Wrestling wins two of three at Huskie Duals

NIU scores home victories over rival MAC Kent State University and Harper College.

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Then-redshirt second student Brit Wilson wrestles with his opponent on March 7, 2021 during his semifinal match at the 2020 MAC Wrestling Championships at the NIU Convocation Center.

FromKALB – Team NIU wrestling went 2-1 to the Huskie Duals on Saturday as they hosted Kent State University, Harper University and South Dakota State University.

The Huskies started the day with a win over Mid-American Conference rival Kent State. The Huskies started slow, losing the first three of four games. Redshirt junior Anthony Gibson changed the momentum in favor of the Huskies with a 9-4 win over Kent State rookie Enrigue Munguia that would set the Huskies up for the next four games.

NIU trailed 9-6 before redshirt junior Izzak Olejnik put them ahead by beating Kent State rookie Najee Locket 10-2. Redshirt senior Mason Kauffman followed with a 6-5 win over Kent State second Michael Ferree. Redshirt senior Brit Wilson and redshirt junior Terrese Aaron would also win their games, giving the Huskies the 20-12 victory.

NIU then faced Harper College in the second duel. NIU has won eight of ten games with Wilson’s biggest victory. Wilson’s first-period pin of second Harper student Ethan Shedbalker marked his 100th career win as a Huskie.

After a decisive victory by Wilson, Olejnik pinned junior Aaron Taylor in a dominating victory for the Huskies, beating Harper College 42-6.

Wilson and Olejnik won their respective matches in NIU’s final matchup against South Dakota State to remain undefeated for the day. Gibson was the only other Huskie to win a game as South Dakota State won the other seven of ten, leading to a final score of 26-9 in favor of South Dakota State.

The Huskies return to action on December 29 when they take part in a two-day event, the prestigious Midlands Championships at Hoffman Estates.