CMU wrestling drops MAC opener to Clarion


General Cap: The CMU wrestling team beat Ohio in a showdown of the top two teams in the Mid-American Conference Sunday, Jan. 30 in Mcguirk Arena. 

Photo Cap: Miami redshirt sophomore Jonny Lovett wrestles against an Ohio team member Sunday, Jan. 30 at McGuirk Arena

In its Mid-American Conference opener, Central Michigan wrestling fell 25-12 against the Clarion Golden Eagles on Sunday. 

The Chippewas are still seeking to secure their first win of the season as they are now 0-5 on the year and 0-1 in the MAC. The Golden Eagles are now 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the MAC.

“That’s all there is to it, we're not good enough,” said head coach Tom Borrelli.

Wrestling in his first match back from a knee injury, CMU junior Sean Spidle of the 125-weight class made a comeback after he was down 3-1. He managed to score two different points to force extra periods. After Clarion won a challenge for a locked hands violation, opponent Joey Fischer scored an extra point to take the match. 

Redshirt junior Vince Perez followed with a momentum swinging victory after he was tied with opponent Koen Kish. A reversal followed by two take downs gave Perez the advantage. With Perez's victory the match was tied with a score of 3.

Clarion quickly came back with a victory in the 141-weight class and a pin in the 149-weight class to extend their lead 13-3. 

With three takedowns in the 157-weight class, redshirt senior Corbyn Munson narrowed the gap with a 7-2 victory to cut the Golden Eagles' lead to 13-6.

Following a devastating overtime loss in the 165-weight class for CMU, redshirt Junior Alex Cramer came through with a comeback victory after being down two with 20 seconds left.  A two-point takedown and a four point near fall secured Cramer with the win, cutting the deficit to 16-9.

“I usually try to stay pretty calm and levelheaded throughout the entire match,” Cramer said. “So, I just, I knew I needed to score. But I try as much as I can to just not think about it in terms of pressure or anything and just continue to wrestle and usually get things to happen when that's the case and you're not all in your head overthinking things.”

Redshirt freshman Bryan Caves gave the Chippewas one extra victory in the 285-weight class with a shutout performance by a score of 3-0 to end the day.

“I just want them to keep a good attitude and keep trying to improve and you never know where things are going to end up,” Borrelli said.

CMU will host Northern Illinois on Friday at 7 p.m.