HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. | Cash Wilcke is a Midlands champion.

The former OA-BCIG two-time state champion and Iowa wrestler made his way through the 197-pound bracket Friday and Saturday, capping it with a 3-1 win using a takedown in the first sudden victory over Penn's Frank Mattiace in the title match.

It was an all-Hawkeye semifinal that went in favor of the third-seeded Wilcke to reach the finals. Wilcke and No. 7 Jacob Warner wrestled into overtime before Wilcke took Warner to his back and finished a fall 25 seconds into sudden victory.

Wilcke had not placed in two previous Midlands appearances.

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