Central Michigan Captures MAC Wrestling Championship

Updated 3/8/2008

CMU Wins Seventh Straight MAC Championships Title

KENT, Ohio - Central Michigan University won seven individual titles en route to its seventh consecutive Mid-American Conference Wrestling Championships crown on Saturday.

CMU entered Saturday's championship round with seven individuals in the finals, and all seven - Brandon Carter (149), Steve Brown (157), Trevor Stewart (165), Brandon Sinnott (174), Christian Sinnott (184), Wynn Michalak (197) and Bubba Gritter (285) - emerged victorious. Those seven individuals earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis in two weeks.

The Chippewas' 110 team points beat out runner-up Kent State (75.5 points) and third place Northern Illinois (60.5 points). CMU’s run of seven straight conference tournament titles is matched only by Ohio, which also won seven straight from 1970-76. Ohio and Buffalo tied for fourth with 26.5 points while Eastern Michigan finished sixth with 25.5 points.

Individual Place Winners

125 pounds
1. Nic Bedelyon ? KSU (27-10)
2. Andrew Novak ? EMU (18-16)
3. Luke Smith ? CMU (24-8)
4. TJ Wunnicke ? NIU (16-13)

133 pounds
1. Pat Castillo ? NIU (27-5)
2. Dan Mitchell ? KSU (29-7)
3. Conor Beebe ? CMU (20-15)
4. Quentin Keyes ? OU (13-14)

141 pounds
1. Pat McLemore ? NIU (13-3)
2. Drew Lashaway ? KSU (29-9)
3. Germaine Lindsey ? OU (19-15)
4. Eric Kruger ? CMU (23-8)

149 pounds
1. Brandon Carter ? CMU (19-6)
2. Kevin Christiansen ? OU (11-16)
3. Kalen Knull ? NIU (15-14)
4. Clint Sponseller ? KSU (17-13)

157 pounds
1. Steve Brown ? CMU (13-8)
2. Pat Lloyd ? UB (9-7)
3. Bryan O’Connor ? NIU (10-9)
4. Sli Bostelman ? KSU (10-20)

165 pounds
1. Trevor Stewart ? CMU (21-5)
2. Kurt Gross ? KSU (29-5)
3. Bryan Deutsch ? NIU (12-13)
4. John Cummings ? UB (24-21)

174 pounds
1. Brandon Sinnott ? CMU (28-3)
2. Duke Burk ? NIU (25-5)
3. Jacob Ison ? OU (13-9)
4. Chris Estep ? KSU (13-25)

184 pounds
1. Christian Sinnott ? CMU (25-4)
2. Charlie Pienaar ? EMU (24-9)
3. Eric Chine ? KSU (32-13)
4. Mickey Moran ? UB (32-10)

197 pounds
1. Wynn Michalak ? CMU (26-1)
2. Michael Blackwell ? KSU (28-12)
3. Jimmy Hamel ? UB (30-14)
4. Chris Iammarino ? OU (9-22)

285 pounds
1. Bubba Gritter ? CMU (25-6)
2. Jermail Porter ? KSU (32-9)
3. Jeff Parker ? UB (25-18)
4. David Wade ? EMU (19-17)

Award Winners

Freshman of the Year
Nic Bedelyon - KSU

Tournament Outstanding Wrestler
Pat Castillo - NIU

Coach of the Year
Tom Borrelli - CMU

Wrestler of the Year
Wynn Michalak - CMU


NCAA National Tournament Qualifiers

1. Nic Bedelyon (125) - KSU
2. Pat Castillo (133) ? NIU
3. Pat McLemore (141) ? NIU
4. Brandon Carter (149) ? CMU
5. Steve Brown (157) ? CMU
6. Trevor Stewart (165) ? CMU
7. Brandon Sinnott (174) ? CMU
8. Christian Sinnott (184) ? CMU
9. Wynn Michalak (197) ? CMU
10. Bubba Gritter (285) - CMU

2008 Mid-American Conference Wrestling National Qualifiers

 

AUTOMATIC BIDS ? Weight Class Champions

 

Wt.       Name                           School                          Year                  Record             

125       Nic Bedelyon                  Kent State                      Fr.                    27-10

133       Pat Castillo                    Northern Illinois              Sr.                   27-5

141       Patrick McLemore           Northern Illinois              Fr.                    13-3

149       Brandon Carter              Central Michigan            Sr.                    19-6

157       Steve Brown                  Central Michigan            So.                   13-8

165       Trevor Stewart              Central Michigan            Jr.                     21-5

174       Brandon Sinnott             Central Michigan            Sr.                    28-3

184       Christian Sinnott            Central Michigan            Sr.                    25-4

197       Wynn Michalak              Central Michigan            Sr.                    26-1

285       Bubba Gritter                 Central Michigan            Sr.                    25-6

 

AT-LARGE BIDS

 

Wt.       Name                            School                        Year                  Record             

125       Luke Smith                    Central Michigan            Sr.                    24-7

133       Conor Beebe                  Central Michigan            So.                   20-16

133       Dan Mitcheff                   Kent State                     Jr.                     29-7

141       Drew Lashaway              Kent State                     Jr.                     28-9

141       Germaine Lindsey           Ohio                              Fr.                    19-14

165       Kurt Gross                     Kent State                     Sr.                    28-5

174       Duke Burk                      Northern Illinois             So.                   25-5

184       Charlie Pienaar              Eastern Michigan            Sr.                    23-9

285       Jermail Porter                Kent State                     Jr.                     31-9

 

ALTERNATES

 

Wt.       Name                School                         Year                  Record             

125       Andrew Novak    Eastern Michigan            Fr.                    17-16

184       Eric Chine          Kent State                     Jr.                     32-12