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Indiana sweeps Hoosier Duals

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana wrestling team wrapped up their non-conference dual meet schedule with a nearly perfect day at the Hoosier Duals, hosted inside University Gymnasium. The Hoosiers (6-1) saw six wrestlers achieve 3-0 marks on the mat in dual victories over Northern Illinois (0-2), SIU Edwardsville (1-2), and Cleveland State (1-4).

"I thought we wrestled well today, and it was good to get guys back in the lineup," said Indiana head coach Duane Goldman. "That brings a little confidence to each guy on the team, and that showed today on the mat."

Indiana torched the scoreboard with 13 bonus wins across three duals, including seven pins from five different wrestlers. Five IU grapplers ended the day with a dual point differential of +10 or higher, led by Devin Skatzka's (174) flawless 18-point afternoon. Skatzka, No. 16 Cole Weaver (141), and Jake Danishek (157) capped their non-conference slates with unbeaten dual meet records.

Skatzka (11-2) made the most of his return to the lineup, scoring 18 team points in just 4:09 of mat time. The redshirt sophomore opened with the second-fastest fall of his career at 0:47 against Quinton Rosser (NIU); saw his hand raised for a win by forfeit; and won by fall in 3:32 against Gabe Stark (CSU).

"That's kind of my goal for every match -- to go out there and pin the guy as fast as I can," Skatzka said. "It happened to work out that way today."

Danishek piled three more wins onto his 6-0 season start, beginning with a 6-0 decision win over Caden McWhirter (NIU). IU's returning NCAA qualifier followed with two bonus point wins: a 17-8 major decision over Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE) and a 2:32 win by fall -- his third in six matches -- over Ryan Montgomery (CSU).

Weaver (14-2) continued his resilient start to the year with three wins and a pair of pins, the first coming at 1:21 in his opening bout with Anthony Rubino (NIU). He closed the day by exacting revenge against a foe he fell to last season, topping Evan Cheek (CSU) with a 5-3 decision.

Junior Elijah Oliver (125) ensured that the Hoosiers never trailed on the team score with a trio of wins at the start of each dual. Oliver's triumphs included a 16-4 major decision against Zac Gentzler (SIUE) and a dominating 19-3 technical fall (4:23) over Cameron Lathem (CSU).

Bryce Martin (165) and Norman Conley (184) round out the group of Hoosiers who went unbeaten on the day. Martin (12-4) scored a six-point decision over Andrew Scott (NIU) before securing a 9-1 major decision against John Vaughn (CSU). Conley (10-7) battled for three decision victories, his biggest an 8-4 win over Bryce Shewan (SIUE).

Garrett Pepple (133) dropped his first match by decision but rebounded to win Indiana's fastest tech fall of the day, 17-0 (3:55), against Joe Antonelli (SIUE). Pepple's fourth fall of the season came in his final match, a 3:39 stick versus Andrew Coghill (CSU).

Fletcher Miller (285) shared a similar fate to Pepple, taking a loss by decision and responding with two bonus point victories. Miller found a pin at 2:36 against Tommy Helton (SIUE) before winning by major decision, 9-1, over Collin Kelly (CSU).

Indiana 33, Northern Illinois 6
125 Elijah Oliver (IU) wins by forfeit FF IU 6, NIU 0
133 Alijah Jeffrey (NIU) dec. Garrett Pepple (IU) 3-0 IU 6, NIU 3
141 #16 Cole Weaver (IU) WBF Anthony Rubino (NIU) 1:21 IU 12, NIU 3
149 Davey Tunon (IU) dec. Zack Velasquez (NIU) 5-0 IU 15, NIU 3
157 Jake Danishek (IU) dec. Caden McWhirter (NIU) 6-0 IU 18, NIU 3
165 Bryce Martin (IU) dec. Andrew Scott (NIU) 7-1 IU 21, NIU 3
174 Devin Skatzka (IU) WBF Quinton Rosser (NIU) 0:47 IU 27, NIU 3
184 Norman Conley (IU) dec. Bryce Gorman (NIU) 5-2 IU 30, NIU 3
197 Jake Hinz (IU) dec. Max Ihry (NIU) 5-3 IU 33, NIU 3
285 Caleb Gossett (IU) dec. Fletcher Miller (IU) 12-6 IU 33, NIU 6

