Chippewas Continue To Lead Coaches Rankings

Updated 2/24/2010

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE SECOND FEBRUARY COACHES WRESTLING RANKINGS

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

For Immediate Release--Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010

CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Mid-American Conference wrestling coaches announced the second set of rankings for the month of February 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 second February rankings, voted on by the league's head coaches in an open forum, are as follows:

2009-10

125 - 1. Matt Steintrager (CMU); 2. Dan Bishop (UB); 3. Gabe Ramos (OU); 4. Troy Opfer (KSU).

133 - 1. Scotti Sentes (CMU); 2. Dan Mitcheff (KSU); 3. Kevin Smith (UB); 4. Sean Clair (EMU).

141 - 1. Connor Beebe (CMU); 2. Germane Lindsey (OU); t-3. Pat McLemore (NIU); t-3. Chase Skonieczny (KSU).

149 - 1. Desi Green (UB); t-2. Tony D'Alie (CMU); t-2. Matt Cathell (KSU); 4. Seth Morton (OU).

157 - 1. Steve Brown (CMU); 2. Bryan Deutsch (NIU); 3. Mallie Shuster (KSU); 4. Clay Tucker (OU).

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

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

184 - 1. Dustin Kilgore (KSU); 2. Mike Miller (CMU); 3. Nick Purdue (OU); 4. Phillip Joseph (EMU).

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

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

The second February 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 second February rankings for the MAC are as follows:

MAC Second February Rankings

1.             Central Michigan (38)

2.             Kent State (21.5)

3.             Ohio (17)

4.             Buffalo (14)

5.             Eastern Michigan (5)

6.             Northern Illinois (4.5)

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.