Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Chippewas Head to Old Dominion for MAC Dual Sunday

Mount Pleasant, Mich. -  The Central Michigan wrestling program will look for its fifth Mid-American Conference victory of the season when it takes on conference-affiliate Old Dominion Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Chippewas (8-6, 4-2 MAC) are coming off a 21-12 win at Kent State last Sunday and have won two of their last three duals. The meeting will be the first in conference competition versus the Monarchs (5-8, 1-2 MAC), who earned their first conference win in school history last weekend at Buffalo.

Follow the Action: The dual will be streamed live on MAC-Sports.com, while live stats will be provided through TrackWrestling.com. Fans can also follow the Chippewas' official twitter account @CMUWrestling for in-match updates. 

NCAA Releases First Coaches' Panel Rankings: The NCAA released its first of three coaches' panel rankings last Thursday afternoon with six Central Michigan wrestlers ranked in the top 33 nationally. Sophomore Zach Horan received the highest ranking of any Chippewa as the coaches slotted him No. 7 at 141 pounds. Redshirt freshman Corey Keener (125), senior Joe Roth (133), senior Scott Mattingly (149), sophomore Lucas Smith (157) and junior Mike Ottinger (174) were also ranked. 

MAC Releases Second January Rankings: The MAC office released its second set of coaches' rankings for the month of January last Thursday with the Chippewas slated to finish fourth at the MAC Championships March 8. Northern Iowa was picked to win the title with 20.0 team points, while Missouri (18.5 points) and Ohio (17.0 points) are still in front of the Maroon and Gold. Junior Mike Ottinger moved into the No. 1 slot at 174 pounds, while sophomore Lucas Smith moved up to No. 2 at 157 pounds. 

CMU vs. ODU: The Chippewas hold a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series between the two programs and defeated the Monarchs inside McGuirk Arena last season, 25-6. 

Perfect in the MAC: Senior Joe Roth (6-0) and sophomores Zach Horan (5-0) and Lucas Smith (5-0) will look to remain perfect in conference competition. Horan will square off versus No. 6 ranked Christ Mecate at 141, who is also ranked as the top 141-pounder in the MAC.

The Matchups

Weight   CMU   Old Dominion  
125   No. 12 Corey Keener (16-4)  

Brandon Jeske (13-10)

 
133   No. 13 Joe Roth (15-5)  

Scott Festejo (3-7) or Michael Haynes (10-8)

 
141   No. 10 Zach Horan (21-2)   

No. 6 Christ Mecate (20-6)

 
149   Scott Mattingly (13-11)   

No. 16 Alexander Richardson (19-6)

 
157   No. 19 Lucas Smith (12-7)   

Tristan Warner (13-8)

 
165   Nick Becker (8-11)   

Devin Geoghegan (9-12) or Dillon Geoghegan (3-10)

 
174   No. 8 Mike Ottinger (17-2)   

Billy Curling (10-7) or Austin Coburn (15-12)

 
184   Craig Kelliher (7-11)  

Jack Dechow (10-3)

 
197   Jackson Lewis (12-12)  

Kevin Beazler (14-9) or Jake Henderson (8-4)

 
Hwt   Adam Robinson (8-14)  

Matt Tourdot (11-10)

 

*Rankings from InterMat

 

Looking Ahead: CMU returns home on Thursday, February 13 to take on in-state foe Eastern Michigan at 7:30 p.m. 

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