Wrestling remains at No. 17; Oliver, Ellingwood fall in rankings

Plainfield, Illinois senior Jordan Ellingwood wrestles Buffalo's senior Austin Weigel during the match against Buffalo on Jan. 21 in McGuirk Arena.

Central Michigan wrestling remains at No. 17 in USA Today's polls released on Jan. 23 after losing to rival No. 3 Missouri last weekend.

Big 10 Conference powerhouses Penn State and Ohio State remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. CMU will face No. 7-ranked University of Michigan in the last dual meet of the regular season. 

CMU is one of five teams that remain in the Top 25 with four or more dual meet losses. No. 25  North Carolina has a 7-8 record in dual meets this season.  

Junior Justin Oliver fell one spot to No. 4 at the 149-pound weight class according to InterMat, a website ranking college and high school wrestlers.

Oliver fell to Missouri's Grant Leeth, 3-1, on Jan. 19 and did not compete against Buffalo due to a right knee injury sustained against Leeth, who jumped eight spots to No. 3. Oliver's status is still unknown, but he was walking without crutches at the Buffalo meet. 

Senior Jordan Ellingwood (184-pound wrestler) fell two spots to No. 15. Ellingwood dropped his match against Missouri’s Canten Marriott via major decision, but bounced back with a victory against Buffalo.

Sophomore Mason Smith (141) remains at No. 9. Seniors Colin Heffernan (157) and CJ Brucki (174) remain No. 16 and No. 15 respectively. 

Redshirt freshman Matt Stencel (HWT) remains No. 20 despite winning both of his contests this weekend, including a first period pin against Buffalo’s Ian James.