MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan's wrestling program helped make it a clean sweep for the maroon and gold in the inaugural Royal Rumble and Tumble at McGuirk Arena on Sunday, defeating Old Dominion 18-16 in a nonconference dual.
While the No. 13 Chippewas were earning their fifth dual meet victory of the season, CMU's gymnastics program was improving to 8-0 on the season with a 195.750-189.100 victory over Mid-American Conference rival Northern Illinois. The events were held simultaneously in McGuirk Arena.
"I thought it was great," said CMU wrestling head coach Tom Borrelli . "The thing that helps us is that, at the NCAA Championships, there are eight mats so there is a lot going on in the arena. Your guys have to be able to focus when there is a big crowd, a lot of noise, a lot of whistles, which are the same things we had in the arena today."
Six decisions accounted for the Chippewas' 18 team points, but Old Dominion (5-9-1 overall) scored bonus points in two bouts and held a one-point lead with three bouts remaining.
CMU (5-7 overall) built an early 9-3 lead, with No. 5 Ben Bennett , Craig Kelliher and No. 2 Jarod Trice claiming decisions at 174, 197 and 285 pounds, respectively. The Monarchs drew within 9-7 when No. 4 James Nicholson posted a 15-5 major decision over Christian Cullinan at 125 pounds. Nicholson improved to 24-0 on the season with the win.
Scotti Sentes responded with a key decision for the Chippewas at 133 pounds in a bout between two nationally ranked individuals. Sentes, ranked 11th in the country, scored a second-period takedown built a riding time advantage of 2:22 in a 4-0 decision over ODU's No. 12-ranked Kyle Hutter.
Old Dominion took its only lead of the dual when Brennan Brumley pinned Scott Mattingly at 141 pounds. The pair traded reversals in the second period before Brumley turned Mattingly and scored the fall at the 4:57 mark.
Momentum swung back to CMU, however, when Donnie Corby rallied for a 5-3 decision over Joey Metzler at 149 pounds. Corby built riding time in the second period, but still trailed 3-1 entering the final period. An early escape made it 3-2, and he took the lead with a takedown with just 15 seconds remaining. Riding time provided the final 5-3 margin.
Ryan Cubberly followed with a 6-3 decision over Micah Blair at 157 pounds that extended CMU's lead to 18-13. Cubberly took down Blair in the first and second period and held a riding time advantage of 2:01.
Old Dominion's Dan Rivera closed the dual with a 3-1 sudden-victory decision over the Chippewas' Eric Cubberly .
CMU is back in action Friday, traveling to Ohio for a MAC dual at 7 p.m.
No. 13 Central Michigan 18, Old Dominion 16
174: No. 5 Ben Bennett (CMU) dec. Tristan Warner, 8-3; CMU 3-0
184: Joe Budi (ODU) dec. Chad Friend , 5-1; Tied 3-3
197: Craig Kelliher (CMU) dec. Jacob Henderson, 4-2; CMU 6-3
285: No. 2 Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. Grant Chapman, 2-0; CMU 9-3
125: No. 4 James Nicholson (ODU) maj. dec. Christian Cullinan , 15-5; CMU 9-7
133: No. 11 Scotti Sentes (CMU) dec. No. 12 Kyle Hutter, 4-0; CMU 12-7
141: Brennan Brumley (ODU) pin Scott Mattingly at 4:57; ODU 13-12
149: Donnie Corby (CMU) dec. Joey Metzler, 5-3; CMU 15-13
157: Ryan Cubberly (CMU) dec. Micah Blair, 6-3; CMU 18-13
165: Dan Rivera (ODU) dec. Eric Cubberly , 3-1 SV1; CMU 18-16
Dual began at 174 pounds.