EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Northwestern wrestling completed the 2019-20 regular season with a dominant win over SIU-Edwardsville Sunday afternoon. The 'Cats were victorious in eight of the 10 bouts as they won by a final score of 38-9.
Jack Jessen got the scoring started in the second bout of the day at 184 pounds. Facing off against Austin Andres, Jessen was comfortable throughout in a 6-1 decision as he put the visitors on the board.
Following up Jessen, No. 10 Lucas Davison took the mat at 197 against Aric Bohn. The redshirt first year ensured he completed the campaign on a high as he won by fall, pinning Bohn just over halfway through the first period.
At 125 pounds, No. 12 Michael DeAugustino also impressed against his opponent, Gage Datlovsky. He led 4-1 after the first period and took his offense up a notch after that, running up a double-digit lead by the middle of the third period. With a late takedown and the addition of the riding time point, DeAugustino sealed an 18-3 victory by technical fall, putting the 'Cats back out in front as the dual hit the halfway point.
On the back of his dramatic first-period fall last weekend after an extended layoff, No. 3 Sebastian Rivera looked to enter the postseason with two-straight wins He looked to be well on his way with two early scores to lead 4-0, but his opponent, Gage Datlovsky, was injured in a mat return by Rivera and unable to finish. Rivera was awarded a victory by injury default and added six team points to the tally as the visitors began to pull away.
In his final dual match in the purple and white, Alec McKenna took on Saul Ervin at 141. In a hard-fought bout from start-to-finish, the senior took a narrow early lead and held onto it, staving off a late attack from Ervin that went to replay review. McKenna won via 3-1 decision as the gap in team score continued to widen.
No. 18 Yahya Thomas was then awarded a win by forfeit at 149, officially clinching the dual for Northwestern with two bouts remaining.
At 157, No. 1 Ryan Deakin put his unblemished record on the line against No. 25 Justin Ruffin, needing just one final victory to complete a perfect regular season. In a tight and nervy match with multiple cautions on Deakin and three stalling calls on Ruffin, Deakin recorded a win by decision to finish with an 18-0 mark and wrap up an undefeated campaign.
Another win by forfeit, this time for No. 12 Shayne Oster at 165 pounds, brought the match to a close, with the final score reading 38-9 in favor of Chicago's Big Ten Team.
The Wildcats will be back in action at the 2020 Big Ten Championships, beginning on Saturday, March 7 and concluding on Sunday, March 8. The tournament will be held at Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J.
174: Kevin Gschwendtner (SIUE) dec. #22 Tyler Morland (NU), 7-6 | SIUE 3, NU 0
184: Jack Jessen (NU) dec. Austin Andres (SIUE), 6-1 | SIUE 3, NU 3
197: #10 Lucas Davison (NU) Fall Aric Bohn (SIUE), 2:19 | NU 9, SIUE 3
285: Colton McKiernan (SIUE) Fall Jack Heyob (NU), 2:32 | NU 9, SIUE 9
125: #12 Michael DeAugustino (NU) Tech. Fall Gage Datlovsky (SIUE), 18-3 (7:00) | NU 14, SIUE 9
133: #3 Sebastian Rivera (NU) inj. def. Jacob Blaha (SIUE), 1:19 | NU 20, SIUE 9
141: Alec McKenna (NU) dec. Saul Ervin (SIUE), 3-1 | NU 23, SIUE 9
149: #18 Yahya Thomas (NU) win by forfeit | NU 29, SIUE 9
157: #1 Ryan Deakin (NU) dec. Justin Ruffin (SIUE), 3-2 | NU 32, SIUE 9
165: #12 Shayne Oster (NU) win by forfeit | NU 38, SIUE 9