MAC Wrestling Weekend Scoreboard:
Friday, Feb. 8:
Central Michigan 31, Eastern Michigan 6
Kent State 31, Cleveland State 10
Northwestern 36, Northern Illinois 6
Iowa State 23, Northern Iowa 12
Ohio 24, Clarion 18
Sunday, Feb. 10:
Ohio 29, West Virginia 9
Edinboro 20, Kent State 19
No. 12 Chippewas Blowout Eastern Michigan in Home Finale, 31-6
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan closed its home schedule in grand fashion Friday night as a part of the second ever Royal Rumble and Tumble by defeating in-state foe Eastern Michigan, 31-6.
Each of the Chippewas' five seniors - Christian Cullinan, Scotti Sentes, Donnie Corby, Ben Bennett and Jarod Trice - defeated their opponent in their final match in McGuirk Arena to help secure an outright Mid-American Conference title.
The Chippewas (13-3, 5-0 MAC) claimed nine of the 10 matches on the night, including the first eight to jump out to a 28-0 lead over the Eagles (7-12, 1-4 MAC), with bonus points from junior Scott Mattingly and Bennett.
Mattingly went up 2-0 over Seth Schaner with a first-period takedown and after starting on the bottom in the second period, reversed Schaner and put him to his back to earn a pin at the 3:47 mark. Bennett was able to earn bonus points at 184 pounds by recording four takedowns and a reversal of Khodar Hoballah to earn a 13-3 major decision.
Cullinan and Sentes opened the dual with a pair of decisions and Corby followed Mattingly's pin with a 7-2 decision of his own. Redshirt freshman Lucas Smith defeated Chris Rau, 7-2, thanks to a third-period escape and takedown and sophomore Mike Ottinger handled Jacob Davis with four takedowns for a 9-3 decision.
Sophomore Anthony Bill filled in nicely for junior Craig Kelliher at 174 pounds by shutting out Jake Dorulla for a 4-0 decision and No. 5 Jarod Trice earned a takedown with just under 30 seconds left in the match to secure a 3-1 decision over Anthony Abro.
The Chippewas weren't the only team in the Maroon and Gold to claim a victory inside McGuirk Arena Friday night as the No. 21 gymnastics program also earned a MAC win over Northern Illinois, 194.800-194.025.
No. 12 Central Michigan 31, Eastern Michigan 6
125: No. 11 Christian Cullinan (CMU) dec. Alexander Calandrino, 4-0; CMU 3-0
133: No. 7 Scotti Sentes (CMU) dec. Filiberto Colon, 5-1; CMU 6-0
141: Scott Mattingly (CMU) fall Seth Schaner, 3:47; CMU 12-0
149: Donnie Corby (CMU) dec. Mike Shaw, 7-2; CMU 15-0
157: Luke Smith (CMU) dec. Chris Rau, 7-4; CMU 18-0
165: Mike Ottinger (CMU) dec. Jacob Davis, 9-3; CMU 21-0
174: Anthony Bill (CMU) dec. Jake Dorulla, 4-0; CMU 24-0
184: No. 2 Ben Bennett (CMU) maj. dec. Khodar Hobballah, 13-3; CMU 28-0
197: Nick Whitenburg (EMU) fall Jackson Lewis, 1:16; CMU 28-6
Hwt: No. 5 Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. Anthony Abro, 3-1; CMU 31-6
Barber and Whitenburg Place at Simonson Open
Five Eagles make the trip to Ashland, Ohio for annual event
ASHLAND, Ohio — Five members of the Eastern Michigan University wrestling team made the trip to the annual Simonson Open hosted by Ashland University Saturday, Feb. 9. Freshman Nicholas Barber fought his way to a second-place finish at 141 lbs., while redshirt junior Nick Whitenburg took third place at 197 lbs.
Barber notched a pair of technical falls and a decision to earn his spot in the championship match. There, he fell just short in a 5-3 decision to Central Michigan University's Zach Horan and settled for runner-up accolades.
