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Promising new recruits for wrestling team

By Mike Buda | December 5, 2010

New recruits can either set up a program for success or set it back for a year. The NIU wrestling team announced its recruiting class for the 2011-2012 season with six successful signees. NIU head coach Dave Grant is in his fifteenth and final season...

NIU wrestling fell short against Michigan State

By Mike Buda | December 5, 2010

Leads have been easy to come by this season for the NIU wrestling team, but holding on to them has been a different story. The Huskies fell for the third straight time after a 20-15 loss to Michigan State (4-1) in DeKalb on Friday. "I thought we did a...

One sports writer’s experience

By Mike Buda | November 29, 2010

Loving what you do ranks right up there in importance with finding the right person to love. Spending five semesters watching and writing about college athletics made the college experience more bearable than I could have even imagined and was probably...

Wrestling goes down to the wire at Hoosier Duals

By Mike Buda | November 28, 2010

NIU wrestling opened its dual season at the Hoosier Duals and saw three tight matches until the very end. The Huskies went 1-2 in their first duals of the season with a 16-14 win over Old Dominion and 21-15 and 22-18 losses to North Carolina Greensboro...

Deutsch looks to take step foward

By Mike Buda | November 22, 2010

Leaving a mark can be on the minds of many athletes, but for one NIU grappler, it comes down to one final season. Senior wrestler Bryan Deutsch has reached the top of the conference before and is now looking to get to the top of the country. Since cutting...

A few pounds can make a world of difference in wrestling

By Mike Buda | November 18, 2010

Changing and cutting weight is a part of wrestling, and finding the right weight class can be the key to a wrestler's success. Determining whether an alteration in class is necessary for a wrestler can be narrowed down to two different things for NIU...

NIU wrestling veterans show up at Michigan State

By Mike Buda | November 14, 2010

The NIU wrestling team began its regular season with some of its athletes making deep runs in the Michigan State Open. Twenty-four Huskies participated in the tournament on Saturday and 10 of them placed in the top six in their respective brackets. "I...

Dave Grant is entering his final year as NIU wrestling head coach. He has been leading the Huskies since 1996.

NIU wrestling coach Dave Grant reflects on career

By Mike Buda | November 10, 2010

Wrestling has been in NIU head coach Dave Grant's life for 30 years and come March, he will be done coaching. Grant, who announced his retirement in April, has been at the head of the wrestling team since 1996 and couldn't be more enthused about his final...

The Rant: Miami Heat have Bulls’ record in sight

By Mike Buda | November 9, 2010

The crowning of the Miami Heat as the 2010-11 NBA champions will be the exclamation point on why they are far more superior than the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls. Michael Jordan and his band of scrubs weren't good enough for an NBA championship, but since...

Senior Pat McLemore, pictured, defeated senior Tristen DeShazer 3-1 with a takedown in this weekends Wrestle Offs.

Wrestlers tangle for team position

By Mike Buda | November 7, 2010

Wrestling season began Friday night with the annual NIU Wrestle-Offs with Huskie grapplers fighting for 10 starting positions for the upcoming year. The 2010 NIU Wrestle-Offs proved to be exciting in an 18-16 red over black victory where four seniors...

NIUs Engebreth Faerden found the net twice in the Huskies victory Thursday.

NIU retains Lewang Cup in season finale

By Mike Buda | November 4, 2010

Goals have been hard to come by for the NIU men’s soccer team this year, but things turned around in the season finale.The Huskies poured it on in a 5-1 win against Milwaukee Thursday night to take the Lewang Cup.“I was pleased that we finally, for...

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

Dave Grant has high hopes for last season with wrestling team

By Mike Buda | November 4, 2010

All things come to an end, but before they do, head coach Dave Grant has one more season with the NIU wrestling team. The Huskies begin their 2010-2011 season tonight at 7 p.m. with their annual Wrestle-Offs, which will determine the starters for the...