The Northern Illinois wrestling team closes out its 2012-13 home schedule Friday night when they take on the Northwestern Wildcats.
The meet starts at 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. Prior to the first match, NIU senior Arber Bebo will be honored as part of the Senior Night Festivities.
“Any time you can get two in-state wrestling programs to lay it on the line every year, it’s great for the wrestling community,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. “We are fired up to compete in our last home dual of this season, as well as honor our senior member of the team.”
The Huskies enter the dual with a 7-7 record on the season. Last time out, NIU suffered a pair of defeats at the hands of MAC foes Missouri (39-3) and Eastern Michigan (22-17) Jan. 26. Kevin Fanta improved his NCAA resume with two wins on the day, while Nick Smith, Rob Jillard, Matt Mougin and Jared Torrence each got wins against EMU.
On the other side, Northwestern maintains a 6-7 record on the year, but have a two-match skid after falling to nationally-ranked squads in Michigan and Purdue. The Wildcats, who finished ninth at the 2012 NCAA Championships, are paced on the mats by five Top 20 wrestlers, including 2012 All-Americans Jason Welch (Second – 157) and Mike McMullan (Ninth – 285).
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