Nov. 23, 2013
DeKALB, Ill. - NIU hosted a set of duals on Saturday, participating in two of them. The Huskies faced the Panthers at 10 a.m. and the Bison at 2 p.m. Neither match ended with NIU ahead, as the team dropped the first one 32-6 and the second 21-16. With the losses, the Huskies fall to 2-4 on the season.
NIU Falls to Northern Iowa, 32-6
The Huskies began their day with less than optimal results. NIU's wrestlers played some tight matches, but others were not quite as balanced.
"We got beaten to the punch to start the day," said Head Coach Ryan Ludwig. "We need to turn it around for the second match."
The very first match of the day ended very quickly. Braun Marquez took on #9 Dylan Peters in the 125, but just 48 seconds into the first period, Peters was able to pin Marquez, giving the Panthers the early advantage.
NIU opened up the morning dual with three straight losses before Gabe Morse battled Panther Gunnar Wolfensperger. Morse and Wolfensberger played a tough match, and in the end, Morse was able to edge his opponent, 8-7. "Morse was determined to get us on the board," said Ludwig. "He showed a lot of fight."
Morse's wasn't enough to bring the Huskies back, however. Following his match, Andrew Morse lost a close match against Jarrett Jansen, 2-1. After that, the Huskies lost three straight matches by six or more points. In the 197, Shawn Scott and Basil Minto faced off, but Minto won the back-and-forth battle 6-5.
The match ended with the heavyweights, Jared Torrence and Blaize Cabell. The match was out of reach for NIU at this point, but Torrence aimed give the Huskies some momentum going into their afternoon match. He delivered for the home team, winning his match, 4-2. "Torrence did what he was supposed to as team captain," said Ludwig. "He gave us the performance we needed to end this one."
Northern Iowa: 32, Northern Illinois: 6
125: Dylan Peters (UNI) pins Braun Marquez
133: Joe Colon (UNI) tech. fall Nick Smith
141: Joey Lazor (UNI) maj. dec. Kevin Fanta
149: Gabe Morse (NIU) dec. Gunnar Wolfensperger (UNI): 8-7
157: Jarrett Jensen (UNI) dec. Andrew Morse
165: Cooper Moore (UNI) maj. dec. Samuel Bennett (NIU): 14-2
174: Cody Caldwell (UNI) dec. Billy Chancey
184: Ryan Loder (UNI) maj. dec. Caleb Busson
197: Basil Minto (UNI) dec. Shawn Scott
285: Jared Torrence
(NIU) dec. Blaize Cabell (UNI): 4-2
Huskie Rally Falls Short, Drop 21-16 to Bison
With the first dual marked in the books as a loss, NIU aimed to recover and end the day strong. The Huskies played a back-and-forth match against the North Dakota State Bison, but in the end, the victory was out of reach for the home wrestlers.
"We're obviously not happy, but we're getting better every week," said Ludwig. "We faced some top competition today, and this will be good for us in the long run."
From the start of the match, the Huskies looked much stronger than they did in the morning dual. NIU was victorious in three of the first four matches, including a technical fall victory for Tyler Argue against Devin Wolf (17-1) at 141.
From there though, the Bison snapped off four straight victories, including a Matt Gray's pin against Andrew Morse. "That changed the dynamic of the match," said Ludwig. "I can't blame Morse for it. He was trying to win, but it helped them get back in it."
With two matches left, the 197 and heavyweight 285, the Huskies trailed 18-11. Shawn Scott faced Colt Castlebury in the 197, needing a win to give his team a chance. Scott delivered in the best way that he could. He won by technical fall with a 21-4 final, scoring his final points with only five seconds left in the third period. This brought the score to 18-16, meaning the winner of the heavyweight match would determine the overall winner. "Scott came through for us there," said Ludwig. "He gave us a chance to come back on them."
In the heavyweight match, Jared Torrence and Evan Knutson had a long struggle. Regular time wasn't enough. A set of overtime periods wasn't enough. It came down to a tiebreaker, one that favored the Bison at the end of the match. Knutson had 34 seconds of riding time after the battle in the tiebreaker periods, giving him the victory. With that, the Huskies fell, 21-16.
NIU: 16, NDSU: 21
125: Hunter Weber (NDSU) dec. Braun Marquez (NIU): 1-0
133: Nick Smith (NIU) dec. Clayton Cathey (NDSU): 7-3
141: Tyler Argue (NIU) tech. fall Devin Wolf (NDSU): 17-1
149: Gabe Morse (NIU) dec. Tyler Diamond (NDSU): 9-7
157: Matt Gray (NDSU) pins Andrew Morse (NIU): 1:16
165: Steven Monk (NDSU) dec. Shaun'Qae McMurtry (NIU): 6-0
174: Hayden Zillmer (NDSU) dec. Billy Chancey (NIU): 8-2
184: Kurtis Julson (NDSU) dec. Caleb Busson (NIU): 3-1
197: Shawn Scott (NIU) tech. fall Colt Castlebury (NDSU): 21-4
285: Evan Knutson (NDSU) dec. (tiebreak: 0:34 riding time) Jared Torrence (NIU): 3-3
NIU will take a week off before meeting Cleveland State on Thursday, December 5. That match will begin at 7 p.m.