The Northern Illinois University wrestling team kicked off their dual schedule Saturday at the EMU Duals by winning two of their four matchups.
NIU began the day with a 22-9 loss against No. 14 Michigan, followed by a 27-9 defeat against sixth-ranked Oregon State. The Huskies bounced back by downing Clarion, 21-15, and Findlay, 41-9.
Due to problems with scoring, results for the Huskies’ duals with Oregon State and Clarion were not available.
In addition to the dual competition, six Huskies placed in the open tournament portion of the meet. Jordan Northrup took first place at 133 pounds, while Derek Elmore took second at 125 and Parker Settecase was third at 197. Sal Annoreno and Matt Smith claimed fourth at 141 and 157, respectively, in addition to Arthur Bunce placing fifth at heavyweight.
Round One: No. 14 Wolverines Trump Huskies, 22-9
NIU gave No. 14 Michigan a scare early in both teams’ openers, but it was the Wolverines who came away with a 22-9 win over the Huskies.
UM got out to a quick 4-0 lead on the Huskies, as Braun Marquez dropped an 8-0 major decision to #11 Conor Youtsey at 125 pounds. That early deficit grew to 10-0 for the Huskies when Rossi Bruno topped Nick Smith with an 8-2 decision and Tyler Argue fell to Angelo Latora by way of an 11-5 loss.
However, NIU turned the tide with a pair of wins from Michigan natives Gabe and Andrew Morse. At 149, Gabe earned arguably the biggest win of his young career, as the redshirt freshman upset fifth-ranked Eric Grajales in a 5-4 decision. His twin brother and 20th-ranked Andrew got the Huskies within 11-6 with a 7-2 win over Jake Salazar at 157.
The Wolverines, though, ended any hopes of a Huskie shocker in the upper weights. Sixth-ranked Dan Yates defeated Sam Bennett at 165, 6-0, before Billy Chancey suffered a tight 4-2 loss to Ben Ralston. UM clinched the dual at 184 with #11 Max Huntley’s 9-3 win against Caleb Busson.
No. 14 Michigan 22, Northern Illinois 9
125: Conor Youtsey (UM) maj. dec. Braun Marquez (NIU), 8-0 (UM, 4-0)
133: Rossi Bruno (UM) dec. Nick Smith (NIU), 8-2 (UM, 7-0)
141: Angelo Latora (UM) dec. Tyler Argue (NIU), 11-5 (UM, 10-0)
149: Gabriel Morse (NIU) dec. Eric Grajales (U-M), 5-4 (UM, 10-3)
157: Andrew Morse (NIU) dec. Jake Salazar (U-M), 7-2 (UM, 10-6)
165: Dan Yates (UM) dec. Sam Bennett (NIU), 6-0 (UM, 13-6)
174: Ben Ralston (UM) dec. Billy Chancey (NIU), 4-2 (UM, 16-6)
184: Max Huntley (UM) dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 9-3 (UM, 19-6)
197: Shawn Scott (NIU) dec. Chris Heald (UM), 10-6 (UM, 19-9)
285: Adam Coon (UM) dec. Jared Torrence (NIU), 4-3 (UM 22-9)
Round Two: Sixth-Ranked Beavers Knock Off Huskies, 27-9
Round Three: Huskies Outlast Golden Eagles, 21-15
Round Four: Huskies Handle Oilers, 41-9
The Huskies capped their day in Ypsilanti on a high note, making quick work of Division II Findlay, 41-9.
NIU got a quick 18-0 lead on the Oilers, as UF forfeited at 125, 133 and 141. The Huskies gained another six points on the Oilers when Tyler Argue earned a first-period pin of Nic Skonieczny at 149.
Following another forfeit at 157, Trace Engelkes scored a 6-2 decision against Brad Metz to give the Huskies a 33-0 lead in the dual. UF got on the board when 2013 DII All-American Adam Walters defeated Billy Chancey in a tight 3-2 decision, then added six more points when NIU conceded 184.
The Huskies closed out the match with back-to-back major decisions at 197 and heavyweight. Shawn Scott outscored Gerald Beck, 16-3, while Jared Torrence earned a 12-4 victory against Cody Hoston.
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