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Northwestern takes down Wisconsin, Deakin returns

EVANSTON, IL -- Northwestern wrestling closed out its home schedule in style, with five Wildcats earning victories on Senior Day in a Top-20 takedown over No. 19 Wisconsin.

No. 1 ranked Ryan Deakin made his highly anticipated 2021 season debut and did not disappoint, earning a 21-4 tech fall in the third period over Gavin Model. Deakin also picked up an additional win in the extra matches over Wisconsin's Devin Bahr.

Also picking up wins for Northwestern was Colin Valdiviez, Yahya Thomas, David Ferrante and Jon Halvorsen as the Wildcats upended the Badgers, 18-17.

After falling behind early, the 'Cats rattled off four-consecutive wins at 141, 149, 157 and 165 lbs. Valdiviez started off the streak with a decisive 14-9 win over Wisconsin's Dominic Dentino.

Thomas kept the momentum rolling with his second major victory of the season in convincing fashion, defeating #29 Drew Scharenbrock, 13-4.

Following Deakin's tech fall, true first-year David Ferrante earned his first-ever collegiate win for Northwestern, taking down Josh Otto 6-0.

Jon Halvorsen added the finishing touches for NU at 197 lbs, winning his first match of the season in a 7-5 decision over Andrew Salemme.

Northwestern is back on the mat next weekend as the Wildcats travel to Iowa City on February 19, followed by a trip to Minnesota on February 21 to close out the 2021 regular season.

Full results from today's duals can be found below:

Results:
125: #20 Eric Barnett (WIS) over Matt Vinci (NU) (MD 10-0)
133: Kyle Burwick (WIS) over Dylan Utterback (NU) (MD 10-1)
141: Colin Valdiviez (NU) over Dominic Dentino (WIS) (Dec 14-9)
149: #14 Yahya Thomas (NU) over #29 Drew Scharenbrock (WIS) (MD 13-4)
157: #1 Ryan Deakin (NU) over #22 Garrett Model (WIS) (TF 21-4 6:15)
165: David Ferrante (NU) over Josh Otto (WIS) (Dec 6-0)
174: Tyler Dow (WIS) over Troy Fisher (NU) (Dec 5-4)
184: #6 Christopher Weiler (WIS) over Jack Jessen (NU) (Dec 10-4)
197: Jon Halvorsen (NU) over Andrew Salemme (WIS) (Dec 7-5)
285: #8 Trent Hillger (WIS) over Jack Heyob (NU) (Dec 5-1)

Extra Matches:
125: Ethan Rotondo (Wisconsin) over Matt Vinci (Northwestern) (Dec 6-2)
149: Trevor Chumbley (Northwestern) over Aiden Medora (Wisconsin) (Fall 2:52)
157: #1 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) over Devin Bahr (Wisconsin) (Dec 7-4)
157: Devin Bahr (Wisconsin) over Maxx Mayfield (Northwestern) (Dec 5-3)
165: Patrick Spray (Wisconsin) over Ankhaa Enkhmandakh (Northwestern) (Fall 1:55)
285: Peter Christensen (Wisconsin) over Brendan Devine (Northwestern) (Dec 8-1)

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