Four MAC Wrestlers All-Americans at NCAA Championships

Updated 3/19/2011

Three Chippewas Secure All-America Honors

PHILADELPHIA - Central Michigan junior heavyweight Jarod Trice dropped a 4-0 decision to American's Ryan Flores in the semifinals at the NCAA Wrestling Championships Friday night, but he will be one of three Chippewas to take home All-America honors.

Junior 133-pounder Scotti Sentes and sophomore 174-pounder Ben Bennett won their first wrestleback matches of Friday's evening session to secure All-America honors. Trice, Sentes and Bennett all will be All-Americans for the second time in their careers.

"We've consistently had multiple All-Americans for the last several years, so we're getting to the point where that is the expectation," said CMU head coach Tom Borrelli. "Now, we need to get to the point where the expectation is to get multiple guys to the finals and really make a push for a team trophy. I'm proud of the way our guys competed this whole weekend, and I think we actually over-performed a little bit."

Trice, seeded second at heavyweight, met No. 3 seed Ryan Flores (American) in the semifinals. Flores rode out Trice in the second period, then escaped off a restart to take a 1-0 lead in the third. With Flores having riding time locked up, Trice attempted a toss on the edge of the mat, but Flores countered for a two-point takedown that put the match away.

Trice can finish as high as third place and as low as sixth. He will have a rematch with Indiana's Ricardo Alcala in the consolation semifinals Saturday morning; Trice defeated Alcala, 3-2 in a tiebreaker, in the second round of the tournament.

By the time Friday's evening session was barely an hour old, Sentes and Bennett had posted dramatic victories to become CMU's second and third All-Americans of 2011.

"Both of those guys were really determined to be All-Americans," Borrelli said. "Ben's match was incredible. He got taken down on a five-point move, then scored the last eight points of the match. That was a fantastic performance that you don't see in Division I wrestling very often."

Sentes, the No. 11 seed at 133, earned his second career All-America honor with a second-period fall against Penn's Rollie Peterkin, the No. 10 seed. Sentes scored a quick takedown after a neutral start to the second period, then locked in a cradle and worked for the fall before the referee slapped the mat at the 4:08 mark.

Sentes returned to the mat later in the session to defeat No. 7 seed B.J. Futrell (Illinois), 4-0, and advance to the consolation semifinals. Sentes escaped and was awarded a penalty point in the second period, then scored the bout's lone takedown with 15 seconds remaining in the third.

Sentes, who will like Trice can finish as high as third or as low as sixth, will face No. 4 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) in the consolation semifinals Saturday morning.

Bennett, the No. 6 seed, dug himself an early hole against Oklahoma State's Mike Benefiel, the No. 12 seed, in the consolation quarterfinals, surrendering three back points and falling behind 5-0 midway through the first period. He slowly worked his way back into the match, however, first escaping, then scoring a takedown in the closing seconds of the first period.

Bennett chose bottom to begin the second period, and a reversal knotted the score at 5-5. In the third, Bennett defended a shot by Benefiel and countered with his second takedown of the bout; he added riding time to complete the comeback and the 8-5 decision.

In the consolation quarterfinals, Bennett ran into No. 2 seed Ed Ruth (Penn State), who pinned Bennett in the opening minute.

Bennett will wrestle in the seventh-place match against No. 8 seed Mike Letts (Maryland) Saturday morning.

Through four sessions, CMU is 18th in the team standings with 32 points.

Saturday morning's All-America round begins at 11 a.m. ESPNU will televise the third-place, fifth-place and seventh-place matches live.


NCAA Championships Session IV Notes

- Jarod Trice, Scotti Sentes and Ben Bennett each are now two-time All-Americans. They are the 14th, 15th and 16th Chippewas to earn multiple All-America accolades.

- CMU has produced multiple All-Americans for eight consecutive seasons, and 2011 marks the fourth time in five years that at least three Chippewas have been All-Americans.

- Scotti Sentes is CMU's first Division I All-American at the 133-pound weight class. He was an All-American at 125 pounds in 2009.

- CMU has had a 174-pound All-American for five straight seasons.

- Sentes pinned Penn's Rollie Peterkin Friday night to earn All-America honors. Sentes also defeated Peterkin in a match to determine All-America status in 2009; Sentes won that 125-pound bout by a score of 4-0.

- With a win over Ricardo Alcala in the consolation semifinals Saturday morning, Jarod Trice would secure the highest place finish (either third or fourth) of any heavyweight in school history.


