Central Michigan Athletics
MOUNT PLEASANT — No. 15 Central Michigan won nine of 10 bouts in a 29-3 Mid-American Conference victory against Eastern Michigan Thursday night in McGuirk Arena.
The Chippewas, who improved to 7-8 overall and 3-1 in the MAC, can earn a share of the MAC regular season title with a win against Kent State in the regular season finale at McGuirk Arena on Sunday.
CMU controlled Thursday’s match from start to finish, surrendering just three takedowns in earning its 20th consecutive dual win against Eastern Michigan (11-10, 0-4 MAC). The victory also was CMU’s 65th in its last 68 conference duals.
“I think we’re getting better at executing the things we’re working on in practice,” said CMU head coach Tom Borrelli. “We’ve been really focused on getting the first takedown in a lot of matches and also being more aggressive – getting our hands on the guys first and making them back up and opening up our offense. I think we did a good job of that tonight.”
Christian Cullinan opened the dual for CMU with a 4-3 decision against Eastern Michigan’s Jared Germaine. Germaine drew even at 3-3 with a third-period reversal, but Cullinan escaped late for the one-point victory.
At 133, CMU’s Scotti Sentes scored 10 back points in a 17-6 major decision against Filiberto Colon. Sentes held a riding time advantage of 5:00 in earning his team leading 25th win of the season.
Scott Mattingly and Donnie Corby followed with decisions at 141 and 149 pounds, respectively. Mattingly scored a reversal, takedown and the riding time point in his 5-1 decision versus Seth Schaner, while Corby tallied a first-period takedown, second-period escape and the riding time point in his 4-1 decision against Mike LeHolm.
Ryan Cubberly needed overtime to earn his 2-1 decision against Aaron Sulzer at 157 pounds. The match was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, and remained tied through the sudden victory period. Cubberly escaped in the first 30-second tiebreaker, then rode out Sulzer for his first career MAC dual victory.
Eric Cubberly stretched the Chippewas’ lead to 19-0 with a 4-2 decision at 165 pounds. Cubberly scored the bout’s only takedown in the final minute to secure the win.
Ben Bennett added a bonus point at 174 pounds with a 13-0 major decision against Chris Eggert. Bennett led 3-0 entering the third period; after a neutral start, Bennett scored a takedown and seven back points in the match’s final two minutes.
At 184 pounds, a takedown in the opening seconds was enough for Craig Kelliher in a 3-0 decision against Khodor Hoballah. Kelliher built 2:42 of riding time in the first period, then Hoballah and Kelliher rode each other out in the second and third periods, respectively.
Eastern Michigan picked up its lone win at 197 pounds, a 7-6 decision by Nick Whitenburg against Chad Friend. Friend scored a pair of first-period takedowns, but Whitenburg escaped twice and scored a takedown of his own to tie the bout at 4-4. The score was tied 5-5 in the third period when Whitenburg scored the decisive takedown.
CMU’s Jarod Trice improved to 22-3 overall with a 2-0 decision against Wes Schroeder in the heavyweight bout. Trice escaped after starting the second period in the down position, then rode out Schroeder in the third to secure the riding time point.