MAC Wrestling Coaches December Rankings

Updated 12/16/2009
MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE DECEMBER COACHES WRESTLING RANKINGS

Central Michigan continues to maintain advantage over Kent State in Coaches December rankings.

For Immediate Release-Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009

CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Mid-American Conference wrestling coaches announced the month of December rankings in conjunction with the league office today.  The rankings will be released on the second Tuesday of each month throughout the season, with one additional ranking system (two total) in January and February.

Based on the individual rankings, Central Michigan maintains its advantage over Kent State for the 2010 championship. The December rankings, voted on by the league's head coaches in an open forum, are as follows:

2009-10

125 - 1. Conor Beebe (CMU); 2. Chris Jenkins (EMU); 3. Dan Bishop (UB); 4. Izzy Montemayor (NIU).

133 - 1. Dan Mitcheff (KSU); 2. Scott Sentes (CMU); 3. Kevin Smith (UB); 4. Tristen DeShazer (NIU).

141 - 1. Pat McLemore (NIU); 2. Germane Lindsey (OU); 3. Chase Skonieczny (KSU); 4. Jeff Shutich/Ryan Cubberly (CMU).

149 - 1. Desi Green (UB); 2. Matt Cathell (KSU); 3. Tony D'Alie (CMU); 4. J.J. Johnson (EMU).

157 - 1. Steve Brown (CMU); 2. Bryan Deutsch (NIU); 4. Mallie Shuster (KSU); 4. Clay Tucker (OU).

165 - 1. Tyler Grayson (CMU); 2. Obie Simpson/Ross Tice (KSU); 3. John Odeen (NIU); 4. John-Martin Cannon (UB).

174 - 1. Ben Bennett (CMU); 2. Jacob Ison (OU); 3. Keith Witt (KSU); t-4. Derrick Yant (NIU); t-4 Nick Hendrick (EMU).

184 - 1. Dustin Kilgore (KSU); 2. Mike Miller (CMU); 3. Nick Purdue (OU); 4. Brian Dieckhaus (NIU).

197 - 1. Jimmy Hamel (UB); 2. Eric Simaz (CMU); 3. Eric Schuth (OU); 4. Adam Cogar (KSU).

HWT - 1. Jared Trice (CMU); 2. Brandon Barlow (KSU); 3. David Wade (EMU) 4. Andy Hartshorn (OU).

The December team rankings were also decided in the same forum.  The six schools were ranked based on the number of first through fourth-place votes that were earned in the individual voting system.  A first-place vote was worth four team points; a second-place vote earned three team points; third-seeded votes were worth two team points, while a fourth-place tally earned that team one point in the team ranking system.  The December rankings for the MAC are as follows:

MAC December Rankings

1.             Central Michigan (32)

2.             Kent State (24)

3.             Buffalo (13)

4.             Northern Illinois (12.5)

5.             Ohio (12)

6.             Eastern Michigan (6.5)

The 2009-10 MAC Wrestling Championships will be held March 6-7 and hosted by Central Michigan University.   Last year, Central Michigan won its eighth consecutive MAC wrestling championship with 111.5 team points.  Kent State was the runner-up with 82.5 points, while Northern Illinois was third with 47.5.