We wrapped up the day with a 32-16 trouncing defeat over Cal Poly, in which every win came by bonus point margin.
During our time in California, the redshirt first years traveled to beautiful Cleveland, Ohio to compete in their third tournament of the season. The men brought home four medals headlined by Jack Jessen's silver medal performance. Mike DeAugustino prevailed in his bronze medal bout by a score of 4-1 while Erich Byelick lost a heartbreaker in overtime to finish in 4th place. Concluding the group, Jack Heyob finished 3-2 on the day, good enough for a 7th place finish.
Rivera tech-falled his way to the finals where he handled returning NCAA Champion, Spencer Lee, by a score of 7-3. Rivera scored three takedowns to Lee’s zero and out scored his opponents 85-16 on the weekend.
A performance good enough to take home the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler and Champion of Champions awards. He was also named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week and USA Wrestler of the Week.
Ryan Deakin cruised to his first place finish in dominating fashion - posting two falls, a major decision and two decisions on his way to the final where he defeated #6, Kaleb Young, by a score of 6-2.
Conan Jenning’s Cinderella story came to a close in the championship bout, where he lost a narrow 4-3 decision to ASU’s Tanner Hall. This was Jenning’s career best finish at the Midlands.
Yahya Thomas improved upon last year’s Midlands success as he fought his way back to a third place finish after losing to the eventual champion.
First-Year Lucas Davison continues to impress in his redshirt campaign knocking off the #4 ranked wrestler in the nation in his bronze medal bout.
Colin Valdiviez once again showed that he can compete with the best wrestlers in the country as he notched a 7th place finish at 133lbs.