Chippewas Advance to Semifinals at Virginia Duals

Updated 1/10/2009

Story courtesy of Central Michigan University athletic media relations

HAMPTON, Va. - A pair of convincing victories has landed Central Michigan in the semifinals of the Virginia Duals.

The 12th-ranked Chippewas defeated Liberty, 27-15, and No. 23 Old Dominion, 24-12, in the first two rounds of the tournament Friday. CMU will meet No. 13 Oklahoma State in the semis at 2 p.m. Saturday. The winner will face either No. 8 Lehigh or No. 15 Edinboro in the finals Saturday night.

CMU (7-1 overall) won seven of the 10 individual bouts in both of its victories Friday.

In the opening round, CMU took a quick 10-0 lead in the team score when Liberty injury defaulted at 125 pounds and Conor Beebe posted a major decision at 133 pounds. The Flames cut the lead to 10-6 when Tim Harner pinned CMU's Eric Kruger in the second period at 141, but Ryan Cubberly (149 pounds), Eric Cubberly (157) and Trevor Stewart (165) reeled off consecutive decisions to extend CMU's lead to 19-6.

A pin at 174 pounds kept Liberty within striking distance at 19-12, but back-to-back major decisions by Vince DiDona and Eric Simaz at 184 and 197 pounds, respectively, put the victory away.

CMU's second-round dual with Old Dominion featured a pair of bouts between ranked opponents to open the ematch. Two top-10 opponents squared off at 125 pounds, where CMU's ninth-ranked Scotti Sentes edged No. 6 James Nicholson, 3-2.

Sentes is 2-1 this season against Nicholson, splitting a pair of matches at Midlands last month. The pair also is expected to square off during a dual at CMU on Feb. 1.

ODU answered with victories at 133 and 141 pounds. No. 19 Kyle Hutter posted a 6-4 decision over No. 13 Conor Beebe at 133, while 14th-ranked Ryan Williams was a 9-8 victor over Tony D'Alie at 141.

The Chippewas took over from there, however, winning five straight bouts and six of the final seven. Jarod Trice capped the win by pinning David Wilson with just 15 seconds remaining in the heavyweight match.

Saturday's semifinals will feature just the second matchup all-time between CMU and Oklahoma State. OSU won the only prior meeting, 31-7, in 1998. Six Cowboys currently are ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes including Jared Rosholt, the nation's top-ranked wrestler at heavyweight.

OSU won 19 of 20 individual bouts in dispatching Clarion, 44-0, and Navy, 37-3, in the first two rounds Friday. Oklahoma State is 10-2 overall this season.

The CMU-Oklahoma State winner will return to the mat for the finals at 8:30 p.m. The loser will fall to the consolation bracket and will need to win twice to finish third.

Updated brackets and dual meet results can be found by visiting virginiaduals.org and clicking on "National College Division" under 2009 Results.

No. 12 Central Michigan 27, Liberty 15
125: No. 9 Scotti Sentes (CMU) over Joe Pantaleo, Inj. Def.
133: No. 13 Conor Beebe (CMU) over Christian Smith, Maj. Dec. 10-1
141: Tim Harner (Liberty) over Eric Kruger, Pin 4:12
149: Ryan Cubberly (CMU) over Frankie Gayeski, Dec. 6-1
157: Eric Cubberly (CMU) over Shaun Smith, Dec 7-3
165: No. 10 Trevor Stewart (CMU) over Brad Clark, Dec. 11-4
174: Aaron Kelley (Liberty) over Don Dryer, Pin 3:28
184: Vince DiDona (CMU) over Chris Daggett, Maj. Dec. 10-2
197: Eric Simaz (CMU) over Brandon Johnson, Maj Dec. 9-0
285: Patrick Walker (Liberty) over Jarod Trice, Dec. 6-4

No. 12 Central Michigan 24, No. 23 Old Dominion 12
125: No. 9 Scotti Sentes (CMU) over No. 6 James Nicholson, Dec. 3-2
133: No. 19 Kyle Hutter (Old Dominion) over No. 13 Conor Beebe, Dec. 6-4
141: No. 7 Ryan Williams (Old Dominion) over Tony D`Alie, Dec. 9-8
149: No. 8 Steve Brown (CMU) over Joey Metzler, Dec. 2-0
157: Tyler Grayson (CMU) over Kaylen Baxter, Dec. 8-2
165: No. 10 Trevor Stewart (CMU) over Chris Brown, Dec. 4-2
174: No. 7 Mike Miller (CMU) over Eric Decker, Dec. 11-4
184: Vince DiDona (CMU) over Joe Budi, Dec. 8-5
197: No. 15 Jesse Strawn (Old Dominion) over Hafeez Qureshi, Pin 2:58
285: Jarod Trice (CMU) over David Wilson, Pin 6:45