Nov. 7, 2013
Meet Notes | Live Results
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University wrestling team continues with tournament action Saturday at Michigan State, when they take part in the MSU Open in East Lansing, Mich.
The action starts at 8 a.m. CT inside MSU’s Jenison Fieldhouse.
"We are heading into another outstanding day of competition,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. “The MSU Open has a rich tradition of gathering some of the best wrestlers from the Great Lakes area and beyond. We have spent the week working on details and making strategic improvements and our efforts will be focused on translating the practice room details to the live competition setting this weekend."
After putting nine Huskies on the podium last weekend, NIU will face quite a daunting task this weekend. In addition to Big Ten foes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue, the Huskies will also go head-to-head with wrestlers from Pittsburgh, Columbia, Edinboro, Navy and Bucknell, in addition to MAC rivals Central, Eastern Michigan, Kent State and Ohio.
In total, NIU will send 20 wrestlers – 14 attached, six unattached – between the open and fresh/soph classes to East Lansing.
Live results will also be available on TrackWrestling.com.
Saturday’s Competitors (By Weight)
125: Nick Harrison, Braun Marquez, Derek Elmore*
133: Jordan Northrup*
141: Tyler Argue, Sal Annoreno*, Mason Cleaver*, Colin Dolata*
157: Andrew Morse, Matt Smith
165: Sam Bennett, Trace Engelkes
174: Billy Chancey
184: Caleb Busson, Shane Rosenberry
197: Shawn Scott, Parker Settecase
285: Arthur Bunce, Jared Torrence, Jake Cochrane*
Scouting the Field
After opening the season in South Dakota, the Huskies head east for a stern challenge at the MSU Open. Of the 25 teams slated to compete, 17 are Division I members, including Big Ten foes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue. In addition, four MAC rivals – Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State and Ohio - are in the field, along with East Coast powers Edinboro, Pittsburgh, Columbia, Navy and Bucknell.
NIU came out of the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open Sunday with nine placewinners. Tops among that group were second-place finishers Jordan Northrup (133 - unattached) and Shawn Scott (197). Meanwhile, Kevin Fanta took fourth at 141, along with Andrew Morse (157 pounds) and Jared Torrence (285) each taking fifth place at their respective weights.
Twin brothers Andrew and Gabe Morse each had promising results last weekend at South Dakota State. Andrew ended up in fifth place at 157 pounds, but tallied four bonus-point wins - two major decisions, one pin and one technical fall - among his five victories. Conversely, Gabe went 2-2, but opened the tournament with back-to-back wins at 149 pounds, including a major decision.
With each of the next two meets in the state of Michigan, seven Huskies - Arthur Bunce (Munith), Mason Cleaver (Holly), Andrew Morse (Alto), Gabe Morse (Alto), Shawn Scott (Holly), Matt Smith (Paw Paw) and Nick Smith (Ida) will get the opportunity to compete once again in their home state. In fact, Michigan is the second-most represented state on the NIU roster, trailing only Illinois.
A Full Month
November will be quite busy for the Huskies, as they will compete in two tournaments and six dual matches across four weekends. After tournaments the first two weekends, NIU will take on Michigan, Oregon State, Clarion and Findlay at the EMU Duals, then follow that with Northern Iowa and North Dakota State at home.
The Huskies get their first dual action of the year, as they face Michigan, Oregon State, Clarion and Findlay in the EMU Duals Saturday in Ypsilanti, Mich.