Sigma Nu wins its first-ever Tugs competition

By Maddie Barrett

DeKALB — Sigma Nu pulled off a shocking upset against Phi Kappa Psi Saturday to be crowned the 2019 Tugs Champions. 
Fifth-year computer science major and Sigma Nu member Deven Hill said he is proud to have won the championships and was impressed with his teammates. 
“It’s awesome to win — especially being the first in history,” Hill said. “We worked hard for this all semester, so it’s great to see it pay off.”
Sigma Nu started strong, taking advantage of the first rope. Phi Kappa Psi took the second rope, but Sigma Nu finished off the match, taking the third rope. 
Kyle Cowherd, second rope caller for Sigma Nu, talked about the preparation that goes into Tugs. 
Cowherd said the team trained at least three days a week for four months to prepare for the competition. 

“All that work brings us closer and pays off,” Cowherd said. “We knew we were in a good position to place this year, but what set our preparation apart was how hungry our guys were for a trophy. We knew we would be doubted but were determined to prove it otherwise.”
Despite snow and cold temperatures, fans came out to support the fraternities. Hill said he appreciated everyone who came out, despite the weather. 
“I love everyone [who] comes out and supports, no matter the side,” Hill said. “Hearing the other team’s fans scream at you only motivates you more. Hearing your best friends cheer you on as well is also amazing.”
This was the 39th annual competition for tugs and the first time in history the NIU Sigma Nu chapter has won the competition.