Whitenburg overcame an opening-round pin to rattle off four consecutive victories to close out the day. Three of those wins were by fall including in the third-place match, where he dispatched of Ohio State University's Ray Gordon at the 1:03 mark.
The Eagles close out the 2012-13 regular season Sunday, Feb. 17, against Iowa State University at Bowen Field House. The match will get underway at 1 p.m.
Nicholas Barber (3-1)
Nicholas Barber (EMU) tech. fall Mason Meling (Indy), 17-0 (4:42)
Nicholas Barber (EMU) tech. fall Nolan Dilts (Ashland), 16-1 (6:22)
Nicholas Barber (EMU) dec. Nick Lawrence (Purdue), 3-2
Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Nicholas Barber (EMU), 5-3
Mike LeHolm (0-2)
Zach Horan (CMU) fall Mike LeHolm (EMU), 2:32
Logan Shanks (CMU) dec. Mike LeHolm (EMU), 4-0
Kyle Lake (0-2)
Sam Veingemany (Tiffin) maj. dec. Kyle Lake (EMU), 12-2
Dalton Nicely (Findlay) fall Kyle Lake (EMU), 4:30
Devan Marry (0-2)
Zach Cline (CMU) dec. Devan Marry (EMU), 4-0
Jeff Weiss (Indy) maj. dec. Devan Marry (EMU), 20-6
Nick Whitenburg (4-1)
Preston Quam (Purdue) fall Nick Whitenburg (EMU), 4:42
Nick Whitenburg (EMU) fall Jacob Howarth (Ashland), 0:50
Nick Whitenburg (EMU) fall Justin Cheesman (Lake Erie), 2:46
Nick Whitenburg (EMU) maj. dec. Preston Quam (Purdue), 11-2
Nick Whitenburg (EMU) fall Ray Gordon (OSU), 1:03
Eagles Topped by No. 10 Central Michigan, 31-6
Whitenburg records pin for Eagles
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – In the final Mid-American Conference dual-meet of the season, the Eastern Michigan University wrestling team dropped a 31-6 decision to No. 10 Central Michigan University Friday evening, Feb. 8. The Eagles fall to 7-12 overall and finish MAC competition with a 1-4 record.
The Chippewas (13-3; 5-0 MAC) clinched the MAC regular season title, winning nine-of-10 matches.
"We had some opportunities to win some matches, but Central showed their experience and stopped us from doing so," said Head Coach Derek DelPorto. "We had five freshmen out there tonight and only one senior."
Redshirt junior Nick Whitenburg posted the lone victory of the evening for the Eagles, pinning Jackson Lewis at the five-minute mark of the 197 lbs. bout. Whitenburg's victory earned him is third straight MAC triumph and pushed his season record to 7-6.
"Once the match is out of reach it becomes very 'selfish'," DelPorto added. "Whitenburg did himself a favor and came up with a big pin."
At 125 lbs. freshman Alexander Calandrino kept it close against No. 7 Christian Cullinan in a 4-0 setback. In his second match of the season, redshirt senior Filiberto Colon recorded an escape but no more in a 5-1 loss No. 7 Scotti Sentes.
After taking on No. 1-ranked Dustin Kilgore of Kent State University last week, Anthony Abro moved up to heavyweight to match up against No. 5 Jarod Trice. Abro and Trice wrestled to a scoreless tie until Trice came up with a takedown 11 seconds before the end of regulation. An escape put Abro on the scoreboard, but Trice took the match, 3-1, with an extra point for riding time.
Eastern Michigan finishes up the 2012-13 regular season at Bowen Field House Sunday, Feb. 17, against Iowa State University. Match time is slated for 1 p.m.
