Huskies Battle Indiana, South Dakota State and Tiffin in Home Opener

GO HUSKIES Derek Elmore and the Huskies will be looking for the 500th win in program history Saturday in the Huskie Duals
Derek Elmore and the Huskies will be looking for the 500th win in program history Saturday in the Huskie Duals

Nov. 9, 2012

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DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois wrestling team opens their jam-packed home schedule Saturday in the NIU Convocation Center when they face Indiana, South Dakota State and Tiffin in the Huskie Duals.
The day opens at 10 a.m. with NIU facing Tiffin, followed by a noon dual with SDSU and a 2 p.m. bout with the Hoosiers. With wins in two of their three duals, the Huskies will reach 500 wins in program history.
"We are excited about competing at home and getting our first taste of dual meet action," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "It should prove to be an exciting day of wrestling here at the Convo."
The Huskies opened the regular season Nov. 3 at the EMU Open, where they got 13 placewinners between the open and freshman/sophomore brackets. Matt Mougin led the way on the open side with a third place showing at 174 pounds, while Shawn Scott won the fresh/soph 197 title in his collegiate debut.
Northern kicks off their dual slate this Saturday against a trio of quality programs. Headlining that list is the Hoosiers of Indiana, who hold a 1-0 dual record so far in 2012-13, with their lone dual coming on Nov. 1 - a 44-12 victory over Division III Manchester University. IU comes to DeKalb after placing six at the Hokie Open at Virginia Tech on Nov. 4. The Hoosiers return three of their four NCAA qualifiers from a season in Taylor Walsh (157), Ryan LeBlanc (165) and Adam Chalfant (HWT).
The Jackrabbits began their regular season at home with nine placewinners at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open in Brookings, S.D. Despite their youth, SDSU's lineup features a pair of quality seniors in Aaron Pickrel (125) and Dustin Walraven (149) who both placed third in their respective weight classes last weekend.
Meanwhile, Tiffin come into the Huskie Duals after placing three at the EMU Open, with Mike Screptock (133), Joe Miller (197) and Kevin Christman (HWT) all finding their way onto the podium. NCAA Division II National Championship qualifier Jake Cramer will also be a key contributor for the Dragons at 174 pounds.
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Northern Illinois Huskies
125: Derek Elmore OR Nick Harrison
133: Thorian Twyner
141: Tyler Argue OR Ethan Davis
149: Rob Jillard OR Shawn Fayette
157: Josh Smith OR Matt Smith OR Andrew Morse
165: Dan Burk OR Sam Bennett
174: Matt Mougin
184: Bryan Loughlin OR Shane Rosenberry
197: Shawn Scott OR Arber Bebo OR Parker Settecase
HWT: Jared Torrence OR Arthur Bunce
Indiana Hoosiers
125: Zach Zimmer OR Joe Duca
133: Quin Murphy
141: Eric Roach
149: Geno Capezio OR Alexander Gregory
157: Taylor Walsh
165: Ryan LeBlanc
174: Cheney Dale
184: Luke Sheridan
197: Tarek Alaruri
HWT: Adam Chalfant
South Dakota State Jackrabbits
125: Aaron Pickrel
133: Brance Simms
141: Ben Gillette
149: Dustin Walraven
157: Cody Pack
165: Joe Brewster OR John Nething II
174: Troy Morisette
184: Hunter Weddington OR Shea Nolan
197: Brandon Ballard OR Joe Skow
HWT: J.J. Everard
Tiffin Dragons
125: Jordan Shoemaker
133: Mike Screptock
141: Ryan McKenzie OR Lawrence Blackful III
149: D.J. Beauch OR Marco Gualtieri
157: D.J. Beauch OR Marco Gualtieri
165: Trevor Nickolai OR Alex Rivera
174: Jake Cramer
184: Walid Boggio
197: Alek Hughes
HWT: Kevin Christman
Heading into the 2012-13 season, the Northern Illinois wrestling program is only two dual wins shy of reaching the 500-win mark in the program's history. Since starting in 1931, the team has recorded 498 wins against 444 losses and 31 ties.
Among the three programs, NIU has faced Indiana the most, with the Huskies and Hoosiers meeting for the 13th time. IU holds a 10-2 advantage in the series, with NIU's last win coming on Jan. 5, 2002. Since becoming a Division I program, Northern is 1-1 versus South Dakota State and 1-0 against Tiffin.
NIU got their regular season off on the right foot Nov. 3 at the EMU Open with a combined 13 placewinners between the open and freshman/sophomore brackets. Shawn Scott won the fresh/soph 197 bracket and Matt Mougin placed third at 174 to lead Northern.
November will be a very busy month for the Huskies. Following a trip to Ypsilanti, Mich., for the EMU Open Nov. 3, NIU welcomes Indiana, South Dakota State and Tiffin to DeKalb for the Huskie Duals Nov. 10. The squad closes out November with Purdue, Loras and Calumet in the NIU Duals on Nov. 17.
The Huskies will get to enjoy plenty of time in DeKalb this year, as the 2012-13 schedule features seven home dates against 13 different programs. Highlighting that list are Big Ten members Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State and Northwestern, along with new MAC member Missouri
NIU's schedule will also have plenty of quality opponents, as they face six teams - Northwestern, Appalachian State, Central Michigan, Missouri, Kent State and Purdue - who placed in the top 28 at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
The Huskies stay in DeKalb for a second-straight weekend when they host Purdue, Loras and Calumet in the NIU Duals on Nov. 17. The meet starts at 10 a.m. in Victor E. Court.



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