Chippewa wrestling scores three huge wins over weekend
After two weeks withheld from competition, CMU's wrestling team picked up three significant Mid-American Conference wins over the weekend.
The trio of wins moved CMU to three matches clear of .500 as the regular season schedule came to a close Sunday at Buffalo.
On Friday – the team's first competition since a Jan. 17 dual win over Northern Illinois in McGuirk Arena – the Chippewas (5-2) utilized bonus points to squeak past Cleveland State, 21-15, in Woodling Gymnasium.
Senior Drew Hildebrandt (125) earned his first pin of the season, senior Dresden Simon (141) earned a 16-1 technical fall and senior Matt Stencel (13-3) earned his first major decision against the Vikings.
Redshirt freshman Johnny Lovett (157) and sophomore Alex Cramer (165) both earned close wins to bolster the Chippewas' score.
CSU posted three wins in a row to cut its deficit to two heading into the final match, before Stencel's major decision victory.
After his pin on Friday, Hildebrandt earned a major decision over Lucas Rodriguez to start the momentum early for CMU.
Redshirt junior Drew Marten (133) and Simon both earned technical falls to push CMU's lead to 14-0. Cramer also added a major decision.
CMU won all but two matches against the Fighting Scots and scored bonus points in four of the eight victories to win the match 30-6.
CMU posted its first Division I shutout since Dec. 6, 2015, against Michigan State with a 40-0 win over Buffalo. The Chippewas also posted a 40-0 win earlier this season, the season-opener against Olivet on Jan. 3 in McGuirk Arena.
Hildebrandt posted a second major of the day with a 10-1 win over UB's Tristian Daugherty.
Marten, Simon, redshirt sophomore Mason Breece (149) all scored bonus points with a tech, pin and major, respectively.
Redshirt junior Jake Lowell (174) and redshirt sophomore Ben Cushman (184) posted bonus points with a major and a tech, respectively.
"I was really impressed with our guys," said CMU head coach Tom Borrelli. "I just felt we controlled the pace of the matches really well, kept scoring, and in every match we were trying to get bonus points. We just had so much more energy than we had Friday."
The regular season schedule is wrapped up and the Chippewas are next scheduled to take the mat at the MAC Championships in Lawrenceville, New Jersey on Feb. 27-28.
Here are the results of all three matches for the Chippewas over the weekend, in chronological order.
Central Michigan 21, Cleveland State 15
125: Drew Hildebrandt (CM) pinned Jake Manley, 1:45
133: Logan Heil (CS) def Brock Bergelin, 7-6
141: Dresden Simon (CM) def. Joseph Caprella, 4:42 16-1 TF
149: Marcus Robinson (CS) def Corbyn Munson, 8-5
157: Johnny Lovett (CM) def Daniel Patten, 3-2
165: Alex Cramer (CM) def Riley Smucker, 3-1
174: Anthony Rice (CS) def Jake Lowell, 8-4
184: DeAndre Nassar (CS) def Ben Cushman, 3-2
197: Ben Smith (CS) def Landon Pelham, 6-4
285: Matt Stencel (CM) def John Kelbly, 13-3 MD
Central Michigan 30, Edinboro 6
125: Drew Hildebrandt (C) major dec. Lucas Rodriguez, 12-4
133: Drew Marten (C) tech. fall Tye Varndell, 6:35, 17-1
141: Dresden Simon (C) tech. fall Ryan Burgos, 1:50, 17-1
149: Tyler Vath (E) dec. Corbyn Munson, 8-4
157: Johnny Lovett (C) dec. Peter Pappas, 7-3
165: Alex Cramer (C) major dec. P.J. Gohn, 10-2
174: Jacob Oliver (E) dec. Jake Lowell, 6-5
184: Ben Cushman (C) dec. Ethan Ducca, 10-4
197: Landon Pelham (C) dec. Cody Mulligan, 4-3
285: Matt Stencel (C) dec. Jon Spaulding, 7-2
Central Michigan 40, Buffalo 0
125: Drew Hildebrandt (C) major dec. Tristan Daugherty, 10-1
133: Drew Marten (C) tech. fall Caleb Svingala, 4:43, 16-0
141: Dresden Simon (C) pinned Derek Spann, 2:18
149: Mason Breece (C) major dec. Ty Raines, 8-0
157: Johnny Lovett (C) dec. Michael Petite, 3-2
165: Alex Cramer (C) dec. Noah Grover, 6-4
174: Jake Lowell (C) major dec. Jake Lanning, 12-3
184: Ben Cushman (C) tech. fall Guiseppe Hoose, 4:56, 16-0
197: Landon Pelham (C) dec. Sam Mitchell, 10-4
285: Matt Stencel (C) dec. Toby Cahill, 13-6