No. 10 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 31, EASTERN MICHIGAN 6
125: No. 7 Christian Cullinan (CMU) dec. Alexander Calandrino (EMU), 4-0 CMU 3 EMU 0
133: No. 7 Scotti Sentes (CMU) dec. Filiberto Colon (EMU), 5-1 CMU 6 EMU 0
141: Scott Mattingly (CMU) fall Seth Schaner (EMU), 3:47 CMU 12 EMU 0
149: Donnie Corby (CMU) dec. Michael Shaw (EMU), 7-2 CMU 15 EMU 0
157: Luke Smith (CMU) dec. Chris Rau (EMU), 7-4 CMU 18 EMU 0
165: Mike Ottinger (CMU) dec. Jacob Davis (EMU), 9-3 CMU 21 EMU 0
174: Anthony Bill (CMU) dec. Jacob Dorulla (EMU), 4-0 CMU 24 EMU 0
184: No. 2 Ben Bennett (CMU) maj. dec. Khodor Hoballah (EMU), 13-3 CMU 28 EMU 0
197: Nick Whitenburg (EMU) fall Jackson Lewis (CMU), 5:00 CMU 28 EMU 6
285: No. 5 Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. Anthony Abro (EMU), 3-1 CMU 31 EMU 6
Edinboro Takes Pair of OT Matches to Edge Flashes 20-19
EDINBORO, Pa.- Two overtime matches went Edinboro's way as the No. 16 Fighting Scots squeaked by Kent State 20-19 Sunday at McComb Fieldhouse. Eight minutes was not enough to settle to final match. A buzzer-beating reversal by Ernest James in a tiebreaker gave him a 4-2 victory over Keith Witt (Oak Harbor, Ohio) to give Edinboro a one-point win.
Each team won five matches and each side earned bonus points in three matches, but an Edinboro pin by No. 3 AJ Schopp at 133 made the difference in team points.
Senior Dustin Kilgore (Berea, Ohio) did everything but pin Warren Bosch, earning a 16-1 technical fall by the end of the second period. Kilgore improved to 34-0 with his 27th bonus-point win of the year. He extended his NCAA winning streak to 53 matches and his dual winning streak to 63 matches.
Seniors Stevie Mitcheff (Lorain, Ohio), and Casey Newburg (Union Ohio) each claimed major decisions for the Golden Flashes, completing 2-0 weekends. Mitcheff improved to 24-10, while Newburg upped his record to 31-5 with his 14th bonus-point win of the year.
Sophomore Caleb Marsh (Marysville, Ohio) and redshirt freshman Sam Wheeler (Copley, Ohio) also completed 2-0 weekends each winning by a score of 3-2.
The overtime bout came at 157, when senior Tommy Sasfy (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) and Casey Fuller were deadlocked at 10-10 after three periods. Fuller's takedown in sudden victory gave the Scots a commanding 17-4 lead, before the Flashes bounced back with four straight victories.
Kent State (9-5) returns to action Sunday, Feb. 17, hosting Oklahoma State, Wisconsin and Northern Iowa in the NWCA Duals Regional at the M.A.C. Center. Pairings for the dual tournament will be announced on Tuesday.
125 Stevie Mitcheff (KSU) maj. dec. Kory Mines (EU), 10-2
133 A.J. Schopp (EU) fall over Mack McGuire (KSU), 2:52
141 Mitchell Port (EU) maj. dec. Luke Kern (KSU), 14-3
149 Dave Habat (EU) maj dec. Andy Candiello (KSU), 15-5
157 Casey Fuller (EU) dec. Tommy Sasfy (KSU), 12-10 sv
165 Caleb Marsh (KSU) dec. Johnny Greisheimer (EU), 3-2
174 Sam Wheeler (KSU) dec. Patrick Jennings (EU), 3-2
184 Casey Newburg (KSU) maj. dec. Vince Pickett (EU), 10-0
197 Dustin Kilgore (KSU) tech. fall Warren Bosch (EU), 16-1 (5:00)
HWT #Ernest James (EU) dec. Keith Witt (KSU), 4-2 tb
Flashes top Cleveland State, 31-10
KENT, Ohio- Kent State went 2-for-2 in front of a “Beauty and the Beast” home crowd of 2,635 fans Friday night as the wrestling team defeated Cleveland State 31-10 and the gymnastics team defeated Rutgers 195.675 – 193.700. The Golden Flashes won the final six matches against the Vikings, including technical falls from Sam Wheeler (Copley, Ohio) and Casey Newburg (Union Ohio).
