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Redshirt sophomore Blake West attempts to pin Southern Illinois University Edwardsville redshirt sophomore Davian Guanajuato on Fridays Senior Day event for NIU wrestling. West defeated Guanajuato 4-3 on Friday to finish the season undefeated in dual matchups. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Return of the MAC: Wrestling champions the West

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | February 24, 2024

DeKALB – Redshirt sophomore Jacobi Jackson pinned his opponent with seconds remaining in the first period as NIU Wrestling (13-2, 7-1 MAC) fended off Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (6-6, 3-4 MAC) 22-13 to clinch the MAC West at Victor E....

NIU wrestling head coach Ryan Ludwig screams at his wrestler in a home dual against Central Michigan University on Saturday. Ludwig eclipsed the 100 career-win mark on Dec. 19, 2023. (Elyse Jones | Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

From the Mat to Mentorship: Ludwig paving the path to 100 wins

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | January 30, 2024

Thirteen consecutive NCAA qualifiers, 13 All-MAC honorees, 34 MAC champions, and 40 Academic All-MAC selections and a feat repeated just twice in program history: 100 career wins. In the grand tapestry of NIU wrestling head coach Ryan Ludwig's coaching...

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 Reporter | 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 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.
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 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...

Redshirt first-year Caleb Brooks tangles with a Central Michigan University Chippewa on Jan. 5 at Victor E. Court.

Wrestling begins road trip with a convincing win over Cleveland State

By James Krause | February 8, 2020

Redshirt first-year Caleb Brooks tangles with a Central Michigan University Chippewa on Jan. 5 at Victor E. Court.

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...

Wrestling takes first conference win in Purdue Duals, takes two of three matchups

By James Krause | November 26, 2019

DeKALB — Winning two of three matchups isn’t bad for the wrestling team, who came out of the Purdue Duals with a 4-2 overall record, and its first win in Mid-American Conference play, on Sunday.The Huskies won their conference matchup with Clarion...

Wrestling split two at Huskie Duals, drop first conference match

Wrestling split two at Huskie Duals, drop first conference match

By James Krause | November 22, 2019

DeKALB — As part of the Huskie Duals, NIU suffered a loss Sunday in its first conference meet of the season to Rider University, 26-6, before picking up a win over Harper College, 46-6."That was a tough match [with] very hard fought battles," Head Coach...

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...