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I know this isn't everyone's cup of tea, bur the MAC announced yesterday the expansion of the conference from it's current 8 members to 15 members next year making it the second largest wrestling conference in Division 1. Not a lot of big names but some pretty good wrestling schools. Also mentioned that the 2020 MAC wrestling championships will be held in Dekalb.

https://getsomemaction.com/news/2019/3/4...nsion.aspx
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Impressive. You are right they may not be big names but good wrestling programs. Hopefully we will be well represented hosting in 2020.


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I saw the expansion yesterday but didn't notice that we were hosting the MAC's in 2020. Very cool!

NIU rejoined the MAC back in 1997 in Wrestling only and in 1998 they fully joined with all sports. The 1997 MAC championships were in Athens Ohio and yours truly represented NIU at 142 pounds. I placed third behind two All-Americans, Casey Cunningham of CMU and Sean Enright of Ohio. Back then the MAC might of got 1-2 guys become All Americans from entire conference. That year I had two in my weight class.

1997 MAC wrestling teams Miami Ohio (now dropped program), Kent State, Ohio University, CMU, Eastern Michigan, and NIU. Only 6 teams.
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(03-06-2019 06:09 PM)142niu Wrote:  I saw the expansion yesterday but didn't notice that we were hosting the MAC's in 2020. Very cool!

NIU rejoined the MAC back in 1997 in Wrestling only and in 1998 they fully joined with all sports. The 1997 MAC championships were in Athens Ohio and yours truly represented NIU at 142 pounds. I placed third behind two All-Americans, Casey Cunningham of CMU and Sean Enright of Ohio. Back then the MAC might of got 1-2 guys become All Americans from entire conference. That year I had two in my weight class.

1997 MAC wrestling teams Miami Ohio (now dropped program), Kent State, Ohio University, CMU, Eastern Michigan, and NIU. Only 6 teams.

Congratulations on finishing third but tough luck being stuck in a loaded field!
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(03-06-2019 06:09 PM)142niu Wrote:  I saw the expansion yesterday but didn't notice that we were hosting the MAC's in 2020. Very cool!

NIU rejoined the MAC back in 1997 in Wrestling only and in 1998 they fully joined with all sports. The 1997 MAC championships were in Athens Ohio and yours truly represented NIU at 142 pounds. I placed third behind two All-Americans, Casey Cunningham of CMU and Sean Enright of Ohio. Back then the MAC might of got 1-2 guys become All Americans from entire conference. That year I had two in my weight class.

1997 MAC wrestling teams Miami Ohio (now dropped program), Kent State, Ohio University, CMU, Eastern Michigan, and NIU. Only 6 teams.

Great to have ex Huskie student athletes on this board! Bummer having 2 AA's in your weight class ..that's tough.
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+ 1,000. And great (!!!) having another sport posted on the Best Board Ever. Softball, baseball, gymnastics, wbb and now wrestling ... all within a week or so.. Dare I suggest we have at least a weekly thread on every sport in-season at the time? Or does that happen anyway? Not wanting to be presumptuous.
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(03-06-2019 05:35 PM)pantone1935 Wrote:  Impressive. You are right they may not be big names but good wrestling programs. Hopefully we will be well represented hosting in 2020.
GO HUSKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As of yet un-announced by Steinbrecher, all wrestling matches will be held on either Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings with 11 p.m. start times or else Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 5 a.m. in conjunction with the TV contract he's negotiated with ESPN x and the AAF Network.

No offense, but put things in perspective before you exclaim this to be "impressive."
Yes the combined MAC and EWL membership (15) will represent just shy of 20% of the schools still competing at the Division I level thanks to the continual decrease of NCAA participation in the sport. There are 130 some FBS programs compared to the 76 wrestling programs noted in this Wikipedia account:


For the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's wrestling season, 76 schools in the United States sponsor Division I varsity men's wrestling.[1] One school was lost and one added for 2018–19, and three more are scheduled for addition in 2019–20. This list reflects each team's conference affiliation as of the 2018–19 season.

