NIU wrestling defeats Campbell, SIU-Edwardsville, falls to Indiana


Jerry Burnes, Northern Star File Photo-NIU’s Jared Torrence concentrates on keeping hold of a Stanford wrestler in a match earlier this season.

By Mike Romor

NIU wrestling headed to Bloomington, Ind. for Saturday’s annual Hoosier Duals.

NIU ended the day with positive results, defeating Campbell (4-4) and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (0-3) before falling to Indiana (6-0).

The Huskies (3-2) showed promise throughout the lineup, and three wrestlers went undefeated on the day.

Nick Smith continued his domination early on this season with three wins at 125, including a major decision against Campbell’s Josh Fisher.

At 157, true freshman Tyler Loethen showed he has the ability to fill the void left by Bryan Deutsch’s departure, as he held on to pick up close victories against Campbell and SIUE before shutting down Indiana’s Ryan Konz 8-2.

“Showing up and doing what he did as a true freshman, with solid victories, is great,” said NIU coach Ryan Ludwig. “Especially to get a victory against a Big Ten opponent, it’s impressive. We’ve always expected big things from Ty and he delivered nicely.”

In his much-anticipated return to action, Brad Dieckhaus swept the competition at 184 after missing the first few weeks of the season with a knee injury. Dieckhaus pinned Campbell’s TeShaun Johnson in 3:24. The result was no fluke, as Dieckhaus picked up a major decision victory against SIUE and an 8-2 victory against Indiana.

After patiently waiting to be cleared to perform by the team and doctors, Dieckhaus was thrilled to be back in action.

“It felt good to step back out on the mat,” Dieckhaus said. “It’s been a while and I’m glad all the training and rehab paid off. I still need to work on my turns on top and a few technical things. But other than that, I felt good and everything went well today.”

Throughout the first two matches, NIU had no problem picking up win after win. Opening the duals against Campbell, NIU jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start with Smith, Rob Jillard and Shawn Fayette compiling wins at 125, 133 and 141, respectively.

The Huskies ended up winning the affair 22-14 when heavyweight Jared Torrence stopped a possible Campbell comeback with a 5-2 win.

SIUE was more of the same for NIU as the Huskies jumped out to a 15-0 lead. Eventually leading 22-3, the Cougars had no chance of coming back in the matchup and NIU finished with a 25-7 defeat. Caleb Busson picked up his lone win of the duals at 174 and Tyler Argue did the same at 149.

The tables turned for the Huskies against the Hoosiers. Ending the day against a tough Big Ten opponent, NIU got the early advantage with a Smith win, but wins at 133 and 141 and a pin at 149 stretched Indiana’s lead to 12-3. The Huskies reeled in the Hoosiers with wins at 157 and 165, with Dan Burk subbing in for Matt Mougin for the victory. But only Dieckhaus was able to grab a win after that, and NIU lost by a total of 22-12.