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Midlands Ends With Stunner of Rivera over Lee

The 125 lb weight class appeared to be Spencer Lee (Iowa) and the field, but the 56th installment of the Midlands Wrestling Championships saw the host’s Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern) dominate the defending champion and phenom to a 7-3 win in the final. It wasn’t a stolen, one takedown match. Rivera scored early from distance and never allowed Lee to get to his pace.

Princeton has their first two champions in program history. Kolodzik had to fend off what was probably the toughest weight class to defend his #1 ranking. Brucki keeps showing in his sophomore campaign that he now has the physicality and the experience to hang with anyone.

Iowa won another team title showing off impressive depth, but some holes in the armor proved to be a less than optimal performance.

Northern Iowa ended up with two champions of their own. Several developing programs impressed as Northern Iowa and Princeton have made it very plausible that they show up to any event with multiple champions and an impressive hardware haul.

There is a lot to digest from this one, but another Midlands was the gift from the Wrestling gods we needed as we head into January and the heart of the collegiate wrestling season.

Midlands - 125

Guaranteed Places

1st Place - Sebastian Rivera of Northwestern

2nd Place - Spencer Lee of Iowa

3rd Place - Pat Glory of Princeton

4th Place - Connor Brown of Wisconsin

5th Place - Travis Piotrowski of Illinois

6th Place - Justin Cardani of Illinois - UNAT

7th Place - Kyle Biscolglia of Northern Iowa - UNAT

8th Place - Elijah Oliver of Indiana

1st Place Match

Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern) won by decision over Spencer Lee (Iowa) (Dec 7-3)

3rd Place Match

Pat Glory (Princeton) won by major decision over Connor Brown (Wisconsin) (Maj 14-5)

5th Place Match

Travis Piotrowski (Illinois) won by medical forfeit over Justin Cardani (Illinois - UNAT) (MFF)

7th Place Match

Kyle Biscolglia (Northern Iowa - UNAT) won by decision over Elijah Oliver (Indiana) (Dec 3-1)

Midlands - 133

Guaranteed Places

1st Place - Austin Desanto of Iowa

2nd Place - Noah Gonser of Campbell

3rd Place - Zachary Sherman of North Carolina - UNAT

4th Place - Josiah Kline of Arizona State

5th Place - Paul Glynn of Iowa

6th Place - Dylan Duncan of Illinois

7th Place - Colin Valdivez of Northwestern

8th Place - Jens Lantz of Wisconsin

1st Place Match

Austin Desanto (Iowa) won by major decision over Noah Gonser (Campbell) (Maj 15-5)

3rd Place Match

Zachary Sherman (North Carolina - UNAT) won by decision over Josiah Kline (Arizona State) (Dec 7-3)

5th Place Match

Paul Glynn (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Dylan Duncan (Illinois) (MFF)

7th Place Match

Colin Valdivez (Northwestern) won by decision over Jens Lantz (Wisconsin) (Dec 1-0)

Midlands - 141

Guaranteed Places

1st Place - Josh Alber of Northern Iowa

2nd Place - Max Murin of Iowa

3rd Place - Yahya Thomas of Northwestern

4th Place - Michael Blockhus of Northern Iowa - UNAT

5th Place - Joey Gould of Bucknell

6th Place - Corey Shie of Army West Point

7th Place - Tristan Moran of Wisconsin

8th Place - Ben Freeman of Michigan

1st Place Match

Josh Alber (Northern Iowa) won by decision over Max Murin (Iowa) (Dec 5-2)

3rd Place Match

Yahya Thomas (Northwestern) won by decision over Michael Blockhus (Northern Iowa - UNAT) (Dec 8-1)

5th Place Match

Joey Gould (Bucknell) won by major decision over Corey Shie (Army West Point) (Maj 13-5)

7th Place Match

Tristan Moran (Wisconsin) won by major decision over Ben Freeman (Michigan) (Maj 11-2)

Midlands - 149

Guaranteed Places

1st Place - Matthew Kolodzik of Princeton

2nd Place - Max Thomsen of Northern Iowa

3rd Place - Sammy Sasso of Ohio State - UNAT

4th Place - Pat Lugo of Iowa

5th Place - Jacori Teemer of Arizona State - UNAT

6th Place - Alec Pantaleo of Michigan

7th Place - Khristian Olivas of Fresno State

8th Place - Henry Pohlmeyer of South Dakota State

1st Place Match

Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton) won by decision over Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa) (Dec 3-1)

3rd Place Match

Sammy Sasso (Ohio State - UNAT) won in sudden victory - 1 over Pat Lugo (Iowa) (SV-1 6-4)

5th Place Match

Jacori Teemer (Arizona State - UNAT) won by medical forfeit over Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) (MFF)

7th Place Match

Khristian Olivas (Fresno State) won by fall over Henry Pohlmeyer (South Dakota State) (Fall 4:12)

Midlands - 157

Guaranteed Places

1st Place - Ryan Deakin of Northwestern

2nd Place - Kaleb Young of Iowa

3rd Place - Zach Hartman of Bucknell

4th Place - Jeren Glosser of Iowa

5th Place - Eric Barone of Illinois

6th Place - Mike D`Angelo of Unattached

7th Place - Logan Parks of Central Michigan

8th Place - John Vanbrill of Rutgers - UNAT

1st Place Match

Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) won by decision over Kaleb Young (Iowa) (Dec 6-2)

