Mount Pleasant, Mich. - The Central Michigan wrestling program held its annual Intrasquad Meet Saturday night inside McGuirk Arena, with the Maroon squad capturing the win, 19-13.
The Maroon and Gold split the first eight matches of the evening, allowing the Gold to take a 13-12 lead when junior Craig Kelliher earned a 4-2 decision over Austin Severn with a takedown in sudden victory.
Sophomore Jackson Lewis picked up a key 10-2 major decision over freshman Jimmy Szep at 197 pounds to earn bonus points and put the Maroon back ahead, 16-13. Freshman heavyweight Newton Smerchek then defeated sophomore Adam Robinson by decision, 3-1, to secure the victory. Smerchek earned the win by taking down Robinson with under a minute remaining in the match.
Redshirt freshman Corey Keener opened the night with a 14-6 major decision over senior Chad Deno at 125 pounds. Senior Joe Roth and sophomore Zach Horan, both up a weight class this season, earned a decision for the Maroon at 133 and 141 pounds.
Senior Scott Mattingly defeated freshman Colin Heffernan by decision, 7-5, for the Gold, but the Maroon went right back ahead on decisions by junior Dakota Cooley and redshirt freshman Nick Becker at 157 and 165.
Junior Mike Ottinger, who is also moving up a weight class this season, claimed a 3-2 decision over freshman Jordan Ellingwood on a takedown with under a minute remaining.
CMU opens the regular season next Saturday, Nov. 9 at the MSU Open. The first dual of the season will be held on Friday, Nov. 15 versus Utah Valley State at 7 p.m. inside McGuirk Arena.
125: (G) major dec. (M), 14-6; Gold, 4-0
133: (M) dec. (G), 7-3; Gold, 4-3
141: (M) dec. (G), 9-7; Maroon, 6-4
149: (G) dec. Colin Heffernan (M), 7-5; Gold, 7-6
157: (M) dec. (G), 4-3; Maroon, 9-7
165: (M) dec. (G), 4-0; Maroon, 12-7
174: (G) dec. Jordan Ellingwood (M), 3-2; Maroon, 12-10
184: (G) dec. (M), 4-2 SV, Gold, 13-12
197: (M) major dec. Jimmy Szep (G), 10-2; Maroon, 16-13
285: Newton Smerchek (M) dec. Adam Robinson (G), 3-1; Maroon, 19-13