Dec. 16, 2008

By Amy Farnum Novin

Central Michigan upended Michigan for the third straight meeting in a 19-12 defeat of the Wolverines Dec. 14 as the Chippewas improved to 4-1 on the year.  CMU downed Michigan in 2006 and 2007 as well.

Freshman Scotti Sentes got the Chippawas off to a stellar start with a 12-0 victory over then-No. 11 Mike Watts in the 125-pound match.  Sentes, who entered the meet at No. 9, improved to 6-1 on the year.

CMU has now won 11 of its last 12 dual meets dating back to last season with the squad’s only loss coming to top-ranked Iowa on Nov. 29.  The Chippewas will enjoy a holiday break, and return to the mat on Dec. 29-30 for the Midlands Tournament.

STRIAGHT TO THE TOP: Harvard University’s Corey Jantzen exploded onto the national wrestling scene two weeks ago after entering the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational as an unranked 141-pounder and going on to capture the title and the No. 1 spot in the most recent individual rankings.

The sophomore from Shoreham, N.Y., was making his first competitive appearance of the season after placing fourth in the EIWA last year.  He won five straight matches at the tournament, including a 5-4 upset of defending NCAA champion J Jaggers from Ohio State.

Jantzen, who garnered EIWA Wrestler of the Week for his efforts, is the first Harvard wrestler to earn the top spot in the nation since his older brother Jesse accomplished the feat. Jesse Jantzen was a three-time All-American for the Crimson and the 2004 NCAA Champion at 149 pounds.

STREAKING:  Hofstra cruised to a convincing 37-3 win over Binghamton as the Pride opened Colonial Athletic Association Dec. 12.  With the victory, the Pride extending their conference unbeaten streak to 61 (60-0-1), and their CAA winning streak to 58 dual meets.

Sophomore Lou Ruggirello, who is ranked No. 10 nationally at 133 pounds, bettered his season mark to 10-1 as he registered his ninth win by fall with a pin of Binghamton’s Rob Slavin.  All 10 of Ruggirello’s wins have been bonus-point victories.

DOMINATING DAY:  Second-ranked Iowa State bounced back from a tough loss to instate rival and top-ranked Iowa last week with authority as the Cyclones shutout Dickinson State and North Dakota State in a pair of dual meets Dec. 13.

The Cyclones improved to 5-1 in dual competition, while four wrestlers remained undefeated in their respective weight classes – 133-pound Nick Fanthorpe (11-0), 157-pound Cyler Sanderson (5-0), 197-pound Jake Varner (9-0) and heavyweight David Zabriskie (10-0).

ISU also recorded consecutive shutout dual wins last season with a 34-0 win over Rider and 40-0 victory versus Clarion.

NOTABLE:  Ohio State heavyweight Corey Morrison garnered his first Big Ten Wrestler of the Week award after topping then-undefeated and eighth-ranked Joey Fendone of Edinboro, 5-3, in the Buckeyes dual victory.  Morrison’s five points were the most scored on Fendone this season.  The native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, secured the victory for OSU with his win … Top-ranked Iowa continued its flawless season with a 30-12 win over Northern Iowa on Dec. 11, while five individual wrestlers stayed unbeaten for the Hawkeyes.  Iowa will compete next at the Midlands Championships on Dec. 29-30.  The Hawkeyes are the defending team champion at the event, and will be looking for their 20th team title in tournament history …Boise State opened Pac-10 Conference action with a 25-13 win over Oregon State, highlighted by a top 10 bout between No. 4 Kirk Smith and No. 8 Kyle Bressler of OSU.  Smith turned back Bressler with a 4-1 decsion to cap off the Bronco’s dual victory.