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No. 17 Northwestern Topples Cougars

Seniors Karsten Van Velsor, Sam Zimmerman, Angelo Silvestro, Dakota Leach and Zac Gentzler
Seniors Karsten Van Velsor, Sam Zimmerman, Angelo Silvestro, Dakota Leach and Zac Gentzler

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - SIUE celebrated Senior Day Sunday at the Vadalabene Center, but 17th-ranked Northwestern came up with the team victory, upending SIUE 36-10.

SIUE closed out the regular season with a 6-14 dual record while Northwestern finished 11-4.

Nate Higgins picked up a big victory for the Cougars at 165 pounds. He bested Michael Sepke with a 10-2 major decision.

"Nate did a good job," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates. "He had been wrestling really well this second semester and then came off a couple of bad matches. It was good to see him getting back to his offense."

Zac Gentzler was the only other wrestler to pick up a victory, accepting a forfeit at 125 pounds.

Spates said the team's offense was not as good as it was against No. 3 Missouri earlier in the week.

"I think that was the big key," said Spates. "He (Higgins) was shooting so he was scoring points. In a lot of the other matches, we were losing because we were not shooting."

With the regular season coming to a close, the Cougars now prepare for the Southern Conference Championships March 3 in Charleston, South Carolina.

"We have to recalculate and figure out some things before we get out to the SoCon Championships," added

Northwestern 36 SIUE 10
141 - Alexander McKenna (Northwestern) over Dakota Leach (SIUE) (Dec 5-0)
149 - Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) over Tyshawn Williams (SIUE) (Fall 2:26)
157 - Shayne Oster (Northwestern) over Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE) (TF 16-0 3:24)
165 - Nate Higgins (SIUE) over Michael Sepkle (Northwestern) (MD 10-2)
174 - Johnny Sebastian (Northwestern) over Bryce Shewan (SIUE) (MD 8-0)
184 - Mitch Sliga (Northwestern) over Jacob Godinez (SIUE) (Fall 4:17)
197 - Zachary Chakonis (Northwestern) over Christian Dulaney (SIUE) (Fall 6:51)
285 - Conan Jennings (Northwestern) over Tommy Helton (SIUE) (Dec 3-0)
125 - Zac Gentzler (SIUE) won by forfeit
133 - Colin Valdivez (Northwestern) over John Muldoon (SIUE) (Dec 4-2)

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