Maroon wrestling opens schedule with 25-12 loss to North Central

Mario Palmisano and Paul Papoutsis
Mario Palmisano and Paul Papoutsis

CHICAGO, Ill. – The University of Chicago wrestling team opened its competitive season with a home dual loss 25-12 to North Central College on Thursday.

The Cardinals started strong by winning the opening five bouts of the night to go up 19-0. UChicago then won three of the next four. Sophomore Paul Papoutsis got the Maroons going at 165 pounds with a 10-5 win. The score was tied 3-3 going into the third, and then Papoutsis scored a reversal and then followed it with a three-point near fall.

In his collegiate debut at 174 pounds, freshman Nick Ferraro went ahead with an early takedown and led the rest of the way to earn a 10-6 decision. Senior Mario Palmisano dominated his opponent at 197 pounds with aggressive attacks and finished off with a pin at the 2:44 mark of the first period.

UChicago has four wrestling teams from the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) on their schedule this season – North Central, Wheaton College, Elmhurst College and Augustana College.

North Central 25, UChicago 12
125 – Dominic Boggia (NCC) def. Elliot Henderson (UC), 8-1 decision
133 – Casey McWhirter (NCC) def. Adam Wyeth (UC), 9-6 decision
141 – Layten Binion (NCC) pinned Justin Klein (UC) at 4:51
149 – Nathan Segal (NCC) def. Mike McNulty (UC), 9-3 decision
157 – Blake Olson (NCC) def. Tim Salazar (UC), 15-4 major decision
165 – Paul Papoutsis (UC) def. Eric Kirkman (NCC), 10-5 decision
174 – Nick Ferraro (UC) def. Brandon Mattinen (NCC), 10-6 decision
184 – Vincent Pizzo (NCC) def. Steven Franke (UC), 6-4 decision
197 – Mario Palmisano (UC) pinned Filiberto Diaz-Duran (NCC) at 2:44
285 – Dylan Mahler (NCC) def. David Gremling (UC), 4-1 decision


  • Saturday, November 15 – UChicago at Trine University Open, 9:30 AM (ET)