Brothers build wrestling legacy at NIU


Brothers build wrestling legacy at NIU

By Rick Green

DeKALB — Competing with an older sibling is not a simple thing to do, especially when the older brother accomplished over 80 wins through his collegiate career.

Redshirt junior wrestler Andrew Scott is the younger brother of Shawn Scott, former Huskie wrestling star. Shawn said the Scott legacy and tradition at NIU is one worth remembering for decades to come.

“The Scott name is not about winning and losing a match, it’s about representing yourself and your family to the best of your ability,” Shawn said.

In Shawn Scott’s final season, he set a career high in wins with 26 and only 11 losses. He earned his second trip to the NCAA Championships and won four matches to advance to the round of 12. Shawn finished his NIU career with a 81-41 record and three pins.

“Shawn was a great leader for us, always 100 percent dedicated,” said Head Coach Ryan Ludwig. “He set the tone for the younger guys coming up in terms of leadership and being rewarded for hard work.”

Andrew said he has always looked up to his older brother, and he has the biggest influence on him.

“He showed me the ropes and gave me tips and tricks,” Andrew said. “Shawn pushed me to get back into the sport [after high school].”

Andrew is a redshirt junior; his career record stands at 15-31 with the Huskies.

“Andrew is pretty explosive, and he has the ability to get to some big moves anytime,” Ludwig said. “He’s a high-flyer and fast.”

The Scott brothers have been wrestling for years and have always been into sports.

Their wrestling career began after a basketball game at their alma mater Holly High School in Holly, Michigan. The Scott brothers, accompanied by their father, were walking down the hall where the wrestling team was practicing.

Once Shawn saw kids running, throwing each other around and practicing, he knew this was the sport for him.

Shawn began wrestling the following week, and shortly thereafter, so did his little brother Andrew.

Andrew was a four-year letter-winner in wrestling and earned all-state honors in Michigan’s Division II. He was a three-time league and district champion and 2014 regional title winner.

Shawn committed to NIU after his high school career, but Andrew didn’t wrestle after high school, and Shawn said he could tell that he missed the sport. After a year at Grand Valley State University, Andrew transferred to NIU to wrestle.

“[The Scotts] make a positive impact, and that’s what a man should strive for in life,” Ludwig said.

Shawn said he was extremely happy Andrew decided to come to NIU.

Andrew Scott went 6-11 in his first year, as four of his wins were recorded by pin. Scott finished his sophomore season with a 4-7 record.

“The legacy is not complete, as Andrew’s story is still being written,” Ludwig said. “They are loyal Huskies and committed to doing things the right way.”