Winter 2010

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Courtesy of Northwestern Athletic Communications

In what would have been his true senior season, Brandon Precin took a year off from wrestling with Northwestern to focus on some unfinished business. “It was a year for growth,” said Precin, who finished seventh and third at the NCAA Championships in 2008 and 2009 with the Wildcats. This year he’s on a mission to win the crown. The 5-foot-4, 125-pound Precin sits fourth on Northwestern’s all-time wins list with 124 and has an opportunity to break the career mark of 156, held by former Wildcat assistant wrestling coach and NCAA champ Jack Griffin (SESP90). During his redshirt season Precin, a history major, wrestled unattached, recording a 21-3 record. The two-time All-American placed third at the U.S. World Team Trials in June. Precin said his year away from the Northwestern squad allowed him to mature. “Brandon’s wrestling evolved a great deal during his redshirt year,” said Northwestern coach Drew Pariano. “A lot of the early polls have him ranked No. 2, which is a motivating factor for him because we know that he is the best in the country at 125 pounds.” While he couldn’t wear the Wildcat singlet in competition during his redshirt season, Precin practiced with the team and cheered on his teammates from the stands. He also continued his dedication to robust morning workouts. “His leadership on and off the mat has been heightened,” said Pariano. “Brandon leads by example, and that is something that he does not take for granted.”