MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Junior Ben Bennett (184 Pounds) dominated his competition Saturday as No. 18 Central Michigan went a perfect 3-0 at the Bison Duals with wins against Sacred Heart, Princeton and Bucknell.
Bennett claimed pins in all three of his bouts and three other Chippewas, sophomore Joe Roth (125), freshman Joey Kielbasa (149) and senior Peter Sturgeon (285), went a perfect 3-0 on the day.
Head Coach Tom Borrelli earned his 300th career win in the process, as the Maroon and Gold improved to 10-2 on the season. Borrelli is now 302-127-8 all-time and 256-102-7 as the head coach of the Chippewas.
The Maroon and Gold got things rolling with a shutout of the Pioneers (0-10), 49-0, behind pins by No. 18 Roth, Scott Mattingly (141), Mike Ottinger (165) and No. 8 Bennett. The Chippewas also picked up bonus points with a major decision by Tyler Keselring (133) and two forfeit victories. Redshirt freshman Dakota Cooley also earned his first career collegiate dual victory, defeating the Tigers’ Jonathon Rizzitello by decision at 174 pounds, 3-2.
The Chippewas jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead on the Tigers (2-6) with decisions by Roth and freshman Zach Horan. Roth defeated No. 20 Garrett Frey, 8-2, and Horan picked up his first career dual victory at 133 pounds by defeating Christopher Perez, 4-2.
After the Tigers pulled it within three, 9-6, Ottinger picked up bonus points with a major decision over Richard Eva and Bennett claimed his second pin of the day, over Daniel Santoro, to give the Chippewas a comfortable lead, 19-9. Senior Chad Friend (197) earned a 6-1 decision and No. 6 Sturgeon closed the match with a pin to give the Chippewas the decisive 28-9 victory.
Bennett picked up his third pin of the day in the Chippewas’ victory over the Bison (2-6), sparking a late push for the 21-12 win. After Roth and Keselring earned decisions to put CMU up, 6-0, Bucknell claimed three of the next five bouts to pull within three, 12-9. The junior then put Jamie Westwood on his back 2:42 into the match, earning six bonus points and his seventh fall of the season.
The Bison got a key overtime win at 197 pounds to keep the match alive, but Sturgeon was able to earn a decision over Tyler Lyster, 5-2, to secure the Chippewa win.