Castillo Earns Third Career Midlands Placefinish

GO HUSKIES Senior Pat Castillo earned his third career Midlands placefinish.
GO HUSKIES
Senior Pat Castillo earned his third career Midlands placefinish.
GO HUSKIES

Dec. 31, 2007

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EVANSTON, Ill. - Senior Pat Castillo placed at the 2007 Midlands Wrestling Tournament for the third time in his career, helping Northern Illinois to a 10th place finish as a team, Sunday.

"Pat's dedication to the sport is continuing to pay off," head coach Dave Grant said. "Three placefinishes at Midlands is a great accomplishment."

Castillo (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) finished the tournament in fifth after defeating Cory Van Baur of Wyoming by a 12-4 major decision. Over the two-day event, Castillo went 5-2 with three major decisions.

Though Castillo was the team's only placefinisher, the Huskies defeated several quality squads, including No. 8 Missouri and No. 25 Northern Iowa.

"We were aggressive throughout, scoring a lot of pins and technical falls, which is one reason why we finished so high," Grant said.

Huskie sophomore Duke Burk (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame), who had gone undefeated in day one of action, lost his semifinal match 10-1 to Jay Borschel of No. 1 Iowa, then fell 2-1 to No. 2 Iowa State's Nick Hayes.

Northern Illinois continues its season Jan. 5 at the "Flash" Flanagan Open in Dubuque, Iowa before returning to DeKalb Jan. 12 for dual meets against Findlay and Mid-American Conference opponent Buffalo.