Millikin bursts onto wrestling scene in third year of program

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Millikin junior Keajion Williams is one of three Big Blue wrestlers to advance to the NCAA Championships after a second place finish at Lower Midwest Regionals in Dubuque last weekend. Millikin junior Keajion Williams is one of three Big Blue wrestlers to advance to the NCAA Championships after a second place finish at Lower Midwest Regionals in Dubuque last weekend.

DECATUR -- Three years ago, zero Millikin wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Nationals. It's hard to blame the team for that low number: There wasn't a program.

Fast forward three short seasons, and the Midwest has a new force to be reckoned with. Three Big Blue wrestlers are headed to nationals on March 9-10 in Cleveland, including juniors Chris Williams and Keajion Jennings and true freshman Bradan Birt.

Williams (Bethalto, Ill.) represents Millikin in the 141-pound weight class, Bradan Birt (Dubuque, Iowa) qualifies in the 149-pound class, while Keajion Jennings (O'Fallon, Ill.) is a 184-pounder.

Click the video to hear why the program is out to prove that it belongs on the national stage.

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