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Former NIU wrestler killed by train

Former NIU wrestler killed by train

By Dave Gong | August 21, 2011

A former NIU wrestler was killed Friday night while attempting to cross railroad tracks in downtown DeKalb. Joseph W. Henning, 28, was attempting to run across the Second Street railroad crossing at 11:08 p.m. Friday when he was struck by an eastbound...

Ludwig named new wrestling head coach

By Brian Belford | June 27, 2011

In May, Ryan Ludwig became 17th head coach for the NIU men's wrestling team, hired by athletic director Jeff Compher after former coach Dave Grant retired.Ludwig has been instrumental in bringing in top talent to NIU since 2005 and his experience under...

Top 10 Huskies of the Year: #4 Brad Dieckhaus

By Mike Romor | May 5, 2011

After sitting out the 2009-10 season, NIU wrestler Brad Dieckhaus bounced back to win the MAC Championship at the 184-pound weight class.After redshirting for the 2009-10 season, any doubts of his potential were erased when he came out stronger than ever....

Two NIU wrestlers fall in NCAA championship

By Andrew Singer and Mike Romor | March 20, 2011

Dreams of wrestling immortality came to an abrupt end for Bryan Deutsch and Brad Dieckhaus over spring break at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. NIU’s Deutsch and Dieckhaus both fell in the fourth round of wrestlebacks at the Wells Fargo Center in...

Dieckhaus wins MAC Championship at 184, Deutsch qualifies for NCAAs

By Mike Romor | March 7, 2011

DeKALB | Even with NIU finishing fifth of six in the MAC Championship standings, two NIU wrestlers were able to reach the ultimate stage of college wrestling, booking their tickets to Philadelphia for the NCAA Championships.Junior Brad Dieckhaus stormed...

No reason not to go to the MAC Wrestling Championships

By Mike Romor | March 1, 2011

NIU will host some of the top wrestling programs in the Midwest and some of the best wrestlers in the nation over the weekend when the MAC Championships come to the Convocation Center on March 5-6. NIU wrestlers believe this event being in DeKalb helps...

NIU wrestling head coach Dave Grant is entering his last season at the helm.

Head wrestling coach departs after 15 season

By Mike Romor | February 24, 2011

DeKALB | For the past 15 seasons, NIU wrestling has been led by head coach Dave Grant. Grant has compiled an overall record of 127-111-6 and has brought 31 wrestlers to NCAA Championships for NIU. With his coaching career coming to a close in just a few...

NIU wrestling team loses in final regular season match

By Mike Romor | February 20, 2011

DeKALB | In its regular season final, the NIU wrestling team suffered a conference loss Sunday at Buffalo, 22-9. After gaining a 6-3 lead after victories from senior Dakota Greenhaw at 285 pounds and freshman Nick Smith at 125 pounds, NIU (5-11 overall,...

Wrestlers crush weekend competition

By Mike Romor | February 13, 2011

NIU sent its wrestlers to a dual meet at SIU-Edwardsville Saturday afternoon to square off against SIU-E and Knox College. The Huskies were able to shut down both opponents of the day, grabbing two of their most lopsided results of the season. NIU (5-10...

NIU head wrestling coach Dave Grant gives instructions during the Huskies 21-18 victory over Eastern Michigan on Friday.

Huskies win final home match

By Mike Romor | February 6, 2011

DeKALB | As the NIU wrestlers stepped onto the mat Friday, they did so intending to send head coach Dave Grant off the right way. In Grant’s final home meet, the NIU Huskies (3-10 overall, 1-4 MAC) did just that, defeating Eastern Michigan (11-7, 0-1),...

Ryan Deutsch (top) will compete in his final regular season meet in DeKalb on Friday.

Pinning down his future

By Mike Romor | February 3, 2011

When Bryan Deutsch first came to DeKalb to wrestle for head coach Dave Grant, he was more than just nervous to be part of the rising program; he was intimidated. Now a senior, Deutsch has solidified himself as a dominant piece of NIU wrestling. This is...

Freshman File: Nick Smith, freshman wrestler

By Katie Leb | January 27, 2011

Keeping the "Freshman 15" off the waistline is a little easier when required to stay at a specific weight for the sport you love. Nick Smith found this to be true when he joined the NIU wrestling team at the 125-pound weight class. Smith does admit it...