Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Christian Cullinan finished second at the MSU Open in the 125 weight class on Sunday to lead the Chippewas.
Cullinan's Second-Place Finish Paces Chippewas at MSU Open

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.

Junior Joe Roth (125 open), sophomore Tyler Keselring (133 open) and redshirt freshman Lucas Smith (157 open) each finished third in the tournament. 

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.