CMU wrestling takes down Ohio Bobcats


Lapeer redshirt senior Matt Stencel wrestles his Northern Illinois opponent on Jan. 17, 2021 in the McGuirk Arena.  

The top two teams in the Mid-American Conference took the mat, with Central Michigan being number one and Ohio being number two. 

“Ohio has a good team. There were some close matches that could have gone either way, but our guys had a lot of grit,” said head coach Tom Borrelli.

The two teams split the first two matches, with CMU's Brock Bergelin winning at 125 pounds and Ohio's Gio DiSabto claiming the 133 pound weight class. After two matches, Ohio led 4-3. 

Graduate student Dresden Simon would regain the lead for the Chippewas against Kyran Hagan on the 141-pound weight class and bring the score to 7 for the Chippewas and 4 for Ohio. 

Juniors Corbyn Munson and Tracy Hubbard would help to extend the Chippewas lead with wins in their respective weight classes. 

Reigning MAC wrestler of the week Johnny Lovett would take on No. 26 Jordan Slivka in the 157-pound weight class. The two would battle back and forth keeping the score close, but Lovett would eventually take the reins and pull ahead. Growing frustrated, Slivka would tie up Lovett’s arm illegally, giving Lovett an extra point. Lovett would come out with the win 9-5 and bring the Chippewas lead to 13-4. 

The Bobcats would start to make a comeback with back-to-back wins coming from freshmen Sal Perrine and Zayne Lehman. These back-to-back wins would bring the Bobcats within seven, 17-10. 

The Chippewas would come back and secure their win with the last two matches. Senior Aaron Bolo and graduate student Matt Stencel would break the Bobcats streak and close out the meet for the day, brining the final score to 24 for the Chippewas and 10 for the Bobcats. 

The Chippewas next match up is at 7 p.m. Feburary 4 in Edinboro, Pennsylvania to take on Edinboro