MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan won nine of 10 bouts and earned bonus points from redshirt freshman Lucas Smith, sophomore Mike Ottinger and senior Ben Bennett to defeat Bucknell Sunday night, 35-3.
The Chippewas (5-2) jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead by winning the first three matches and after dropping their only match of the night, earned bonus points in their next four to put the Bison (2-5) away.
Smith got the bonus point victories started for the Chippewas by defeating Vincent Favia by major decision, 8-0, at 157 pounds. The Wheeling, Ill., native went up 2-0 with a takedown in the first period and extended the lead to 7-0 in the second with an escape, takedown and two-point near fall. He accumulated 2:23 of riding time to earn a bonus point for the major decision.
Ottinger (165) continued the extra scoring at 165 pounds with a 21-6 technical fall over Robert Schlitt. The sophomore used a pair of takedowns in the first period to grab a 4-1 lead and extended his lead in the second by earning a quick escape, takedown and three-point near fall.
He continued to push the pace through the third period, taking Schlitt down four more times in the final frame to earn the tech fall.
The Bison forfeited their match at 174 pounds giving the Chippewas six bonus points and Bennett earned the Maroon and Gold their second-straight tech fall with a 15-0 win over Robert Marchese.
Bennett, ranked No. 4 in the country by InterMat at 184 pounds, went up 5-0 in the first period behind a takedown and three-point near fall before extending his lead to 10-0 with an escape, takedown, penalty point and another three-point near fall in the second. With a takedown in the third period and 4:23 of riding time, the senior was able to keep his record unblemished on the year and push the Chippewas' lead to 29-3.
Senior No. 11 Christian Cullinan used 1:44 of riding time to help earn a slim 2-0 decision in the opening match of the night at 125 pounds before sophomore Tyler Keselring won by decision, 6-4, and junior Scott Mattingly held on for a 2-0 victory that included 1:38 of riding time.
Trice had a pair of takedowns and nearly pinned his opponent in the first period, but instead was awarded a three-point near fall to grab a 7-1 lead through one. Another takedown and two-point near fall allowed the senior to extend his lead and after Joe Stolfi earned a takedown in the third period, Trice swung through for a reversal to seal the 15-8 win.
The Chippewas are back in action next weekend when they travel to Hampton, Va., for the Virginia Duals. Brackets for the duals will be announced Tuesday morning. Check back to CMUChippewas.com throughout the week for a full preview.
No. 11 Central Michigan 35, Bucknell 3
125: No. 11 Christian Cullinan (CMU) dec. Austin Miller, 2-0; CMU 3-0
133: Tyler Keselring (CMU) dec. Paul Petrov, 6-4; CMU 6-0
141: Scott Mattingly (CMU) dec. Derrik Russell, 2-0; CMU 9-0
149: Adam Healey (Bucknell) dec. Donnie Corby, 4-3; CMU 9-3
157: Lucas Smith (CMU) maj. dec. Vincent Favia, 8-0; CMU 13-3
165: Mike Ottinger (CMU) tech. fall Robert Schlitt, 7:00 21-6; CMU 18-3
174: No. 20 Craig Kelliher (CMU) wins by forfeit; CMU 24-3
184: No. 4 Ben Bennett (CMU) tech. fall Robert Marchese, 7:00 15-0; CMU 29-3
197: Jackson Lewis (CMU) dec. Tyler Lyster, 3-1; CMU 32-3
285: No. 7 Jarod Trice dec. Joe Stolfi, 15-8; CMU 35-3