3rd Place Match

Zach Hartman (Bucknell) won by decision over Jeren Glosser (Iowa) (Dec 8-3)

5th Place Match

Eric Barone (Illinois) won by decision over Mike D`Angelo (Unattached) (Dec 6-2)

7th Place Match

Logan Parks (Central Michigan) won by medical forfeit over John Vanbrill (Rutgers - UNAT) (MFF)

Midlands - 165

Guaranteed Places

1st Place - Alex Marinelli of Iowa

2nd Place - Evan Wick of Wisconsin

3rd Place - Joshua Shields of Arizona State

4th Place - Bryce Steiert of Northern Iowa

5th Place - Jonathan Viruet of Brown

6th Place - Caden McWhirter of Northern Illinois

7th Place - Joseph Gunther of Illinois

8th Place - Jacen Petersen of Arizona State

1st Place Match

Alex Marinelli (Iowa) won by decision over Evan Wick (Wisconsin) (Dec 4-3)

3rd Place Match

Joshua Shields (Arizona State) won by decision over Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa) (Dec 3-2)

5th Place Match

Jonathan Viruet (Brown) won by decision over Caden McWhirter (Northern Illinois) (Dec 5-0)

7th Place Match

Joseph Gunther (Illinois) won by decision over Jacen Petersen (Arizona State) (Dec 6-5)

Midlands - 174

Guaranteed Places

1st Place - Zahid Valencia of Arizona State

2nd Place - Taylor Lujan of Northern Iowa

3rd Place - Brit Wilson of Northern Illinois

4th Place - Andrew Morgan of Campbell

5th Place - Willie Scott of Rutgers

6th Place - Ryan Christensen of Wisconsin

7th Place - Jairod James of Mount Union

8th Place - Ben Harvey of Army West Point

1st Place Match

Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) won by major decision over Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa) (Maj 17-7)

3rd Place Match

Brit Wilson (Northern Illinois) won by decision over Andrew Morgan (Campbell) (Dec 11-5)

5th Place Match

Willie Scott (Rutgers) won by medical forfeit over Ryan Christensen (Wisconsin) (MFF)

7th Place Match

Jairod James (Mount Union) won by medical forfeit over Ben Harvey (Army West Point) (MFF)

Midlands - 184

Guaranteed Places

1st Place - Drew Foster of Northern Iowa

2nd Place - Cash Wilcke of Iowa

3rd Place - Mason Reinhardt of Wisconsin

4th Place - Jackson Hemauer of Fresno State

5th Place - Gavin Hoffman of Ohio State - UNAT

6th Place - Christian LaFragola of Brown

7th Place - Trevor Allard of Bloomsburg

8th Place - Thomas Penola of Purdue

1st Place Match

Drew Foster (Northern Iowa) won by decision over Cash Wilcke (Iowa) (Dec 3-2)

3rd Place Match

Mason Reinhardt (Wisconsin) won by decision over Jackson Hemauer (Fresno State) (Dec 4-1)

5th Place Match

Gavin Hoffman (Ohio State - UNAT) won by decision over Christian LaFragola (Brown) (Dec 4-3)

7th Place Match

Trevor Allard (Bloomsburg) won by decision over Thomas Penola (Purdue) (Dec 6-3)

Midlands - 197

Guaranteed Places

1st Place - Patrick Brucki of Princeton

2nd Place - Tanner Sloan of South Dakota State - UNAT

3rd Place - Lucas Davison of Northwestern - UNAT

4th Place - Rocco Caywood of Army West Point

5th Place - Jacob Warner of Iowa

6th Place - Thomas Lane of Cal Poly

7th Place - Josh Hokit of Fresno State

8th Place - Brett Perry of Buffalo

1st Place Match

Patrick Brucki (Princeton) won by major decision over Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State - UNAT) (Maj 13-4)

3rd Place Match

Lucas Davison (Northwestern - UNAT) won by decision over Rocco Caywood (Army West Point) (Dec 6-4)

5th Place Match

Jacob Warner (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Thomas Lane (Cal Poly) (MFF)

7th Place Match

Josh Hokit (Fresno State) won by fall over Brett Perry (Buffalo) (Fall 6:28)

Midlands - 285

Guaranteed Places

1st Place - Tanner Hall of Arizona State - UNAT

2nd Place - Conan Jennings of Northwestern

3rd Place - Matt Stencel of Central Michigan

4th Place - Aj Nevills of Fresno State

5th Place - Mason Parris of Michigan - UNAT

6th Place - Jere Heino of Campbell - UNAT

7th Place - Tony Cassioppi of Iowa - UNAT

8th Place - Trent Hillger of Wisconsin

1st Place Match

Tanner Hall (Arizona State - UNAT) won by decision over Conan Jennings (Northwestern) (Dec 4-3)

3rd Place Match

Matt Stencel (Central Michigan) won by decision over Aj Nevills (Fresno State) (Dec 10-5)

5th Place Match

Mason Parris (Michigan - UNAT) won by medical forfeit over Jere Heino (Campbell - UNAT) (MFF)

7th Place Match

Tony Cassioppi (Iowa - UNAT) won by forfeit over Trent Hillger (Wisconsin) (FF)