After six bouts, the Flashes led 12-10, before Wheeler broke it open with 20-4 tech fall just ten seconds into the second period. A relentless Wheeler scored 18 points in the first period with quick takedowns and a pair of cradles.
Newburg needed 20 seconds into the third period to complete his tech fall, a 19-3 victory over Corbin Boone. The two dominant performances were enough to convince Cleveland State to forfeit 197, in fear what Dustin Kilgore (Berea, Ohio) might do on his Senior Night.
Senior Keith Witt (Oak Harbor, Ohio) kept things rolling with an 11-6 victory over Riley Shaw. Witt jumped out to a 5-0 lead midway through the first period.
The streak of six wins started with senior Tommy Sasfy (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) at 157, who came away with an 8-4 victory over Matt Donohoe. With the match tied 4-4 early in the third, Sasfy escaped and countered a Donohoe shot for a takedown.
Sophomore Caleb Marsh (Marysville, Ohio) then gave Kent State the lead with a 3-1 victory over Corey Carlo. An opening period takedown turned out to be the difference-maker.
The Flashes got wins from all five of its seniors, including Stevie Mitcheff (Lorain, Ohio), who came up just short on time for a major decision and settled for an 11-5 win. With the score tied 3-3 after one, Mitcheff earned a quick reversal followed by a three-point turn.
Freshman Mack McGuire (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) converted three takedowns in the first on the way to a 9-5 victory over Mike Carlone. McGuire got in on shots throughout the match, but had trouble finishing after the first period.
Behind eight wins, Kent State improved to 9-4 on the year and 4-0 at the M.A.C. Center. The Golden Flashes visit No. 16 Edinboro on Sunday.
125 Stevie Mitcheff (Kent State) won by decision over Ben Willeford (CSU) 11-5
133 Mack McGuire (Kent State) won by decision over Michael Carlone (CSU) 9-5
141 Nick Flannery (CSU) won by major decision over Luke Kern (Kent State) 14-4
149 Mike Mencini (CSU) pinned Andy Candiello (Kent State) 5:21
157 Tommy Sasfy (Kent State) won by decision over Matt Donohoe (CSU) 8-4
165 Caleb Marsh (Kent State) won by decision over Corey Carlo (CSU) 3-1
174 Sam Wheeler (Kent State) won by tech fall over Mike Monson (CSU) 20-4
184 Casey Newburg (Kent State) won by tech fall over Corbin Boone (CSU) 19-3
197 Dustin Kilgore (Kent State) won by forfeit
285 Keith Witt (Kent State) won by decision over Riley Shaw (CSU) 11-6
Northern Illinois Falls on Senior Night to Northwestern, 36-6
Rob Jillard records pin at 149
DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois wrestling team closed out their home slate Friday with a 36-6 loss to in-state rival Northwestern on Senior Night.
With the loss, the Huskies fall to 7-8 on the season. Meanwhile, the Wildcats bumped their record up to 7-7.
“Northwestern’s got a tough team, but I think we can compete better than that,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. “Taking a pin at 125 and 141 doesn’t help anything out. We wrestled in some situations that we shouldn’t have been in. We need to stay within our box and execute within our positions. Those guys know it (that) they made a mental error, so they will bounce back fine.”
Northwestern got off to a hot start to the match with three consecutive wins. Derek Elmore had a promising start at 125 pounds, but 19th-ranked Dominick Malone stormed back and eventually registered a second period pin.
The Wildcats followed that up with a win at 133 pounds, as Garrison White defeated NIU’s Nick Smith in a 9-6 decision. At 141, nationally-ranked Huskie Kevin Fanta saw his six-match winning streak snapped when he lost against Jameson Oster by way of a first period pin.
The Huskies, though, got on the board by way of Rob Jillard at 149. Jillard, a sophomore from Franklinville, N.J., pinned Dylan Marriott late in the first period to get within 15-6.
