MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Redshirt freshman Corey Keener upset No. 12 Jade Rauser at 125 pounds and No. 24 Central Michigan won eight of 10 matches Friday night en route to a season-opening victory over Utah Valley, 27-9.
Keener faced the rare occurrence of a mid-match bout as the night started at 157 pounds, but the 125-pounder quickly took to the attack in the center of the mat. A first-period takedown gave Keener a 2-1 advantage over Rauser and after an escape by the 12th-ranked wrestler in the nation evened the match in the second period, Keener earned yet another takedown to enter the third period ahead, 4-3.
After starting on the bottom in the third, Keener quickly earned an escape and battled for his third takedown of the match to secure the decision, 8-4.
“We had worked a lot this past week on what I had done wrong at Michigan State and I just needed to wrestle my style tonight,” Keener said. “It was important to wrestle a complete match, do my own thing and not worry about the fact that he was ranked 12th in the country.”
Junior Dakota Cooley opened the night with a 5-4 decision at 157 pounds to give the Chippewas a 3-0 win and redshirt freshman Nick Becker followed it up with a 6-4 decision to extend the lead to 6-0. Junior Mike Ottinger earned a win by forfeit at 174, pushing CMU ahead 12-0.
The Wolverines (0-1) earned their only two victories at 184 and 285, including a fall by No. 20 Adam Fager over sophomore Adam Robinson at the 1:30 mark.
With the Wolverines within six, 15-9, following Fagers’ pin, Keener swung the momentum back in the Chippewas’ favor with his win over Rauser.
Senior Scott Mattingly finished the night with a 4-0 shutout at 149 pounds to give CMU the 27-9 victory.
“The biggest thing that stood out to me was our conditioning was very good tonight,” head coach Tom Borrelli said. “I thought their guys got tired in the third period and as a coach that’s something I’m always looking for us to take advantage of.”
CMU is back in action tomorrow at the Eastern Michigan Duals/Open. The Chippewas will take on Drexel and No. 5 Oregon State in the dual portion, while 16 wrestlers will compete in the open tournament.
No. 24 Central Michigan 27, Utah Valley 9
157: Dakota Cooley (CMU) dec. Chase Cuthbertson, 5-4; CMU 3-0
165: Nick Becker (CMU) dec. Curtis Abner Cook, 6-4; CMU 6-0
174: No. 15 Mike Ottinger (CMU) forfeit Monte Schmalhaus; CMU 12-0
184: Ethan Smith (UVU) dec. Craig Kelliher, 7-5; CMU 12-3
197: Jackson Lewis (CMU) dec. Derek Thomas, 3-1; CMU 15-3
Hwt: No. 20 Adam Fager (UVU) fall Adam Robinson, 1:30; CMU 15-9
125: Corey Keener (CMU) dec. No. 12 Jade Rauser, 8-4; CMU 18-9
133: Tyler Keselring (CMU) dec. Bracken Nipko, 8-1; CMU 21-9
141: No. 16 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Avery Garner, 8-2; CMU 24-9
149: Scott Mattingly (CMU) dec. Trevor Wilson, 4-0; CMU 27-9