CMU wrestling loses to No. 3 Michigan on senior day
Despite a pin and an seven period match victory, Central Michigan fell to the No. 3 ranked Michigan Wolverines 28-12 on Senior Day. The Chippewas finish 12-4 in duals match for the season.
"If we use this weekend the right way it can really be a positive," said head coach Tom Borelli. "We didn't have the team success we wanted, but we had some individuals that won big matches. We got beat pretty handily by Iowa who is ranked number two with Michigan being ranked number three, I thought we represented ourselves better and improved from that"
Seven seniors were honored before the match as they took the marron and gold mat for the last time this season. Seniors Brock Bergelin, Mitchell Christensen, Drew Marten, Dresden Simon, Bret Fedwa, Aaron Bolo and Matt Stencel were all recognized before the matchup for their accomplishments at CMU.
"You build such relationship with those guys and its pretty special" Borelli said about his seven seniors. "Its like sending your kid off to a job and not knowing when you're going to see them again"
The Chippewas would drop their first two matches against the Wolverines in the 125 pound weight class and 133 pound leaving the score 8-0.
Coming back from being down by six, No. 12-ranked senior Dresden Simon would come back and defeat No. 15-ranked Stevan Micic with a close score 0f 7-6. Simon would take control of the match after the second period and leave Micic scoreless for the rest of the match. Simon’s win got the Chippewas on the board.
Fired up from Simon’s comeback win, Corbyn Munson wrestling in the 149-pound weight class would take the lead for the Chippewas with a pin on Kanen Storr. Munson’s pin would give the Chippewas their first lead of the match at 9-8.
It took seven periods in the 157-pound weight class for wrestlers Johnny Lovett and Will Lewan. After being rewarded one second riding time after sudden victory and two thirty second tiebreaker periods, Lovett would come out the win and extend the Chippewas lead to 12-8.
That would be the last points of the afternoon for CMU, as Michigan took the last four matches to cement the win.
The Chippewas have a weekend off before heading to Athens Ohio for the MAC Championships on March 4th.