That NIU momentum shift was short-lived as NU’s Jason Welch – a 2012 All-American and the second-ranked wrestler at 157 – defeated Andrew Morse in an 8-0 major decision right before halftime.
Northwestern’s run carried over into the second half. At 165, Dan Burk lost by technical fall to #18 Pierce Harger, 16-0. Matt Mougin lost at 174 to #19 Lee Munster in an 8-2 decision, giving NU a 27-6 lead.
Bryan Loughlin lost a tough one at 184 pounds in a 7-5 decision against Jacob Markowitz. Leading 5-4 entering the third period, Loughlin fell victim to riding time and a late two-point near fall in the final stanza.
In the last home match of his career, senior Arber Bebo suffered a 5-0 defeat against Alex Polizzi at 197 pounds. The Huskies closed out the night with Jared Torrence falling 4-2 against ninth-ranked heavyweight Mike McMullan.
NIU hits the road again next Saturday, Feb. 16, when they finish their Mid-American Conference schedule against Buffalo. The dual between the Huskies and Bulls starts at noon CT.
Northwestern 36, Northern Illinois 6
125: #19 Dominick Malone (NU) pins Derek Elmore (NIU), 4:20
133: Garrison White (NU) dec. Nick Smith (NIU), 9-6
141: Jameson Oster (NU) pins #20 Kevin Fanta (NIU), 2:35
149: Rob Jillard (NIU) pins Dylan Marriott (NU), 2:43
157: #2 Jason Welch (NU) maj. dec. Andrew Morse (NIU), 8-0
165: #18 Pierce Harger (NU) tech. fall Matt Mougin (NIU), 16-0
174: #9 Lee Munster (NU) dec. Matt Mougin (NIU), 8-2
184: Jacob Markowitz (NU) dec. Bryan Loughlin (NIU), 7-5
197: Alex Polizzi (NU) dec. Arber Bebo (NIU), 5-0
285: #9 Mike McMullan (NU) dec. Jared Torrence (NIU), 4-2
UNI Falls to ISU on the Road, 23-12
AMES, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa’s Levi Wolfensperger sparked the fire that the Panthers needed, but Iowa State would edge out the Panthers in the end, 23-12.
Ryan Loder, 184 pounds, was the second match of the night and the first to give the Panthers momentum. ISU led the Panthers 3-0 in team scoring. After a scoreless first period, Loder got an escape and takedown to lead 3-0 over Boaz Beard heading into the third. A final takedown and riding time secured his 6-1 win. However, UNI lost the next three matches to give ISU the lead, and the Panthers didn’t regain momentum until Wolfensperger’s match at 133 pounds.
Wolfensperger found the fight in him at the end of the first period to get a last-second takedown to lead John Meeks 2-0 headed into the second. An early escape in the second put him up 3-0. The score would remain the same until the third period when Wolfensperger would get his second takedown as time was running out in the third to win 5-0.
Joey Lazor, 141 pounds, was tied 2-2 with Luke Goettl heading into the third, but earned 3:50 in riding time. An escape and takedown kept Lazor ahead to win 6-3 with 3:40 in riding time.
The 157-pound match was up for grabs until the third period. UNI’s David Bonin had riding time advantage, but Logan Molina’s takedown kept the score close at 2-2 until Bonin got a takedown with 19 seconds left to win 5-2 and earn 1:47 in riding time.
The Panthers’ four wins were not enough to push the team ahead of the Cyclones who led 19-12 headed into the final match.
Michael Moreno of ISU would get the 10-1 major decision against Jarrett Jensen at 165 pounds to give ISU the final score, 23-12.
Ohio Wrestling Drops West Virginia, 29-9
Bobcats claims their fourth-straight match
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - The Ohio University wrestling team (8-5) capped a perfect weekend on Sunday as it defeated West Virginia University 29-9 at the WVU Coliseum. With the win, the Bobcats captured their fourth-consecutive victory.