Central Michigan Bout-by-Bout Results

133 Pounds - No. 11 Scotti Sentes - All-American First Round: W, dec. Nathan Pennesi (West Virginia), 7-0 Second Round: W, dec. No. 6 Tony Ramos (Iowa), 2-0

Quarterfinals: L, No. 3 Andrew Long (Penn State), fall at 2:46 Consolation Fourth Round: W, No. 10 Rollie Peterkin (Penn), fall at 4:08 Consolation Quarterfinals: W, dec. No. 7 B.J. Futrell (Illinois), 4-0 Consolation Semifinals: No. 4 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin)

149 Pounds - Donnie Corby

First Round: L, maj. dec. No. 4 Kyle Dake (Cornell), 9-0 Consolation First Round: W, dec. Matt Lester (Oklahoma), 5-4 TB1 Consolation Second Round: W, dec. No. 10 Kurt Kinser (Indiana), 3-2 Consolation Third Round: L, dec. Derek Valenti (Virginia), 6-2

174 Pounds - No. 6 Ben Bennett - All-American First Round: W, maj. dec. Alex Caruso (Rutgers), 8-0 Second Round: W, maj. dec. Curran Jacobs (Michigan State), 16-2

Quarterfinals: L, dec. No. 3 Mack Lewnes (Cornell), 7-3 Consolation Fourth Round: W, dec. No. 12 Mike Benefiel (Oklahoma State), 8-5 Consolation Quarterfinals: L, No. 2 Ed Ruth (Penn State), fall at 0:42 Seventh-Place Match: No. 8 Mike Letts (Maryland)

285 Pounds - No. 2 Jarod Trice - All-American First Round: W, dec. Joshua Wine (VMI), 3-1 SV1 Second Round: W, dec. Ricardo Alcala (Indiana), 3-2 TB2

Quarterfinals: W, dec. No. 10 Nathan Fernandez (Oklahoma), 3-2

Semifinals: L, dec. No. 3 Ryan Flores (American), 4-0 Consolation Semifinals: Ricardo Alcala (Indiana)


Buffalo Notes:

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Buffalo Bulls wrestling team bowed out on day two of the NCAA national tournament Friday, with Mark Lewandowski posting the best finish of the group of six, coming achingly close to becoming the first All-American since Kyle Cerminara in 2004.

Lewandowski won three matches to place in the top 12 overall at 157 pounds.

It began, though, with Kevin Smith, who had a familiar face in his first match of the day with a bout with Zac Stevens of Michigan.

The two had previously met at the Virginia Duals, where Stevens won a 5-2 decision. It was not as close this time around, as Stevens rode a hot streak in to the match and controlled the pace, riding Smith out for well over four minutes of riding time, winning an 8-0 major decision over the Mexico, NY junior. Smith ends the season with 35 wins - among the best overall win total in the nation at Division I - but finished 1-2 at the national tournament

Another Virginia Dual foe was lined up for Desi Green, who faced off against Derek Valenti of Virginia. Unlike Smith, Green had won the first meeting, but this time it was much more dramatic. Green used a takedown and escape to build a 3-0 lead going to the third period, also erasing the riding time advantage against him in the process. Valenti got a leg deep into the third period and got the takedown to tie it 3-3, and as the final eight seconds ticked off, his previous riding time of 52 seconds hit a minute on the nose as the final horn sounded, giving Valenti a winning riding time point and giving Green a disappointing finish to the season. The Henrietta, NY native finished 1-2 at the tournament while Valenti went on to earn All-American status.

Keeping with the theme of the day early on, Mark Lewandowski faced Garrett Mock of North Carolina, an opponent he lost 4-1 to at the Penn State Open in December. Lewandowski earned from his previous bout with the Tar Heel freshman and took him down early to lead 2-0 after the first period. After an escape from Mock moved it to 2-1, Lewandowski had his single led caught but climbed over his opponent to get a decisive takedown and a 5-2 decision, moving on to the next round.

The final of the four Bulls to wrestle in the morning session, John-Martin Cannon took on Eren Civan of Columbia. There was little offense on either side, with the two trading escapes through the first three periods. After the sudden victory overtime passed with no more scores, it went to the tie breaker. After Civan escaped, Cannon was unable to shake out and was ridden to the end for a 2-1 loss, ending a terrific month-long run for the true junior out of Brockport, NY who will finish 1-2 after recording his first career win in the national tournament yesterday.

In the next round for Lewandowski (in the consolation bracket) it was fifth seed Jesse Dong of Virginia Tech. Lewandowski avenged his previous upset bid that was spoiled the day before, dominating Dong throughout for a 7-0 decision. After a scoreless first period, Lewandowski started down and got out quickly, adding a takedown late in the period to build a 3-0 lead going in to the final period.

