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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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