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First day of MAC Wrestling Championships sees two Huskies move on to finals

First day of MAC Wrestling Championships see two Huskies move on to the finals

James Krause, Senior Reporter

April 11, 2020

DeKALB — The wrestling team will have two representatives in the Mid-American Conference championship finals tomorrow at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. Redshirt first-year Izzak Olejnik will head to his first career championship final at 165 lbs. Redshirt sophomore 184-pounder Brit Wilson will head ba...

NIU wrestlers reflect on cancellation of NCAA Tournament

Redshirt sophomore Brit Wilson grapples with his opponent March 7 during his Semifinal match at the 2020 MAC Wrestling Championships at the NIU Convocation Center.

James Krause, Senior Reporter

March 25, 2020

DeKALB — Redshirt sophomore Brit Wilson had his ticket punched for Minneapolis, Minnesota and the NCAA Wrestling Championship after winning the Mid-American Conference 184-pound championship March 8 in DeKalb. Instead of wrestling at U.S. Bank Stadium this past week, Wilson said he went to Colorad...

Brit Wilson takes home individual MAC Championship

Brit Wilson takes home individual MAC Championship

James Krause, Senior Reporter

March 9, 2020

DeKALB — Redshirt sophomore Brit Wilson secured a pair of takedowns Sunday in the final period to lock up NIU’s first individual Mid-American Conference Wrestling Championship since 2011. Wilson was crowned champion at 184 lbs., while the Huskies took third place overall. Wilson, a runner up last season at 1...

Huskies prepare to host 2020 MAC wrestling Championships on home court

Redshirt sophomore Brit Wilson grapples Feb. 14 with his Bull opponent during NIU's 19-16 win at Victor E. Court.

James Krause, Senior Reporter

March 5, 2020

DeKALB — After one of its strongest regular seasons in program history, the wrestling team will start its postseason Saturday with the start of the Mid-American Conference Wrestling Championships at the Convocation Center. Head Coach Ryan Ludwig said being the host of the tournament will give NIU...

Moyer’s impact helps fuel wrestling’s successful season

Associate Head Coach Dominick Moyer coaches the wrestling team Feb. 14 during NIU's 19-16 win over the University at Buffalo. The meet took place at Victor E. Court.

James Krause, Senior Reporter

February 26, 2020

DeKALB — Wrestling Associate Head Coach Dominick Moyer has already paved an amazing career in wrestling with a decade of coaching following a college career during which he competed on a national stage. It all started with a childhood accident and his recovery. “I fell out of a tree trying...

Wrestling ends season with its best record since 2004-05 season

James Krause

February 23, 2020

DeKALB — NIU’s wrestling team capped off one of its best seasons in recent memory with a dominating 35-3 win Friday over Drexel University.The Huskies allowed the fewest dual points in the win on the season, only giving up a decision win at 133 lbs.Head Coach Ryan Ludwig said the win not only wrapped...

NIU wrestling defeats Ohio University in 31-6 win Sunday

Redshirt sophomore Bryce West (left) grapples with his Chippewa opponent Jan. 5 during NIU's 19-12 win over Central Michigan University at Victor E. Court.

James Krause

February 10, 2020

DeKALB — The wrestling team dominated Ohio University on Sunday with a 31-6 win to move to second place in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference.The Huskies secured bonus points in four contests, including a pinfall victory by redshirt first-year Izzak Olejinik over junior Joe Terry at ...

NIU wrestling falls to defending MAC champion Mizzou

James Krause

January 26, 2020

DeKALB — The wrestling team couldn’t keep up with the reigning Mid-American Conference Champions in a 32-6 loss to the University of Missouri Tigers on Jan. 25 in Columbia.The Huskies were down by 12 points after a pair of pinfalls by the Tigers in the opening two bouts, with NIU only able to muster two decisi...

NIU’s wrestling team has found its identity in midst of successful season

Redshirt first-year Anthony Gibson (top) attempts to pin his opponent Jan. 5 during NIU's 19-12 win over Central Michigan University at Victor E. Court.

James Krause

January 24, 2020

DeKALB — Head Wrestling Coach Ryan Ludwig said the early part of the 2019-2020 season has been about finding an identity as a team, and now he feels they’ve found one.In a sport where control is key, Ludwig said the team’s brand of wrestling is all based on what it can control in any situation.“One of the thin...

NIU puts on a dominating display against the University of Arkansas–Little Rock at the Beauty and the Beast event

First-year Izzak Olejnik (top) attempts to pin his opponent Friday during NIU's 38-4 win against the University of Arkansas–Little Rock at the Convocation Center. 

James Krause

January 18, 2020

DeKALB —There was no caging “The Beast” for the University of Arkansas–Little Rock Trojans, as the NIU wrestling team won its dual 38-4 as part of Friday’s “Beauty and the Beast” event.After a loss in the second contest of the meet, NIU rattled off eight straight wins, with five coming ...

NIU to host The Beauty and the Beast at the Convocation Center, featuring the gymnastics and wrestling teams

NIU to host The Beauty and the Beast at the Convocation Center, featuring the gymnastics and wrestling teams

James Krause & Maddie Barrett

January 15, 2020

DeKALB — Friday gymnastics will host the Western Michigan University Broncos and wrestling will host the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans at the Convocation Center for the ninth annual Beauty and the Beast meet. The Beauty and The Beast meet will begin 7 p.m. Friday in the Convocation Ce...

Wrestling ties its largest win of the season, Anthony Gibson remains undefeated in dual meets

Wrestling ties its largest win of the season, Anthony Gibson remains undefeated in dual meets

James Krause

January 13, 2020

DeKALB — The wrestling team picked up a dominant 23-9 road win Friday against California Polytechnic State University, with the Huskies winning seven of 10 matchups against the Mustangs.Redshirt senior Kenny Moore and redshirt first-year Caleb Brooks helped extend the final score for NIU with major d...