Cleveland State 28, Northern Illinois 12
125 Cameron Lathem (CSU) wins by forfeit FF CSU 6, NIU 0
133 Alijah Jeffrey (NIU) tech. fall Andrew Coghill (SIUE) 18-3 CSU 6, NIU 5
141 Evan Cheek (CSU) maj. dec. Bryce Thurston (NIU) 14-3 CSU 10, NIU 5
149 Ryan Ford (CSU) dec. Zack Velasquez (NIU) 2-1 CSU 13, NIU 5
157 Georgio Poullas (CSU) dec. Caden McWhirter (NIU) 10-8 CSU 16, NIU 5
165 John Vaughn (CSU) dec. Andrew Scott (NIU) 3-1 CSU 19, NIU 5
174 Quinton Rosser (NIU) dec. Gabe Stark (CSU) 11-8 CSU 19, NIU 8
184 #19 Nick Corba (CSU) dec. Bryce Gorman (NIU) 8-5 CSU 22, NIU 8
197 John Kelbly (CSU) WBF Max Ihry (NIU) 6:59 CSU 28, NIU 8
285 Caleb Gossett (NIU) maj. dec. Collin Kelly (CSU) 15-2 CSU 28, NIU 12

Indiana 40, SIUE 6
125 Elijah Oliver (IU) maj. dec. Zac Gentzler (SIUE) 16-4 IU 4, SIUE 0
133 Garrett Pepple (IU) tech. fall Joe Antonelli (SIUE) 17-0 (3:55) IU 9, SIUE 0
141 #16 Cole Weaver (IU) WBF John Muldoon (SIUE) 4:12 IU 15, SIUE 0
149 Tyshawn Williams (SIUE) dec. Davey Tunon (IU) 9-3 IU 15, SIUE 3
157 Jake Danishek (IU) maj. dec. Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE) 17-8 IU 19, SIUE 3
165 Bryce Martin (IU) wins by forfeit FF IU 25, SIUE 3
174 Devin Skatzka (IU) wins by forfeit FF IU 31, SIUE 3
184 Norman Conley (IU) dec. Bryce Shewan (SIUE) 8-4 IU 34, SIUE 3
197 Christian Dulaney (SIUE) dec. Jake Hinz (IU) 9-7 IU 34, SIUE 6
285 Fletcher Miller (IU) WBF Tommy Helton (SIUE) 2:36 IU 40, SIUE 6

Indiana 37, Cleveland State 7
125 Elijah Oliver (IU) tech. fall Cameron Lathem (CSU) 19-3 (4:23) IU 5, CSU 0
133 Garrett Pepple (IU) WBF Andrew Coghill (CSU) 3:39 IU 11, CSU 0
141 #16 Cole Weaver (IU) dec. Evan Cheek (CSU) 5-3 IU 14, CSU 0
149 Ryan Ford (CSU) dec. Davey Tunon (IU) 4-2 IU 14, CSU 3
157 Jake Danishek (IU) WBF Ryan Montgomery (CSU) 2:32 IU 20, CSU 3
165 Bryce Martin (IU) maj. dec. John Vaughn (CSU) 9-1 IU 24, CSU 3
174 Devin Skatzka (IU) WBF Gabe Stark (CSU) 3:32 IU 30, CSU 3
184 Norman Conley (IU) dec. Chris Morrow (CSU) 5-3 IU 33, CSU 3
197 John Kelbly (CSU) maj. dec. Jake Hinz (IU) 17-4 IU 33, CSU 7
285 Fletcher Miller (IU) maj. dec. Collin Kelly (CSU) 9-1 IU 37, CSU 7
Final Score IU 37, CSU 7

Up Next: Indiana (6-1) vs. No. 2 Ohio State (3-0)
Sunday, December 10 • 12:00 p.m. ET
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy • Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

The Hoosiers await their first Big Ten dual meet of the season,

The bustle with the Buckeyes kicks off a gauntlet of three dual meets against a trio of top-10 conference foes. The Hoosiers remain away from home the following weekend as they travel to face No. 1 Penn State (3-0) on Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. ET (BTN) before hosting No. 9 Michigan (1-1) on Friday, January 5 at 7:00 p.m.

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