Nov. 14, 2013
Meet Notes | Live Results
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University wrestling team heads into dual action this weekend when they battle #14 Michigan, #6 Oregon State, Clarion and Findlay at the EMU Duals in Ypsilanti, Mich.
The duals start at 9 a.m. CT. Meanwhile, several other Huskies will be competing in the EMU Open that same day.
"We are entering our first outing in dual meet orientation," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "We have competed in two elite opens the past two weekends and they are ready to work as a team. They understand that each individual effort will be huge for us as we take the mats and undergo this week's challenge. We are looking forward to competing hard, seven minutes at a time."
Following a weekend where they got five placewinners at the MSU Open, NIU returns to the Great Lakes State this weekend to face some of the best programs regionally and nationally. Between the Huskies' four opponents, they combined to send 20 wrestlers to the national tournaments last season.
Saturday marks the fifth time - and the first since the 2005-06 season - that the Huskies and Wolverines will meet on the mat, with UM taking each of the previous four meetings. Additionally, NIU is 0-1 all-time against OSU, 1-0 against Clarion and 2-1 against Findlay.
In addition to the dual, eight Huskies will compete in the open tournament. Of that group, five will wrestle in the open division and three in the fresh/soph division.
Live results will be available on TrackWrestling.com (for open tournament results, click here).
Saturday's Dual Lineup
125: Braun Marquez (2-2) OR Nick Harrison (5-4)
133: Nick Smith (0-0)
141: Tyler Argue (5-3) OR Kevin Fanta (4-2)
149: Gabe Morse (2-2)
157: #20 Andrew Morse (9-3)
165: Sam Bennett (7-5) OR Trace Engelkes (4-3)
174: Billy Chancey (5-4)
184: Caleb Busson (3-4)
197: Shawn Scott (6-3)
285: Jared Torrence (6-4)
Saturday's Open Competitors
125: Derek Elmore*
133: Jordan Northrup^
141: Sal Annoreno^
157: Matt Smith
165: Shaun'Qae McMurtry
197: Parker Settecase
285: Arthur Bunce, Jake Cochrane^
^Competing in fresh/soph division
Scouting the Field
The Huskies start dual action this weekend with a solid quartet of matches. First up on the day will be Michigan, who return four NCAA qualifiers from a season ago for 2013-14. Oregon State, the second opponent for the day, return all three of their All-Americans, including current top-rated 149-pounder Scott Sakaguchi. Meanwhile, Clarion - one of the premier programs in Pennsylvania - feature 2013 NCAA Championships qualifier Tyler Bedelyon and Findlay returns two Division II nationals qualifiers.
Following some impressive wins over the weekend, sophomore Andrew Morse has broken into the top 20 at 157 pounds in two national polls. The Alto, Mich., native ranks 12th in the Amateur Wrestling News/TheOpenMat.com ratings and 20th in the InterMat poll.
Teacher vs. Student
NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig will see a familiar face across the mat in Saturday's final dual, as he will take on his alma mater and his former head coach in Findlay's Shawn Nelson. A graduate of UF in 2000, Ludwig was a three-time NAIA All-American with the Oilers and still ranks seventh in career wins (108).
Only the Best
The Huskies schedule the next two Saturdays will be plenty difficult, as they face four teams ranked in the Top 26 of the InterMat rankings. This weekend, NIU faces #6 Oregon State and #14 Michigan. They follow that up by hosting #20 Northern Iowa and #26 North Dakota State the next weekend in the Northern Duals.
With last weekend's and this weekend's 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.
The Huskies opens their home schedule next Saturday when they host MAC rival Northern Iowa and North Dakota State in the Northern Duals. The triangular starts at 10 a.m. in Victor E. Court.