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Wrestlers from NIU and Ohio University grapple during Fridays dual meet in Mount in Athens, Ohio. (Courtesy Ohio Athletics)

Lightweight match momentum propels Huskies over Ohio

By Skyler Kisellus and Adrien De La Peña | January 21, 2023
A speedy 18-0 lead built by NIU wrestling during Friday's road dual meet served as the foundation for the Huskies' triumph over MAC-unbeaten foe Ohio.
Central Michigan redshirt freshman Chandler Amaker (left) and NIU redshirt senior Izzak Olejnik battle at 165 during a dual meet Friday. (Courtesy Central Michigan Athletics)

Winless Chips stun MAC-unbeaten Huskies

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | January 13, 2023
An 18-10 start for NIU wrestling in Sunday's dual meet against Central Michigan ended in a come-from-behind win for the winless Chippewas.
NIU redshirt junior Jaivon Jones wraps up Kent State University redshirt junior Louis Newell during the 141 match Sunday. Jones defeated Newell in a 3-1 decision to give NIU its first points of the dual. (David Dermer)

Wrestling overpowers Kent State with major-decision wins

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | December 18, 2022
Three Huskies earned bonus points in their major decision victories that decided the winners of Sunday's dual meet against MAC rival Kent State.
Wrestling vs. SIUE

NIU wrestling releases 2022-23 schedule

By Northern Star Sports Staff | October 12, 2022
NIU wrestling announced its 2022-23 season schedule which includes trips to Indiana and California.
Wrestling vs. SIUE

Wrestling’s season ends with second day elimination at NCAA Championships

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | March 21, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU wrestling team wrapped up their season Friday as their three competitors in the NCAA Championships saw their runs come to a halt at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Redshirt seniors Mason Kauffman, Brit Wilson and redshirt...

Then-redshirt sophomore Brit Wilson being announced the 2020 MAC 184-pound Champion March 8, 2020 after his win in the 2020 MAC Championship finals at the NIU Convocation Center.

Three Huskie wrestlers set to compete in NCAA Championships

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | March 16, 2022

DeKALB — Three members of the NIU wrestling team are NCAA Championships-bound after winning their respective weight classes at the Mid-American Conference Championships on March 4-5. Redshirt seniors Brit Wilson, Mason Kauffman and redshirt junior...

Then-redshirt sophomore Brit Wilson being announced the winner March 7 after his 8-5 decision win in the 2020 MAC Championship semifinals at the Convocation Center.

Wrestling topples SIUE on senior night

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | February 21, 2022

The NIU wrestling team faced Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Sunday evening in their final regular season matchup of the season. The Huskies dominated and defeated the Cougars 35-3 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. How it happened  Senior...

Redshirt senior Brit Wilson assumes top position over Buffalo redshirt junior Pete Acciardi in Saturdays dual against the University at Buffalo at Alumni Arena in Buffalo, New York. Wilson won the matchup by decision 5-0 to put NIU ahead 15-11 before the Huskies lost the final two matches to seal a 17-15 loss. (Paul Hokanson | UB Athletics)

Wrestling trio find themselves in national rankings mix

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | February 8, 2022

DeKALB — Three NIU wrestlers are receiving national recognition as redshirt seniors Mason Kauffman, Brit Wilson and redshirt junior Izzak Olejnik are listed on InterMat’s national wrestling rankings. “They're doing great,” head coach Ryan Ludwig...

Redshirt senior Brit Wilson assumes top position over Buffalo redshirt junior Pete Acciardi in Saturdays dual against the University at Buffalo at Alumni Arena in Buffalo, New York. Wilson won the matchup by decision 5-0 to put NIU ahead 15-11 before the Huskies lost the final two matches to seal a 17-15 loss. (Paul Hokanson | UB Athletics)

Wrestling bested by Buffalo rally

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | February 5, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU wrestling team faced off against Mid-American Conference rival University at Buffalo Bulls Saturday afternoon in a back-and-forth match that ended with the Huskies losing narrowly 17-15 to the Bulls. The Huskies and the Bulls...

Then-redshirt sophomore Brit Wilson grapples with his opponent March 7, 2021 during his Semifinal match at the 2020 MAC Wrestling Championships at the NIU Convocation Center.

Wrestling splits duals in Little Rock

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | January 30, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU wrestling team split a pair of duals Sunday afternoon, defeating the University of Arkansas at Little Rock 35-6 and losing to California Polytechnic State University 28-6. The Huskies took on Cal Poly first in a very lopsided matchup....

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

Sooners leave Victor E. Court with victory

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | January 23, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU wrestling team went up against the #17-ranked University of Oklahoma Sunday afternoon in a dual match where the Huskies fell to the Sooners 34-3. The Huskies went into the match shorthanded, missing two nationally-ranked wrestlers...

NIU redshirt junior Mason Kauffman (right) struggles with his opponent, ranked UNI first-year Lance Runyon, Feb. 5, during NIUs 27-9 loss to the University of Northern Iowa at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb.

Wrestling outmatched by CMU in Friday dual

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | January 22, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU wrestling team went up against Mid-American Conference rival Central Michigan University Friday night, falling to the Chippewas 33-6. The dual was a rescheduled match that was previously scheduled for Jan. 7 before COVID concerns...