Central Michigan Athletics

DEKALB, Ill. -- No. 17 Central Michigan defeated Northern Illinois 21-13 in the Mid-American Conference wrestling opener for both teams Thursday night.

The Chippewas (2-4 overall, 1-0 MAC) won six of the dual's 10 bouts, scoring bonus points at 133 and 174 pounds. The win was CMU's 15th in its last 16 meetings with NIU (2-5 overall, 0-1 MAC) and its 63rd victory in its last 65 MAC duals.

CMU opened the match with three consecutive wins, then held on as Northern Illinois won three of the night's final five bouts.

The match began at 285 pounds where No. 3 Jarod Trice earned a 2-0 decision over Dakota Greenhaw. Trice rode out Greenhaw in the second period then escaped in the opening minute of the third period to secure the victory.

Christian Cullinan earned his first career MAC victory at 125 pounds, using riding time to edge Nick Smith 5-4. The match was tied 4-4 entering the third period but Cullinan rode out Smith for the final two minutes to gain the decisive riding time point.

No. 9 Scotti Sentes earned a bonus point with an 11-1 major decision at 133 pounds. Sentes scored three takedowns, two back points and built a riding time advantage of nearly four minutes in the win.

Northern Illinois picked up its first win of the dual at 141 pounds when Tristen DeShazer claimed a 4-1 decision over Scott Mattingly. Mattingly led 1-0 entering the third period, but DeShazer scored an escape and takedown in the third period and added the riding time point.

Donnie Corby scored a pair of takedowns in a 6-2 decision over Kevin Fanta at 149 pounds. Corby's victory stretched the Chippewas' lead to 13-3.

No. 17 Bryan Deutsch drew the Huskies within 13-7 with a major decision over Ryan Cubberly at 157 pounds. Deutsch scored a takedown and three back points in the first period, then added a second takedown in the final period while building a riding time advantage of more than three minutes.

Matt Mougin made it two consecutive wins for NIU with a 7-5 decision over Eric Cubberly at 165 pounds. Mougin led 4-0 after takedowns in the first and second period, while Cubberly tied the score at 4-4 with a takedown and two back points in the third period. Mougin reversed Cubberly later in the period to go in front for good.

No. 5 Ben Bennett put a pair of bonus points on the scoreboard with an 18-2 technical fall at 174 pounds. Bennett scored three takedowns and nine back points in the win.

At 184 pounds, Northern Illinois' Brad Dieckhaus took down Chad Friend in sudden victory for a 3-1 decision. Dieckhaus and Friend traded escapes in the second and third periods, respectively, to send the match to overtime. Dieckhaus's victory drew the Huskies within 18-13.

Riding time was the difference at 197 pounds where Craig Kelliher posted a 4-3 decision over Mike Lukowski in the final bout of the night. Kelliher took a 3-2 lead with a takedown in the third period. While Lukowski tied the score at 3-3 with a late escape, Kelliher's riding time advantage of 1:13 gave him the victory.