TROY, N.Y. - The No. 17-ranked Central Michigan wrestling team won three of its four matches at the Journeyman/Brute Northeast Duals on Saturday.
The one loss, however, may have been the Chippewas' most impressive effort of the day.
CMU posted wins of 25-6 over Bucknell, 24-12 over American and 30-10 over Drexel. The Chippewas' lone loss was a 27-6 decision to No. 1 Iowa, a dual in which five of the Hawkeyes' eight victories were by two points or less.
"I thought we competed really hard, but at crunch time we didn't seal deal," said CMU head coach Tom Borrelli. "We were up at 125 before the pin, we were right in the match at 133, at 141 we lost on a riding time point, at 165 we lost in overtime and we had a last-second loss at 174. We were really close throughout that match, but it's not a moral victory. We have to be able to seal the deal. I hope that we're able to use this as a building block."
Eleven different Chippewas won at least one match during CMU's four duals on Friday, including six who are vying to be fixtures in CMU's lineup for the first time in their career.
"That part of it is encouraging," Borrelli said. "We have a young team that should improve if we believe in what we are doing and start to make some changes. Even for a lot of our older guys, this is their first time competing in this type of environment where they are 'the guy.'
"We traveled 14 guys, and we had an opportunity to wrestle each of the guys that we brought," he added. "This was a good opportunity to evaluate our personnel."
CMU won eight of the 10 individual bouts in its opening dual against Bucknell. Seven were by decision, while Tony D'Alie posted an 8-0 major decision at 141 pounds.
The Chippewas' second match of the day was against top-ranked and defending national champion Iowa. True freshman Scotti Sentes was leading two-time All-American Charlie Falck in the third period at 125 pounds before Falck turned the tables and pinned Sentes as 5:49. Joey Slaton (133), an All-American in 2008, and Alex Tsirtsis (141) followed with narrow decisions over Conor Beebe and Eric Kruger, respectively.
Brent Metcalf, the defending national champion at 149 and 2008 Dan Hodge Trophy recipient, earned a 9-5 decision over Steve Brown to extend Iowa's lead to 15-0.
True freshman Eric Cubberly got the Chippewas on the scoreboard with a 3-1 decision at 157 pounds. Iowa would claim the next three bouts, however, as Ryan Morningstar edged Trevor Stewart, 3-1, Jay Borschel topped Mike Miller, 6-1, and Phil Keddy defeated Vince DiDona, 2-1.
Jarod Trice closed the dual with a 3-2 decision for CMU at heavyweight.
The Chippewas rebounded to win six individual bouts in a 27-12 win over American and seven bouts in a 27-10 win over Drexel.
Sentes and Beebe scored major decisions and Kruger followed with a decision to give CMU an early 11-0 lead against American. Stewart added six points with a forfeit victory at 165 pounds, and DiDona and Trice added wins for CMU.
Matt Steintrager picked up a forfeit victory at 125 pounds to give CMU an early 6-0 edge against Drexel. Beebe followed with a decision, and D'Alie posted a technical fall at 141 to extend CMU's lead to 14-0.
Drexel won decisions at 149 and 157 pounds, but Stewart won by major decision at 165, Miller by decision at 174 and DiDona by forfeit at 184 to stretch CMU's lead to 27-6. Trice closed the match with a 3-1 sudden-victory decision at heavyweight.
CMU is off until Thursday, Dec. 14 when it visits No. 9 Michigan at 1 p.m.
No. 17 Central Michigan 25, Bucknell 6
125: Derek Reber (BU) dec. Matt Steintrager, 2-0
133: Conor Beebe (CMU) dec. David Marble, 7-2
141: Tony D'Alie (CMU) maj. dec. Adam Healey, 8-0
149: Ryan Cubberly (CMU) dec. Kevin LeValley, 3-2
157: Eric Cubberly (CMU) dec. Scott Sechler, 10-3
165: Trevor Stewart (CMU) dec. Andrew Rendos, 6-2
174: Mike Miller (CMU) dec. Shane Riccio, 3-0
184: Vince DiDona (CMU) dec. David Thompson, 6-3
197: Jay Hahn (BU) dec. Eric Simaz, 7-5
285: Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. Nathan Jones, 9-4
No. 1 Iowa 27, No. 17 Central Michigan 6
125: Charlie Falck (Iowa) pin Scotti Sentes, 5:49
133: Joey Slaton (Iowa) dec. Conor Beebe, 10-7
141: Alex Tsirtsis (Iowa) dec. Eric Kruger, 3-2
149: Brent Metcalf (Iowa) dec. Steve Brown, 9-5
157: Eric Cubberly (CMU) dec. Matt Ballweg, 3-1
165: Ryan Morningstar (Iowa) dec. Trevor Stewart, 3-1 SV
174: Jay Borschel (Iowa) dec. Mike Miller, 6-1
184: Phil Keddy (Iowa) dec. Vince DiDona, 2-1
197: Chad Beatty (Iowa) dec. Eric Simaz, 6-4
285: Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. Jordan Johnson, 3-2
No. 17 Central Michigan 24, American 12
125: Scotti Sentes (CMU) maj. dec. Thomas Williams, 10-2
133: Conor Beebe (CMU) maj. dec. Jasen Borschoff, 9-1
141: Eric Kruger (CMU) dec. Matthew Mariacher, 7-2
149: Kyle Borschoff (AU) dec. Steve Brown, 6-5
157: Patrick Graham (AU) dec. Eric Cubberly, 4-2
165: Trevor Stewart (CMU), win by forfeit
174: Michael Cannon (AU) dec. Mike Miller, 3-2
184: Vince DiDona (CMU) maj. dec. Andrew Semple, 9-1
197: Charles Silber (AU) dec. Eric Simaz, 7-4
285: Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. Quinton Pruett, 6-5
No. 17 Central Michigan 30, Drexel 10
125: Matt Steintrager (CMU), win by forfeit
133: Conor Beebe (CMU) dec. Frank Cimato, 7-2
141: Tony D'Alie (CMU) tech. fall Matt Dugan, 5:30
149: Robert Robinson (DU) dec. Ryan Cubberly, 2-1
157: Dan Konno (DU) dec. Pete Puckett, 9-7 SV
165: Trevor Stewart (CMU) maj. dec. Scott Hunter, 10-2
174: Mike Miller (CMU) dec. Brian Stouffer, 6-1
184: Vince DiDona (CMU), win by forfeit
197: Jon Oplinger (DU) maj. dec. Eric Simaz, 9-1
285: Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. Kyle Frey, 3-1 SV