Northwestern battles back to beat Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Northwestern bounced back in a big way after intermission to beat Bloomsburg 27-10 on the Huskies' home mat Friday night.

Bloomsburg had a narrow 10-6 lead at the halfway point, but the Wildcats won each of the final five bouts, outscoring the Huskies 21-0 in the process. Chicago's Big Ten Team improved its record to 4-0 on the season.

"I am proud of the way the team battled tonight," head coach Matt Storniolo said. "We put ourselves in a bit of a hole after the first few weights, but the guys stayed focused and righted the ship. Bloomsburg tested our resiliency tonight, and we responded."

Northwestern now boasts seven wrestlers that have not lost a bout this season. Anthony Rubinetti, Shayne Oster, Johnny Sebastian, Mitch Sliga, Jacob Berkowitz and Conan Jennings all improved to 4-0 Friday night, while Bryce Brill also remains undefeated at 3-0.

Rubinetti got the proceedings underway with a 6-2 win over Willy Girard at 125 lbs. Following two narrow Bloomsburg victories, Oster then won a competitive contest at 149 lbs. by a 5-4 score in the first tiebreak to tie the team score at six points apiece.

Bloomsburg then went up 10-6 on a major decision, but the second half of the meet provided a much different outcome.

Senior Ben Sullivan got the comeback started with a victory over Reid Stanley at 165. Teammates Johnny Sebastian, Mitch Sliga, Jacob Berkowitz and Conan Jennings then continued the onslaught with four more wins.

Sebastian picked up four points for the 'Cats with a 14-5 major decision before Sliga tacked on another six with a pin in 3:44. Jennings completed the Northwestern win with a dominant 16-0 tech fall in 5:38 at heavyweight.

Up next for Northwestern is the Keystone Classic at UPenn on Sunday. The tournament will be an all-day event featuring twelve teams and 25 ranked individual wrestlers.

125: Anthony Rubinetti (NU) dec. Willy Girard (BU), 6-2 [NU 3, BU 0]
133: Matt Noble (BU) dec. Jason Ipsarides (NU), 8-4 [NU 3, BU 3]
141: Grant Bond (BU) dec. Alec McKenna (NU), 6-4 (SV-1) [BU 6, NU 3]
149: Shayne Oster (NU) dec. Kevin Laubach (BU), 5-4 (TB-1) [NU 6, BU 6]
157: Brendon Colbert (BU) maj. dec. Anthony Petrone (NU), 19-4 [BU 10, NU 6]
165: Ben Sullivan (NU) dec. Reid Stanley (BU), 4-0 [BU 10, NU 9]
174: Johnny Sebastian (NU) maj. dec. Trevor Allard (BU), 14-5 [NU 13, BU 10]
184: Mitch Sliga (NU) Fall Tyler Worthing (BU), 3:44 [NU 19, BU 10]
197: Jacob Berkowitz (NU) dec. Kyle Murphy (BU), 4-0 [NU 22, BU 10]
285: Conan Jennings (NU) Tech Fall Shawn Spiller (BU), 16-0 (5:38) [NU 27, BU 10]


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