MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
For Immediate Release-Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010
MAC Wrestler of the Week
Scotti Sentes, Central Michigan - Sophomore, Fort Myers, Fla. (Riverdale High School)
Sophomore Scotti Sentes won both of his matches last week to help Central Michigan clinch the MAC championship. Sentes, ranked seventh nationally at 133 pounds, posted a 9-0 major decision over Ohio's Michael Fennell on Friday, then claimed a 3-2 decision over No. 8-ranked and defending MAC champion Danny Mitcheff (Kent State) on Sunday. Sentes has won eight of his last nine matches to improve to 18-5 overall, and he finished 5-0 in the MAC. The Chippewas shut out Ohio, 40-0, on Friday, then won at No. 20 Kent State, 21-13, to clinch the conference title on Sunday.
Phillip Joseph, Eastern Michigan - Freshman, Lapeer, Mich. (Lapeer East High School)
Freshman Phillip Joseph finished the regular season with a 21-14 record, 3-2 in the MAC, capped-off by a pin of Ohio's Brian Driscoll at the 2:42 mark of the 184 lbs. match this past weekend. The pin pulled the Eagles back to within four, 17-13, but they eventually lost, 26-13. Joseph is the first Eastern Michigan grappler to notch 20 wins in a season since 2007-08, and the first true freshman to do so since 2005-06.
Matt Cathell, Kent State - Junior, Dover, Del.
Junior Matt Cathell stepped onto the mat for the first time since Dec. 13, and Cathell recorded a third period pin of No. 12 Tony D'Alie of Central Michigan last Sunday at the M.A.C. Center. Cathell trailed 6-2 from the bottom position before rolling D'Alie to his back. Cathell is now 6-1 on the season with three pins and one major decision.
Pat McLemore, Northern Illinois - Junior, Hinckley, Ohio (Padua High School)
Junior Pat McLemore improved to 8-8 on the season with his 4-3 victory over Buffalo's Andrew Schutt. McLemore jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a takedown in the second period and an escape to open the third. Schutt closed the deficit to 3-2, but McLemore executed another escape to score the match-winning point.
Previous Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 18: Dustin Kilgore - Kent State
Nov. 24: Danny Mitcheff - Kent State
Dec. 2: Scotti Sentes - Central Michigan
Dec. 8: Quentin Keyes - Ohio University
Dec. 15: Jacob Ison - Ohio University
Dec. 22: Steve Brown - Central Michigan
Jan. 12: Desi Green - Buffalo
Jan. 19: Sean Clair - Eastern Michigan
Jan. 26: John-Martin Cannon - Buffalo
Feb. 2: Jimmy Hamel - Buffalo
Feb. 9: Ben Bennett - Central Michigan
Feb. 16: Joe Tymoszczuk - Kent State
Feb. 23: Scotti Sentes - Central Michigan