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NIU reacts to Olympics removal of wrestling

By Ed Rietveld | February 18, 2013

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will signify the end of an era for Olympic competition. Wrestling will be in the Olympics for what may be the last time. Last week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to eliminate the sport from...

Wrestling to meet Buffalo University

By Ed Rietveld | February 13, 2013

Wrestling begins a three dual meet road trip to end the regular season when they take on the Buffalo University Bulls (1-9, 1-3 MAC) this weekend. The Huskies (7-8, 0-5 MAC) are coming off last week’s dual meet defeat against in-state rival Northwestern...

A good wrestler is an escape artist

By Ed Rietveld | February 11, 2013

Since wrestling matches last only seven minutes, every point scored is valuable, whether it be on a two-point takedown, a two-point reversal or even a near fall, which can be worth two or three points. Some might argue that the most valuable way a wrestler...

Men’s wrestling falls at Northwestern

By Ed Rietveld | February 10, 2013

Wrestling was unable to snap its four dual meet losing streak against Northwestern University (7-7, 1-5 Big Ten), 36-6, in its last home meet of the season. The Huskies (7-8, 0-5 MAC) could not dig out of a early 15-0 hole against the 18th-ranked Wildcats....

Red shirt junior, Jared Torrence grapples with an opponent at a wrestling meet.

Wrestling redshirting explained

By Ed Rietveld | February 4, 2013

In collegiate sports there is a way for athletes to gain experience without competing in a limited number of games: by redshirting a year. The concept of redshirting a year means that athletes can earn a fifth year of eligibility if they sit out a year...

Men’s wrestling wins big at Open

By Ed Rietveld | February 3, 2013

Even though this was a weekend away from dual meet action, it still proved to be a successful one for NIU wrestling. Huskie reserve and redshirt wrestlers competed in the Harper Open at Harper College on Saturday. NIU had 10 wrestlers make the podium;...

Freshman Andrew Morse squares off with an opponent during a match.

Wrestling at NIU explained

By Ed Rietveld | January 28, 2013

The sport of wrestling is very interesting: On one hand, the sport is an individual competition where two combatants are facing each other; on the other hand, it is a team sport with a team score. Keeping track of points during a dual can be complicated...

Wrestler Kevin Fanta grapples with an opponent during a match.

Wrestling kept busy over break

By Ed Rietveld | January 13, 2013

Winter break proved to be not much of a break for NIU’S wrestling team as the Huskies (7-4, 0-2MAC) opened up MAC play for the first time this season. NIU lost its MAC opener against Kent St. (4-3, 1-0MAC), 29-9, on Dec. 18 in Ohio. The Midlands Championship...

Wrestling falls to Michigan State Spartans at home

By Ed Rietveld | December 9, 2012

Saturday’s NIU showcase dual meet against the Spartans of Michigan State (2-2) can be summed up best by the old expression close, but no cigar. The Huskies (5-2) fell to the Spartans 25-9 in the home meet; however, the final score may be deceiving because...

Elmore brings power to wrestling

By Ed Rietveld | December 9, 2012

Getting off to fast starts has been a key for NIU wrestling so far this season. Through seven dual meets the Huskies have compiled a record of 5-2 and in two open tournament’s the Huskies have had a combined 27 wrestlers make the podium. One of the...

Wrestling to take on third Big 10 opponent

By Ed Rietveld | December 5, 2012

After a weekend on the road, wrestling returns home for a dual meet against Michigan State University (1-1) in the NIU showcase meet. The Huskies (5-1) will be facing their third Big 10 conference opponent in a dual meet this season, when they take on...

Huskies have strong showing at open wrestling tournament

By Ed Rietveld | December 2, 2012

For the second time this season, wrestling competed in an open tournament at the Kaufman-Brand Open in St. Louis. The Huskies had 14 wrestlers make the podium at the tournament this weekend, compared to the 13 who made the podium at the Eastern Michigan...