DeKalb, Ill. - Central Michigan extended its Mid-American Conference dual winning streak to seven with a dominant victory over Northern Illinois Saturday, 25-6.
The Chippewas (6-4, 2-0 MAC) claimed eight of the 10 matches Saturday, including a 12-3 major decision by junior 174-pounder Mike Ottinger.
Ottinger led 2-0 after the first period with a takedown and after escaping to start the second period, recorded another takedown to build a 5-0 lead. The junior posted three more takedowns in the third period to claim the major decision and improve to 13-2 in his first season at 174 pounds.
The Chippewas won the first seven matches of the dual to secure the victory, including wins by their trio of ranked lightweights No. 10 Corey Keener (125), No. 11 Joe Roth (133) and No. 10 Zach Horan (141).
Senior Scott Mattingly continued the winning ways at 149 pounds despite falling behind early to Gabe Morse. Mattingly trailed 3-1 after a takedown in the first and an escape in the second by More, but earned a takedown late in the second period and escaped to start the third to claim a 4-3 decision.
Sophomore Lucas Smith shutout Andrew Morse at 157 pounds, 5-0, and reshirt freshman Nick Becker earned an 8-4 decision over Shaun'Qae McMurty to extend the CMU lead to 18-0 before Ottinger's major decison.
Sophomore Jackson Lewis posted the Maroon and Gold's final victory of the night at 197 pounds with a 3-2 decision over Shawn Scott. Lewis trailed 1-0 with under 30 seconds remaining in the match but was able to escape Scott's grasp with 20 seconds remaining and earned a takedown with just nine seconds left to earn the win.
CMU is off from dual action until Saturday, Jan. 11 when it will travel to Northern Iowa. The Chippewas will be back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 1 when they travel to the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Central Michigan 25, Northern Illinois 6
125: #10 Corey Keener (CMU) dec. Braun Marquez (NIU), 8-4; CMU, 3-0
133: #11 Joe Roth (CMU) dec. Nick Smith (NIU), 18-15; CMU, 6-0
141: #10 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Kevin Fanta (NIU), 3-1; CMU, 9-0
149: Scott Mattingly (CMU) dec. Gabe Morse (NIU), 4-3; CMU, 12-0
157: Lucas Smith (CMU) dec. Andrew Morse (NIU), 5-0; CMU, 15-0
165: Nick Becker (CMU) dec. Shaun’Qae McMurtry (NIU), 8-4; CMU, 18-0
174: #11 Mike Ottinger (CMU) maj. dec. Matt Mougin (NIU), 12-3; CMU, 22-0
184: Caleb Busson (NIU) dec. Craig Kelliher (CMU), 3-2 (OT); CMU, 22-3
197: Jackson Lewis (CMU) dec. Shawn Scott (NIU), 3-2; CMU, 25-6
285: Jared Torrence (NIU) dec. Adam Robinson (CMU), 4-1 (OT); CMU, 28-6