Central Michigan Athletics
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — No. 18 Michigan won six bouts, including scoring bonus points in two, and walked away with a 21-12 non-conference decision against No. 12 Central Michigan at McGuirk Arena on Sunday.
Michigan improved to 6-2 overall with the win, while CMU fell to 3-7. The loss snapped a three-match winning streak against the Wolverines for CMU.
“I thought today was a great day for college wrestling and high school wrestling in this state,” said CMU head coach Tom Borrelli. “We had a lot of high school wrestlers in the stands today, and any time you have two top-20 teams wrestling and a good crowd and a lot of enthusiasm in the gym, it’s good for wrestling.
“We had to win at 125, 149 and 184, and we lost all three of those matches,” he added. “That’s the dual meet. We have to get better at those weight classes.”
After the teams split decisions at 125 and 133 pounds, Michigan posted three consecutive wins at 141, 149 and 157 pounds to open a 15-3 lead. The Wolverines scored bonus points at 149 and 157 pounds via Eric Grajales’s technical fall and Brandon Zeerip’s major decision.
Mike Miller claimed the Chippewas’ second victory of the day with a 9-7 sudden-victory decision at 165 pounds against Michigan’s Dan Yates. Miller trailed 6-2 in the second period and was still trailing 7-5 before scoring a tying takedown on the edge late in regulation. He tallied the decisive takedown 30 seconds into the sudden victory period.
Ben Bennett followed with a 6-1 decision at 174 pounds to draw the Chippewas within 15-9, but Michigan secured the dual victory with decisions at 184 and 197 pounds.
The dual concluded with a pair of top-10 ranked heavyweights squaring off with CMU’s No. 2-ranked Jarod Trice and Michigan’s No. 10-ranked Ben Apland. Trice scored takedowns in the first and second period to take a 4-3 lead, and neither individual could score off a neutral start to the third period. A 1:24 riding time advantage gave Trice the 5-3 decision.