Wrestling heads to Ohio to begin MAC play

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. "There are some good teams in our conference including Northern Iowa and Missouri."

Historically being one of the most prestigious wrestling conferences in the United States, the MAC is a storied conference highlighted by multiple NCAA champions over the years. Missouri has won the past four straight conference championships after joining the MAC as wrestling affiliates in September of 2012. 

CMU has the most conference championship wins with 16, closely followed by Ohio with 15, and Kent State with 10. After four tournaments and a dual meet win over Virginia, CMU ranks No. 16 according to InterMat

Borrelli has stated that all of the MAC meets mean a lot and are very important to the team. Last season, CMU pulled off a 16-15 win against Ohio in their conference matchup. 

Borrelli said they will look to do the same this weekend.  

"Ohio is always a difficult place for us to wrestle," he said. "It's a tough environment down there. I'm sure our guys will be ready, but it will be a good challenge for them."