EVANSTON, Ill -- No. 21 Northwestern returned to Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday with an emphatic 24-20 win over No. 14 Northern Iowa in its home opener. With the win, the 'Cats improve to 1-1 on the season.
NU was able to come out on top today thanks in large part to the fact that four of their five individual wins Sunday were of the bonus point variety.
"Saw some really great individual performances tonight. Super proud of the effort put out by Mike DeAugustino, Shayne Oster and the other guys that got their hand raised," Head Coach Matt Storniolo said following his team's victory.
Sebastian Rivera (133), No. 3 Ryan Deakin (157), Shayne Oster (165) and Lucas Davison (197) all earned bonus-point decisions today, contributing 21of the 24 total team points.
Also, important, Northwestern got off to a 7-0 start after the first two bouts. Redshirt first-year Michael DeAugustino got the Wildcats off on the right foot with a dominant 5-1 win over No. 9 Jay Schwarm.
"Coach always talks about being a spark, starting off the match it's important to me to get the team going right. " DeAugustino said. "We always talk about going up and having fun, and usually if you're having fun you're winning."
From there, Rivera earned his second consecutive major decision with a 13-4 win over Northern Iowa's Jack Skudlarczyk.
No. 3 Ryan Deakin earned a fall over Keaton Geerts at the 3:48 mark to send Northwestern into intermission leading 13-7.
Following the intermission, Oster added a strong 15-0 technical fall, completed with a myriad of back points to the score sheet.
"I got to my offense so I could be on top," Oster said on his dominant performance. "That's where I wanted to be, that's where I was going to score the most points."
At 197 pounds, Lucas Davison added six more points to lock up the match due to injury default as Northern Iowa's Noah Glaser went down in the first but could not continue.
Northwestern is next back in action on November 24 at Welsh-Ryan Arena with a showdown vs. North Dakota State at 2 p.m. CT.
125: Michael DeAugustino (NU). dec. Jay Schwarm (UNI), 5-1| NU 3, UNI 0
133: #3 (125) Sebastian Rivera (NU) maj. dec. Jack Skudlarczyk (UNI), 13-4 | NU 7, UNI 0
141: Michael Blockhus (UNI) maj.dec. Jack Tolin (NU), 13-3 | NU 7, UNI 4
149: #3 Max Thomsen (UNI) dec. Yahya Thomas (NU), 4-3 | NU 7, UNI 7
157: #3 Ryan Deakin (NU) fall. Keaton Geerts (UNI), 3:48 | NU 13, UNI 7
165: Shayne Oster (NU) technical fall. Pat Schoenfelder (UNI), 15-0 | NU 18, UNI 7
174: #7 Bryce Steiert (UNI) maj. dec. Tyler Moreland (NU), 13-1 | NU 18, UNI 11
184: #7 Taylor Lujan (UNI) fall. Jack Jessen (NU), 2:33 | NU 18, UNI 17
197: Lucas Davison (NU) injury default. Noah Glaser (UNI), DNF | NU 24, UNI 17
285: Carter Isley (UNI) dec. Jack Heyob (NU), 6-0 | NU 24, UNI 20
*All team ranking information is via NWCA Coaches Poll rankings as of Nov. 12.
*All individual ranking information is via InterMat rankings as of Nov. 12.