After letting a lead to Arizona State's Bubba Jenkins slip away on Thursday, Lewandowski kept his composure, adding three back points and riding time to cap his enormous victory.

Mark would take to the mat one more time on Friday night, but this time the stakes were considerably higher - a chance to become an All-American. Standing in his way was Derek St. John of prominent powerhouse Iowa. With the Hawkeyes coming in to the session in third place in the team standings, every win was needed for Iowa, leading to a dogfight between the two competitors with so much on the line.

After a scoreless first period, Lewandowski started on bottom. St. John returned him multiple times and rode him out for the entire period for two minutes of riding time. In the third period, it was a neutral start and after a scuffle, St. John got in on a leg and took down Lewandowski. Despite an escape from the Depew, NY sophomore, the riding time was too much to overtake and he fell 3-1.

With the loss by Lewandowski, Buffalo's contention in the 2011 NCAA wrestling championship was ended. The championship round will begin at 7:30 pm tomorrow evening, coverage will be provided by the ESPN family of networks, with Penn State currently leading in the team standings.


Eastern Michigan Notes:

Sulzer, Wade Wrap Up Seasons at NCAA Championships

Aaron Sulzer and David Wade each went two-and-done at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

PHILADELPHIA ( - Eastern Michigan University sophomore Aaron Sulzer and senior David Wade have been eliminated from the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as each went 0-2 on the first day of competition at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., Thursday, March 17.

The 157-pounder Sulzer, who took third at the Mid-American Conference Championships, was pitted up against Purdue's Colton Salazar in the first round. Salazar, who took fifth at the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago, had his way with the EMU sophomore as he cruised to a 13-4 major decision victory.

The loss dropped Sulzer to the consolation bracket where he would have an opportunity to wrestleback to third place with a sensational run. Unfortunately, his run would end before it could even gain momentum as he fell, 5-1, his first consolation match to D.J. Meagher of Cornell.

Wade suffered similar fate at the heavyweight class in his final two matches as an Eagle. The senior dropped a narrow, 4-1, decision to Michigan State's Joseph Rizqallah, who took fifth at the Big Ten Championships, in the first round of the championship bracket.

The loss dropped Wade to the consolation bracket and matched him up against fourth-seeded Dominick Russo III of Rutgers. Hanging onto a slim, 2-0, edge heading into the third period, Russo III earned two takedown points, an escape and one point for riding time to defeat Wade, 6-1, and move on.

For Wade, his career comes to an end, but not before he totaled 81 wins in his career to claim sixth place on the all-time list at EMU. Next season, Sulzer will try to do what Wade was able to accomplish this year and repeat as a national qualifier.

This season marked the first time EMU has had multiple national qualifiers in back-to-back years since 1989-90 when the squad recorded three straight years of accomplishing the feat.


Kent State Notes:

PHILADELPHIA Dustin Kilgore (197) will wrestle for a national championship Saturday night on ESPN.  The Kent State junior knocked off No. 1 Cam Simaz of Cornell 10-9 Friday night during the NCAA semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center.

"It's an astonishing feeling," Kilgore said.  "I want the title more than anything."

Kilgore trailed three different times in a match where both wrestlers never stopped moving for seven minutes.  He scored two first period reversals, including one in the final seconds of the frame to tie the match 4-4.

In the second period, Kilgore overcame a 6-5 deficit with an escape and a single leg takedown on the right side.  Simaz cut the deficit to 8-7 early the third, before Kilgore caught him off guard with a snap-down and spin behind for the two points.  Simaz collected a stalling point and an escape, before the final whistle blew with the same 10-9 final as when the two met in the finals of the Body Bar.

"It was similar to the last time they met," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said. "Dustin just kept pushing and pushing and it was exciting to be a part of.  Everything happened so fast, I'll have to watch it again. "

Simaz fell to 34-2 on the year with both of his losses coming at the hands of Kilgore.  Now 36-2 on the season, Kilgore made his way into the semifinals with a 10-3 victory over Iowa's Luke Lofthouse, becoming just the second two-time All-American at Kent State.  Lofthouse, the No. 5 seed, kept Kilgore scoreless for the first two minutes of the match, breaking his leg free from Kilgore's grasp.  However, the shots from Kilgore kept coming.  He converted on one takedown in the first, two in the second and one in the third, all on his own shots.  In three matches, Kilgore has been flawless on his feet, recording 16 takedowns, while not allowing any. 

While it was a monumental evening for Kilgore, two of his teammate came up just shy of earning All-America honors.

