Feb. 7, 2013
NIU vs. Northwestern Notes | Live Results
DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois wrestling team closes out their 2012-13 home schedule Friday night when they take on the Northwestern Wildcats.
The meet starts at 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. Prior to the first match, NIU senior Arber Bebo will be honored as part of the Senior Night Festivities.
“Any time you can get two in-state wrestling programs to lay it on the line every year, it’s great for the wrestling community,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. “We are fired up to compete in our last home dual of this season, as well as honor our senior member of the team.”
The Huskies enter the dual with a 7-7 record on the season. Last time out, NIU suffered a pair of defeats at the hands of MAC foes Missouri (39-3) and Eastern Michigan (22-17) Jan. 26. Kevin Fanta improved his NCAA resume with two wins on the day, while Nick Smith, Rob Jillard, Matt Mougin and Jared Torrence each got wins against EMU.
On the other side, Northwestern maintains a 6-7 record on the year, but have a two-match skid after falling to nationally-ranked squads in Michigan and Purdue. The Wildcats, who finished ninth at the 2012 NCAA Championships, are paced on the mats by five Top 20 wrestlers, including 2012 All-Americans Jason Welch (Second – 157) and Mike McMullan (Ninth – 285).
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 OR Nick Harrison
133: Nick Smith
141: #20 Kevin Fanta
149: Rob Jillard
157: Andrew Morse
165: Dan Burk OR Sam Bennett
174: Matt Mougin
184: Bryan Loughlin
197: Parker Settecase OR Arber Bebo
285: Jared Torrence
125: #19 Dominick Malone
133: Garrison White
141: Pat Greco
149: Dylan Marriott
157: #2 Jason Welch
165: #18 Pierce Harger
174: #9 Lee Munster
184: Jacob Berkowitz OR Marcus Shrewsbury
197: Alex Polizzi
285: #9 Mike McMullan
History against the Wildcats
Northern Illinois and Northwestern will meet on the mats for the 35th time since 1969 Friday. In the head-to-head series, the Wildcats holding a 23-10-1 advantage in the series. NU won last year’s meeting between the two, a 24-19 decision against the Huskies. However, NIU has beaten their Chicagoland rivals each of the last two times in DeKalb, topping the ‘Cats 22-19 on Nov. 30, 2007, and 24-13 on Dec. 3, 2009.
Friday’s dual against Northwestern will be the final home contest for NIU senior Arber Bebo. Bebo, who joined the Huskies last season after two years at Harper College, has posted a 13-13 record in his two seasons. This year, the senior from Addison, Ill., has a 7-5 mark, along with a win at the Harper Open during the past weekend.
NIU redshirt junior and 2012 NCAA qualifier Kevin Fanta is once against getting some love from the national wrestling media. The Lake Zurich, Ill., native broke into the InterMat Wrestling Top 20 last week at 141 pounds by debuting at 20th. Fanta currently boasts a 6-2 record and is on a six-match winning streak.
Hit the Road
Following Friday’s dual, the Huskies will remain on the road for the remainder of the season. During that time, NIU will make two trips to Buffalo, N.Y.. Additionally, NIU will travel to Cleveland, Ohio, and Des Moines, Iowa.
Huskies Place Six at Harper Open
Though NIU as a whole was off this past weekend, several Huskies took to the mats at the Harper Open Saturday and brought home plenty of hardware. Of the 10 Northern wrestlers competing at the meet, six won their weight classes and the other four placed fifth or better. Braun Marquez (125), Thorian Twyner (133), Tyler Argue (141), Sam Bennett (165), Arber Bebo (197) and Arthur Bunce (285) all topped the podium, while Gabe Morse (2nd - 149) and Billy Chancey (2nd - 165) both made finals appearances.
The Huskies wrap up their MAC dual slate Saturday, Feb. 16, when they head to Buffalo to take on the Bulls. The meet starts at noon CT inside UB’s Alumni Arena.