MAC Wrestling Weekend Notes

Updated 2/18/2011

MAC Wrestling Schedule:

February 20 (Sunday)

*Eastern Michigan at Ohio (at Athens, Ohio), 2:00 pm

*Kent State at Central Michigan (at Mount Pleasant, Mich.), 2:00 pm

*Northern Illinois at Buffalo (at Buffalo, NY), 1:00 pm

 

BUFFALO NOTES:

Bulls Earn First MAC Win, Top Eastern Michigan 20-12

BUFFALO, NY - Spurred on by five straight wins in the first half of the match, the Buffalo wrestling team broke in to the Mid American Conference win column Wednesday evening with a 20-12 win over Eastern Michigan at Alumni Arena.

After dropping the first match, the Bulls took control, starting with Kevin Smith at 133 pounds. The junior just missed a pin but used two takedowns and three near fall points to post a 10-5 win. With the win, Smith now has a team-leading 30 wins, the most in a single season the Mexico, NY native has ever won.

At 141 pounds, Chris Conti continued his MAC hot streak with a 3-0 win over Mike Leholm. The Fredonia, NY sophomore now is 2-1 in conference action and an impressive 5-2 in dual meets overall.

Desi Green continues to dominate in conference action, winning 5-3 over Corey Phillips. The junior now sits at 96 career wins and is now 3-0 in the MAC this season and 9-1 in the MAC for his career.

The team really broke away in the 157 and 165 pound bouts.Mark Lewandowski (157) continued his breakout season with a 8-0 major decision over Aaron Sulzer. The Depew, NY native used two takedowns, two near fall points and riding time to pull out a big decision.

John-Martin Cannon one-upped his teammate in the very next match, starting fast from the first whistle and blowing out his opponent 18-8, with his opponent's only points coming from escapes. The junior had eight takedowns and eclipsed the century mark in takedowns for his career in the process.

Jimmy Hamel put the icing on the cake with a strong showing at 184 pounds, just missing a major decision by beating Khodar Hoballah 9-2.  Hamel dictated the pace throughout the match and won career match 116 in the process.

Buffalo Loses to No. 25 Central Michigan, 19-14

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI - In a dual that came down to the very last matchups, the Buffalo Bulls lost a hotly contested dual on the road to the Central Michigan Chippewas Sunday afternoon, 19-14.

The Bulls found themselves in an early hole, trailing 9-0 after the first three matches. It sooned roared back after Desi Green (11-3) and Mark Lewandowski (8-0) earned major decisions in the 149- and 157-pound bouts. It marked the second straight dual that Lewandowski won a major. John-Martin Cannon soon followed with a 6-4 decision over Eric Cubberly to give Buffalo an 11-9 lead.

The two squads then traded decisions, with Ron Majerus losing to seventh-ranked Ben Bennett before Jimmy Hamel won 5-3 at 184 pounds to give the Bulls a 14-13 lead with just two matches remaining. The Chippewas won both to overtake Buffalo and win.

Up Next

The loss dropped Buffalo to 8-8 overall and 1-3 in Mid American Conference action. The regular season will draw to a close next Sunday with the Bulls hosting Northern Illinois at Alumni Arena. The match will not only be senior day for departing wrestlers Jimmy Hamel, Brian Sheehan and John Crisafulli, but it will also be the second annual Takedown Cancer Event. More information on the event can be found at

www.buffalobulls.com/takedowncancer. Last year the team raised over $35,000 for former Bulls wrestler Jeff Parker, who was battling cancer, as well as Carly's Club in Buffalo, the pediatric cancer unit of Roswell Park. Match time is set for 1 pm.

By the Numbers

10 - The national rank of former Edinboro wrestler Kyle Fluke, who was defeated by Buffalo freshman Max Soria at the Edinboro Open this past Saturday. Soria defeated Fluke 12-8 en route to a second place finish at the Open.

201 - The total number of takedowns the Bulls have recorded this season, already the fifteenth most for a single season in program history.

.822 - Career winning percentage for junior Desi Green, the third highest in program history. Green's 2010-11 season record of 27-4 (.867) is the eighth best for a single season in program history.

12 - Kevin Smith now has 12 career 3-point near falls, good for seventeenth most in program history.

 

CENTRAL MICHIGAN NOTES:

No. 15 Central Michigan Defeats Eastern Michigan, 29-3, Thursday Night

MOUNT PLEASANT - No. 15 Central Michigan won nine of 10 bouts in a 29-3 Mid-American Conference victory over Eastern Michigan Thursday night in McGuirk Arena.

