MAC WEEKLY SCHEDULE
February 4 (Friday)
*Central Michigan at Ohio (at Athens, Ohio), 7:00 pm
*Kent State at Buffalo (at Buffalo, NY), 7:00 pm
February 5 (Saturday)
Northern Illinois at Duhawk Open (at Dubuque, Iowa), All Day
February 6 (Sunday)
Ohio at Clarion (at Clarion, Pa.), 2:00 pm
WEEKLY MAC WRESTLING NOTES:
Buffalo Notes: The Bulls are now 7-6 overall and 0-1 in the MAC. The team will return home for a match next Sunday against Kent State, who are currently ranked seventeenth in the nation. Match time is set for 1 pm. Kent State has won nine of its last 10 duals and are ranked No. 15 in the latest NWCA/USA Today top 25. It will be another grueling dual for the Bulls, as the Golden Flashes have gone 82-25-1 in dual meets and 21-4-1 in conference duals since the 2005-06 season. The team's starter at 197, Dustin Kilgore, has won 45 straight dual meets.
Buffalo By the Numbers
39 - With his 39th takedown of the season against Ohio, Desi Green entered the top 20 for more takedowns in a single season in program history. Green's first three seasons are now all in the top 20, with his 71 takedowns as a freshman most ever and his 62 last season the fourth-most ever. Green is only 14 takedowns away from becoming the all-time leader for Buffalo.
98 - After getting his 98th career takedown against Ohio Sunday, junior John-Martin Cannon entered the top 10 for most takedowns in program history. He now sits in sole possession of ninth place and is just 11 more away from entering the top five.
Central Michigan Notes: Central Michigan travels to Ohio Friday night for the first of four straight Mid-American Conference duals to close the regular season. The No. 12-ranked Chippewas (5-7 overall, 1-0 MAC) enter the dual having won two straight, including an 18-16 victory over Old Dominion on Sunday. Six Chippewas earned decisions in the victory.
In the Rankings: CMU is ranked 12th in the InterMat poll and 22nd in the NWCA/USA Today poll this week. Ohio is not ranked in either 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 and three Bobcats are ranked in the top 20 nationally in InterMat's weight class rankings. CMU's ranked individuals are Scotti Sentes (11th, 133 pounds), Mike Miller (17th, 165 pounds), Ben Bennett (5th, 174 pounds) and Jarod Trice (2nd, 285 pounds), while Ohio's ranked individuals are Germane Lindsey (20th, 141 pounds), Erik Schuth (16th, 197 pounds) and Jeremy Johnson (20th, 285 pounds).
CMU vs. the MAC: The Chippewas have won 63 of their last 65 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.
Fearsome Threesome: Scotti Sentes, Ben Bennett and Jarod Trice are a combined 29-5 in dual meets this season and have combined to score 112 dual meet points, 56.9 percent of CMU's total of 197 points in 12 duals. Sentes is 9-3 in duals with a team-leading 40 points, Bennett is 11-1 with 39 points and Trice is 9-1 with 33 points.
Bennett Continues Winning Streak: Sophomore Ben Bennett has won 12 of his last 13 matches overall to improve 22-4 on the season, including 11-1 in dual meets. Bennett leads the team in dual victories and is second in overall victories. All four of his losses this season have been to an opponent who has been ranked No. 1 nationally at 174 pounds.
Miller Makes His Return: Senior 165-pounder Mike Miller returned to the lineup against Michigan, his first action since suffering an injury at the Cliff Keen Invitational on Dec. 3. Miller trailed 6-2 in the second period against UM's Dan Yates before rallying for a 9-7 sudden-victory decision. He followed that with another victory at Michigan State last week to improve to 4-3 on the season.
Top of the Tournament: Scotti Sentes (133 pounds), Ben Bennett (174) and Jarod Trice (heavyweight) combined for seven top-three finishes at the Body Bar Invitational, Cliff Keen Invitational and Midlands Championships. Sentes won the Body Bar and was third at Midlands, Bennett finished runner-up at all three events and Trice was third at the Cliff Keen and runner-up at Midlands.
Pair Earns First MAC Wins: Sophomore Christian Cullinan and redshirt freshman Craig Kelliher both earned their first career MAC dual victories in the Chippewas' 21-13 win over Northern Illinois. Cullinan was a 5-4 winner over Nick Smith at 125 pounds, while Kelliher earned a 4-3 decision over Mike Lukowski at 197 pounds.
Trice Travels the World: Junior heavyweight Jarod Trice has competed in a pair of events outside of CMU's schedule this season. In October, Trice placed eighth in Greco-Roman at the University World Championships in Italy. He was the highest placing American in Greco-Roman at the event. In November, Trice represented CMU at the NWCA All-Star Classic in Fresno, Calif. American's Ryan Flores scored a third-period takedown to defeat Trice, 3-1.
