BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana wrestling team won their home opener with a 20-14 victory over Northern Illinois on Friday at University Gym.
• After Northern Illinois struck first with a decision to build a 3-0 lead in the match, Indiana got wins by decision from Garett Pepple and Cole Weaver to go up 6-3.
• Indiana led 12-6, but a technical fall brought them within one at 12-11.
• Norman Conley provided the Hoosiers with four points with a major decision to go up 16-11.
• A major decision by Jake Kleimola put the Hoosiers up 20-11 and clinched the match for Indiana.
• The Hoosiers improve to 2-1 on the season. Northern Illinois falls to 0-2.
• #15 ranked at 141 Cole Weaver competed in his first dual match of the season.
• Pepple picked up his ninth win of the season and leads the Hoosiers in dual point differential at +6.
• Jake Danishek and Bryce Martin each won their ninth match of the season.
• Kleimola won his seventh match of the season and picked up his second major decision.
IU Head Coach Angel Escobedo
"We had a good crowd and the atmosphere was great. The guys were excited to go out there and compete in front of our home fans. I thought our upperclassmen responded well tonight. We still have work to do, but it was good to go out there and get the win."
125: Bryce West (NIU) dec. Elijah Oliver (IU) 11-7 NIU 3, IU 0
133: Garrett Pepple (IU) dec. Alijah Jeffrey (NIU) 7-1 IU 3, NIU 3
141: #15 Cole Weaver (IU) dec. Anthony Cheloni (NIU) 3-0 IU 6, NIU 3
149: McCoy Kent (NIU) dec. Breydon Bailey (IU) 11-4 IU 6, NIU 6
157: Jake Danishek (IU) dec. Mason Kauffman (NIU) 4-1 IU 9, NIU 6
165: Bryce Martin (IU) dec. Kenny Moore (NIU) 5-3 IU 12, NIU 6
174: Brit Wilson (NIU) TF Jake Hinz (IU) 22-7/7:15 IU 12, NIU 11
184: Norman Conley (IU) maj. dec. Will Feldkamp 10-2 IU 16, NIU 11
197: Jake Kleimola (IU) maj. dec. Ross Sealby 12-3 IU 20, NIU 11
285: Caleb Gossett (NIU) dec. Rudy Streck 3-0 IU 20, NIU 14
Up next the Hoosiers go on the road to start Big Ten play. Indiana will take on Michigan State on Dec. 7 and battle Michigan on Dec. 9.