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Redshirt senior Jaivon Jones studies his Lock Haven University opponent at the Beauty and the Beast meet Friday. Jones was announced as the MAC Co-West Wrestler of the Week on Tuesday. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Jones announced as MAC Co-West Wrestler of the Week

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | February 15, 2024

DeKALB – Redshirt senior Jaivon Jones was named MAC Co-West Wrestler of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Jones pinned nationally ranked 149-pounder Nick Stonecheck in 2:22 at the annual “Beauty and the Beast dual” on Friday. Jones...

Redshirt sophomore Blake West pins his Kent State University opponent on Dec. 19. West recorded his 20th victory of the 2023-2024 season on Saturday against Cleveland State University. (Scott Walstrom | Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Wrestling owns East tiebreaker, garners first road victory

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | January 20, 2024

A belated rejuvenation by Cleveland State University (3-7, 1-2 MAC) came up short as NIU wrestling (9-2, 3-1 MAC) clinched its inaugural road victory of the spring season on Friday. The Huskies now hold sole possession of the top spot in the MAC West.  Redshirt...

NIU redshirt senior Izzak Olejnik grapples with Kent State University sophomore Enrique Munguia during Sundays dual meet. The 165-pound wrestlers clashed in a battle of nationally-ranked opponents. Olejnik and Munguia were ranked No. 10 and No. 25 respectively in the Dec. 13 InterMat rankings for their weight class. (David Dermer)

Olejnik wins second straight MAC title

By Adrien De La Peña, Sports Reporter | March 6, 2023

DeKALB – NIU redshirt senior Izzak Olejnik brought home the Mid-American Conference (MAC) title for the second year in a row at 165 pounds to earn a spot in the 2023 NCAA Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Olejnik defeated No. 5 seed Central Michigan...

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 Reporter | 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.