The Chippewas, who improved to 7-8 overall and 3-1 in the MAC, can earn a share of the MAC regular season title with a win over Kent State in the regular season finale at McGuirk Arena on Sunday.

CMU controlled Thursday's match from start to finish, surrendering just three takedowns in earning its 20th straight dual win over Eastern Michigan (11-10, 0-4 MAC). The victory also was CMU's 65th in its last 68 conference duals.

"I think we're getting better at executing the things we're working on in practice," said CMU head coach Tom Borrelli. "We've been really focused on getting the first takedown in a lot of matches and also being more aggressive-getting our hands on the guys first and making them back up and opening up our offense. I think we did a good job of that tonight."

Christian Cullinan opened the dual for CMU with a 4-3 decision over Eastern Michigan's Jared Germaine. Germaine drew even at 3-3 with a third-period reversal, but Cullinan escaped late for the one-point victory.

At 133, CMU's Scotti Sentes scored 10 back points in a 17-6 major decision over Filiberto Colon. Sentes held a riding time advantage of 5:00 in earning his team leading 25th win of the season.

Scott Mattingly and Donnie Corby followed with decisions at 141 and 149 pounds, respectively. Mattingly scored a reversal, takedown and the riding time point in his 5-1 decision over Seth Schaner, while Corby tallied a first-period takedown, second-period escape and the riding time point in his 4-1 decision over Mike LeHolm.

Ryan Cubberly needed overtime to earn his 2-1 decision over Aaron Sulzer at 157 pounds. The match was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, and remained tied through the sudden victory period. Cubberly escaped in the first 30-second tiebreaker, then rode out Sulzer for his first career MAC dual victory.

Eric Cubberly stretched the Chippewas' lead to 19-0 with a 4-2 decision at 165 pounds. Cubberly scored the bout's only takedown in the final minute to secure the win.

Ben Bennett added a bonus point at 174 pounds with a 13-0 major decision over Chris Eggert. Bennett led 3-0 entering the third period; after a neutral start, Bennett scored a takedown and seven back points in the match's final two minutes.

At 184 pounds, a takedown in the opening seconds was enough for Craig Kelliher in a 3-0 decision over Khodor Hoballah. Kelliher built 2:42 of riding time in the first period, then Hoballah and Kelliher rode each other out in the second and third periods, respectively.

Eastern Michigan picked up its lone win at 197 pounds, a 7-6 decision by Nick Whitenburg over Chad Friend. Friend scored a pair of first-period takedowns, but Whitenburg escaped twice and scored a takedown of his own to tie the bout at 4-4. The score was tied 5-5 in the third period when Whitenburg scored the decisive takedown.

CMU's Jarod Trice improved to 22-3 overall with a 2-0 decision over Wes Schroeder in the heavyweight bout. Trice escaped after starting the second period in the down position, then rode out Schroeder in the third to secure the riding time point.

The Chippewas' regular season finale against Kent State begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at McGuirk Arena. CMU will honor its two seniors-Ryan Cubberly and Mike Miller-prior to the start of the dual.

CMU vs. Kent State: The Chippewas are 23-19 all-time against Kent State and have won 12 of the last 13 meetings. CMU clinched the 2010 MAC championship with a 21-13 win at Kent State last season.

In the Rankings: CMU is ranked 15th in the InterMat poll and 25th in the NWCA/USA Today poll this week. Eastern Michigan is not ranked in either poll, while Kent State is No. 15 in the NWCA/USA Today poll. The InterMat team rankings are based on InterMat's individual weight class rankings, while the NWCA/USA Today poll is voted on by a nationwide pool of head coaches.

Four Chippewas are ranked in the top 20 nationally in InterMat's weight class rankings: Scotti Sentes (11th, 133 pounds), Mike Miller (17th, 165 pounds), Ben Bennett (7th, 174 pounds) and Jarod Trice (2nd, 285 pounds). Just one Eastern Michigan wrestler is ranked nationally: heavyweight David Wade, ranked 20th in the country by InterMat. Four Kent State individuals are ranked: Nic Bedelyon (12th, 125 pounds), Matt Cathell (17th, 157 pounds), Dustin Kilgore (6th, 197 pounds) and Brendan Barlow (14th, 285 pounds).

CMU vs. the MAC: The Chippewas have won 65 of their last 68 conference duals dating back to the 1998-99 season. CMU has won 11 of the last 12 MAC titles and nine straight conference tournament championships.

