Nov. 16, 2012
NIU Duals Notes
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois wrestling team continues their November homestand Saturday when No. 23 Purdue, Loras and Calumet College of St. Joseph come to DeKalb for the NIU Duals.
The meet gets underway at 10 a.m. in Victor E. Court when the Huskies take on the Crimson Wave, followed by a matchup with the Duhawks at noon and then a 2 p.m. tilt with the nationally-ranked Boilermakers.
"We are excited about competing at home for the second weekend in a row," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "This weekend presents a new set of challenges that we need to meet with energy and vigor. I hope we can get the student body to fill the stands and help create a great home meet atmosphere."
The Huskies come into this weekend's quad meet with plenty of momentum after going a perfect 3-0 in the Huskies Duals Nov. 10. The day was filled with plenty of milestones, as the team recorded its 500th win in history during a 26-12 victory over South Dakota State. Following the win over the Jackrabbits, NIU pulled off an upset of sorts by defeating the Indiana Hoosiers, 19-13, for the first Huskie win over a Big Ten opponent since 2009.
Four NIU wrestlers - Derek Elmore, Matt Mougin, Bryan Loughlin and Shawn Scott - went 3-0 in their matches, while 141-pounder Ethan Davis was 2-0 on the day.
Northern's toughest test Saturday will come from Purdue, which comes in with a 1-1 record after beating then-No. 23 Old Dominion, 29-9, and falling to No. 7 Missouri, 23-9. Not only does the team sit in the national Top 25 polls, but four Boilermakers also find their names in InterMat's rankings. Three of them are in the projected lineup, as Ivan Lopouchanski (14th - 149 pounds), Camden Eppert (18th - 125 pounds) and Braden Atwood (18th - 197 pounds) are all ranked in the top 20 at their respective weights.
Meanwhile, the Loras Duhawks - members of the ultra-competitive Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference of Division III - will compete in their first duals of the year after taking part in two open tournaments the previous two weekends. Despite a young squad that features 20 freshmen and one returning dual starter from 2011-12, the Duhawks have had plenty of early success. Leading the way is heavyweight James Buss, who took heavyweight titles at the Loras Open and Luther Open, while Nick Steger (133 pounds) and Stephan Birt (174 pounds) took titles at Luther.
Rounding out the field is the Crimson Wave of Calumet College of St. Joseph, a team that enters their fourth season on the mat in 2012-13. CCSJ features three placewinners from last weekend's Knox College Invitational. Eric Johnson claimed third at 197 to lead the team. Additionally, Thomas Day and Anthony Hawkins took sixth place at heavyweight and 125, respectively.
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Northern Illinois Huskies
125: Derek Elmore OR Nick Harrison
133: Thorian Twyner OR Nick Smith
141: Tyler Argue OR Ethan Davis
149: Rob Jillard OR Shawn Fayette
157: Josh Smith OR Matt Smith OR Andrew Morse
165: Dan Burk
174: Matt Mougin
184: Bryan Loughlin OR Shane Rosenberry
197: Shawn Scott OR Parker Settecase OR Austin Pickering
285: Jared Torrence OR Arthur Bunce
125: #18 Camden Eppert OR Dominique Price
133: Danny Sabatello
141: Brandon Nelson OR Nick Lawrence
149: #14 Ivan Lopouchanski OR Frankie Porras
157: Tommy Churchard
165: Pat Robinson OR Kyle Mosier
174: Chad Welch OR Dion Crowder
184: Patrick Kissel
197: #18 Braden Atwood
285: Alex White OR Preston Quam
125: Andrew Hoerth OR Stephen Kettner
133: Nick Steger
141: Evan Weaver
149: Dave Skrypiec OR Billy Wood
157: Chris Lewis
165: Tom Gross
174: Stephan Birt
184: Conor Winel
197: Malcolm Watson
285: James Buss
Calumet College of St. Joseph Crimson Wave
125: Anthony Hawkins
149: Chris Pajdzik
157: Victor Rodriguez
174: Tim Miller
197: Eric Johnson
285: Thomas Day
QUEST FOR 500
The Northern Illinois wrestling program won their 500th dual in program history Nov. 10 with a 26-12 win over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. In its 79th year, NIU wrestling has amassed a record of 501-444-31 for a .530 winning percentage.
HISTORY AGAINST THE BOILERMAKERS, DUHAWKS AND CRIMSON WAVE
The Huskies and Boilermakers will meet on the mat for the 26th time since 1969 Saturday. Purdue holds a 16-8-1 record in the series following last season's 19-15 nailbitier in DeKalb. NIU's last win came Dec. 3, 2004, in a 29-9 rout. Northern is 5-2 against Loras, while this is the first meeting against the Crimson Wave.
BIG TIME WIN OVER THE BIG TEN
The Huskies' 19-13 win over Indiana on Nov. 10 was NIU's first win over a Big Ten team since Dec. 3, 2009 - a 24-13 win over Northwestern. It was also the Huskies' first win over Indiana since Jan. 5, 2002, when they topped the Hoosiers 19-15. Since 2000, NIU has nine wins over Big Ten teams.
WAY TO GO, 3-0
Four Huskies posted perfect 3-0 records at the Huskie Duals Nov. 10. Derek Elmore headlined that quartet with two pins and a major decision at 125, while Matt Mougin (174), Bryan Loughlin (184) and Shawn Scott (197) also went three-for-three. Additionally, Ethan Davis was 2-0 with a pin at 141 pounds.
Just two weekends into the season, Derek Elmore is making a name for himself as the Huskies' pin expert. Of his seven wins in 2012-13, six have come by pinfall. On top of that, four of his pins rank in NIU's five fastest this season.
A BAKER'S DOZEN
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.
The Huskies get Thanksgiving week off before heading to St. Louis for the Kaufman-Brand Open at Maryville University. The action gets underway at 9 a.m.