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Wrestling faces three teams at Hoosier Duals

November 23, 2011

NIU Huskie wrestlers return to the mat after a two-week break when they travel Saturday, Nov. 26, to Bloomington, Ind., for the Hoosier Duals.

The Huskies will take on Indiana, SIU-Edwardsville and Campbell inside IU’s University Gym. The meet begins at 8 a.m. with NIU taking on Campbell and Indiana battling SIUE. NIU will then face the SIUE Cougars at approximately 11 a.m. and finish with the host Hoosiers at 2 p.m.

Nick Smith

Nick Smith

“We have been focusing heavily on the details of critical techniques since the Michigan State Open,” said Huskie head coach Ryan Ludwig. “The importance of winning the small battles within a match has been stressed and the guys understand.”

“There will be a lot of hard fought matches this weekend. Our team is fired up for a great day of competition.”

Northern is coming off a successful run at the Michigan State Open on Nov. 12. There, Nick Smith took second at 125 and Rob Jillard finished fourth in the 133 bracket. In addition, six other Huskies recorded multiple wins on the day.

Indiana enters the weekend with a dual record of 3-0 after recording wins against Central Missouri, Calumet College and Lindsey Wilson on Nov. 18. The Hoosiers are led by Taylor Walsh at 149, who holds a 10-2 record on the year, and Matt Powless, who is 7-0 and ranked fifth nationally at 197.

The Cougars, who joined the Southern Conference as an associate member in June, return all three of their top wrestlers from 2010-11 in Steve Ross (157), Michael Dace (174) and Dan Devine (285). This will be the first of two duals between SIUE and NIU, as the Cougars come to DeKalb Feb. 12.

The Fighting Camels of Campbell, meanwhile, enter Saturday’s contest with a record of 3-2 behind wins against Anderson, Davidson and South Dakota State. CU is looking to improve from last season’s 4-18 performance behind second-year head coach Joe Boardwine.

This will mark the third consecutive season that Northern will compete at the Hoosier Duals. In the previous two seasons, NIU is a combined 4-4 with wins against Chattanooga (2009), South Dakota State (2009), Cumberland (2009) and Old Dominion (2010).

“I expect our guys to come out on the attack and maintain intensity through the entire seven minutes,” Ludwig said.

For more information on NIU wrestling and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.