MAC Championship Scenarios: Kent State enters the final week of the regular season 4-0 in MAC duals, followed by Ohio (3-1) and Central Michigan (3-1). Kent State clinches the outright conference championship with a win at CMU on Sunday. The Chippewas can earn a share of the title by defeating Kent State on Sunday. Ohio also can earn a share with a win over Eastern Michigan on Sunday paired with a CMU win over Kent State. This marks the sixth straight year that the CMU-Kent State dual, traditionally slated for the regular season's final weekend, will have a direct impact on the MAC championship.

Friend Makes Instant Impact at 197: Junior Chad Friend was just 2-13 overall while competing at 184 pounds this season. He moved up to 197 for the Chippewas' dual against Buffalo on Sunday and delivered the biggest win of his career. With CMU trailing 14-13, Friend scored a 7-3 decision that put CMU in front for good. Friend enters the final week of the dual season 2-1 against MAC opponents: 1-1 at 184 pounds and 1-0 at 197.

Fearsome Threesome: Scotti Sentes, Ben Bennett and Jarod Trice are a combined 34-6 in dual meets this season and have combined to score 131 dual meet points, 56.2 percent of CMU's total of 233 points in 14 duals. Sentes is 11-3 in duals with a team-leading 49 points, Bennett is 12-2 with 43 points and Trice is 11-1 with 39 points.

Four Earn First MAC Wins: Four different Chippewas have earned their first career MAC dual victories this season. Sophomore Christian Cullinan (125 pounds) and redshirt freshman Craig Kelliher (197 pounds) posted wins in the Chippewas' 21-13 win at Northern Illinois, junior Chad Friend (184 pounds) claimed his first conference victory in CMU's 21-17 loss at Ohio and redshirt freshman Scott Mattingly (141 pounds) was victorious in the Chippewas' 19-14 win over Buffalo.

Bennett Continues Winning Ways: Sophomore Ben Bennett improved to 23-5 overall, including 12-2 in dual meets, with Sunday's 11-0 major decision over Buffalo's Ron Majerus. Bennett leads the team in dual victories and is second in overall victories. Four of his five losses have been to an opponent who has been ranked No. 1 nationally at 174 pounds this season.

Trice Takes on the Top 10: Junior heavyweight Jarod Trice, ranked No. 2 nationally, is 5-3 against opponents in this week's InterMat top 10 following, including a 3-1 exhibition loss to No. 3 Ryan Flores (American) at the NWCA All-Star Classic in November.

 

EASTERN MICHIGAN NOTES

Eastern Michigan Falls to In-State Foe, #15 Central Michigan, 29-3

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) -- The Eastern Michigan University wrestling team ran into a loaded 15th-ranked Central Michigan squad and, as a result, was dealt a 29-3 setback in Mid-American Conference action at McGuirk Arena, Thursday, Feb. 17. Nick Whitenburg tallied the lone win for the Eagles, who fell to 11-10 overall, 0-4 in the MAC.

Freshman Jared Germaine nearly got the Eagles off to a promising start as he tied his match with Christian Cullinan, 3-3, late in the third period with a reversal. However, before the final horn sounded, Cullinan earned a one point escape to take the match, 4-3.

At 133, CMU's Scotti Sentes showed everyone why he is ranked 11th-nationally and EMU's Filiberto Colon was on the down side of that. Sentes built a 5-0 lead after one period and an 11-2 margin after two before going on to take the match, 17-6, giving CMU a 7-0 lead after two matches.

EMU freshman Seth Schaner took on Scott Mattingly at 141 and fought through a scoreless opening period. Mattingly created some separation in the second period, scoring a reversal after choosing down to go up 2-0. He would add to it in the third period and go on to win by a 5-1 score.

At 149, Mike LeHolm got the call for EMU and struggled to get anything going against Donnie Corby. Corby scored a first period takedown and added to it with a second period escape to go up, 3-0. An escape by LeHolm made it 3-1 late in the third, but Corby waited him out and received another point for riding time to make the final tally, 4-1, and give CMU a considerable, 13-0, lead.

At 157, EMU's Aaron Sulzer and CMU's Ryan Cubberly gave the fans a very evenly contested match as it went to a tiebreaker after a 1-1 match couldn't be decided in an extra sudden victory period. In the tiebreaker, Ryan Cubberly started out on the bottom first and quickly earned an escape point. When it was Sulzer's time on the bottom, he wasn't able to reciprocate as Ryan Cubberly rode him out to decide a 2-1 victory.

