KENT, Ohio -- Kent State picked up where it left off last season in Mid-American Conference duals with a 29-9 victory over Northern Illinois Tuesday afternoon. The Golden Flashes took 7-of-10 matches, including six straight from 149 to 197.
"It was only our second dual so I was glad to see us wrestle as well as we did," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said. "We were a little sluggish at the beginning of matches. We've got to get going faster."
Unlike some of his teammates, fifth-year senior Dustin Kilgore (Berea, Ohio) was anything but sluggish, scoring three takedowns and pinning Parker Settecase all in 47 seconds. His 51st straight dual victory was the Flashes' sixth straight of the afternoon.
"He pins people, Andrassy said. "That's what he talks about and that's what he does. And I can see more of his matches going like that."
The string of victories began with redshirt freshman Nick Carr (South Fayette, Pa.), who overcame an early 3-2 deficit and topped Rob Jillard 10-4. Carr turned Jillard for a pair of back points and piled up 3:14 in riding time.
Senior Mallie Shuster (Newville, Pa.) and sophomore Caleb Marsh (Marysville, Ohio) followed with 8-2 victories. Both controlled their matches throughout, building up over three minutes of riding time.
Redshirt freshman Sam Wheeler (Copley, Ohio) made his first M.A.C. Center appearance a memorable one. Wheeler trailed 4-1 after two periods and 5-3 in the third, before a takedown and pin of Matt Mougin with 52 seconds left in the match.
"If Sam wrestled the way he did in the third period more often, he'd be ranked a lot higher," Andrassy said. "But he's learning."
Senior Casey Newburg (Union, Ohio) made it five straight wins with a 13-4 major decision over Bryan Loughlin. Just before the opening match, Newburg was presented with the Jerry Petrofes Scholarship. When he returned to the mat, the 184-pounder put up seven points in the opening period, behind a pair of turns.
Senior Stevie Mitcheff (Lortain, Ohio) started the afternoon with a 10-0 shutout of Derek Elmore. Mitcheff had a takedown in each of the first two periods, before running away with things in the third with a reversal and three-point near fall.
Off to a 1-0 start in conference duals, Kent State returns to action Dec. 29 at the Brute Invitational in Lock Haven, Pa.
125 Steve Mitcheff (KSU) won by major decision over Derek Elmore (NIU) 10-0
133 Nick Smith (NIU) won by decision over Kyle Bauer (KSU) 7-3
141 Tyler Argue (NIU) won in tie breaker 1 over Lukas Kern (KSU) 7-6
149 Nicholas Carr (KSU) won by decision over Robert Jillard (NIU) 10-4
157 Mallie Shuster (KSU) won by decision over Andrew Morse (NIU) 8-2
165 Caleb Marsh (KSU) won by decision over Dan Burk (NIU) 8-2
174 Sam Wheeler (KSU) won by pin over Matt Mougin (NIU) 6:07
184 Casey Newburg (KSU) won by major decision over Bryan Loughlin (NIU) 13-4
197 Dustin Kilgore (KSU) won by pin over Parker Settecase (NIU) 0:47
285 Jared Torrence (NIU) won by decision over Keith Witt (KSU) 2-1