Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Redshirt freshman Lucas Smith and the Chippewas will look to extend their winning streak to three Sunday when they host Bucknell at 6 p.m.
No. 11 Chippewas to Battle Bucknell Sunday

MOUNT PLEASANT - Following an impressive fifth-place showing at the Midlands Championships last weekend, the No. 11 Central Michigan wrestling program will get back to dual action this Sunday when it takes on Bucknell at 6 p.m.

The Chippewas are 4-2 on the season in dual meets and have won their last two duals, while the Bison are 2-3 on the year and have dropped their last two. Bucknell will also wrestle Michigan State in East Lansing Sunday at noon.

Follow the Action
Fans unable to attend Sunday's dual can follow the action live on the CMU Sports Zone or through live stats provided on TrackWrestling.com. Updates will also be posted through the Chippewas' official Facebook Page and Twitter account, @CMUWrestling.

All-Time Series
The Chippewas are 2-0 all time versus the Bison and claimed a meeting last season in Lewisburg, 21-12. The Maroon and Gold claimed six of the 10 bouts, earning bonus points from senior Ben Bennett at 184 pounds.

In the Rankings
CMU is currently ranked No. 11 in both the NWCA/USA Today coaches poll and 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. Individuals in the rankings for Sunday's meet

Central Michigan: No. 11 Christian Cullinan (125), No. 6 Scotti Sentes (133), No. 20 Craig Kelliher (174), No. 4 Ben Bennett (184) and No. 7 Jarod Trice (285)

Bucknell: No. 14 Corey Lear (165)

Bennett Wins Midlands Title
Senior Ben Bennett claimed a 2-1 decision over No. 1 seed at the Midlands Championships last Sunday to earn his first career Midlands title. Bennett was also named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament and had become the 16th member of the 100-win club at CMU earlier in the day with a 1-0 decision over Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock.

Kelliher Enters Rankings
Junior Crag Kelliher entered the national rankings for the first time in his career Tuesday, ranking No. 20 at 174 pounds by InterMat. Kelliher is 10-5 on the season and is coming off an eighth-place finish at the Midlands Championships.

Projected Lineups
125:
Sr. No. 11 Christian Cullinan (12-3) vs. So. Austin Miller (3-2)
133: Sr. No. 6 Scotti Sentes (8-3) or So. Tyler Keselring (12-5) vs. Fr. Paul Petrov (8-6)
141: Jr. Scott Mattingly (6-7) vs. Sr. Derrik Russell (6-9)
149: Sr. Donnie Corby (7-7) vs. Sr. Adam Healey (6-9)
157: Fr. Lucas Smith (8-6) vs. Fr. Vincent Favia (10-8)
165: So. Mike Ottinger (6-8) vs. Sr. No. 14 Corey Lear (16-3)
174: Jr. No. 20 Craig Kelliher (10-5) or So. Anthony Bill (2-7) vs. Fr. Robert Schlitt (2-6)
184: Sr. No. 4 Ben Bennett (11-0) vs. Fr. Robert Marchese (3-11)
197: RFr. Jackson Lewis (4-9) vs. So. Tyler Lyster (13-5)
285: Sr. No. 7 Jarod Trice (8-2) vs. So. Joe Stolfi (7-9)

Looking Ahead
The Chippewas will compete in the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va., Jan. 11-12 before returning to Mid-American Conference action Jan 18 when they travel to Northern Illinois. 

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