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February 10, 2014

Northwestern's Akers continues perfect season

Tiger 160-pounder owns 43-0 record after winning regional title.

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“He doesn’t quit, whether he’s on his knees, he’s a scrambler. He never gives up, he always finds a way to finish the move, even when he’s in a bad position, and that’s what a lot of the great athletes do.”

Osborn said that getting a long-desired regional title is only going to make Akers stronger next week.

“This keeps building momentum,” Osborn said. “He hit a couple moves [Saturday] he hadn’t hit this season, and so that just builds confidence, adds to his repertoire of moves that he uses.”

Plus, being a champion means the best-possible path next weekend at the semistate. There, regional champs face fourth-place finishers from another regional, and if they win that match, they face the winner of a match between second- and third-place finishers in the ticket round for a berth at state.

“It was crucial,” Akers said of his regional title. “This week was the most important week for me. This sets up the best seeding for me next week, which increases my chances of making it to state. I really had to focus on this week.”

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