MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan will look to close the regular season on a 10-dual winning streak Friday when it travels an hour south to battle in-state foe Michigan State at 7 p.m.
The Chippewas (16-3) have won nine straight, including the last six in dominating fashion. CMU has allowed its opponents to claim no more than two victories in any of its last six duals and has outscored its opponents 180-41.
Follow the Action: Fans unable to make the trip to East Lansing can follow all the action online with live stats provided through TrackWrestling.com and a live video feed provided through Spartan All-Access. Fans can also follow the Chippewas' official twitter account @CMUWrestling for updates.
Scouting the Spartans: Michigan State is just 4-13 on the year and went 0-8 in Big Ten competition. The Spartans are on the opposite spectrum of the Chippewas in terms of streaks, entering Friday night's dual having lost its last 10 duals.
CMU vs. MSU: CMU has won 11 straight dual meets over the Spartans and holds a 14-13 advantage in the series all time. Last season, CMU won six bouts - getting bonus points from major decisions by Ben Bennett, Tyler Keselring and Scott Mattingly - to claim a 21-12 decision inside McGuirk Arena.
Tracking 100: Senior Jarod Trice can become the third wrestler this season to join the 100-win club with a victory Friday night. Trice enters his match versus No. 7 Mike McClure with a career record of 99-24.
The Lineups: Probable lineups for Friday's duals (rankings by InterMat):
|Weight||No. 11 Central Michigan||Michigan State|
|125||Joe Roth (Jr., 16-3)||Brenan Lyon (Jr., 8-15)|
|133||Tyler Keselring (So., 21-5)||Brandon Fifield (So., 11-15)|
|141||Scott Mattingly (Jr., 19-13)||Nick Timble (Fr., 6-20|
|149||Donnie Corby (Sr., 18-10)||Dan Osterman (Sr., 18-9)|
|157||Lucas Smith (RFr., 18-8)||Ryan Watts (So., 18-10)|
|165||Mike Ottinger (So., 19-13)||Nick Proctor (So., 13-15)|
|174||Craig Kelliher (Jr., 20-10)||Jordan Wohlfert (Fr., 15-16)|
|184||No. 2 Ben Bennett (Sr., 22-0)||No. 17 John Rizqallah (So., 22-8)|
|197||Jackson Lewis (RFr., 10-18)||Luke Jones (So., 20-13) or Nick McDiarmid (So. (20-11)|
|Hwt||No. 5 Jarod Trice (Sr., 20-2)||No. 7 Michael McClure (Jr, 28-3)|
NCAA Releases Second Wrestling Coaches' Panel Rankings: The NCAA released the second of three coaches' panel rankings and the first Rating Percentage Index (RPI) for the 2011-12 wrestling season last week. The final rankings and RPI will be two of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. To be eligible for an RPI ranking, a wrestler must have a minimum of 17 Division I matches at a given weight class.
Eight Chippewas were listed in the rankings:
Cullinan, 125 pounds: No. 11 Coaches' rankings/No. 12 NCAA RPI
Scotti Sentes, 133 pounds: No. 7 Coaches' rankings/No. 9 NCAA RPI
Donnie Corby, 149 pounds: No. 24 Coaches' rankings/No. 31 NCAA RPI
Lucas Smith, 157 pounds: No. 29 Coaches' rankings/No. 24 NCAA RPI
Mike Ottinger, 165 pounds: No. 25 Coaches' rankings/No. 33 NCAA RPI
Craig Kelliher, 174 pounds: No. 21 Coaches' rankings/No. 19 NCAA RPI
Ben Bennett, 184 pounds: No. 2 Coaches' rankings/No. 10 NCAA RPI
Jarod Trice, Heavyweight: No. 5 Coaches' rankings/No. 9 NCAA RPI
Looking Ahead: Following their dual versus the Spartans, the Chippewas will have a 16-day break from competition before the Mid-American Conference Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., March 10. The NCAA Championships will be held in Des Moines, Iowa March 21-23.