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Wrestling: Northwestern books four podiums at Midlands

Not a bad way to begin the New Year.

Ryan Kuttler/Northwestern Athletics

In the hazy days of late December, right before 2024 could begin, the ‘Cats found the time to hit the mats.

Northwestern followed last year’s success at the Ken Kraft Midlands tournament, where it claimed the program’s first-ever title, with an eighth-place finish. The Wildcats secured four podiums, including Trevor Chumbley’s second straight runner-up finish at 157 pounds.

The redshirt senior picked up five wins before narrowly falling to Arizona State’s Jacori Teemer in the championship round. He rounded out his day with a technical fall and major decision victory, along with a tiebreaker victory in the semifinal round.

Maxx Mayfield added another highlight to the Wildcats’ tournament with a fourth-place finish in the 165-pound class. The redshirt junior picked up two technical falls across his first three wins, before dropping a bout to Wisconsin’s Dean Hamiti. Mayfield made up for it with a consolation victory but was unlucky in the battle for third.

Sam Cartella continued to build upon a strong first-year campaign with an eighth-place finish. He previously clocked in at third and fifth at the Cleveland State Open and Lindenwood Open. The 149-pounder had three consecutive wins before losing in the quarterfinals. In the consolation bracket, Cartella showcased his talent with a dominant 16-0 technical fall win.

Redshirt senior Troy Fisher also claimed his first podium of the season at seventh place in the 184-pound division. Despite falling into the consolation bracket after three matches, Fisher had a well-fought battle for his finish. He won three straight, dropped the round seven consolation match but reclaimed himself soon after.

The ‘Cats have gotten off to a quiet start, but they have not yet faced Big Ten teams in the dual portion of their season. Northwestern can be content with an eighth-place finish marked by solid outings from essential veteran wrestlers in Chumbley and Fisher and continual breakout performances from Cartella.

The Wildcats will head back to the mats on Saturday to face Maryland in College Park for the first Big Ten dual of the season.