EMU senior Nick Hendrick found himself in yet another close match as he took on CMU's Eric Cubberly, the brother of Ryan, at 165. After a scoreless first period, Eric Cubberly earned an escape to take a slim, 1-0, edge heading into the final period. In the third, Hendrick quickly earned an escape to knot the match at 1-1, but then Eric Cubberly scored a takedown followed by another Hendrick escape to make the score, 3-2. A riding time point for Eric Cubberly made the final score, 4-2.

Entering the match with a 3-0 record in MAC action, EMU's Chris Eggert looked to get the Eagles on track with their first win, but seventh-ranked Ben Bennett had other ideas in their match at 174. Bennett clung to a 3-0 lead after two periods and then somehow broke the match wide open, scoring three nearfalls in the third period to go away with a 13-0 victory and give Central an insurmountable, 23-0, team score lead.

CMU's Craig Kelliher had similar success at 184, riding out EMU's Khodor Hoballah to a gritty, 3-0, victory. At 197, Nick Whitenburg gave the Eagle faithful something to cheer for as his tight match with Chad Friend wasn't decided until the very end. With the match tied at 5-5, Whitenburg scored a late third period takedown to take a commanding, 7-5, lead that he would not relinquish, going on to win by a final of 7-6.

Wes Schroeder got the call for EMU at heavyweight and he had the daunting task of taking on second-ranked Jarod Trice of CMU. Schroeder held his own despite the end result, a 2-0 victory for Trice, managed by a single escape and riding time.

The Eagles will have a couple days off before heading to Athens, Ohio for the regular season finale against the Ohio Bobcats. Action is slated to begin at 2 p.m.

Regular Season Finale: Eastern Michigan embarks on its final regular season road trip as it takes on Ohio to close out the 2010-11 campaign.  Eastern Michigan, still seeking its first conference win of the season, will have one more chance against the Bobcats in Athens, Ohio to take on Ohio this Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m.

Scouting The Opponent: Ohio, also with only one conference loss on the campaign, is also seeking a share of the MAC title with a win over the Eagles Sunday. The Bobcats have three wrestlers currently ranked and based on that, are the 41st-best team in the nation according to Intermat. OU's Germane Lindsey comes in ranked No. 20 at 141, while Nick Purdue (174) and Erik Schuth (197) are each ranked 16th in the nation.

Down The Stretch They Come: The Eagles, still winless in an ever-competitive Mid-American Conference, can close out the season with a fury by defeating Ohio on the road. Without any wins to show for the effort handed out by the Green and White, Head Coach Derek DelPorto still finds a way to keep everyone focused.

"We have to stick to the task at hand and keep training as hard and smart as we can until the MAC Championships [in March]," said DelPorto of the final stretch. "The duals we have wrestled and the remaining duals are important for seeding purposes at the MAC Championships, but isn't the main focus.

"Bottom line, you have to perform your best at the MAC tournament to get to the NCAA Tournament. As long as we stay focused on that, I am optimistic for a successful MAC Tournament."

On The Horizon: The 2011 Mid-American Conference Championships aren't too far off as we conclude the final week of the regular season. The highly anticipated event will be hosted by Northern Illinois this year in DeKalb, Ill., March 4-5. EMU senior heavyweight David Wade took second a year ago and will try to repeat as an NCAA Qualifier.

 

KENT STATE NOTES:

Flashes, Chippewas: The Dual They've All Been Waiting For 

No. 15 Kent State looks to secure an outright Mid-American Conference regular season title Sunday at McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, Mich.  Standing in its way is No. 25 Central Michigan, who can clinch a share of the MAC regular season crown with a victory.  The Golden Flashes (14-5, 4-0 MAC) have won 12 of their last 13 duals and have four wrestlers (Nic Bedelyon, Matt Cathell, Dustin Kilgore, Brendan Barlow) ranked among the nation's Top 15. 

Two Teams Dominate Recent Era:  In the last six years Kent State has gone 85-25-1 in dual meets, while Central Michigan has gone 86-23-2 during that period.  The Golden Flashes are 24-4-1 in MAC duals since the 2005-06 season, while the Chippewas are 27-2.  Sunday will mark the sixth straight season that the the KSU-CMU dual directly impacts the MAC regular season champion.  KSU has not dropped a MAC dual to a team other than Central Michigan since February of 2005.

