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Some athletes fall in love with their sports immediately. That wasn't the case for junior CJ Brucki.“I played football — and basketball was my main sport,” Brucki said. “I didn’t start wrestling until my freshman year (of high school).”Encouragement to start wrestling came from his younger brother Patrick.
The dates of the CMU men's basketball game against Western Michigan and the wrestling dual meet against Michigan have been changed. The wrestling dual meet against Michigan is now scheduled for Thursday, February 2 at 7 p.m.
After a tough 17-16 loss last Sunday a golden opportunity
was in place to bounce back.
After winning their first four matches, the Central Michigan University wrestling team improved their record to 3-1 winning their non-conference dual meet against Michigan State University by a score of 23-12. CMU won six of the ten matches, including two major decisions and a technical fall."I thought we wrestled well," said head coach Tom Borrelli.
From a former Central Michigan three-time All-American wrestler's perspective — college wrestling stinks."I'm going to be honest with you, I hate (college wrestling)," said former CMU wrestler Jarod Trice.
After winning five of ten matches, Central Michigan wrestling lost the Mid-American Conference dual meet against Northern Iowa by a score of 17-16. At the end of 10 matches, the score between CMU and UNI was tied at 16.
13 ranked Central Michigan hosts 22 Northern Iowa this Sunday
CMU victory over Ohio
After finishing second to Missouri in the Mid-American Conference tournament last season, the Central Michigan wrestling team is looking to open conference play with a bang against against Ohio at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Head coach Tom Borrelli said he thinks the Chippewas could reclaim their title this season. "We are going to have to be focused and on top of our game," he said.
Central Michigan's 149-pound sophomore wrestler Justin Oliver placed second at the Midlands Championships Friday night. Junior Colin Heffernan placed sixth in the 157-pound weight class for CMU. This was CMU's first appearance since 2012 at the Invitational hosted by Northwestern in Welsh-Ryan Arena."It was a really good tournament," said Head Coach Tom Borrelli. In what Borrelli said was some of the best competition at the Midlands in a few years, Oliver (149) and Heffernan (157), both earned semi-final matches in their respective weight classes. Upperclassmen Brent Fleetwood (125), CJ Brucki (174), and Austin Severn (197) also survived until the second day of competition in consolation matches. "We had three guys who were close to placing but lost tough matches," Borrelli said.Heffernan fell to Nebraska's Tyler Berger by decision after three periods in the semi-final match. The loss sent Heffernan to the consolation bracket where he finished sixth. On the other hand, Oliver won his semi-final matchup by fall against Oregon State's Joey Delgado.
Central Michigan wrestlers fell in the Intermat.com, amateur wrestling's
home for high school and collegiate rankings, rankings this morning after half
the team advanced to day two and the Cliff Keen Individual
Colin Heffernan fell from No. 10 to 13 in 157 pounds after suffering his
first loss of the season, junior Jordan Ellingwood fell from 11 to 14 at 184
pounds. Brent Fleetwood is no longer ranked at 125 pounds Sophomore
Justin Oliver jumped from 7 to 6 in 149 pound weight class, while senior
Corey Keener is now ranked 19 for 133 pounds.Central
Michigan is no longer ranked in team tournament rankings despite a sixth place
finish at Cliff Keen and stayed at No. 16 in dual competition.USA
Today kept Central Michigan at 14 for the third straight week.
After losing his spot to the All-American Justin Oliver last season after an injury, Junior Colin Heffernan called his coach Tom Borrelli and said he will do anything to wrestle for the rest of the season. The decision between Oliver and Heffernan was "one of the hardest decisions that I have had in my coaching career." Heffernan was ranked in the Top 10 in the country, and Justin Oliver went 17-1 while filling in for the injured Heffernan. To decide who would start in the 149 pound weight class, Coach Borrelli held a "wrestle-off."The "wrestle-off" consisted of three rounds, the first wrestler who won twice earned the starting spot.
The 35th annual Cliff Keen Invitational is in the books and Central Michigan wrestling left its mark, finishing in sixth place.The two-day tournament in Las Vegas featured 34 teams — 11 being ranked in Intermat’s Top 25.“This is by far the best competition we had so far,” said Head Coach Tom Borrelli.
Central Michigan Wrestling continues to climb in intermat polls after MSU Open
Seven wrestlers from Central Michigan's team went to title matches on Saturday, and six of them won their title matches. CMU's Brent Fleetwood (125), Justin Oliver (149), Colin Heffernan (157), Christian Brucki (174), Jordan Ellingwood (184), and Austin Severn (197) all finished first place at the Michigan State Open.
25 years at Central Michigan University for Wrestling coach Tom Borrelli
Coming off a successful dual Victory over Virginia
it’s back to the individual grind for #14 Central Michigan Wrestling.
Junior Colin Heffernan was dubbed the Mid-American Conference Wrestler of the Week for his showing at CMU's dual-meet win against Virginia last Sunday.
Wrestling polls show success for Central Michigan
CMU gets dual victory over Virginia