The Big Ten Conference (Big Ten) is the only all-sport conference whose members (14) all compete in wrestling.
The six wrestling schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) are all currently full members of the conference.
The Mid-American Conference (MAC) has three affiliate members in addition to five full members; the MAC had met the requirement for NCAA recognition until one of the six was lost after the 2018-19 season. On March 5, 2019, the seven members of the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) accepted affiliate membership to the MAC starting in the 2019-2020 season.[2]
The Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12) with three full members met the membership requirement by having three affiliate members, but the elimination of Boise State's program drops the Pac-12 to only five members. Unless a new member is soon found (California State University, Fresno is the most likely candidate), loss of the Pac-12's NCAA recognition is probable when considering the history of the Big 12's past membership problem.
The Southern Conference (SoCon) with three full members meets the membership requirement by having four associate members.
The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) is a sixteen-member wrestling-only conference. Six members are also full members of the Ivy League and compete for that conference's dual meet championship during the EIWA season. EIWA member Franklin & Marshall College is the only Division III school competing in Division I wrestling.
The Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) is a seven-member wrestling-only conference. Four of the members compete in Division II in other sports. The EWL will pass into history when the seven current members become affiliate members of the MAC beginning in the 2019–20 season. [2]
The Big 12 Conference (Big 12) had lost its NCAA recognition when wrestling membership fell to only four full member schools, despite the fact that three of those four schools had won a combined 49 NCAA Division I wrestling team titles. On July 29, 2015, the Big 12 announced that the members of the Western Wrestling Conference (which had six members but it was not recognized by the NCAA) had been accepted as affiliate members of the Big 12, increasing the number of participating schools to ten and restoring the conference's automatic bids. The Big 12 has since added two more wrestling members.
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6th place.
Will we ever be a good TEAM again?
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NIU extends it's current streak to 48 STRAIGHT YEARS of sending at least one NCAA Qualifier to the NCAA Wrestling Champonships by qualifying multiple wrestlers in 2019.

Brit Wilson (174) and Bryce West (125) each earned NCAA bids.
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(03-09-2019 10:43 PM)huskie1stdown Wrote:  6th place.
Will we ever be a good TEAM again?

The MAC is a pretty good wrestling conference. 6th is by no means a bad team. I wouldn’t say great though
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(03-10-2019 08:34 AM)JB04 Wrote:  
(03-09-2019 10:43 PM)huskie1stdown Wrote:  6th place.
Will we ever be a good TEAM again?

The MAC is a pretty good wrestling conference. 6th is by no means a bad team. I wouldn’t say great though

less than 20 points separated 3rd and 6th place. You have to keep in mind that Missouri is a consistent top 10 team and nobody going to beat them. It's a race for 2nd.

This is a pretty young team and the future looks good. Coach Ludwig runs a high character program and deserves our support.
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(03-10-2019 11:03 AM)142niu Wrote:  
(03-10-2019 08:34 AM)JB04 Wrote:  
(03-09-2019 10:43 PM)huskie1stdown Wrote:  6th place.
Will we ever be a good TEAM again?

The MAC is a pretty good wrestling conference. 6th is by no means a bad team. I wouldn’t say great though

less than 20 points separated 3rd and 6th place. You have to keep in mind that Missouri is a consistent top 10 team and nobody going to beat them. It's a race for 2nd.

This is a pretty young team and the future looks good. Coach Ludwig runs a high character program and deserves our support.

Agreed. Being 6th means you are a pretty good team, as Missouri, Old Dominion, and CMU are all usually ranked teams.
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(03-09-2019 11:57 PM)NorthCoast Wrote:  NIU extends it's current streak to 48 STRAIGHT YEARS of sending at least one NCAA Qualifier to the NCAA Wrestling Champonships by qualifying multiple wrestlers in 2019.

Brit Wilson (174) and Bryce West (125) each earned NCAA bids.

Too bad they haven't had an All-American in like 15 years. NIU should be in the top 25 in wrestling. I know I said it last year, but they need a better coach. Ludwig is such an underwhelming coach.

Considering South Dakota St had Chris Bono and a national champ last year. Wyo and Fresno have good coaches that won NCAA titles as wrestlers. I feel NIU could easily recruit a top notch young assistant to be head coach. It's not like football where these guys move around a lot.

We need to target a Tony Ramos if UNC, Brent Metcalf of Iowa State, Joe Colon, etc. I emailed them twice last year and didn't receive a peep.
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(03-10-2019 10:15 PM)HuskieJWN Wrote:  
(03-09-2019 11:57 PM)NorthCoast Wrote:  NIU extends it's current streak to 48 STRAIGHT YEARS of sending at least one NCAA Qualifier to the NCAA Wrestling Champonships by qualifying multiple wrestlers in 2019.

Brit Wilson (174) and Bryce West (125) each earned NCAA bids.

Too bad they haven't had an All-American in like 15 years. NIU should be in the top 25 in wrestling. I know I said it last year, but they need a better coach. Ludwig is such an underwhelming coach.

Considering South Dakota St had Chris Bono and a national champ last year. Wyo and Fresno have good coaches that won NCAA titles as wrestlers. I feel NIU could easily recruit a top notch young assistant to be head coach. It's not like football where these guys move around a lot.

We need to target a Tony Ramos if UNC, Brent Metcalf of Iowa State, Joe Colon, etc. I emailed them twice last year and didn't receive a peep.
+1
Brit Wilson is the only shot we have.
Sorry I want better than 6th. No reason we should have lost to CMU this year.
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125: #Iowa's Spencer Lee over NIU's Bryce West by 18-0 technical fall. Takedown, tilt in the first, reversal tilt in the second, takedown, tilt in the third. He advances. #NCAAWrestling
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Wrestleback tonight for West (125).

https://twitter.com/NIUWrestling/status/...4946318337

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Wilson (174) will join West (125) in the Wrestlebacks tonight.

https://twitter.com/NIUWrestling/status/...8372390912

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