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

By 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...

Wrestling falls short of upset win against Illinois

Wrestling falls short of upset win against Illinois

By James Krause | December 7, 2019

DeKALB — The wrestling team split its 10 matchups Friday against the University of Illinois, but two major decision losses and a forfeit in the Illini’s favor kept the Huskies from taking an upset win.Despite the loss, Head Coach Ryan Ludwig said...

The wrestling team wins its first duals in home opener against Bucknell

The wrestling team wins its first duals in home opener against Bucknell

By James Krause | November 16, 2019

DeKALB — A pinfall victory by redshirt sophomore Brit Wilson Friday helped seal the wrestling team’s 24-10 victory over Bucknell University.Wilson put the win out of Bucknell’s reach with the only fall of the night, at 1:01 in the third round over...

Two Huskie wrestlers face off Oct. 24 during NIUs Red Black Dual at the Convocation Center. 

Wilson and West post top performances at MSU open

By James Krause | November 4, 2019

DeKALB — Two returning 2019 NCAA Wrestling Tournament Huskie qualifiers were NIU’s top performers Friday and Saturday in the season opener for the wrestling team at the Michigan State University Open.Redshirt sophomore Brit Wilson found success in...

Wrestling dominates Southern Illinois

By Marcel Carrasco | January 14, 2019

DeKALB — The wrestling team cruised its way to a 28-6 win Sunday over in-state opponent Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.The win over the Cougars marked the first conference victory of the year for NIU, putting the team at 1-3 in Mid-American...

Head Coach Ryan Ludwig (right) coaches from the sidelines in 2018.

What we learned from wrestling this season

By Rick Green | March 22, 2018

The wrestling team (3-10, 1-6 Mid-American Conference) wrapped up its 2017-18 season following the elimination of sophomore Brock Hudkins and redshirt junior Bryce Gorman at the NCAA tournament Saturday. The Huskies struggled this season, coming in last...

Buffalo trampled by Huskies

By Rick Green | February 12, 2018

DeKALB — The wrestling team ended its five-meet losing streak Sunday after earning its first Mid-American Conference win of the season, defeating the University at Buffalo Bulls 19-16.Redshirt sophomore Caden McWhirter led off for the Huskies with a...

Wrestling falls to No. 3 Missouri

By Rick Green | February 4, 2018

DeKalb — The Huskies wrapped up their two-dual homestand on Friday as they took on the undefeated Missouri Tigers, who are ranked No. 3 in the country.The wrestling team scored 12 points, the most given up by Missouri in the Mid-American Conference....

Wrestling falls big at home

By Rick Green | January 29, 2018

DeKALB — The wrestling team faced off against the North Dakota State University Bisons Sunday and struggled to get going against the Big-12 opponent, falling 34-3 in the match.“We need to work on closing out periods and keeping our foot on the gas...

Wrestling suffers setback at Ohio

Wrestling suffers setback at Ohio

By Rick Green | January 21, 2018

DeKALB — The Huskies wrapped up their weekend road trip Sunday with a match against the Ohio University Bobcats. NIU struggled throughout in the entire match and lost by a score of 34-6.“We are capable of much more as a team,” said Head Coach Ryan...

Junior Jared Torrence looks up for advice from the coaching staff during a match in the wrestling meet Saturday versus Eastern Michigan, he went on to win his match.

Wrestling falls to Eastern Michigan

By Rick Green | January 21, 2018
The Huskies struggled against the Eastern Michigan University Eagles Friday, losing nine of 10 matches.The Huskies suffered many setbacks against Eastern Michigan University, losing five matches by two or less points. The Huskies fell to the Eagles 30-3.“Our fight and grit needs to improve heading into Sunday,” said Head Coach Ryan Ludwig.Redshirt freshman Max Ihry defeated Jared Langley of the Eagles 2-0. Ihry avenged a loss from earlier in the season at the Eastern Michigan Open 4-3. Ihry has two Mid-American Conference dual wins, which is tied with sophomore Brock Hudkins for most on the team. Ihry is 5-13 on the season.“Ihry was the bright spot in the match today,” Ludwig said. “It was good to see him avenge a match from earlier this season.”The Huskies struggled to keep the lead in the matches. The Eagles came back and won three of the five matches from behind.Hudkins fell to Tomas Gutierrez of the Eagles 5-3 at 125 pounds after leading 3-2. Freshman Nolan Baker lost a close match to Kyle Springer of Eastern Michigan University 9-8, after leading 7-2 in the first round.Redshirt sophomore Caden McWhirter failed to capitalize on a 3-2 lead going into the second round against J.J. Wolfe of the Eagles, falling 7-5. At 285 pounds, redshirt sophomore Caleb Gossett battled against No. 17 ranked wrestler Gage Hutchinson of the Eagles 5-3.“Gossett really wore out a top-twenty ranked wrestler, he’s closing the gap on ranked guys,” Ludwig said.Redshirt junior Alijah Jeffery fell to Noah Gonser of Eastern Michigan University by decision 4-2 in the 133-pound match. Sophomore Anthony Rubino at 141 pounds loss by fall to Sa’Derian Perry of the Eagles.At 165 pounds, redshirt junior Andrew Scott lost by decision to Zac Carson of Eastern Michigan University. Senior Quinton Rosser lost by decision to Andrew McNally of the Eagles at 174 pounds.The Huskies will be back in action 12 p.m. Sunday as they head to Athens, Ohio to face the Ohio University Bobcats.