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Northwestern cruises to wins over Chicago, North Central

EVANSTON, Ill. -- There were a lot of new faces in the lineup for Northwestern, but the lack of experience did not matter as the Wildcats dominated the season opening tri-dual with wins over the University of Chicago and North Central College.

Northwestern beat Chicago, 47-3, and North Central, 41-0.

"Today was about individual matchups and seeing how the guys responded to certain situations," head coach Matt Storniolo said. "I am happy with the way they competed."

The Wildcats won 14 bonus point matches in both bouts combined, including eight wins by fall.

Five Northwestern wrestlers made their collegiate debuts on Sunday, and all five won twice on the day.

Redshirt sophomore Johnny Sebastian opened his career with a pin in just over four minutes and followed that up with a 10-1 major decision in the nightcap. Four freshmen (Anthony Rubinetti, Jason Ipsarides, Alec McKenna and Shayne Oster) walked away winners, with McKenna getting both of his victories by fall. In fact, Sebastian, McKenna and Oster all won their first ever bout by pin.

"I think the freshmen did great," Storniolo said. "Every guy who stepped on the mat today left with a win, and that is big for a young team like this. Confidence is huge to start the season off."

Redshirt sophomore Bryce Brill wrestled for the first time since early 2015 and looked good, beating Luke Iida in the first match of the season by fall before a 13-1 major decision over Marcello Macellaio in the second dual.

Northwestern's veterans in the lineup also wrestled well with returning starters Mitch Sliga, Jacob Berkowitz and Conan Jennings all going 2-0. Sliga won by tech fall and major decision, Berkowitz had a fall and a major decision, and Jennings used a pair of decisions to get his wins.

After Chicago picked up a win in the second bout of the night, the Wildcats rattled off 82 straight points between the two duals.

Chicago's Big Ten Team heads west next weekend to take on Cal Poly Saturday night in San Luis Obispo, Calif. in a match scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. CT. The Wildcats are next at home on Dec. 2 when they take on North Dakota State.

Northwestern 47, UChicago 3
157: Bryce Brill (NU) Fall Luke Iida (Chicago), 3:34 [NU 6, CHI 0]
165: Mike Sepke (CHI) dec. Ben Sullivan, 6-3 [NU 6, CHI 3]
174: Johnny Sebastian (NU) Fall Nicholas Ferraro (CHI), 4:10 [NU 12, CHI 3]
184: Mitch Sliga (NU) Tech Fall Jason Lynch (CHI), 17-0 (4:12) [NU 17, CHI 3]
197: Jacob Berkowitz (NU) Fall John Jayne (CHI), 4:47 [NU 23, CHI 3]
285: Conan Jennings (NU) dec. Patrick Mulkerin (CHI), 3-0 [NU 26, CHI 3]
125: Anthony Rubinetti (NU) Win by Forfeit [NU 32, CHI 3]
133: Jason Ipsarides (NU) dec. Louis Demarco (CHI), 4-0 [NU 35, CHI 3]
141: Alec McKenna (NU) Fall Grant Morrison (CHI), 0:44 [NU 41, CHI 3]
149: Shayne Oster (NU) Fall Mason Williams (CHI), 1:20 [NU 47, CHI 3]

Northwestern 41, North Central 0
157: Bryce Brill (NU) maj. dec. Marcello Macellaio (NCC), 13-1 [NU 4, NCC 0]
165: Ben Sullivan (NU) maj. dec. Brandon Mattinen (NCC), 16-3 [NU 8, NCC 0]
174: Johnny Sebastian (NU) maj. dec. Matt Marcotte (NCC), 10-1 [NU 12, NCC 0]
184: Mitch Sliga (NU) maj. dec. Josh Bouie (NCC), 10-0 [NU 16, NCC 0]
197: Jacob Berkowitz (NU) maj. dec. Vince Pizzo (NCC), 12-2 [NU 20, NCC 0]
285: Conan Jennings (NU) dec. Casey Greenberg (NCC), 5-0 [NU 23, NCC 0]
125: Anthony Rubinetti (NU) dec. Anthony Rink (NCC), 8-4 [NU 26, NCC 0]
133: Jason Ipsarides (NU) Fall Mike Bikulcius (NCC), 0:29 [NU 32, NCC 0]
141: Alec McKenna (NU) Fall Layten Binion (NCC), 4:23 [NU 38, NCC 0]
149: Shayne Oster (NU) dec. Ben Williamson (NCC), 8-1 [NU 41, NCC 0]

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