Wrestling topples Big Ten foes

    Northwestern wrestling finished their final weekend of the Big Ten wrestling season with two wins, which gives them momentum to finish strong at their last match left before the postseason.

    The weekend started with a 24-16 win at No. 22 Purdue Friday night. Northwestern started the night slow with two losses in the first two matches but a pin by Zack Chakonis (197) in the third match of the night tied the score. A win by technical fall by Ryan Deakin (149) and a pin by Shayne Oster (157) late in the meet sealed a victory for the Wildcats.

    Sunday morning was also very successful for the Wildcats with a 27-12 win over Indiana. The first match of the meet was a pin by Sebastian Rivera (125), who improved his record to 22-3 for his freshman campaign. The win set the tone for a dominant performance in the final match of the Big Ten campaign. Ryan Deakin (149) also was able to pin his opponent giving him a team-leading seventh pin this season.

    No. 19 Northwestern (10-4, 5-4 B1G) continues their breakthrough season with one more dual meet, at SIU-Edwardsville, before the Big Ten tournament March 3 and 4.


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