MOUNT PLEASANT - No. 11 Central Michigan continued its dominating ways against Buffalo Saturday afternoon, keeping their record versus the Bulls unblemished with a 28-7 victory.
The Chippewas improved to 4-2 on the season, 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference and 18-0 all-time versus the Bulls thanks in part to bonus points from two of their highly touted seniors - No. 2 Scotti Sentes (133) and No. 5 Ben Bennett (184).
Sentes improved to 4-0 on the year by earning a pair of takedowns in the first four minutes of the match before turning No. 19 Erik Galloway to his back to earn his first fall of the season. The victory came in a stretch of six-straight for the Chippewas to open the match as they jumped out front, 21-0.
Senior Christian Cullinan, ranked No. 12 in the country at 125 pounds, opened the dual with a 2-0 decision over Max Soria, using a second period escape and accumulating riding time.
Junior Scott Mattingly earned a 4-2 decision at 141 pounds over Blake Roulo by earning a takedown with just over a minute to go in the third period before senior Donnie Corby used an escape and a takedown in the third period to earn a 3-2 decision at 149 pounds.
Another pair of close matches went the Chippewas' way at 157 and 165 pounds when redshirt freshman Lucas Smith earned a third-period takedown of Wally Maziarz to claim a 3-1 decision and sophomore Mike Ottinger claimed a 2-1 decision over No. 12 Mark Lewandowski.
Ottinger entered the third period trailing 1-0, but earned an escape 28 seconds in and was awarded a penalty point when Lewandowski grabbed his headgear. The sophomore had to work to close the match however as Lewandowski was able to get in on a takedown attempt and Ottinger held him off until the final buzzer.
Junior Anthony Bill dropped a hardly contested match at 174 pounds, falling behind 3-0 to No. 17 John-Martin Cannon before coming back with a takedown just before the end of the second period and escaping to start the third to tie the match, 3-3. Martin-Cannon was able to claim the victory by earning a riding time point.
Bennett controlled his match from start to finish at 184 pounds, jumping ahead 5-0 in the first period on a takedown and three-point nearfall and extending his lead to 8-0 with a second period escape and takedown. After starting the third period neutral, Bennett claimed another takedown and three-point nearfall and with riding time was able to claim a 14-0 major decision.
Senior No. 4 Jarod Trice finished the match with his own dominating performance, claiming four takedowns to defeat Justin Heiserman be decision, 10-3.
The Chippewas will compete next at the Midland Championships in Evanston, Ill., Dec. 29-30 before returning to McGuirk Arena Jan. 6 to take on Bucknell.
125: Christian Cullinan (CMU) dec. Max Soria (UB), 2-0; CMU 3-0
133: No. 2 Scotti Sentes (CMU) pin No. 19 Erik Galloway (UB), 4:29; CMU 9-0
141: Scott Mattingly (CMU) dec. Andrew Schutt (UB), 4-2; CMU 12-0
149: Donnie Corby (CMU) dec. Blake Roulo (UB), 3-2; CMU 15-0
157: Lucas Smith (CMU) dec. Wally Maziarz (UB), 3-1; CMU 18-0
165: Mike Ottinger dec. No. 12 Mark Lewandowski (UB), 2-1; CMU 21-0
174: John-Martin Cannon (UB) dec. Anthony Bill (CMU), 4-3; CMU 21-3
184: No. 5 Ben Bennett (CMU) maj. dec. Anthony Lock (UB), 14-0; CMU 25-3
197: Angelo Malvestuto (UB) maj. dec. Jackson Lewis (CMU), 14-1; CMU 25-7
HWT: No. 4 Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. Justin Heiserman (UB), 10-3