MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan can clinch the Mid-American Conference title outright in a unique way Friday night as it will host in-state foe Eastern Michigan as a part of the second ever Royal Rumble & Tumble inside McGuirk Arena at 7 p.m.
The Chippewas (12-3, 4-0 MAC) will compete alongside the Central Michigan gymnastics program, which will be taking on MAC foe Northern Illinois. Though many schools have adopted the event, CMU is just one of two programs in the country that features top 25 programs in both sports.
Follow the Action: Fans unable to attend the event can follow live stats provided through TrackWrestling.com or get in-meet updates through the Chippewas' official Twitter account @CMUWrestling. A live video feed will also be available through the CMU Sports Zone.
Building a Dynasty: With a win over the Eagles Friday, the Chippewas will clinch the MAC title outright. The Maroon and Gold clinched at least a share of their eighth title in 10 years, and 13th overall, by defeating rival Kent State on Jan. 27, 27-8. CMU has also claimed the last 11 straight MAC Championships crowns.
CMU vs. EMU: The Chippewas are 54-9-1 all-time against Eastern Michigan and have won 21 straight meetings, including a 21-12 victory in Ypsilanti last season. CMU has more wins over EMU than any other opponent in program history. Eastern Michigan's last win in the series was a 17-16 decision in 1991.
CMU vs. The MAC: The Chippewas have won 74 of their last 78 MAC duals dating back to the 1997-98 season. Their current 11-year reign of the MAC Championships is the longest streak in conference history.
Senior Night: Friday evening's dual marks the final home contest of the 2013 season and the final home contest of five seniors. Christian Cullinan (125), Scotti Sentes (133), Donnie Corby (149), Ben Bennett (184) and Jarod Trice (285) have led CMU to three MAC regular season titles and three MAC Championships crowns as the five have combined for 429 wins on the mat.
In the Rankings: CMU held steady at No. 12 in both the NWCA/USA Today coaches' poll and InterMat Tournament Strength rankings following their dominant 25-6 win over Old Dominion Sunday. Eastern Michigan is unranked in both polls.
125: No. 11 Christian Cullinan (16-5, 2-0) vs. Alexander Calandrino (20-9, 1-2)
133: No. 7 Scotti Sentes (12-5, 2-0) vs. Jake Byers (14-10, 1-1) or Filiberto Colon (1-2, 1-0)
141: Scott Mattingly (15-13, 3-1) vs. Seth Schaner (7-11, 2-2)
149: Donnie Corby (15-9, 4-0) vs. Mike Shaw (11-12, 0-3)
157: Lucas Smith (14-8, 2-2) vs. Aaron Sulzer (16-9, 4-0)
165: Mike Ottinger (15-13, 3-1) vs. Jacob Davis (18-9, 1-2)
174: Craig Kelliher (19-10, 1-2) vs. Jacob Dorulla (10-14, 0-3)
184: No. 2 Ben Bennett (18-0, 4-0) vs. Phillip Joseph (15-10, 3-1)
197: Jackson Lewis (10-16, 0-4) vs. Nick Whitenburg (6-6, 2-0)
Hwt: No. 5 Jarod Trice (16-2, 4-0) vs. Chris Eggert (4-10, 0-3) or Khodor Hoballah (7-8, 0-1)