Nov. 20, 2011
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - No. 24 Central Michigan opened the dual meet season with a pair of victories Sunday, sweeping No. 12 Stanford, 22-13, and Chattanooga, 24-8.
Six Chippewas were double winners as CMU won seven bouts in both duals. Three freshmen—Joey Kielbasa (149), Mike Ottinger (165) and Anthony Bill (174)—posted their first career dual meet victories. Ottinger won both of his matches on Sunday.
"I thought we wrestled really solidly today," said CMU head coach Tom Borrelli. "We put ourselves in some pretty good positions and were able to win some pretty tight matches, especially against Chattanooga. For as young as we are, I thought it was a pretty good start today."
Sophomore Joe Roth set the tone in both duals, scoring two major decisions at 125 pounds. He defeated Stanford's Matt Sencenbaugh and Chattanooga's Daniel Gallagher by a combined score of 26-7.
Sophomore Scott Mattingly, ranked 20th nationally at 141 pounds by InterMat, scored a pair of narrow victories. He was a 3-2 winner over Stanford's Donovan Halpin, then out-scored Chattanooga's Shawn Greevy, 11-9, in his second bout of the day.
Also claiming two victories for the Chippewas were junior Donnie Corby (157), Ottinger (165), junior Ben Bennett (184) and senior Peter Sturgeon (285).
Bennett defeated his two opponents by a combined score of 20-0, including a 15-0 technical fall in just 4:12 against Chattanooga's Robert Prigmore. He has not allowed an offensive point in his last five dual meet matches dating back to last season.
Sturgeon won the only overtime match of the day, scoring a takedown in the second sudden victory period against Stanford's Dan Scherer.
Bennett and Borrelli are traveling to Arizona tonight in advance of tomorrow's NWCA All-Star Classic at Arizona State University. Bennett, a two-time All-American at 174 pounds, will face three-time 184-pound All-American Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming) in the 184-pound bout tomorrow night. The all-star event begins at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time and will be streamed live through nwcaonline.com.
The Chippewas are back in action Saturday when they travel to New York for the Northeast Duals. CMU will compete against American, Maryland, Northern Iowa and Rutgers at the event.
No. 24 Central Michigan 22, No. 12 Stanford 13
125: Joe Roth (CMU) maj. dec. Matt Sencenbaugh (Stanford), 14-4; CMU 4-0
133: No. 6 Ryan Mango (Stanford) pin Tyler Keselring (CMU), 3:48; Stanford 6-4
141: No. 20 Scott Mattingly (CMU) dec. Donovan Halpin (Stanford), 3-2; CMU 7-6
149: Joey Kielbasa (CMU) dec. Timmy Boone (Stanford), 3-1; CMU 10-6
157: No. 20 Donnie Corby (CMU) dec. Josh Lauderdale (Stanford), 11-4; CMU 13-6
165: Mike Ottinger (CMU) dec. Matt Schneider (Stanford), 6-4; CMU 16-6
174: No. 1 Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford) maj. dec. Anthony Bill (CMU), 10-2; CMU 16-10
184: No. 9 Ben Bennett (CMU) dec. Spence Patrick (Stanford), 5-0; CMU 19-10
197: Alen Yen (Stanford) dec. Chad Friend (CMU), 8-6; CMU 19-13
285: No. 15 Peter Sturgeon (CMU) dec. Dan Scherer (Stanford), 4-2 SV2; CMU 22-13
No. 24 Central Michigan 24, Chattanooga 8
125: Joe Roth (CMU) maj. dec. Daniel Gallagher (UTC), 12-3; CMU 4-0
133: Nick Soto (UTC) dec. Christian Cullinan (CMU), 5-0; CMU 4-3
141: No. 20 Scott Mattingly (CMU) dec. Shawn Greevy (UTC), 11-9; CMU 7-3
149: Kelly Felix (UTC) dec. Joey Kielbasa (CMU), 4-2; CMU 6-5
157: No. 20 Donnie Corby (CMU) dec. Daniel Waddell (UTC), 3-2; CMU 9-5
165: Mike Ottinger (CMU) dec. Brandon Wright (UTC), 3-2; CMU 12-5
174: Anthony Bill (CMU) dec. Levi Clemons (UTC), 6-5; CMU 15-5
184: No. 9 Ben Bennett (CMU) tech. fall Robert Prigmore (UTC), 15-0 at 4:12; CMU 20-5
197: Nikolas Brown (UTC) dec. Chad Friend (CMU), 5-3; CMU 20-8
285: No. 15 Peter Sturgeon (CMU) maj. dec. Kevin Malone (UTC), 10-2; CMU 24-8
*Both teams were penalized one team point following the 149-pound bout.