Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Redshirt freshman Lucas Smith and the Chippewas will open MAC competition this Saturday at Ohio.
No. 12 Chippewas Begin MAC Season at Ohio

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan will look to begin a new streak of Mid-American Conference regular season titles this Saturday when it opens conference competition at Ohio at 7 p.m.

The No. 12 Chippewas (2-2) had won two straight MAC regular season titles prior to seeing the streak end last season and have claimed the last 11 MAC Championships titles.

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Fans can follow each match through while live updates will be tweeted from the Chippewas' official Twitter account @CMUWrestling.

All-Time Series
The Chippewas hold a 23-17 record versus the Bobcats all-time and claimed last season's dual inside McGuirk Arena, 17-15. Then-junior Ben Bennett earned a key technical fall at 184 pounds in the dual to help secure the victory.

Sentes Named MAC Wrestler of the Week
Senior 133-pounder Scotti Sentes, ranked No. 2 in the country by InterMat, was named the MAC Wrestler of the Week Thursday. Sentes went 2-0 at the Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y., last Saturday, including a 8-2 decision over No. 17 Jamie Franco of Hofstra to improve to 3-0 on the year.

Cullinan Enters the Rankings
Senior Christian Cullinan entered the national rankings for the first time this season, coming in at No. 12 in Tuesday's InterMat release. Cullinan is off to a 6-2 start in his senior campaign, which includes a pair of upsets over Sean Boyle of Michigan and Steve Bonnano of Hofstra.

In the Rankings
CMU is ranked No. 12 in this week's NWCA/USA Today coaches poll and No. 9 in the InterMat Tournament Strength rankings. The InterMat rankings are based on individual weight class rankings, while the NWCA poll is voted on by a nationwide pool of head coaches and based on perceived dual meet strength.

Individual Chippewas ranked in the top 20 nationally by InterMat:
125: Christian Cullinan - No. 12
133: Scotti Sentes - No. 2
165: Mike Ottinger - No. 20
184: Ben Bennett - No. 5
HWT: Jarod Trice - No. 4

The Chippewas have won 70 of their last 74 MAC duals dating back to the 1997-98 season. Their current 11-year winning streak at the MAC Championships in the longest streak in conference history and their streak of 10-straight regular-season conference titles from 1999-2008 was the second-longest in any sport in MAC history.