Wrestling earns wins over SIUE, No. 19 Purdue

Freshman Matt Stencel wrestles against Freshman Christian Rebottaro during match against Michigan State University on Nov. 17 in McGuirk Arena.

With the end of the team’s road trip drawing near, No. 23 Central Michigan wrestling traveled to West Lafayette, Indiana to face both No. 19 Purdue and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, knocking off both teams in convincing fashion.

CMU topped SIUE 42-3 with the Chippewas winning nine of 10 individual matches, and beat the No. 19 Boilermakers 24-10, winning seven of 10 matches.

CMU improved its record to 4-3 overall (1-0 in Mid-American Conference play). SIUE falls to 1-4, while Purdue now sits at 4-1.

Dominating the Cougars

As mentioned earlier, CMU won nine of 10 individual matches, scoring two pins, two technical falls, two major decisions, and one win via forfeit.

Senior Jordan Ellingwood and redshirt freshman Dresden Simon each scored pinfall victories.

The No. 14 wrestler at 184 pounds defeated Bryce Shewan 44 seconds into the second period, increasing CMU’s lead to 36-0 at the time. Simon (133) knocked off junior Joe Antonelli 2:40 into the first period.

Technical falls came from No. 20 Mason Smith (141) and No. 3 Justin Oliver (149). Smith earned a convincing 16-0 victory over redshirt junior John Muldoon only 1:56 into the match. Oliver knocked off sophomore Tyshawn Williams 25-10 after the second period.

Major Decision’s came from sophomore Logan Parks (165) knocking off Nate Higgins 13-5 and senior Hunter Rollins (174) defeated Mason McDaniel 9-1.

Redshirt freshman Matt Stencel earned a win via forfeit.

Redshirt freshman Drew Hildibrandt knocked off Zac Gentzler 3-2 after Hildebrandt won the riding time point. Redshirt freshman Blake Montrie earned his first victory in the starting lineup, knocking off Karsten Van Velsor 8-3. 

The only loss in the clash with the Cougars came at 197 pounds. Redshirt freshman Landon Pelham fell 8-4 to junior Christian Dulaney after being tied 3-3 going into the third period.

Boilermakers run out of steam

After knocking off SIUE 31-9, No. 19 Purdue was favored in the Top-25 battle with the Chippewas. The Boilermakers fell short to stay unbeaten as CMU won 24-10, with the Chippewas winning seven out of 10 matches.

CMU earned three major decisions against the cross-state Big 10 foe.

No. 3 Oliver scored a 15-6 victory over Koby Reyes at 149 pounds. Parks defeated Jacob Morrissey 14-1, scoring two four-point near falls. No. 14 Ellingwood stayed hot in defeating Max Lyon 11-3.

No. 20 Mason Smith put CMU on the board with a 3-0 victory over Nate Limmex. No. 14 CJ Brucki (174) avenged a loss to No. 15 Dylan Lydy that eliminated him from the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational earlier this month with a 7-3 decision.

Junior Jordan Atienza earned a 10-6 decision over Christian Brunner, scoring four takedowns and accumulated 1:53 of riding time. Stencel defeated Shawn Streck 4-3, with the deciding point in Stencel’s favor coming from 1:31 of riding time.

Redshirt freshman Hildibrandt, Simon, and Montrie all lost their individual matches.

Hildibrandt fell 10-2 to No. 18 Luke Welch. Simon fell to Ben Thornton 6-3. Montrie fell 1-0 to Cole Wysocki after Wysocki earned a second period escape.

What’s next

CMU wrestling will return to action for the Ken Kraft Midland’s Invitational in Evanston, Illinois on Dec. 29 at 10 a.m.