Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Senior Ben Bennett pinned Ohio's Ryan Garringer at the 6:01 mark Saturday in the Chippewas' 23-12 win to open the MAC season.
No. 12 Chippewas Open MAC Season with 23-12 Win at Ohio

ATHENS, Ohio - Central Michigan won six matches and used two major decisions in its opening Mid-American Conference dual of the 2012-13 season to defeat Ohio Saturday night, 23-12.

Junior Joe Roth (125) and sophomore Tyler Keselring (133) each claimed majors at as the No. 12 Chippewas (3-2, 1-0 MAC) won the first five matches of the night.

Roth used five takedowns and accumulated 2:29 of riding time in his 12-3 major decision over Kevon Powell, while four takedowns and 2:23 of riding time allowed Keselring to defeat Thomas McLaughlin, 10-2.

The two majors followed senior No. 4 Jarod Trice's 3-1 decision over Jeremy Johnson as the match opened at the heavyweight division. Trice recorded a first period takedown and quickly escaped after choosing to start the third period down.

Junior Scott Mattingly and senior Donnie Corby won back-to-back 5-3 decisions at 141 and 149 pounds to close out the hot start by the Chippewas and give them a 17-0 advantage.

After dropping three straight, two of which came in the first sudden victory period, in which the Bobcats pulled within 17-9, junior No. 5 184-pounder Ben Bennett secured the dual with a pin of Ryan Garringer at the 6:01 mark of his match.

CMU has now won 71 of its last 75 MAC matches dating back to the 1997-98 season.

285: No. 4 Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. Jeremy Johnson (Ohio), 3-1; CMU 3-0
125: Joe Roth (CMU) maj. dec. Kevon Powell (Ohio), 12-3; CMU 7-0
133: Tyler Keselring (CMU) maj. dec. Thomas McLaughlin, 10-2; CMU 11-0
141: Scott Mattingly (CMU) dec. Kagan Squire (Ohio), 5-3; CMU 14-0
149: Donnie Corby (CMU) dec. Andrew Romanchik, 5-3; CMU 17-0
157: Spartak Chino (Ohio) dec. Lucas Smith, 3-1 SV1; CMU 17-3
165: Harrison Hightower (Ohio) dec. No. 20 Mike Ottinger, 10-4; CMU 17-6
174: Cody Walters (Ohio) dec. Craig Kelliher (CMU), 5-3 SV; CMU 17-9
184: No. 5 Ben Bennett pin Ryan Garringer, 6:01; CMU 23-9
197: Phillip Wellington (Ohio) dec. Jackson Lewis (CMU); CMU 23-12