MAC Announces 2010-11 Preseason Wrestling Rankings

Updated 10/15/2010

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES 2010-11 PRESEASON WRESTLING RANKINGS

Central Michigan tabbed as favorite and will attempt to repeat as MAC Champions

For Immediate Release-Friday, Oct. 15, 2010

CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Mid-American Conference wrestling coaches announced the preseason weight class individual 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 is expected to edge challenger Kent State in a close call for the 2011 championship. The preseason rankings, voted on by the league's head coaches in an open forum, are as follows:

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125 - 1. Nic Bedelyon (KSU); 2. Gabe Ramos (OU); 3. Kyle Waldo (CMU); 4. Jared Germaine (EMU).

133 - 1. Scott Sentes (CMU); 2. Kevin Smith (UB); 3. Mike Leholm (EMU); 4. Kevin Fanta (NIU).

141 - 1. Germane Lindsey (OU); 2. Pat McLemore (NIU); 3. Chase Skonieczny (KSU); 4. Andrew Schutt (UB).

149 - 1. Desi Green (UB); 2. J.J. Johnson (EMU); 3. Mallie Shuster (KSU); 4. Ryan Cubberly (CMU).

157 - 1. Bryan Deutsch (NIU); 2. Eric Cubberly (CMU); 3. Matt Cathell (KSU); 4. Aaron Sulzer (EMU).

165 - 1. Mike Miller (CMU); 2. John-Martin Cannon (UB); 3. Ross Tice (KSU); 4. Alex Ortman (EMU).

174 - 1. Ben Bennett (CMU); 2. Nick Purdue (OU); 3. Keith Witt (KSU); 4. Brian Sheehan (UB).

184 - 1. Dustin Kilgore (KSU); 2. Jimmy Hamel (UB); 3. Brad Dieckhaus (NIU); 4. Chad Friend (CMU).

197 -1. Erik Schuth (OU); 2. Joe Tymoszcuk (KSU); t-3. Craig Kelliher (CMU); t-3. Nick Whitenburg (EMU).

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

The preseason 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 preseason team rankings for the MAC are as follows:

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1.                 Central Michigan (24.5)

2.                 Kent State (24)

t3.                Buffalo (15)

t3.                Ohio (15)

5.                 Eastern Michigan (11.5)

6.                 Northern Illinois (10)

The 2010-11 MAC Wrestling Championships will be held March 5-7 and hosted by Northern Illinois University.   Last year, Central Michigan won its ninth consecutive MAC wrestling championship with 94 team points.  Kent State was the runner-up with 73 points, while Ohio was third with 62 points.

The 2010-11 season opens November 5 with Buffalo traveling to Boston University and Northern Illinois hosting wrestle offs in DeKalb, Ill.  On November 6 defending MAC Champion Central Michigan will participate at the Eastern Michigan Open and Kent State will participate in the Hokie Open at Virginia Tech.