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NIU wrestling splits at Wendy’s Duals

January 19, 2014
Gabe Morse

Gabe Morse

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 MouginCaleb 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.