No. 24 Northern
Illinois And No. 25 Northern Iowa Wrestle To Thrilling 16-16 Tie
For the first time in Northern Illinois University head coach Dave
Grant's career the Huskies tied in back-to-back dual meets, when
Sunday (Feb. 5) afternoon NIU and the University of Northern Iowa
tied 16-16. A little over a week ago (Jan. 27), NIU tied Kent State
University 16-16, when KSU came from behind to tie the Huskies.
Today was a different story as the Huskies pawed their way back
against the Panthers for the tie. The No. 24 ranked Huskies and
No. 25 ranked Panthers split for the second time this season, with
the two teams tying for sixth place at the Midlands Championship
earlier this year.
a good team and we had some good performances from some of our top
guys," said Grant. "We knew this would be a tough one.
We had a lot of close matches today. This was our sixth match against
a ranked team this season and these matches make us tougher."
In the evenings
final match No. 11 ranked senior Josh Wooton (Urbana, OH / Graham)
earned his 99th career victory with a 5-3 decision over No. 20 ranked
C.J. Ettelson which ended the dual meet in a tie.
a little revenge with the win," said Wooton. "He got me
for third place at Midlands, but I got him today. I just wish I
could have gotten the major decision so we could have won the dual
as a team."
got off to a quick 3-0 lead when No. 12 ranked Mike Grimes (Villa
Park / Lombard Montini) picked up a 6-4 win at 149-pounds. However,
Northern Illinois fell behind after Chris Bitetto's major decision
at 157-pounds and No. 7 ranked Nick Baima's decision at 165-pounds
over Johnny Galloway (Iowa City, IA). Galloway hung with Baima through
the first two periods today only to fall behind when Baima escaped
to start the third and earned a 2-0 victory with the riding point
Danny Burk (Peoria / Notre Dame), who normally wrestles at 174-pounds,
brought the Huskies back to within four points with his win. While
Derek Hunsinger's (El Paso) return to the lineup at 197-pounds,
pulled the Huskies to within one point heading into the heavyweight
match where No. 19 Joe Sapp (Mahomet / Mahomet-Seymour) fell 4-1
to Tyler Rhodes.
No. 11 ranked
Pat Castillo (Western Springs / LaGrange Lyons Twp.) came through
big for the Huskies. Castillo earned the Huskies only major decision
of the afternoon, defeating Seth Wright 16-7 and tying the match
at 13-13. Castillo picked up his sixth win in his last seven outings
and improved his overall record to 21-6. The day's penultimate match
went UNI's way as Andy Hiatt (DeKalb) dropped a close 5-3 decision
to Chris Helgeson.
No. 24 Northern
Illinois is back in action Friday (Feb. 10) when it travels to Mount
Pleasant, MI to face No. 6 Central Michigan at 7:30 EST.
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Illinois 16 vs. Northern Iowa 16
149: #12 Mike Grimes (NIU), dec. Ryan Osgood (UNI), 6-4, 3-0 NIU
157: #19 Chris Bitetto (UNI), maj. dec. Kalen Knull (NIU), 11-1,
165: #7 Nick Baima (UNI), dec. Johnny Galloway (NIU), 2-0, 7-3 UNI
174: Moza Fay (UNI), dec. Alex Nelson (NIU), 8-3, 10-3 UNI
184: Danny Burk (NIU), dec. Dan Dunning (UNI), 6-2, 10-6 UNI
197: Derek Hunsinger (NIU), dec. Andrew Anderson (UNI), 8-4, 10-9
Hwt: Tyler Rhods (UNI), dec. Joe Sapp (NIU), 4-1, 13-9 UNI
125: #11 Pat Castillo (NIU), maj. dec. Seth Wright (UNI), 16-7,
133: Chris Helgeson (UNI), dec. Andy Hiatt (NIU), 5-3, 16-13 UNI
141: #11 Josh Wooton (NIU), dec. #20 C.J. Etteslon (UNI), 5-3, 16-16