Dec. 3, 2013
Meet Notes | Live Results
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University wrestling team opens the month of December Thursday night when they host the Cleveland State Vikings.
The dual starts at approximately 7 p.m. inside Victor E. Court. Prior to the NIU-CSU meet, Sycamore and Kaneland High Schools will go head-to-head at 5 p.m.
"Our home match environment is going to be great this week,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. “We are going to have high schools competing before our dual and a ton of energy running through the place. The guys are fired up to be at home and ready to suit up. We are hosting a good Cleveland State squad, so we will need to get after it early and often."
NIU gets back on the mats after having Thanksgiving off. In their last time out, the Huskies dropped a pair of duals at home to Northern Iowa (32-6) and North Dakota State (21-16). In the two matches, Gabe Morse came away with two wins, while Nick Smith, Tyler Argue, Shawn Scott and Jared Torrence each took one victory on the day.
Thursday, though, the Huskies will take on a much-improved squad in CSU. The Vikings come into the meet with a 1-2 dual record with losses to Duke and Indiana coupled with a win over Division III John Carroll. NIU is 4-0 all-time against the Vikings, with their last meeting coming in Cleveland Feb. 24, 2013, in a 26-11 NIU win. The last time the two schools met in DeKalb (Dec. 21, 2011), the Huskies scored a 38-0 shutout win.
Live results will be available on NIUHuskies.com via TrackWrestling.
Projected NIU Lineup
125: Braun Marquez OR Nick Harrison
133: Nick Smith
141: Tyler Argue OR Kevin Fanta
149: Gabe Morse OR Rob Jillard
157: Andrew Morse
165: Shaun’Qae McMurtry
174: Billy Chancey
184: Caleb Busson OR Bryan Loughlin
197: Shawn Scott
285: Jared Torrence OR Arthur Bunce
Projected CSU Lineup
125: Daniel King
133: Jared McKinley
141: Michael Carlone
149: R.J. LaBeef
157: Latrell Davis OR Matt Donohoe
165: Jake Smith
174: Nick Corba
184: Bobby Blankenship OR Xavier Dye
197: Ray Stone
285: Riley Shaw
Scouting Cleveland State
Cleveland State comes into Thursday’s dual with a 1-2 record on the year. After falling to Duke (19-16) and Indiana (25-10) on Nov. 17 to open their dual schedule, the Vikings bounced back Nov. 26 with a convincing 32-6 win over Division III John Carroll. In tournament action, CSU placed four on the podium at the Navy Classic en route to an 11th-place finish. Individually, the Vikings are led by 2013 NCAA qualifier Riley Shaw at 285, while sophomore 125-pounder Daniel King has compiled a team-high 11 wins and four pins thus far.
Northrup’s Astouding Run
Despite redshirting this season, freshman Jordan Northrup has had quite the start to his college career. In his first three tournaments this season, the Machesney Park, Ill., native has gone 13-1 with a team-high four pins, along with two major decisions and a tech fall. After taking second place at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open on Nov. 3, Northrup topped the podium in the fresh/soph division at the MSU Open (Nov. 9) and EMU Open (Nov. 16).
In the previous four meetings between NIU and Cleveland State, the final result has been decidedly in the Huskies’ favor. Combined, NIU has outscored the Vikings, 125-23, in those four duals for an average score of 31-6. In addition, the Huskies have scored 30 or more points in three of those meetings, including a 38-0 shutout in 2011.
Home for the Holidays
Thursday’s dual marks the second part of a long homestand for the Huskies. Following duals against Northern Iowa and North Dakota State Nov. 23, the Huskies host Cleveland State Thursday, followed by Central Michigan (Dec. 21) and SIU Edwardsville (Jan. 4). Their only road trip during that timeframe won’t even be that far, as they go to Evanston, Ill., for the Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30).
The Huskies return to the mats in two weeks, as they host the Central Michigan Chippewas Saturday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. in Victor E. Court.