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Wrestlers fall 27-6 to Ohio

January 14, 2012
Kevin Fanta

Kevin Fanta

Friday the 13th proved to be unlucky for the Northern Illinois wrestling team Friday, as the Huskies lost to the Ohio Bobcats, 27-6.

The loss drops NIU’s record to 6-5 overall and 0-2 in the MAC, while Ohio improved to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference.

“Instead of setting the tone, we waited around,” said Huskie head coach Ryan Ludwig. “We paid for it. I expect more intensity and discipline in our wrestling.”

The Bobcats drew first blood by taking each of the first two matches, as Derek Elmore lost to Gabe Ramos at 125, 3-0, and Rob Jillard was defeated, 7-2, by Drew Hammer in the 133-pound match. The Huskies, though, would cut Ohio’s lead in half when Kevin Fanta picked up his seventh win of the season with a commanding 8-2 win against Darrin Boing at 141.

Yet, NIU was unable to gain any momentum from Fanta’s win, dropping the next five matches by minor decision to give Ohio a 21-3 lead with two matches to go. During that stretch, the Huskies only managed a combined three match points, while each of the five matches were determined by five points or less.

Mike Lukowski helped the Huskies draw slightly closer with a win at 197, as he topped Beau Wenger, 6-2, to get NIU within 21-6. The Bobcats would cap off the night when Jared Torrence was pinned by nationally-ranked Jeremy Johnson in the heavyweight bout.

The Huskies continue their month-long road trip next Friday, Jan. 20, when they trek to Mt. Pleasant, Mich., to battle the defending MAC champion Central Michigan Chippewas. The dual gets underway at 6:30 p.m. inside McGuirk Arena.

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