Big Blue Wrestling Wins Three at D3 National Challenge

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The Millikin wrestling team won all three of its dual matches at the D3 National Challenge in Cleveland, Ohio on January 4.
          Millikin opened the day with a 24-18 win over #22 Stevens Institute of Technology.  With the match tied at 18-18, Frank Tomaskovic scored the decisive victory for the Big Blue with a win by fall at 1:32 over Bruce Parola at 285.  Freshman Peter McCusker won by fall at 149 for Millikin and Bradan Birt pinned Stefan Major at 165.  The Big Blue’s other wins in the match went to D’Anthony Hopkins at 141 pounds 5-1 and to Taylor McGiffen at 184 pounds 12-6.
          The Big Blue cruised past Case Western Reserve 40-9 and edged the University of Chicago 22-18.           
          In the win over Case Western Reserve, Millikin winners were Zac Blasioli, Hopkins, McCuster, Tristan BirtBradan Birt, Jake Tisa, AJ FoxLogan Hagerbaumer and AJ Fox(details below).
          In the match against the University of Chicago, Millikin picked up a forfeit at 125 pounds and followed with wins by freshmen Sean McKenna at 141 pounds and McCuster at 149.  Bradan Birt picked up his third win of the win with a win by fall.  Birt is now 19-1 on the season.  Millikin’s final win went to Hagerbaumer at 197 pounds.

#17 Millikin 24 #22 Stevens 18
                                                                                      Millikin          Stevens
125-Zac Blasioli lost to Ahkil Vega 11-10 SV-1                                         3
133-Joey Rivera lost to Kyle Slendorn Fall 5:32                                        6
141-D’Anthony Hopkins won over Trevor Mastorio 5-1          3
149-Peter McCusker defeated Joe Schneider Fall 3:21           6
157-Tristan Birt lost to Dylan Van Sickell 13-6                                         3       
165-Brandan Birt defeated Stefan Major Fall 1:52                 6
174-Jake Tisza lost to Nicco Ziccardi                                                       3
184-Taylor McGiffen won over Robbie Gennat 12-6              3
197-Logan Hagerbaumer lost to Michael Dooley 8-3                                 3
285-Frank Tomaskovic won over Bruce Parola Fall 1:32        6
                                                                                      24                18

Millikin 40 Case Western Reserve 9
                                                                                      Millikin          CWRU
125-Zac Blasioli defeated Adam Kates 18-2 TF 2:39              5
133-Joey Rivera lost to Joey Clayton Fall 0:16                                         6
141-D’Anthony Hopkins defeated Manhatten Catton Fall 1:18 6
149-Peter McCuster won over Andrew Hoover 5-3                3
157-Tristan Birt defeated Jack Chipps Fall 2:27                    6
165-Bradan Birt won over Thomas Gallagher 18-0 TF 3:48    5
174-Jake Tisa defeated Kyle Roberts Fall 0:28                      6
184-AJ Fox defeated Stephen Andryc Fall 1:30                     6
197-Logan Hagerbaumer lost to Brian Kent 10-4                                     3
285-Evan Betz won over Grant Robinson 6-0                       3
                                                                                      40                9

Millikin 22 University of Chicago 18
                                                                                      Millikin          Chicago
125-Joey Rivera won by Forfeit                                          6
133-Zac Blasioli lost to Griffin Seyfried 4-3                                              3
141-Sean McKenna defeated Gage Bayless 10-4 MD             4
149-Peter McCuster defeated Alec Gleason 3-2                     3
157-Tristan Birt lost to Steve Bonsall 11-0 MD                                         4
165-Bradan Birt defeated Maguire Pecci Fall 4:43                 6
174-Jake Tisza lost to Kyle Peisker 15-0 TF 3:03                                      5
184-Taylor McGiffen lost to Ben Sarasin 8-4                                            3
197-Logan Hagerbaumer defeated Nick Caralo 10-4             3
285-Frank Tomaskovic lost to Cole Fibranz 7-2                                        3
                                                                                      22                18

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