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NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Second-ranked Elmhurst completed its final CCIW dual meet of the season with a 41-3 victory against North Central (Ill.).

The Bluejays won eight of the nine contests wrestled en route to the 38-point rout.

Miguel Venecia kicked off the dual with a 14-1 major decision against Nick Santos at 125 pounds. Dalton Bullard received a forfeit at 133 pounds to stake Elmhurst to a 10-0 lead. Ryan Earley gave the Bluejays a 14-0 lead when he blanked Jon Williamson 10-0 to score a major decision at 141 pounds.

North Central scored its only points of the dual at 149 pounds when Nathan Segal tipped Maxx Lozano 6-4.

Elmhurst closed the dual with six consecutive wins, starting with Nick DiNardo's 10-4 victory against Blake Olson at 157 pounds. Yousef Al-Ghoul followed at 165 pounds and pinned North Central's Jake Powers in 6:57.

Danny Balderas gave Elmhurst a 27-3 lead by scoring a 13-4 major decision versus Kyle Geary at 174 pounds. Joe Rau made short work of North Central's Vince Marrone at 184 pounds, pinning the Cardinals' grappler in 2:56. Mike Benefiel defeated Casey Greenberg 12-2 at 197 pounds to give Elmhurst a 37-3 lead. Jack Lewis closed out the dual with a 12-0 major decision against the Cardinals' Dylan Mahler at 285 pounds.

Elmhurst improved to 11-1 in dual meet competition, including a 4-0 mark in the CCIW.