Chippewas Open New Practice Facility: CMU celebrated the new year by moving into its new practice facility at the CMU Events Center. Built as part of the Events Center construction project, the new practice room has space for three full mats and fitness equipment. The practice room is just steps away from the competition floor in McGuirk Arena. ??CMU Adds Four During Early Signing Period: Four high school student-athletes signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Chippewas for the 2011-12 season, including three of the top-60 ranked recruits in the country. Ty Davis (141 pounds), Zach Horan (133), Joey Kielbasa (157) and Devin Pommerenke (285) committed to CMU during the early signing period. Horan (No. 16), Kielbasa (No. 59) and Pommerenke (No. 42) are ranked among the top 60 recruits nationally by InterMat. The group was ranked as the No. 13 recruiting class in the country by W.I.N. Magazine.
Kent State Notes: No. 15 Kent State has been dominant in its last three duals, but a number of tightly contested battles are expected Sunday at Buffalo. The Golden Flashes (11-5, 1-0 MAC) will look for their 10th dual win in 11 tries at Alumni Arena, beginning at 1 p.m. KSU has won its last three meets by a combined score of 137-11.
Dual Success: Since the 2005-06 season, the Golden Flashes have gone 82-25-1 in dual meets and 21-4-1 in conference duals. KSU has not dropped a MAC dual to a team other than Central Michigan since February of 2005.
Last Action: Last Friday at the M.A.C. Center, the Golden Flashes rolled over Clarion 44-6, getting pins from Nic Bedelyon, Tyler Small and Casey Newburg. One week earlier, Kent State claimed its largest margin of victory (31 points) in a conference dual since 1997 with a 37-6 win over Northern Illinois.
Opponents History: Kent State and Buffalo will be meeting for the 26th time since the series started in 1972. The two teams have met every year since 1988 with KSU leading the all-time series 18-7. The Golden Flashes have won each of the last five meetings, including a 31-6 victory last season in Kent. Dustin Kilgore and Brendan Barlow each had pins as the Flashes took eight matches. Chase Skonieczny and Marcel Clopton will also be looking for repeat victories in this year's dual. KSU earned a 31-7 victory the last time the teams met at Alumni Arena in 2009.
MAC RANKINGS (Jan. 26, 2011)
1. Kent State (27)
2. Central Michigan (20)
3. Buffalo (19.5)
4. Ohio (18.5)
5. Northern Illinois (8)
6. Eastern Michigan (7)
MAC WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Filiberto Colon, Eastern Michigan
Junior, Belleville, N.J. (Rider University)
Eastern Michigan junior Filiberto Colon recorded three bonus point victories over the weekend, tallying two wins by fall and another by major decision at the 2011 Eastern Duals last Saturday, Jan. 29. Colon came away with a 12-3 major decision win over Matt Raysin of Oakland en route to Eastern Michigan's 48-0 shutout win over the Golden Grizzlies. His second and third bouts, each resulting in pins, came in a combined time of 52 seconds with his fastest being in 25 seconds. Eastern Michigan claimed a 40-9 dual win over SIU-Edwardsville before overcoming Tiffin by a score of 39-6. Colon leads the Eagles with 17 wins and 13 pins on the season.
Desi Green, Buffalo-Junior, Henrietta, N.Y.
Buffalo junior Desi Green defeated Darrin Boing of Ohio 10-3 in the Bulls' 16-15 loss at Ohio Saturday night. The Henrietta, NY native is now 8-3 in dual meets this season and leads the team with 39 takedowns. With the win over Boing, Green is now 7-1 for his career in conference duals.
Scotti Sentes, Central Michigan-Junior, Fort Myers, Fla.
Central Michigan junior Scotti Sentes, ranked 11th nationally at 133 pounds, improved to 23-6 overall with a 4-0 decision over No. 12-ranked Kyle Hutter (Old Dominion) in the Chippewas' 18-16 win on Sunday. Sentes scored the match's only takedown and built a riding time advantage of 2:22 in the victory. He leads the Chippewas in overall victories and is tied for second in dual victories (9-3).
Marcel Clopton, Kent State-Junior, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Kent State junior Marcel Clopton helped the Golden Flashes to a 44-6 victory over Clarion last week with a 3-2 win over Anthony White. Clopton scored an opening period takedown and never trailed White, who carried a record of 17-8 heading into the match. White had defeated Clopton 2-1 earlier in the season. In this week's WrestlingReport.com rankings, Clopton is No. 31 at 149 pounds.
Tristen DeShazer, Northern Illinois-Senior, Wichita, Kan.
Northern Illinois senior Tristen DeShazer improved to 12-8 on the season after posting his second-straight victory by pin fall defeating Northern Iowa's Joey Lazor in 48 seconds at 141 in Northern Illinois 23-15 setback to Northern Iowa Friday night. Lazor came into the match on a tear, winning seven of his last eight bouts. It was DeShazer's seventh pin fall victory of the season and the 31st of his career.
Erik Schuth, Ohio-Senior, Spencerport, N.Y. (Brockport High School)
Ohio senior Erik Schuth had the most impressive performances for the Bobcats (7-4, 2-0 MAC) this week, picking up a pair of victories against opponents from Buffalo and 10th-ranked American. Needing a victory to keep the squad alive for the dual win over the Bulls, the 16th-ranked Schuth won a 10-6 decision over John Peters. The following day, Schuth downed 19th-ranked Daniel Mitchell of American with a 7-5 decision.