Freshman (2013-14)... Redshirted season ... Competed in two open tournaments ... Claimed sixth place at the Wisconsin Open (Dec. 7) with a 3-2 record ... Posted a 2-1 record at the MSU Open (Nov. 9) before withdrawing ... Earned a 13-0 major decision against Ohio State's Rasheed Flowers for first collegiate win.
Prep... Graduated from Hinsdale Central High School (2013) ... Principal Honor Roll ... Three-time All-Academic selection ... Four-time All-West Suburban Conference ... Career prep record of 125-24 ... Took seventh at 2012 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals ... Contributed to Team Illinois' Junior National Duals championship.
Personal... Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts ... Born on May 16, 1995 ... Son of Ernie and Rosalie Battaglia ... Brother, Frank, wrestling at Northwestern (2009-12) ... Sister, Lee, played soccer at Northwestern ... Sister, Muriel, is a current member of the Yale soccer team.
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