Northern Illinois Preps for Buffalo Saturday

GO HUSKIES Andrew Morse and NIU head to Buffalo to battle the Bulls Saturday
GO HUSKIES
Andrew Morse and NIU head to Buffalo to battle the Bulls Saturday
GO HUSKIES

Feb. 15, 2013

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DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois wrestling team heads east this weekend when they battle Buffalo in both schools’ MAC finale.
 
The meet between the Huskies and Bulls starts at noon CT inside UB’s Alumni Arena.
 
“We need to have all ten guys compete for themselves and for the team,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. “Dual meet scores come down to some unsung heroics at times, so everyone will need to do his part.”
 
NIU enters Saturday’s dual with a 7-8 record overall and a 0-4 mark in MAC action. The Huskies will look to put an end to their five-match losing streak after falling to Big Ten foe Northwestern on Feb. 8. Rob Jillard earned his third pin of the season during the match by sticking NU’s Dylan Marriott in the first period at 149 pounds.
 
For Buffalo, they come into the weekend with a 1-9 overall record and 1-3 record within the conference. The Bulls are paced on the mats by the nationally-ranked duo of Mark Lewandowski (12th – 165) and John-Martin Cannon (18th – 174). UB’s lineup also features 2012 NCAA qualifier Max Soria wrestling at 125.
 
Saturday marks the 14th all-time meeting between NIU and UB. The Huskies hold an 8-5 advantage in the series. However, the Bulls have prevailed in the last three meetings between the two schools. The last Northern win against Buffalo came on Feb. 21, 2009, when NIU emerged with a 21-15 victory in western New York.
 
The dual against Buffalo is also the Huskies’ first road meet since heading to Edwardsville, Ill., on Jan. 6. After having been at home for over a month, Ludwig and the team are excited to get back on the road.
 
“We are looking forward to getting on the road,” Ludwig said. “It has been a while and the guys are excited to travel.  I think it will offer us some fresh air in terms of routine.”
 
Fans can follow along with the action online at TrackWrestling.com.
 
PROJECTED LINEUP
Northern Illinois Huskies
125: Derek Elmore OR Nick Harrison
133: Nick Smith
141: 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
 
Buffalo Bulls
125: Max Soria
133: Justin Farmer OR Erik Galloway
141: Erik Galloway OR Andrew Schutt
149: Blake Ruolo
157: Wally Maziarz
165: #12 Mark Lewandowski
174: #18 John-Martin Cannon
184: Dominic Montesanti OR Jeff Palmeri
197: Jeff Palmeri OR Jarred Lux
285: Justin Heiserman OR Jedd Mason
 
PAW PRINTS
History against the Bulls
Saturday marks the 14th time that Northern Illinois and Buffalo have met on the mat, with NIU holding an 8-5 advantage against UB since their first meeting on Jan. 3, 2000. The Bulls have won the last two meetings between the three teams. Yet, the Huskies won eight straight versus UB from 2001-02 through 2008-09. The last Northern win against the Bulls came on Feb. 21, 2009, when NIU emerged with a 21-15 victory in western New York.
 
Jillard Grabs Win No. 30
NIU junior Rob Jillard earned his 30th career win as a Huskie Feb. 8 by way of his first period pin against Northwestern’s Dylan Marriott. The Franklinville, N.J., native also tied his win total from a season ago, when he went 15-16 in his first season at Northern. Including his one season at Liberty, Jillard has posted 50 wins in his nearly three seasons in college wrestling.
 
Lots of Braun
Though he may be taking a redshirt season, it is hard to overlook freshman Braun Marquez’s numbers this season. While wrestling in open tournaments, the Amarillo, Texas, native has compiled a 22-8 record with five major decisions, three pins and a technical fall. Marquez has placed in four tournaments, including a first place finish at the Harper Open Feb. 2 and a second place showing at the Flash Flanagan Open Jan. 12.
 
Loughlin’s Longevity
Despite coming in as a true freshman this season, Bryan Loughlin has proven to be a mainstay in the Huskie dual lineup. Through 15 duals this season, the East Rutherford, N.J., native has started at 184 pounds in every meet this season. In fact, the only competition that Loughlin has missed all season was the Kaufman-Brand Open Dec. 1.
 
Changing Lineups
NIU’s lineup has been in a fluid state all season. In Friday’s dual against Northwestern, the team used their ninth different lineup in 15 duals this season. In fact, no one lineup has been used more than four times during the season.
 
Up Next...
The Huskies close the book on their 2012-13 regular season Sunday, Feb. 24, when they travel to Cleveland, Ohio, to face Cleveland State and Gardner-Webb.


 

 

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