The Northern Illinois University wrestling team closed they holiday weekend Sunday at the Wendy’s Duals by splitting their two matches against Ashland and #22 Purdue.
NIU (6-7) started the day with a dominant 36-6 win over the host Eagles (5-6). In the second dual of the day, the Huskies dropped a 26-12 decision to the Boilermakers (5-4).
Round One: Huskies Dominate Eagles, 36-6
NIU started the day on a positive note, earning an easy 36-6 win against the Division II Ashland Eagles in which they scored five pins, a technical fall and two forfeits.
“We wrestled hard and continued to look for scoring opportunities,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. “It was nice to get some hard-working and hungry guys in the lineup.”
After Nick Harrison took a forfeit at 125 to give the Huskies a quick 6-0 lead, Nick Smith pulled out a tight win at 133 with a 6-5 overtime decision against Michael Labry. Tyler Argue put the Huskies in control of the meet with an 8-1 victory over Clarence Longley, pushing the NIU lead to 12-0 through three matches.
The Huskies kept their foot on the gas, making it a 17-0 lead when Gabe Morse notched a 17-1 tech fall win against Mason Calvert. His brother, Andrew Morse made quick work of Kyle Burns at 157 with a 7-2 decision. Meanwhile, Sam Bennett took down Jake Piatt with an 11-3 major decision.
Following a forfeit win by Matt Mougin at 174, Caleb Busson and Shawn Scott each got decisions for the Huskies. Busson knocked off Bryson Hall at 184, 4-2, while Scott topped Roy Canale, 6-0. The Eagles finally got on the board with a win in the heavyweight match, as Arthur Bunce was pinned by Tyler Houska.
NIU 36, Ashland 6
125: Nick Harrison (NIU) wins by forfeit
133: Nick Smith (NIU) dec. Michael Labry (Ashland), 6-5 (OT)
141: Tyler Argue (NIU) dec. Clarence Longley (Ashland), 8-1
149: Gabe Morse (NIU) tech. fall Mason Calvert (Ashland), 17-1
157: Andrew Morse (NIU) dec. Kyle Burns (Ashland), 7-2
165: Sam Bennett (NIU) maj. dec. Jake Piatt (Ashland), 11-3
174: Matt Mougin (NIU) wins by forfeit
184: Caleb Busson (NIU) dec. Bryson Hall (Ashland), 4-2
197: Shawn Scott (NIU) dec. Roy Canale (Ashland), 6-0
285: Tyler Houska (Ashland) pins Arthur Bunce (NIU), 3:12
Round Two: Nationally-Ranked Boilermakers Down Huskies, 26-12
Following a resounding win in the first match, NIU dropped a 26-12 decision to the 22nd-ranked Purdue Boilermakers.
“We wrestled a competitive dual against Purdue and I’m proud of our effort,” Ludwig said. “We wrestled hard. The difference is that we need to make a few better decisions in crucial situations. Andrew (Morse) had a huge pin and (Shaun’Qae) McMurtry and (Caleb) Busson turned in gritty performances that I thought were outstanding.”
Purdue raced out to an early lead when Camden Eppert defeated Nick Harrison in a 10-4 decision at 125 pounds. Nick Smith couldn’t turn the tide against 14th-ranked Cashé Quiroga, as he fell in a 14-5 major decision. Two more wins by the Boilermakers – a 7-1 win by Danny Sabatello over Tyler Argue and a 4-2 decision from Brandon Nelsen against Rob Jillard - put them ahead, 13-0.
Andrew Morse got the Huskies on the board when he pinned Kyle Mosier late in the second period. Shortly thereafter, Shaun’Qae McMurtry put NIU within 13-9 when he posted a 6-2 decision over Chad Welch at 165.
The Boilermakers, though, stopped NIU’s comeback bid with Patrick Kissel’s 11-1 major decision against Matt Mougin. Caleb Busson got the Huskies back within five at 17-12 with a tight 4-3 victory against Tanner Lynde.
Yet, Purdue would clinch the win when 15th-ranked Braden Atwood pinned Shawn Scott late in the first period. The Boilermakers finished things off when Jared Torrence fell to Alex White in double overtime, 4-3.
#22 Purdue 26, NIU 12
125: Camden Eppert (Purdue) dec. Nick Harrison (NIU), 10-4
133: #14 Cashé Quiroga (Purdue) maj. dec. Nick Smith (NIU), 14-5
141: Danny Sabatello (Purdue) dec. Tyler Argue (NIU), 7-1
149: Brandon Nelson (Purdue) dec. Rob Jillard (NIU), 4-2
157: Andrew Morse (NIU) pins Kyle Mosier (Purdue), 4:30
165: Shaun’Qae McMurtry (NIU) dec. Chad Welch (Purdue), 6-2
174: Patrick Kissel (Purdue) maj. dec. Matt Mougin (NIU), 11-1
184: Caleb Busson (NIU) dec. Tanner Lynde (Purdue), 4-3
197: #15 Braden Atwood (Purdue) pins Shawn Scott (NIU), 2:18
285: Alex White (Purdue) dec. Jared Torrence (NIU), 4-3 (2OT)
The Huskies return home Saturday, Jan. 25, when they host the #7 Missouri Tigers in a 3 p.m. dual inside Victor E. Court.