History

NIU Hall of Famer Roy Conrad captured the NCAA title at 177 pounds in 1960.

Ben Heizer was a two-time All-American while wrestling at 184 pounds for the Huskies, finishing sixth in 2003 and second in 2004.

The Northern Illinois University wrestling program is not only one of the school's oldest, but also one of the most decorated.

One of the Huskies' biggest claims to fame is their unprecedented streak of NCAA qualifiers. Since 1972, NIU has been represented by at least on wrestler at the national tournament, including sending four or more representatives on seven occasions. In 1960, Roy Conrad won the NCAA overall national title at 177 pounds despite the Huskies competing in the smaller NCAA College Division (today's Division II). Conrad captured the NAIA national championship at 177 in 1961, while Ray Guzak took home the 167 title that same year. Four years later, Neal McDonald won the College Division national title at heavyweight. NIU's first national title winner came in 1958, when Dale Tessler won the NAIA national crown at 177.

In addition to the Huskies' national champions, eight other individuals have combined to earn 11 All-American honors. Jeremy Goeden (1997-98), Scott Owen (2002-03) and Ben Heizer (2003-04) were each named All-Americans twice.

Within the Mid-American Conference, NIU has won 41 individual titles, including three each from Owen and Heizer. Pat Castillo twice won the MAC Tournament's Outstanding Wrestler Award, doing so in 2007 and 2008.

NCAA Champions

1960 Roy Conrad 177
1965 Neal McDonald HWT

NAIA Champions

1958 Dale Tessler 177
1961 Roy Conrad 177
1961 Ray Guzak 167

All-Americans

1961 Bill Kontos Fourth - 130 (NAIA)
1969 Wes Caine Sixth - 123
1972 Larry Johnson Fifth - 158
1973 Johnny Johnson Second - 190
1975 Mark Tiffany Sixth - 190
1997 Jeremy Goeden Eighth - 190
1998 Jeremy Goeden Seventh - 190
2002 Scott Owen Fifth - 157
2003 Scott Owen Fifth - 157
Ben Heizer Sixth - 184
2004 Ben Heizer Second - 184

MAC Champions

1975 Mark Tiffany 190
1976 Tony Filippo 142
1977 Scott Soderholm 134
Phil Gulsvig 177
Mark Tiffany 190
Dean Schultz HWT
1979 Dave Larimer 126
Mike Pheanis 158
1981 Mike Pheanis 158
1982 Gene Vatch 158
1983 Ernie Vatch 167
1984 Bruce Swierczewski 142
Ernie Vatch 158
1985 Nate Allison 126
Bruce Swierczewski 142
Gene Vatch 158
John Major 177
1986 Mike Green 158
John Major 177
1997 Jeremy Goeden 190
1998 Jeremy Goeden 190
2000 Dave Potter 184
2001 Scott Owen 157
2002 Scott Owen 157
Bill Lowney 174
Ben Heizer 184
2003 Sam Hiatt 133
Scott Owen 157
Ben Heizer 184
2004 Sam Hiatt 133
Ben Heizer 184
2005 Josh Wooton 141
2006 Josh Wooton 141
Johnny Galloway 165
2007 Pat Castillo 125
2008 Pat Castillo 133
Pat McLemore 141
2009 Bryan Deutsch 157
2011 Brad Dieckhaus 184

*NIU competed as an independent from 1969-1974 and 1987-1996

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