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Chicago Tribune profiles North Central wrestler

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The print edition of the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday, Dec. 30 profiled North Central wrestler Gabe Youel on page 5 of the Sports section. [caption id="attachment_1195" align="alignleft" width="120" caption="Gabe Youel"][/caption] The piece noted that Youel competed against a Division I opponent for the first time and prevailed in two matches Tuesday at the 47th annual Midlands Wrestling Championships, held at Northwestern University. "This is a completely new experience for me," Youel said. "This is my senior year and I wanted to try something new." The three-time College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin 184-pound champion beat Illinois' Matt McCarter 12-0 for a major decision victory in his first match and then defeated Northwestern's Aaron Jones 11-7 before losing an 18-6 major decision to third-seeded Phillip Keddy of Iowa. Head coach Kevin Bratland and his staff have the Cardinals off to a 10-4 start. They'll be in action Jan. 9 at the Cliff Keen National Duels at the University of Northern Iowa.