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    Ten Years of: Northern Illinois Wrestling (2013-22)

    2021 NCAA All-American Brit Wilson (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

    Welcome to a new, regular feature for InterMat! Every day, for the next few months, we'll look into the recent history of a DI wrestling program with our "Ten Years of…" feature. Even if you're a die-hard supporter of a particular school, there will be good information you may have forgotten. For others, it's a quick way to learn about a program you may not be familiar with. We're going in alphabetical order for this one, so next up is...Northern Illinois!

    NCAA Qualifiers (29)

    2022


    #11 Izzak Olejnik (165 lbs); #22 Mason Kauffman (174 lbs); #12 Brit Wilson (184 lbs)


    2021

    #33 Bryce West (133 lbs); #26 Anthony Cheloni (149 lbs); #18 Izzak Olejnik (165 lbs); #22 Mason Kauffman (174 lbs); #7 Brit Wilson (184 lbs)


    2020

    #25 Izzak Olejnik (165 lbs); #19 Brit Wilson (184 lbs); #24 Gage Braun (197 lbs); #33 Max Ihry (285 lbs)


    2019

    #30 Bryce West (125 lbs); #13 Brit Wilson (174 lbs)


    2018

    Brock Hudkins (125 lbs); Bryce Gorman (184 lbs)


    2017

    Brock Hudkins (125 lbs); #14 Steve Bleise (149 lbs); Shaun'Que McMurtry (165 lbs); #15 Trace Engelkes (174 lbs); #11 Shawn Scott (197 lbs)


    2016

    Austin Eicher (133 lbs); #13 Steve Bleise (141 lbs); Andrew Morse (157 lbs); Shawn Scott (197 lbs)


    2015

    Shawn Scott (197 lbs)


    2014

    Nick Smith (133 lbs); Robert Jillard (149 lbs)


    2013

    Matt Mougin (174 lbs)


    NCAA Champions

    None


    NCAA All-Americans

    2021: Brit Wilson (184 - 6th)


    NCAA Round of 12 Finishers

    Brock Hudkins (2017 - 125)

    Steve Bleise (2017 - 141)

    Shawn Scott (2016, 2017 - 197)

    Matt Mougin (2013 - 174)


    MAC Conference Champions

    2022: Izzak Olejnik (165); Mason Kauffman (174); Brit Wilson (184)

    2021: Brit Wilson (184)

    2020: Brit Wilson (184)

    2016: Austin Eicher (133)


    Dual Record

    2021-22: 6-10

    2021: 6-3

    2019-20: 13-4

    2018-19: 8-10

    2017-18: 3-10

    2016-17: 8-8

    2015-16: 6-10

    2014-15: 10-12

    2013-14: 7-11

    2012-13: 10-8


    MAC Tournament Placement

    2021-22: 3rd

    2021: 4th

    2019-20: 3rd

    2018-19: 6th

    2017-18: 8th

    2016-17: 5th

    2015-16: 6th

    2014-15: 7th

    2013-14: 8th

    2012-13: 5th

    2021-22: 6-10


    NCAA Tournament Team Placement

    2021-22: 38th-tie (4.5 points)

    2021: 29th (13.5 points)

    2019-20: No Tournament

    2018-19: 56th (0.5 points)

    2017-18: 48th-tie (2.5 points)

    2016-17: 30th (11.5 points)

    2015-16: 50th (3 points)

    2014-15: 67th-tie (0 points)

    2013-14: 53rd-tie (3 points)

    2012-13: 41st-tie (4 points)


    Head Coaching History

    Ryan Ludwig (2011-present)


    Best Lineup (comprised of wrestlers from 2013-22)

    125 - Brock Hudkins: 2x NCAA Qualifier, 2017 NCAA Round of 12 Finisher; 2018 MAC Runner-Up

    133 - Austin Eicher: 2016 NCAA Qualifier, 2016 MAC Champion

    141 - Steve Bleise: 2x NCAA Qualifier, 2017 NCAA Round of 12 Finisher

    149 - Anthony Cheloni: 2021 NCAA Qualifier

    157 - Andrew Morse: 2016 NCAA Qualifier

    165 - Izzak Olejnik: 3x NCAA Qualifier, 2022 MAC Champion, 3x MAC finalist

    174 - Mason Kauffman: 2x NCAA Qualifier, 2022 MAC Champion

    184 - Brit Wilson: 4x NCAA Qualifier, 2021 NCAA All-American (6th), 3x MAC Champion

    197 - Shawn Scott: 3x NCAA Qualifier, 2x NCAA Round of 12 Finisher

    285 - Max Ihry: 2020 NCAA Qualifier


    Recruiting

    Number of Big Boarder's Per Year


    2022: #216 Jacob Brya (MI)

    2021: #63 Blake West (MN); #222 Hayden Pummel (OH); #296 Noah Mis (IL)

    2020: #168 Jimmy Carmany (OH)

    2017: #73 Breyden Bailey (IN); #96 Bryce West (IA)

    2015: #136 Ryan Prescott (MI)

    2014: #126 Chris Garcia (IL); #146 Alijah Jeffrey (IA)

    2013: #180 Jordan Northrup (IL)

    For past teams:

    Air Force

    American

    Appalachian State

    Arizona State

    Army West Point

    Binghamton

    Bloomsburg

    Brown

    Bucknell

    Buffalo

    Cal Poly

    Campbell

    Central Michigan

    Chattanooga

    Clarion

    Cleveland State

    Columbia

    Cornell

    CSU Bakersfield

    Davidson

    Drexel

    Duke

    Edinboro

    Franklin & Marshall

    Gardner-Webb

    George Mason

    Harvard

    Hofstra

    Illinois

    Indiana

    Iowa

    Iowa State

    Kent State

    Lehigh

    Lock Haven

    Maryland

    Michigan

    Michigan State

    Minnesota

    Missouri

    Navy

    NC State

    Nebraska

    North Carolina

    North Dakota State

    Northern Colorado

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