ST. LOUIS ? For the second consecutive year, Central Michigan University will be represented in the finals at the NCAA Wrestling Championships.
Sophomore Mike Miller has advanced to the finals of the 174-pound bracket and will wrestle for a national championship Saturday night.
Miller, the No. 7 seed, will face No. 1 seed and undefeated Steve Luke (Michigan) in the finals Saturday night. Luke has not lost since dropping a 4-2 decision to Pittsburgh’s Keith Gavin in last year’s national championship match.
ESPN will televise the finals live beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Kent State’s heavyweight Jermail Porter dropped a 5-3 decision in the semifinals to Mark Ellis of Missouri. Porter’s opponent in Saturday’s wrestleback semifinals is Jared Rosholt of Oklahoma State as the two compete for a chance at third place.
KSU’s Nic Bedelyon and CMU’s Scotti Sentes will battle for seventh place at 125 pounds.
Miller, Porter, Bedelyon and Sentes are all guaranteed All-America status.
As a team, CMU enters the final day of the three-day tournament in 14th place with 34 points. It already is the sixth-most points the Chippewas have ever scored at the national tournament.
Miller defeated No. 3 seed Brandon Browne (Nebraska), 7-3, in the semifinals Friday night.
Miller scored on a single leg on the edge of the mat, then rode Browne for the final 2:05 of the first period. An escape by Browne accounted for the only scoring in the second period, and Miller took a 2-1 lead into the third period.
Miller started the third period in the bottom position, and Browne cut him loose to concede the escape. Browne scored on a double-leg midway through the period to tie the score at 3-3, but had to concede another escape with Miller holding a riding time advantage of more than two minutes. Miller scored another takedown with 15 seconds remaining to extend his lead to 6-3, then added the riding time point for the 7-3 decision.