Live Video & Live Stats:  Subscription members of the CMU Sports Zone can see live video of Sunday's meet at cmuchippewas.com.  In addition, Gohiocasts.com will have video available on Monday.  Live stats can be viewed at nwcaonline.com. 

Flashes Look To Give Andrassy 100th Win:  Since Jim Andrassy's first season as head coach in 2003-04, the Golden Flashes have gone 99-52-1 in dual meets.  On Sunday, Andrassy can become just the third coach in Kent State's storied history to reach 100 victories.  He would also be first to achieve 100 wins as both a wrestler and a head coach at Kent State.

A Look At Central Michigan:  The Chippewas (3-1 MAC) boast four All-Americans in their lineup: Scotti Sentes (133), Mike Miller (165), Ben Bennett (174), Jarod Trice (285).  The six CMU wrestlers ranked in the MAC's top three also include Donnie Corby (149) and Christian Cullinan (125).  In tournament-based polls, Central Michigan is ranked No. 15 by W.I.N., InterMat and WrestlingReport.com.  On Sunday, the Chippewas downed Buffalo 19-14, winning 6-of-10 matches.  Other notable CMU dual victories this season have come against Purdue and Michigan State.  The Chippewas have won 11 of the last 12 MAC regular season titles and nine straight conference tournament championships.

Last Action:  The battle for first place in the Mid-American Conference turned into a one-sided attack as Kent State downed Ohio 30-6 Friday at the M.A.C. Center.  The Golden Flashes (13-5, 3-0 MAC) took 8-of-10 matches, including falls by Nic Bedelyon and Dustin Kilgore.  Two days later, KSU completed a dominant weekend with a 30-3 victory at Eastern Michigan.  The Flashes took 9-of-10 matches, clinching a share of the MAC regular season title.  Eight different Eagles were unable to score a single takedown and five KSU grapplers earned a riding time point.

Opponent History:  Central Michigan leads the all-time series with Kent State 23-19, including a 21-13 road victory in Kent last season.  Returning winners from that dual include Scotti Sentes, Ben Bennett and Jarod Trice for the Chippewas and Chase Skonieczny, Matt Cathell and Dustin Kilgore for the Flashes.

The last time the teams met in Mount Pleasant, the Golden Flashes snapped the Chippewas' 11-year series winning streak in an 18-14 victory.  The Chippewas led 14-9 lead before Dustin Kilgore (184) claimed the first of three straight Kent State victories to close out the night.  The two teams have met every year since 1979 in a series that began in 1973.  KSU's last home victory over CMU came in 1996.

Up Next:  With NCAA Championship bids on the line, Kent State will compete in the 2011 MAC Tournament March 5-6 at Northern Illinois' Convocation Center in DeKalb.  The Golden Flashes have finished second at the MAC Tournament in each of the past five seasons and will be seeking their first Mid-American Conference Tournament championship since 1990.

Extra Points:  Bonus points have made the difference in three Kent State victories this season as the Golden Flashes went 5-5 against Purdue, Lehigh and Pitt. KSU got major decisions from Matt Cathell (157) and Dustin Kilgore (197) in a 17-15 win over the Boilermakers.  Cathell's major decision and a tech fall by Ross Tice (165) made the difference in the Flashes' 18-16 win over Lehigh.  A major decision by Tice against Pitt accounted for the only bonus point in KSU's 16-15 victory over the Panthers.

 

NORTHERN ILLINOIS NOTES:

Northern Illinois Travels to Buffalo for Regular Season Finale

DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University wrestling team travels to Buffalo, N.Y. Sunday to face off against MAC rival Buffalo to close out the regular season. This matchup, at Buffalo's Alumni Arena, will be the last action the Huskies will see before the MAC Championships March 5 and 6.  Match time is set for 12 p.m. CST.

"We want to carryover our performance from last week," NIU head coach Dave Grant said of the Huskies' upcoming dual with the Bulls. "Guys are wrestling pretty tough right now. We want to have a great performance this week to build some momentum heading into the MAC Championships.

"Being strong here in the end is crucial. There are some seeds at stake here. Being able to position yourself in the conference championship with the seeds is important."

After a strong showing at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville last Saturday, the Huskies (5-10, 1-4) look to keep their momentum rolling as they enter their hottest streak of the season, winning their last three dual meets.  Northern had an exceptional weekend, defeating Knox 57-0 and SIUE 40-3.  The Huskies lost only one match on the weekend, tallying up nine victories by pin fall and two by technical fall.

