EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — The Northern Illinois University wrestling team opened the 2021 campaign with a doubleheader victory over Bellarmine and SIUE at First Community Arena Sunday.

“They guys found a way to secure both dual meet victories today, so it was a nice way to start,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. “We are looking to compete at our best, however, and in those terms, we have some work to do. There are some critical situations we will get back to the room and work on as we prepare for our next opponent.”

The Huskies (2-0, 1-0) handled Bellarmine, 46-0, in the first dual of the day before rallying for an 18-16 win over conference foe SIUE.

After trailing 13-3 through the first half of the match with the Cougars, Izzak Ol