Wrestling Comes up Just Short at Central Michigan, 18-16
By ODU Athletics
Jan. 30, 2011
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - No. 13 Central Michigan won two of the three final matches to pull out an 18-16 win over Old Dominion University Sunday afternoon at CMU.
Old Dominion (5-9-1) won four matches and lost three matches by two points or less.
Brennan Brumley gave the Monarchs their first lead of the match with a second period pin over Scott Mattingly. Mattingly got a reversal to start the second period but Brumley got a reversal of his own and worked it into a pin with three seconds to go in the period to give ODU a 13-12 lead.
Joey Metzler got the first takedown at 149, but Donnie Corby was able to escape to make it 2-1 after one. Metzler gained an escape to make the score 3-1, but Corby escaped and earned a takedown and the riding time point to secure a 5-2 decision and give CMU a 15-13 lead.
Ryan Cubberly increased Central Michigan's (5-7) lead to 18-13 with a 6-3 decision at 157.
Dan Rivera gave the Monarchs a victory in the final match of the day, with a 3-1 sudden victory win over Eric Cubberly.
No. 5 Ben Bennett started the match with an 8-3 victory over Tristan Warner at 174, but Joe Budi got the Monarchs on the board in the next match. After a scoreless first period, Chad Friend got an escape to start the second but Budi countered with a takedown. A third period escape and takedown gave Budi a 5-1 decision to tie the team score at three.
The Chippewas took a 9-3 lead with close wins at 197 and 285, but James Nicholson pulled ODU to within 9-7 with a 15-5 major decision at 125 pounds.
Nicholson, ranked fourth in the nation, recorded six takedowns and a three-point nearfall for the dominant victory.
In a matchup of two top-15 wrestlers at 133, No. 9 Scotti Sentes grabbed a 4-0 decision over No. 11 Kyle Hutter. After a scoreless first period, Sentes earned a second period escape and a takedown, and was able to earn the riding time point for the victory.
The Monarchs will travel to NC State on Saturday, Feb. 5 for their final away match of the season at 7 p.m.
Central Michigan 18 Old Dominion 16
125 - No. 4 James Nicholson (ODU) MD Christian Cullinan (CMU), 15-5
133 - No. 9 Scotti Sentes (CMU) dec. No. 11 Kyle Hutter (ODU), 4-0
141 - Brennan Brumley (ODU) Fall Scott Mattingly (CMU), 4:57
149 - Donnie Corby (CMU) dec. Joey Metzler (ODU), 5-2
157 - Ryan Cubberly (CMU) dec. Micah Blair (ODU), 6-3
165 - Dan Rivera (ODU) dec. Eric Cubberly (CMU), 3-1 SV
174 - No. 5 Ben Bennett (CMU) dec. Tristan Warner (ODU), 8-3
184 - Joe Budi (ODU) dec. Chad Friend (CMU), 5-1
197 - Craig Kelliher (CMU) dec. Jacob Henderson (ODU), 4-2
285 - No. 2 Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. Grant Chapman (ODU), 2-0