, 9th to take on 5th ranked Central Michigan in the Convocation Center at 7:05 p.m. CST.