Top-ranked Sebastian Rivera earns a major decision against another Big Ten Backup - his fourth BTB of the season.
Redshirt Junior, Alec McKenna, acknowledges the camera after picking up an 8-3 decision.
In the marquee bout of the dual, Ryan Deakin dismantles #6 Ke-Shawn Hayes by a score of 8-0.
Conan Jennings also proved perfect, shutting out his opponent 11-0.
Conan Jennings gave the Wildcats their first victory as he recorded a thrilling 7-5 decision over #6 Mason Parris. This was The Purple Giant's second win over his Wolverine opponent this year.
In the surprise match of the day, #1 ranked 125 Sebastian Rivera stepped up to wrestle #1 ranked 133 Stevan Micic. Rivera was unable to overcome his adversary but continues to embody the fearless mentality we hope all of our current and future Northwestern wrestlers will embrace. Hats off to Sea Bass for bumping up to challenge himself in the first battle of 1 v 1 wrestlers in the nation this year.
Despite battling a series of injuries and setbacks, Shayne Oster steps up to get the 8-3 decision at 149 lbs.
Does Ryan Deakin ever have an easy match? The #3 ranked sophomore battled back from an early three takedown deficit to secure the 11-9 win over #5 ranked two-time All-American Alec Pantaleo. Deakin avenged a loss from last year's U.S. Open tournament.
Ryan Deakin gets the ‘Cats on the board with a 6-1 win over 13th ranked Eric Barone.
In the third period 165 pounder Tyler Morland stood up displaying his contorted jigsaw finger. He popped that digit back in place and proceeded to have his hand raised after securing the 5-2 decision.
In yet another pivotal match Redshirt Senior, Johnny Sebastian, battles through multiple shoulder injuries to win 10-5 in his final match donning the purple and white. Johnny recently received his first of three shoulder surgeries and will not compete the remainder of the season. Heal up bud, you will be missed.
With the team score knotted up 9-9 and the match score displaying double zeroes, Redshirt Junior Zack Chakonis earns the fall 29 seconds into the second period; a momentous win for the Junior and the Wildcat squad.
Conan Jennings uses a third period escape to take the match and build the Wildcat's lead 18-9.
In the second matchup featuring two ranked wrestlers, phenom Sebastian Rivera uses a hoard of third period takedowns to earn the major decision against number 13 Travis Piotrowski stretching the lead to 13.
In the final match of the night, 141 pounder Alec McKenna secures the 7-4 win, icing the Wildcat's 25-12 victory over the Illini.
In the final dual of the season, the Wildcats honored their Senior class in the Ryan Fieldhouse. This was the first ever dual meet for the squad on the beautiful turf field. As an added bonus, The Wildcats pummeled SIUE 36-7 in which seven wins came by bonus.
In RTC news, Olympian Robby Smith traveled to Hungary to compete in the Hungarian Grand Prix ranking event. Smith opened up with a first round win over his Uzbekistan opponent before falling in the quarterfinals to the eventual bronze medalist from Croatia. Robby's Croatian opponent lost in the semi finals so he was not pulled back into repechage. Repechage is the international equivalent to the consolation rounds. In order to have the opportunity to compete for bronze, your opponent must make it to the championship match.