MAC Wrestling Weekend Results:
Sunday, Feb. 13:
Kent State 30, Eastern Michigan 3
Central Michigan 19, Buffalo 14
West Virginia 23, Ohio 14
Saturday, Feb. 12:
Northern Illinois 57, Knox 0
Northern Illinois 40, Southern Illinois 3
Friday, Feb. 11:
Kent State 30, Ohio 6
Sunday, Feb. 13:
Kent State Clinches Share of MAC Title
Courtesy of Kent State Sports Information
Kent, Ohio--Kent State completed a dominant conference weekend performance Sunday with a 30-3 victory at Eastern Michigan. The No. 15 Golden Flashes (14-5, 4-0 MAC) took 9-of-10 matches at Bowen Field House, clinching at least a share of the MAC regular season title. Junior Dustin Kilgore (197) moved into second place among KSU's career leaders, pinning his opponent in just 17 seconds.
"We were a little sluggish today, which I kind of expected" Head Coach Jim Andrassy said of his team going on the road after an emotional victory Friday night. "But it's a good sign when you can be sluggish and still win 30-3."
With his ninth fall of the season and second of the weekend, Kilgore recorded career victory number 127, passing Alex Camargo (2001-06) for second place. Kilgore tossed Travis Stanback to his back using a fireman's carry.
"You don't see that too often," Andrassy said of the fireman's carry. "He's one of the best 197-pounders in the country. And next month everyone's going to see just how good he is."
Junior Nic Bedelyon (125) overcame a 6-2 deficit after the first period and topped Jared Germaine 12-8. After being put on his back in the first, Bedelyon turned Germaine twice in the second period on his way to scoring 10 consecutive points.
"Nic got caught in something stupid," Andrassy said of the first period. "But he did a good job of battling back."
Freshman Tyler Small (133) jumped out a 5-0 first period lead in his 6-5 win over Filberto Colon. Junior Chase Skonieczny (141) followed with 5-2 triumph over Seth Schaner. Schaner was one of seven Eagles to record two or less points on the day.
"A lot of times when we go on the road, we really try to focus on defense," Andrassy said. "If they can't get takedowns, just keep the score low and wear your guy down."
Junior Marcel Clopton (149) improved to 3-1 in MAC duals with a 6-1 victory over Corey Phillips. Clopton earned takedowns in the first and third periods.
Sophomore Mallie Shuster (157) gave the Flashes their fifth straight victory and fourth consecutive match without allowing a takedown. In his 6-3 win over Lester France, Shuster became the fourth KSU grappler in five bouts to earn a riding time point.
The riding time clock favored junior Ross Tice (165) by 3:39 in his 6-1 victory over Nick Hendrick. Tice (4-0 MAC) tallied takedowns in the first and third period.
The Eagles' only win came at 174 when Chris Eggert edged senior Sli Bostelman 2-0. Eggert rode out Bostelman in the second and earned an escape in the third.
Sophomore Casey Newburg moved to 3-0 in the conference with a 4-2 win over Khodar Hoballah. Both of Newburg's takedowns came in the opening period.
Senior Joe Tymoszczuk improved to 6-0 in career dual meets, topping Wes Schroeder 3-1. Tymoszczuk scored an escape and takedown in the second period.
"I was more impressed with our performance Friday night," Andrassy. "But if we keep it up at this rate, we'll bring 7-8 guys to the national tournament."
The Golden Flashes have won 12 of their last 13 dual meets, winning three of their four MAC duals by 24 or more points. Kent State can wrap its their second outright MAC regular season title in three years Sunday, Feb. 20 at Central Michigan.
No. 17 CMU Earns 19-14 Victory Over Buffalo
Courtesy of Central Michigan Sports Information
MOUNT PLEASANT - Chad Friend's victorious debut at 197 pounds helped lead No. 17 Central Michigan to a 19-14 win over Buffalo in a Mid-American Conference dual meet at McGuirk Arena on Sunday.
