No. 19 Northwestern Routs Indiana, 27-12, in Big Ten Finale

By Northwestern Athletics

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — No. 19 Northwestern (10-4, 5-4 Big Ten) finished its Big Ten slate in resounding fashion, rocking Indiana (6-10, 0-9 Big Ten), 27-12, at University Gym on Sunday afternoon.

The Wildcats picked up their fifth Big Ten victory, their most in one season since logging six in the 2010-11 campaign.

No. 10 Sebastian Rivera (125) kicked off the festivities with a win by fall in 4:11 over Elijah Oliver. Rivera improved his mark to 22-3 with the early victory.

Colin Valdiviez (133) picked up his 15th victory of the season in a conservative bout against Indiana’s Garrett Pepple. An early Valdiviez takedown gave him a 2-0 advantage, but he was unable to escape from bottom in the second period.

Pepple chose to start the third period on top again and accumulated riding time, but was unable to score any points against Valdiviez, whose 3-1 decision win added three team points to the NU cause.

No. 5 Ryan Deakin (149) delivered Northwestern’s second pin of the dual, a 1:21 fall over A.J. Raya. For Deakin, it was his fastest pin of the season and his team-high seventh win by fall of the campaign.

Fresh off of late-dual dramatics against No. 22 Purdue, Shayne Oster (157) dominated his matchup against Jake Danishek, a 2017 NCAA Championships qualifier, winning via 9-2 decision.

Mitch Sliga (184) got NU back to its winning ways, coming back from a 2-1 deficit to top Norman Conley via 5-2 decision.

Zack Chakonis (197) added another win to his ledger, posting a 6-1 decision over Jake Kleimola, to seal the victory for the Wildcats.

In a scoreless bout entering the third period, Conan Jennings (285) turned on the jets late, posting a late-time takedown of Fletcher Miller to log a 4-2 decision victory — his second win of the weekend.

NU finishes up its dual slate with a non-conference competition against SIUE next Sunday, February 18. It will begin at 2 p.m. CT.

No. 19 Northwestern 27, Indiana 12
Bloomington, Ind. | University Gym | Feb. 11, 2018

125: Sebastian Rivera (NU) Fall Elijah Oliver (IU), 4:11 | NU 6, IU 0
133: Colin Valdiviez (NU) dec. Garrett Pepple (IU), 3-1 | NU 9, IU 0
141: No. 17 Cole Weaver (IU) dec. Alec McKenna (NU), 7-0 | NU 9, IU 3
149: No. 5 Ryan Deakin (NU) Fall A.J. Raya (IU), 1:21 | NU 15, IU 3
157: Shayne Oster (NU) dec. Jake Danishek (IU), 9-2 | NU 18, IU 3
165: Bryce Martin (IU) dec. Michael Sepke (NU), 11-7 | NU 18, IU 6
174: No. 20 Devin Skatzka (IU) Fall Braxton Cody (NU), 0:25 | NU 18, IU 12
184: Mitch Sliga (NU) dec. Norman Conley (IU), 5-2 | NU 21, IU 12
197: Zack Chakonis (NU) dec. Jake Kleimola (IU), 6-1 | NU 24, IU 12
285: Conan Jennings (NU) dec. Fletcher Miller (IU), 4-2 | NU 27, IU 12

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