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Central Michigan wrestling held tight with No. 7 Missouri Sunday, arguably its strongest conference competition this season.
Unfortunately for the Chippewas, they came up short, falling to 3-2 in the Mid-American Conference after the 16-15 loss at McGuirk Arena.
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A random draw might have been the difference in wrestling's 19-15 win against No. 25 Ohio Friday at the Royal Rumble and Tumble at McGuirk.
Instead of starting out with the 125-pound weight class, the dual finished with No.
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A late scoring surge by the wrestling team was not enough to defeat No. 10 Northern Iowa on Saturday.
Central Michigan lost 25-14 in Iowa, dropping to 2-1 in Mid-American Conference play.
"We just have to be better at staying off our back and getting in those situations where we give up pins," said head coach Tom Borrelli.
Freshman Corey Keener lost by 9-6 decision at 125-pounds, giving UNI the early 3-0 advantage.
Borrelli said Keener battled through injuries recently, but hopes he will return to his early season form in which he had a lot of success.
"He wrestled a quality opponent," Borrelli said.
Wrestling met mixed successes at the 2014 Southern Scuffle with three wrestlers placing in the two-day meet.
“We're getting better; we had some guys that gained confidence," said head coach Tom Borrelli.
Wrestling defeated Northern Illinois 25-6 to earn their second Mid-American Conference win in DeKalb, Ill.
It was a rough afternoon for wrestling after a crushing loss to No. 19 Michigan, 30-9.
CMU is now 5-4 on the season, and remains 1-0 in conference play. Head Coach Tom Borrelli said his team was simply not ready for competition.
“We got a good old-fashioned butt kicking today,” Borrelli said.
The Chippewas lost seven of the ten matches, with the only wins coming at 133, 141 and 174 pounds. Michigan got off to a 6-0 advantage before the meet even began as CMU forfeited at 125-pounds.
The next two matches were taken by the Chippewas.
Senior Joe Roth won by decision 11-4 over No.
Wrestling had little challenge taking their first Mid-American Conference win 29-6 against the University at Buffalo on Sunday at McGurik Arena.
Central Michigan (5-3) aggressively pushed the attack, outscoring Buffalo 82-30.
[caption id="attachment_170466" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Pensilvania freshman Corey Keener wins his match against Utah Valley University's freshman Jade Rauser on Friday night in McGuirk Arena.
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Wrestling showed signs of having a more well-rounded line-up, walking away with a 2-1 record at the Northeast Duals on Saturday.
Earlier in the week against Stanford, head coach Tom Borrelli acknowledged his team had a problem wrestling consistently through all 10 weight classes.
[wzslider autoplay="true" interval="5000" height="600" transition="'slide'" info="true" lightbox="true"]The wrestling team improved to 4-3 on the season after recording two wins at the Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y.
Wrestling head coach Tom Borrelli and his son, Jason, who helms No. 23 Stanford, will meet at McGuirk Arena tonight.
The two schools compete in a dual meet at 7:30 p.m.
"I know that he has a good team this year, so it'll be a competitive dual meet," Tom said.
Wrestling will matches up with No. 23 Stanford at 7:30 p.m. tonight at McGuirk Arena.
Head Coach Tom Borrelli’s son, Jason Borrelli, is in his fifth season as head coach of Stanford.
Veteran leadership is important to a young team continuing to grow and improve, but early on in the season it has been the underclassmen helping to lead the way for the wrestling team.
Five true freshmen placed sixth or better in their respective weight classes last weekend at the MSU Open. Freshman Jordan Ellingwood finished third in the 174-pound division while Austin Severn and Jimmy Szep finished third in their respective weight classes, as well.
Head coach Tom Borrelli said he was impressed with each of their performances and is looking forward to them improving from meet to meet.
“I think we had seven true freshmen entered in the MSU Open last weekend,” Borrelli said.
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Central Michigan split in two duals against Drexel and No. 11 ranked Oregon State at the Eastern Michigan duals, while seven Chippewas placed in the EMU Open.
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