Friend's decision was the key victory in a dual that saw CMU jump to a 9-0 lead before trailing twice in the final five bouts.
Friend made an instant impact at 197 pounds, driving Buffalo's Josh Peters to the mat in the match's opening seconds for the first of his three takedowns. He never trailed on his way to a 4-3 decision that gave the Chippewas a 16-14 lead.
Heavyweight Jarod Trice secured the dual victory with a 6-2 decision over Brett Correll. Trice trailed 1-0 entering the third period before scoring a pair of late takedowns.
"We noticed Chad having a hard time competing with the same intensity he was practicing with," said CMU head coach Tom Borrelli on moving Friend up to 197. "I think making the weight was taking a lot out of him, so we made the decision to make the switch. His record is not really indicative of how good of a wrestler he is, and I think he proved it a little bit today."
Decisions by Christian Cullinan (125 pounds), Scotti Sentes (133) and Scott Mattingly (141) staked the Chippewas to their early 9-0 lead.
Cullinan edged Sean Walton, 4-2 in sudden victory, after the pair exchanged reversals in the final 20 seconds of the third period. Walton's reversal came in the final 10 seconds, and the officials conferred before awarding the two points following the completion of regulation. In overtime, Cullinan finished the decisive takedown with just three seconds remaining in the period.
At 133 pounds, Sentes needed just an escape and riding time to defeat Kevin Smith, 2-0. Sentes escaped early in the second period, then rode out Smith in the third.
Mattingly scored a late reversal for his 6-5 decision over Chris Conti at 141 pounds. A first-period takedown and second-period back points gave Mattingly a 4-2 edge entering the final period. Conti evened the bout with a takedown after Mattingly chose to start the period neutral, but Mattingly finished a reversal with 30 seconds remaining to extend CMU's lead to 9-0.
Buffalo answered with major decisions at 149 and 157 pounds to draw within 9-8, then took its first lead when John-Martin Cannon defeated Eric Cubberly, 6-4, at 165 pounds.
Ben Bennett regained the lead for CMU with an 11-0 major decision over Ron Majerus at 174 pounds. Bennett scored three takedowns and a pair of back points to improve to 23-5 overall.
Jimmy Hamel gave Buffalo its final lead with a 5-3 decision over Craig Kelliher at 184 pounds. The bout was tied 2-2 entering the third period before Hamel scored a takedown and Kelliher was penalized for an illegal hold. The Bulls led 14-13 following Hamel's victory, setting the stage for Friend and Trice to rally the Chippewas.
"It was nice to get a win," Borrelli said. "Any time we can win right now, and not just from a team standpoint, but any time we're competing well as individuals is really important this time of year."
The Chippewas improved to 6-8 overall, 2-1 in the MAC with the victory, the 64th in their last 67 conference duals. Buffalo fell to 8-8 overall, 1-3 in the MAC.
CMU closes the regular season with a pair of MAC duals at McGuirk Arena this week. The Chippewas host Eastern Michigan Thursday night and Kent State Sunday afternoon, when a share of the MAC championship could be on the line.
Bobcats fall at West Virginia, 23-14
Courtesy of Ohio Sports Information
The West Virginia wrestling team got six victories, including one pin and two major decisions, to knock off visiting Ohio 23-14 Saturday evening in Morgantown.
Saturday, Feb. 12:
Huskie Grapplers Earn Pair of Dual Match Victories
Courtesy of Northern Illinois Sports Information
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University wrestling team cruised to a pair of dual match victories, shutting out Knox, 57-0, and scoring a 40-3 win over Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Saturday afternoon at the Vadalabene Center.
"It was a dominant performance from our guys," NIU head coach Dave Grant said. "They wrestled tough and solid. These weren't conference matches, but it's important to be dominant in these situations."
