EAST LANSING, Mich. - Senior 125-pounder Christian Cullinan finished second at the MSU Open Sunday, leading a group of Central Michigan wrestlers to finish in the top three of their respective weight class.
Four more Chippewas claimed fifth-place finishes as redshirt freshman Nick Hodgkins (141 open), senior Donnie Corby (149 open), sophomore Mike Ottinger (165 open) and freshman Nick Becker (165 Fr./So. Unattached) bounced back with wins in the consolation bracket.
Cullinan opened his day with a pin of Myron Bradbury of Lindsey Wilson in 3:45 before earning his second-straight pin by putting Josh Heinzer of Michigan State to the mat 4:44 into the match. After advancing to the finals with a 1-0 decision over Michigan's Connor Youtsey, Cullinan fell to Anthony Zanatta of Pittsburgh in a hard-fought 4-3 decision.
Roth fell to Zanatta in the semifinals at 125 pounds but bounced back with a 6-2 decision over Kent State's Stevie Mitcheff before being awarded an injury victory for the third-place finish.
Keselring advanced to the semifinals at 133 pounds with a major decision over Olivet's Kam Olsen (13-4) and decision over Kent State's McKenzie McGuire (7-2) and a decision over Garrison White of Northwestern (10-7). After falling in his semifinal match, Keselring earned another 13-4 major decision to claim third.
Smith opened the tournament with his first career pin, defeating Charles Holmquest of Manchester in 4:23. He followed with a 5-4 decision over Mallie Shuster before falling to eventual champion Jake O'Hara of Columbia in the semifinal, 6-4. Smith was able to claim a third-place finish with two more pins, taking down James Bennett of Indiana Tech in just 52 seconds and Columbia's Chad Ryan in 2:26.
The Chippewas are off until traveling to Troy, N.Y., for the Northeast Duals Nov. 24 where they will take on Cornell, Oklahoma and Hofstra.