Ohio jumped out to an early 8-0 lead thanks to a pair of major decision victories by redshirt freshman Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) and No. 15 junior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) as they improved to 18-12 and 27-8, respectively.
The Mountaineers responded in a big way as it claimed the next three bouts to take a 9-8 lead, but that would be the last time West Virginia would hold the lead.
Ohio closed out the match by winning the final five bouts. Sophomore Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) highlighted the final stretch as he posted his second straight fall on the week as he pinned Ross Renzi in 1:57.
No. 17-ranked redshirt freshman Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) remained on the winning side of things as he won his 10th straight bout, defeating No. 27 Bubba Scheffel 2-1 to post his team-best 29th victory on the year.
Sophomore Michael Duckworth (Liberty, Ind.) closed out the match by registering the Bobcats second fall of the afternoon as he defeated WVU's Lance Bryson.
Ohio returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 17 as it heads to Campbell at 7:30 p.m. The meet will be held at the Voyager Academy (high school) in Durham, N.C.
Ohio 29, West Virginia 9
197: Phil Wellington (Ohio) maj. dec. A.J. Vizcarrondo (WVU), 13-5
HWT: No. 15 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) maj. dec. Phil Mandzik (WVU), 9-0
125: No. 24 Shane Young (WVU) dec. Kevon Powell (Ohio), 11-5
133: Colin Johnston (WVU) dec. Joe Munos (Ohio), 3-2
141: No. 12 Nathan Pennesi (WVU) dec. Kagan Squire (Ohio), 1-0
149: Andrew Romanchik (Ohio) dec. Brutus Scheffel (WVU), 2-0
157: Spartak Chino (Ohio) dec. Dominic Prezzia (WVU), 5-3
165: Harrison Hightower (Ohio) win by fall Ross Renzi (WVU), 1:57
174: No. 16 Cody Walters (Ohio) dec. No. 27 Bubba Scheffel (WVU), 2-1
184: Michael Duckworth (Ohio) win by fall Lance Bryson (WVU), 3:39
Ohio Gets Past Clarion 24-18
Bobcats claim third straight match
CLARION, Pa. - The Ohio University wrestling team (7-5) captured its third straight win Friday night as it defeated Clarion (3-8) 24-18 inside Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium to claim its sixth match in the last eight duals.
Sophomore Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) and No. 16 junior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) highlighted the dual for the Bobcats as they registered pins at 165 and heavyweight, respectively.
Johnson's victory was his 26th on the year, while Hightower's win was his 18th this season.
No. 17-ranked redshirt freshman Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) also continued his hot streak as he won his ninth straight bout, defeating Ryan Darch 2-1 to earn his team-best 28th victory on the year.
Ohio started strong and never looked back as it claimed the first three bouts to open up a 9-0 lead thanks to victories by freshman Joe Munos (South St. Paul, Minn.), freshman Kagan Squire (Wadsworth, Ohio) and sophomore Andrew Romanchik (Independence, Ohio) as they all posted wins at 133, 141 and 149 pounds, respectively.
The Bobcats return to action on Sunday as they head to West Virginia for a 3 p.m. matchup with the Mountaineers.
Ohio 24, Clarion 18
133 - Joe Munos (Ohio) dec. Joe Waltko (CL) 6-1
141 - Kagan Squire (Ohio) dec. Sam Sherlock (CL) 4-3
149 - Andrew Romanchik (Ohio) dec. Tyler Bedelyon (CL) 6-2
157 - James Fleming (CL) wb forfeit
165 - Harrison Hightower (Ohio) wbf Nick Milano (CL) 0:39
174 - Cody Walters (Ohio) dec. Ryan Darch (CL) 2-1
184 - Steven Cressley (CL) wb inj. Def. Ryan Garringer (Ohio) 0:18
197 - Justin Ortega (CL) dec. Phillip Wellington (Ohio) 4-0
285 - Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) wbf Phil Catrucco (CL) 1:49
125 - Tyler Fraley (CL) dec. Kevon Powell (Ohio) 5-2