April 30, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. – Redshirt junior Matt Mougin garnered the team’s most valuable wrestler at the Northern Illinois Wrestling banquet Sunday, April 14, as the team officially capped their 2012-13 season. The most valuable wrestler was one of several honors given out for excellence on the mat and in the classroom.
Mougin was awarded the Bruce Swierczewski Most Valuable Wrestler Award after qualifying for the 2013 NCAA Championships for the first time in his career, then advanced to the Round of 12 in Des Moines, Iowa. The Columbus Junction, Iowa, native finished the year with a 25-17 record to lead the team in wins.
Junior Nick Smith came away with the True Grit Award after recovering from shoulder and ankle surgeries during the offseason. Despite missing the first month-plus of the season, Smith came back and registered a 12-6 record in 2012-13.
Shane Rosenberry earned the Will McDermott Most Dedicated Award for his efforts to help the NIU wrestling program on and off the mat. Meanwhile, Parker Settecase was awarded the Lifter of the Year Award.
Meanwhile, Jared Torrence took home the Most Improved Award for his 16-15 season and fourth place finish at the MAC Championships. During the year, Torrence faced nine different wrestlers who qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championships.
For the redshirted Huskies, Gabe Morse was named the Outstanding Redshirt of the Year. The freshman placed at five different tournaments during the year and finished third on the team with 22 wins.
Dan Burk won the Upperclassmen Academic Award for the third consecutive season, as he holds a 3.5 GPA studying kinesiology. Among freshmen, Andrew Morse took the Freshmen Academic Award with a 3.786 GPA in chemistry.
The banquet concluded with a senior speech from Burk before the team’s annual highlight video officially closed the banquet.