NIU (5-10, 1-4) overwhelmed Knox, with six pin fall wins and two technical fall victories. Mike Lukowski (East Dundee, Ill./Dundee Crown) recorded the fastest victory for NIU, pinning William Milleville of Knox in 54 seconds at 197. Tristen DeShazer (Wichita, Kan./West) scored a 17-0 technical fall of Knox's Charley Deutsch at 141, while at 133 Kevin Fanta (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich) earned a 16-0 technical fall over Edel Vaca.
Freshman Nick Smith (Ida, Mich./Ida) earned two pins at 125 on the day. After pinning Francisco Munoz in the Knox dual, he pinned Paul Meyers of SIUE in 1:36. DeShazer recorded a team-high ninth pin fall victory, defeating Nick Capozzoli in 1:12.
Senior Bryan Deutsch (Columbia City, Ind./Columbia City) continued his winning ways, defeating Knox's Dylan Reynolds in 1:31 and scoring a 4-1 decision Kyle Lowman. Fellow senior Dakota Greenhaw (Monett, Mo./Monett) posted an 8-2 win over SIUE's David Devine.
The Huskies return to action Feb. 20 when Northern Illinois travels to Buffalo, N.Y. to take on MAC foe Buffalo in the final regular season match of the season. First bout is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. CST.
Friday, Feb. 11:
Kent State downs Ohio, 30-6
Courtesy of Kent State Sports Information
KENT, Ohio - The battle for first place in the Mid-American Conference turned into a one-sided attack as Kent State downed Ohio 30-6 Friday at the M.A.C. Center. The Golden Flashes (13-5, 3-0 MAC) took 8-of-10 matches, including falls by juniors Nic Bedelyon (125) and Dustin Kilgore (197).
"We wrestled about as good as we could wrestle tonight," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said. "I was very happy with our performance. It was a great crowd and our guys love being in that atmosphere."
Bedelyon brought the crowd to its feet with a first period pin of Gabe Ramos. Bedelyon was not fazed by a Ramos shot, needing just one free leg to spin himself into a position where he could cradle up Ramos and flatten him.
"Nic's the ignitor that gets his teammates going," Andrassy said. "And when he's on, the team's usually on."
With the Flashes already leading 21-6, Kilgore introduced No. 11 Erik Schuth to the Kilgore cradle. Staying aggressive throughout the match, Kilgore gradually wore down Schuth and put him on his back with 10 seconds left in the second period.
"Dustin went up against a nationally ranked kid and got him so tired that he couldn't function," Andrassy said. "The kid rolled over because he had nothing left. That was very impressive."
Freshman Tyler Small claimed a 3-0 victory over Jake Wojcik at 133. Small scored a first period takedown and was never threatened.
All-American Germane Lindsey got the Bobcats on the board with a 7-3 victory over Chase Skonieczny at 141. Skonieczny was within a point in the third, before surrendering a stalling point and a takedown.
A five-point throw gave junior Marcel Clopton early command in his 9-3 victory over Darrin Boing. With the match scoreless late in the first, Clopton tossed Boing at the edge line, dragged him back in bounds to score his takedown and got his five count, just before the buzzer.
The only point scored at 157 was riding time in Matt Cathell's 1-0 victory over Chris Kline. Cathell rode Kline for the entire second period, but could not convert several turn attempts.
Junior Ross Tice (165) made it three straight wins for the Flashes in an 8-2 decision over Steve Wilson. Tice's signature tilt in the first period extended his lead to 4-0.
Ohio's second win came at 174 as Nick Purdue topped freshman Brandonn Johnson 7-1.
Sophomore Casey Newburg kept KSU's convincing decisions coming, downing Ryan Garringer 7-3. Newburg led 5-0 after two periods.
Junior Brendan Barlow sent the Bobcats home with a 3-2 win over Jeremy Johnson. Barlow's first period takedown made the difference as he tugged a fleeing Johnson back in bounds five different times before scoring.
Ranked No. 15 by the NWCA, the Golden Flashes have won 11 of their last 12 dual meets.
Three-time MAC champion Nick Nemeth, now known as WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler, sat on the KSU bench and represented the Flashes during the opening coin toss.