MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The defending Mid-American Conference regular season champion Central Michigan wrestling program opened league competition with a dominant victory over Buffalo Sunday afternoon, 29-6.
The Chippewas (5-3, 1-0 MAC) held a 26-3 advantage in takedowns in the match and scored bonus points in five of their eight victories.
The Bulls (1-4, 0-1 MAC) were able to take a short-lived lead with a victory by Angelo Malvestuto in the first tie breaker over Jackson Lewis to start the match, but CMU rattled off eight-straight victories soon after.
Sophomore Adam Robinson put the Chippewas in front with a 12-3 major decision at heavyweight. Robinson led 4-1 after the first two periods and was able to earn bonus points with three third-period takedowns.
Redshirt freshman No. 13 Corey Keener continued his hot start to the 2013-14 campaign with a 9-4 decision over Buffalo senior Max Soria, before No. 12 Joe Roth posted a 12-4 major decision at 133 pounds.
Redshirt sophomore Zach Horan nearly pinned his opponent in the first period and took a 5-0 lead through one behind a takedown and three-point nearfall. The second-period escape and third-period takedown allowed Horan to earn a 8-4 decision.
The victory of the afternoon came at 165 pounds as senior Zack Cline took advantage and earned a reversal in the second period to swing the momentum in his favor. Cline opened the third period with a takedown and accumulated riding time to post a 5-1 decision.
Junior Mike Ottinger, ranked No. 12 in the country at 174 pounds, dominated his opponent for the final CMU victory of the night. Ottinger earned five takedowns to earn a 13-5 major decision.
CMU is back in action next Sunday when they travel to Ann Arbor to take on in-state foe Michigan.
Central Michigan 29, Buffalo 6
197: Angelo Malvestuto (UB) dec. Jackson Lewis, 2-1 TB1; Buffalo, 3-0
285: Adam Robinson (CMU) major dec. James Benjamin, 12-3; CMU, 4-3
125: No. 13 Corey Keener (CMU) dec. Max Soria, 9-4; CMU, 7-3
133: No. 12 Joe Roth (CMU) major dec. Justin Farmer, 12-4; CMU, 11-3
141: No. 14 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Nick Flannery, 8-4; CMU, 14-3
149: Scott Mattingly (CMU) major dec. Ryan Todora, 11-2; CMU, 18-3
157: Lucas Smith (CMU) major dec. John Northrup, 9-0; CMU, 22-3
165: Zack Cline (CMU) dec. Wally Maziarz, 5-1; CMU, 25-3
174: No. 12 Mike Ottinger (CMU) major dec. Jarred Lux, 13-5; CMU 29-3
184: Anthony Lock (UB) dec. Craig Kelliher, 5-2; CMU, 29-6