Nick Smith (Ida, Mich./Ida) improved his season record to a team best 21-7 having won five straight matches and is coming off Saturday's matches with pin falls over Knox's Francisco Munoz (1:42) and SIUE's Paul Myers (1:36). With a technical fall over Knox's Edel Vaca (16-0) and a fall over SIUE's Nick Capozzoli, Tristen DeShazer (Wichita, Kan./ Wichita West) has also won five straight matches, recording four pins and one technical fall.

Brad Dieckhaus (St. Charles, Mo./ Francis Howell Central) improved his record to 12-8 with pin falls over Knox's Isaac Juarz (1:55) and SIUE's Deshoun White (4:29).  Dieckhaus has won three straight matches. Bryan Deutsch (Columbia City, Ind./Columbia City) continued his hot streak, posting two wins over the weekend to improve his season record to 19-8.  Deutsch has won eight of his last 10 matches.

Buffalo (8-8, 1-3) is hoping to rebound Sunday, coming off a tough loss to No. 25 Central Michigan 19-14.  Sunday's match will be senior day for the Bulls.  It will also be Buffalo's second annual Takedown Cancer Event.

 

  

2010-11 MAC February Rankings (Feb. 10, 2011)

1.             Kent State (29)

t-2.          Central Michigan (18.8)

t-2.          Ohio (18.8)

4.             Buffalo (18)

5.             Northern Illinois (9)

6.             Eastern Michigan (6.3)

Based on the individual rankings, Kent State is expected to surpass last year's champion Central Michigan for the 2011 championship. The rankings, voted on by the league's head coaches in an open forum, are as follows:

The 2010-11 MAC Wrestling Championships will be held March 5-7 and hosted by Northern Illinois University.   Last year, Central Michigan won its ninth consecutive MAC wrestling championship with 94 team points.  Kent State was the runner-up with 73 points, while Ohio was third with 62 points.

 

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WRESTLER OF THE WEEK

MAC Wrestler of the Week

Dustin Kilgore, Kent State-Junior, Berea, Ohio (Berea High School)

Kent State junior Dustin Kilgore helped the Golden Flashes (14-5, 4-0 MAC) in a pair of one-sided conference victories over the weekend, recording falls in each dual.  In a 30-6 Kent State win over Ohio, Kilgore pinned Erik Schuth in the second period.  Schuth was ranked No. 11 by The Open Mat and D1CW.  Two days later, Kilgore pinned Eastern Michigan's Travis Stanback in 17 seconds as Kent State went on to down the Eagles 30-3.  With the victory, Kilgore moved into second place among Kent State's career win leaders with 127.  The junior is 30-2 on the season with team highs of nine falls, nine major decisions and four technical falls.  He has won in 48 straight dual meets and is 14-0 in career MAC duals.

Additional Nominees:

Mark Lewandowski, Buffalo-Sophomore, Depew, N.Y. (Lancaster High School)

Buffalo sophomore Mark Lewandowski continued his breakout season with an 8-0 major decision over Eastern Michigan's Aaron Sulzer. The Depew, NY native used two takedowns, two near fall points and riding time to pull out a big decision. He then followed it up with another 8-0 shutout win at Central Michigan, beating Ryan Cubberly, to help key a Buffalo comeback early in the match. The sophomore is now 27-11 overall this season and 4-0 in MAC duals.

Chad Friend, Central Michigan-Junior, Leo, Ind. (Muskegon Community College)

Central Michigan junior Chad Friend moved up to 197 pounds for last Sunday's dual vs. Buffalo and earned a critical 7-3 decision over Josh Peters to help lead Central Michigan to a 19-14 win. In his first match at 197, Friend scored three takedowns and never trailed in the bout that gave the Chippewas a 16-14 lead in the team score. Friend had been competing at 184 pounds throughout the season and was just 2-13 overall entering Sunday's dual, but is now 2-1 against MAC opponents after Sunday's victory, his biggest of the season.

Nick Smith, Northern Illinois-Freshman, Ida, Mich. (Ida High School)

Northern Illinois freshman Nick Smith improved his record to 21-7 following two victories over the weekend helping lead Northern Illinois to a 57-0 rout of Knox College and a 40-3 victory over Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Both of Smith's victories came by pin fall as he knocked off Francisco Munoz of Knox in 1:42, while dispensing of SIUE's Paul Myers in 1:36. Smith is currently riding a five match winning streak since returning to the lineup after missing two matches with an injury.