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Wrestling head coach Tom Borrelli is taking no team for granted at the conclusion of conference play despite having a 55-9-1 all-time record against Eastern Michigan.
“I don’t know that we’ve had such an edge on Eastern in the past, it’s hard to say,” Borrelli said.
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Wrestling sealed a win at Kent State 21-12 on Sunday after splitting a pair of dual matches last weekend against two ranked conference opponents.
CMU improved to 4-2 in Mid-American Conference play with the win.
Head coach Tom Borrelli said maintaining a "healthy mindset" is key at such an important juncture during the season.
“I think we're getting better,” Borrelli said.
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In wrestling dual meets, each athlete in the lineup is responsible for fulfilling a role to keep their team in contention.
These responsibilities can range anywhere from simply needing to secure a win in an individual match, to scoring an amount of points, to taking a loss without getting pinned.
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.