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Wrestling has a four-time All-American for the first in program history after senior 184-pounder Ben Bennett earned a 1-0 win on Friday.
Joining him as an All-American was senior heavyweight Jarod Trice, who earned the honor for the third time, only the fourth Chippewa to reach that feat.
Bennett won his match up against Jimmy Sheptock of Maryland, 1-0, to put himself into the semifinals and separate himself as the only four-time All-American in program history.
The eight wrestlers in the NCAA tournament split in Session 1 Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
Three-time All-American senior and second-seeded Ben Bennett 184-pounder would turn the tide for the struggling Chippewas with a win against Tony Dallago of Illinois.
Wrestling will send eight of its wrestlers to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 2013 NCAA Division 1 wrestling tournament beginning Thursday.
Senior 184-pounder Ben Bennett leads the pack with a No.
It has been 12 years since Central Michigan wrestling lost the Mid-American Conference championship until this year.
But there's a consolation: Five Central Michigan wrestlers will compete in the NCAA national tournament later this month in Iowa.
The wrestlers, senior 184-pounder Ben Bennett, sophomore 165-pounder Mike Ottinger, senior 133-pounder Scotti Sentes, redshirt freshman 157-pounder Lucas Smith and senior heavyweight Jarod Trice, earned automatic bids to the national tournament from their performances at the MAC championships at the University at Buffalo.
Bennett (184) became the second wrestler in CMU history with four MAC titles while Ottinger (165) won his second-straight MAC title.
Matches have yet to be determined for the tournament in Des Moines on March 21-23.
In its first year competing in the MAC, Missouri scored 136 points and won the team championship, which ended the No.
No. 10 wrestling concluded its regular season on a 10-dual winning streak after a 27-10 win at Michigan State on Friday.
“The team is really focused on the post season now,” said head coach Tom Borrelli, “So, it’s always good to end the regular season with a win."
Junior Scott Mattingly began the night for the Chippewas with a 4-0 win against Nicholas Timble at the 141-pound weight class to give his team an early 3-0 lead against the Spartans.
Senior 149-pounder Donnie Corby won a close 3-2 match against Dan Osterman to increase the team’s lead to 6-0.
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No. 12 wrestling extended its winning streak to nine duals with a 3-0 road trip in California over the weekend.
The Chippewas wrestled against Stanford on Saturday and California State-Bakersfield and California Polytechnic State on Sunday.
“The team really dominated on their feet,” said head coach Tom Borrelli.
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On Tuesday, the International Olympics Committee voted to remove wrestling from its 25 core sports for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Greco-Roman wrestling has been a part of the Olympics ever since 1896 and has been held in every session of the Summer Olympics since 1908.
The seniors kept tradition against Eastern Michigan on Friday by clinching their fourth Mid-American Conference regular-season title.
Five of the six seniors on the team wrestled in the dual, and all five won their final home matches at McGuirk Arena.
The five seniors dominated their matches, outscoring their opponents 31-7 and combing to give the Chippewas 15 points.
“I expected that," said head coach Tom Borrelli.
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Senior Christian Cullinan is quietly taking over the 125-pound weight class for the No. 11 Chippewas.
Cullinan is the No.
No. 12 wrestling enters its longest home stretch of the season Sunday when it welcomes in Kent State to McGuirk Arena.
Since the Virginia Duals, where CMU placed third, the Chippewas have been on a tear.
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