EAST LANSING, Mich. - Freshman Jordan Ellingwood recorded his second consecutive pin as the Central Michigan wrestling team defeated Michigan State, 21-12, Saturday at the Spartans' Jenison Fieldhouse.
The win came 24 hours after CMU defeated Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti to finish 6-2 in Mid-American Conference duals. The Chippewas are 9-6 overall in duals after a 1-4 start.
Saturday's victory was CMU's first this season over a Big Ten opponent. The Chippewas fell in early season duals to No. 17 Michigan and to No. 25 Northwestern.
The meet began at the 174-pound weight class where Ellingwood pinned Nick Proctor just 36 seconds into the first period. Ellingwood, who is 15-10 on the season, recorded his first pin in Friday's victory at Eastern Michigan.
"He is just starting to be more aggressive," CMU coach Tom Borrelli said of Ellingwood. "I have seen a change in him, wanting to go out and take it to the guy instead of waiting around for something to happen."
CMU also received wins from Zach Horan (141), Colin Heffernan (149), Cody LeCount (157), Jordan Wohlfert (165) and Austin Severn (184).
Severn defeated MSU senior John Rizqallah in sudden victory, 4-2. Rizqallah is a two-time NCAA qualifier and was 16-7 on the season.
"I'm happy that we got the win," Borrelli said. "Michigan State really wrestled us hard tonight. I think we looked a little tired tonight and a little bit flat in some of our matches."
The Chippewas will have an off week before the MAC Championships on March 7-8 in Columbia, Mo.
"We are going to have a real good week of training next week," Borrelli said. "We will probably take some time off on Monday and then really get after it Tuesday through Friday."
Central Michigan 21, Michigan State 12
125: Mitch Rogaliner (MSU) dec. Brent Fleetwood (CMU), 3-1
133: Garth Yenter (MSU) dec. Carter Ballinger (CMU), 10-3
141: Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Hermilo Esquivel (MSU), 3-1
149: Colin Heffernan (CMU) dec. Nick Trimble (MSU), 1-0
157: Cody LeCount (CMU) dec. Travis Curley (MSU), 5-1
165: Jordan Wohlfert (CMU) dec. Matt Pasqualini (MSU), 7-2
174: Jordan Ellingwood (CMU) fall Nick Proctor (MSU), 36 seconds
184: Austin Severn (CMU) dec. John Rizqallah (MSU), SV 4-2
197: Nick McDiarmid (MSU) dec. Jackson Lewis (CMU), SV 3-2
HWT: Chris Nash (MSU) dec. Newton Smerchek (CMU), 3-2