LINCOLN, Neb. - Sixth-ranked Central Michigan improved to 7-0 overall with a pair of dual wins at Nebraska on Saturday.
The Chippewas opened the day with a 37-3 win over Neb.-Kearney, the nation's No. 3-ranked team in Division II, before posting a 29-6 victory over No. 12 Nebraska.
CMU is now 3-0-1 in its last four duals against Big 12 Conference opponents. The Chippewas own wins over Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Missouri since the start of the 2008-09 season.
"I think wins like this validate our program," said CMU head coach Tom Borrelli. "People are starting to figure out that we have a pretty decent program here at Central Michigan. This group of guys that we have in the program right now has been part of a lot of big wins. They are excited to be in opportunities to improve themselves, and they have the mindset that they are going to be difficult to beat."
CMU scored bonus points in six of its nine individual wins over Neb.-Kearney, including a pair of victories by fall. Scotti Sentes, competing at 141 pounds for the first time in his career, pinned Kazuhiro Fujinawa in the third period, and Steve Brown pinned Jordan Gienger in the second period at 157 pounds.
The Lopers' lone victory came at 174 pounds. Marty Usman, ranked No. 1 nationally in Division II, defeated Ben Bennett, 5-4, in the first tiebreaker. Bennett was called twice for stalling in the first 30-second tiebreaker and could manage only an escape in the second 30-second tiebreaker.
CMU improved to 3-0 this season against ranked opponents with its 29-6 decision over No. 12 Nebraska.
Steve Brown posted a 3-2 decision over defending 157-pound national champion and No. 1-ranked Jordan Burroughs, who suffered a knee injury during Saturday's match. Both individuals scored escapes in regulation and in the first set of 30-second tiebreakers. Brown chose down for the second sudden victory period, and his third escape of the match provided the decisive point and ended Burroughs' 44-match winning streak.
"Any time you knock off the No. 1-ranked guy in the country it's a great win," Borrelli said. "I hope Jordan is able to come back healthy for the end of the season. Steve still had to do enough to win the match, and he was able to do it."
CMU and Nebraska split the other two matchups of ranked individuals. No. 3 Stephen Dwyer (Nebraska) was a 4-1 winner over No. 5 Ben Bennett at 174 pounds, while No. 15 Jarod Trice (CMU) defeated No. 12 Tucker Lane, 3-2, at heavyweight.
The Chippewas scored bonus points at 141 and 149 pounds. Sentes posted a 13-3 major decision at 141, while Tony D'Alie won by fall at 149.
The Chippewas close the calendar year at Midlands Dec. 29-30.
No. 6 Central Michigan 37, Neb.-Kearney 3
125: No. 14 Matt Steintrager (CMU) maj. dec. Jordan White, 10-2
133: Conor Beebe (CMU) maj. dec. Josh Smith, 13-4
141: No. 6 Scotti Sentes (CMU) pin Kazuhiro Fujinawa, 6:50
149: No. 13 Tony D'Alie (CMU) dec. T.J. Hepburn, 9-7
157: No. 13 Steve Brown (CMU) pin Jordan Gienger, 3:54
165: No. 20 Tyler Grayson (CMU) maj. dec. Taylor May, 13-3
174: Marty Usman (UNK) dec. No. 5 Ben Bennett, 5-4
184: No. 8 Mike Miller (CMU) maj. dec. Derek Ross, 17-4
197: Eric Simaz (CMU) dec. Justin McKain, 6-4
285: No. 15 Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. Ben Hohensee, 4-2
No. 6 Central Michigan 29, No. 12 Nebraska 6
125: No. 14 Matt Steintrager (CMU) maj. dec. David Klingsheim, 9-1
133: Conor Beebe (CMU) dec. C.J. Napier, 3-0
141: No. 6 Scotti Sentes (CMU) maj. dec. Mike Koehnlein, 13-3
149: No. 13 Tony D'Alie (CMU) pin Chris Hacker, 3:57
157: No. 13 Steve Brown (CMU) dec. No. 1 Jordan Burroughs, 3-2
165: No. 20 Tyler Grayson (CMU) dec. James Nakashima, 6-2
174: No. 3 Stephen Dwyer (NU) dec. No. 5 Ben Bennett, 4-1
184: No. 8 Mike Miller (CMU) dec. Josh Ihnen, 6-5
197: No. 2 Craig Brester (NU) dec. Eric Simaz, 11-4
285: No. 15 Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. No. 12 Tucker Lane, 3-2