Junior Nic Bedelyon's (125) hopes of becoming a two-time All-American will have to wait another year as he came up one win shy of the honor.  Taking on No. 4 James Nicholson (Old Dominion) in what turned out to be his final match, Bedelyon could not finish off a third period takedown attempt in a 5-3 loss.  Trailing 4-3 from the top position midway through the third, Bedelyon cut Nicholson loose and got in deep on a shot, but Nicholson found safety out of bounds.  Bedelyon got in deep on another shot with 10 seconds left, but time ran out before he could get behind Nicholson.

Bedelyon dropped his quarterfinal bout 9-5 to No. 3 seed Brandon Precin of Northwestern.  Precin was a awarded a quick two-count in both the first and second periods, totaling four near fall points.  Bedelyon finished the season 25-5.

Junior Brendan Barlow came about as close as one can get to becoming an All-American in a 4-3 overtime loss to Arizona State's Levi Cooper.  After Barlow broke free with an escape in the first tiebreaker, Cooper dove at Barlow's feet and was credited with a takedown at the end of the mat.  Barlow had picked up Cooper's leg on several occasions from the neutral position in regulation, but could not bring him to the mat. 

Barlow won two matches earlier in the day, defeating Oklahoma State's Blake Rosholt 5-1.  Barlow scooped Rosholt up in the air with a double leg in the final seconds of the first period to grab a 2-0 lead.  A Barlow escape early in the third made it 3-1, before a takedown in the final seconds. 

In a similar match, Barlow defeated Columbia's Kevin Lester 5-1.  In the final 10 seconds of the second period, Barlow got into a scramble from the neutral position and came out on top to take a 2-1 lead.  An early escape in the third made it 3-1 and a late spin-around takedown clinched the victory.  Barlow will face Arizona State's Levi Cooper Friday night.

After having to face the No. 1 seed  on Thursday, freshman Tyler Small (133) drew No. 6 seed Tony Ramos of Iowa Friday morning.  Small bowed out of the tournament with a 21-4 setback, ending his first season with 18 victories.

Junior Ross Tice (165) dropped an 8-4 decision to No. 9 Justin Kerber of Cornell. Tice trailed 4-0 in the second, before an escape and a double leg takedown made it 4-3.  Trailing 5-4 late in the third, he attempted a throw that came up empty.  With two wins on Thursday, Tice finished with 30 victories on the year.

Kilgore is Kent State's first NCAA finalist since 1942.  Don Horning was Kent State's first two-time All-American in 1986. 

Saturday morning's Session V will begin at 11 a.m. with consolation semifinals.  The championship finals begin at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.


Northern Illinois Notes:

NIU's Run in NCAA Wrestling Championships Comes to an End

Deutsch and Dieckhaus fall in wrestlebacks

PHILADELPHIA - Northern Illinois University wrestlers Bryan Deutsch and Brad Dieckhaus saw their run at the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships come to an end Friday as both dropped their fourth round wrestleback matches today at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

"We had a couple close matches here at the end," NIU head coach Dave Grant said. "There were some good performances from the guys last night. This morning, there were a pair of hard-fought matches we didn't come out ahead on.

"Our guys gave everything they had. As a coach, even though you don't like the result, you're proud of how hard the guys worked."

Deutsch, a senior who is competing in his third-straight NCAA Championships, suffered an 8-4 loss to Northern Iowa's David Bonin at 157 pounds. A native of Columbia City, Ind., Deutsch went 2-2 in his final appearance at Nationals, and finishes his career with a 3-6 mark at the NCAA Championships. He fought back from a pin fall loss in his first match to score two victories last night in the wrestlebacks.

"Bryan has been a consistent force in our program," Grant said. "He's a three-time national qualifier. Not a lot of the wrestlers that I've coached have been able to do that."

Dieckhaus, who was making his first appearance on the national stage, suffered a 10-7 loss to No. 8 seed Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota to end his tournament. Friday's bout was a rematch as the two met earlier this year at the NWCA/Cliff Kean National Duals Jan. 8 with Steinhaus winning, 7-0.

Dieckhaus jumped out to a 7-1 first period lead with two takedowns and a three-point near fall. However, Steinhaus rallied in the second with an escape, takedown and three-point near fall to tie the match at 7-7 heading into the final period. Steinhaus scored a takedown and earned the riding time point to win the match. Dieckhaus, who hails from St. Charles, Mo., went 1-2 in the 2011 NCAA Championships.

"Going through this for the first time is an eye-opening experience," he said of Dieckhaus' first appearance in the NCAAs. "After you come to this, you understand what it takes to win it.

"Brad came a long way this year. Being a MAC champion as a junior and winning a match at the National tournament, he improved immensely this year. I see him taking an even bigger step next year."