MOUNT PLEASANT - The Central Michigan wrestling program can clinch at least a share of its 13th Mid-American Conference regular season championship when it hosts rival Kent State Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Chippewas (10-3) enter the dual with a perfect 3-0 record in MAC duals and with a victory over the Golden Flashes (6-3, 2-0 MAC) would clinch their eighth regular season title in the last 10 seasons.
Follow the Action: Fans unable to attend Sunday's dual can watch live on the CMU Sports Zone or follow live stats provided through TrackWrestling.com. Updates will also be provided through the Chippewas' official Twitter account @CMUWrestling and Facebook page.
Ottinger Named MAC Wrestler of the Week: Sophomore 165-pounder Mike Ottinger was named the MAC Wrestler of the Week for the first time this season after going 2-0 last weekend. Ottinger sparked the Chippewas' victory over Northern Illinois with a 13-5 major decision before earning a 6-4 overtime upset of No. 10 Zach Toal Sunday at Missouri.
CMU vs. Kent State: The Chippewas hold a slight 24-20 edge over the Golden Flashes in the all time series as they have taken four of the last six meetings. Kent State defeated CMU in Kent, Ohio last season, 22-13.
CMU vs. The MAC: The Chippewas have won 73 of their last 77 MAC duals dating back to the 1997-98 season. Their current 11-year winning streak at the MAC Championships is the longest streak in conference history and their streak of 10-straight regular season titles from 1999-20008 was the second longest in any sport in MAC history.
100-Win Club: With senior Ben Bennett becoming the 16th wrestler in program history to record 100 career wins, senior Scotti Sentes is not far behind, needing just four more victories. Sentes holds a career record of 96-30 and is 15-1 all time in MAC duals.
In the Rankings: The Chippewas jumped one spot to No. 11 in both the NWCA/USA Today coaches' poll and InterMat Tournament Strength Rankings after their win over No. 7 Missouri last Sunday. Kent State is unranked in the coaches' poll and ranks 19th in the InterMat rankings. Individuals ranked in the top 20 according to InterMat:
Kent State: No. 16 Casey Newburg (184) and No. 1 Dustin Kilgore (197)
125: No. 10 Christian Cullinan (15-5, 1-0 MAC) vs. Stevie Mitcheff (21-9, 2-0 MAC)
133: No. 7 Scotti Sentes (10-5, 1-0 MAC) vs. Mack McGuire (19-12, 1-0 MAC)
141: Scott Mattingly (14-12, 2-1 MAC) vs. Luke Kern (8-15, 0-2 MAC)
149: Donnie Corby (13-9, 3-0 MAC) vs. Andrew Candiello (7-9) or Nick Carr (21-10, 2-0 MAC)
157: Lucas Smith (13-7, 1-2 MAC) or Dakota Cooley (14-10) vs. Tommy Safsy (12-11, 1-0 MAC)
165: Mike Ottinger (13-13, 2-1 MAC) vs. Caleb Marsh (16-6, 2-0 MAC)
174: Craig Kelliher (18-9, 1-1 MAC) or Anthony Bill (7-10) vs. Sam Wheeler (18-9, 1-1 MAC)
184: No. 2 Ben Bennett (16-0, 3-0 MAC) vs. No. 16 Casey Newburg (27-4, 2-0 MAC) or Cory Campbell (10-10)
197: Jackson Lewis (9-15, 0-3 MAC) vs. No. 1 Dustin Kilgore (29-0, 2-0 MAC)
Hwt: No. 6 Jarod Trice (14-2, 3-0 MAC) vs. Keith Witt (12-12, 0-2 MAC)