Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Chippewas Set to Host Conference Foes #25 Ohio and #7 MIzzou

Mount Pleasant, Mich. -  The Central Michigan wrestling program will return to the friendly confines of McGuirk Arena this week for a pair of MId-American Conference duals versus No. 25 Ohio and No. 7 MIssouri.

The Chippewas (6-5, 2-1 MAC) will kick off the week with the third annual Royal Rumble & Tumble in conjunction with the CMU gymnastics program. The wrestling program will take on the Bobcats (5-1, 1-1 MAC), while the gymnastics program will host William & Mary. The event is set to begin at 7 p.m.

CMU will wrap up its week versus MAC affiliate Missouri, ranked seventh in the country, on Sunday at 2 p.m. 

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

MAC Announces January Rankings: The Chippewas are still slight underdogs in the most recent MAC rankings released Thursday morning as they are tied for fourth with 13.0 points. Defending MAC Champion Missouri is the league favorite with 21.0 points, while the Panthers are ranked second with 20.0 points. Senior Joe Roth and junior Mike Ottinger held strong at 133 and 174 pounds as they are both still ranked second, while redshirt freshman Corey Keener and sophomore Zach Horan fell to No. 3 in the conference at 125 and 141 pounds respectively. 

CMU vs. Ohio: The Chippewas lead the all-time series, 24-17. CMU has claimed the last two meetings, including last season in Athens, Ohio, 23-12. The Chippewas scored bonus points in four of their six wins, including major decisions by Joe Roth and Tyler Keselring. 

CMU vs. Missouri: The Chippewas and Tigers have met seven times in program history with an even 3-3-1 record in the all-time series. CMU claimed last season's meeting as the No. 12 Chippewas gave No. 7 Missouri its' first loss of the season, 17-16. 

The Matchups

Weight   CMU   No. 25 Ohio   No. 7 MIzzou
125   No. 12 Corey Keener  

Kevon Powell

 

Barlow McGhee or Zach Synon

133   No. 16 Joe Roth   

Kagan Squire

 

Matt Manley or Eric Wilson

141   No. 9 Zach Horan   

Noah Forrider

 

Lavion Mayes or Trevor Jauch

149   Scott Mattingly   

No. 15 Tywan Claxton

 

No. 1 Drake Houdashelt

157   No. 20 Lucas Smith   

Spartak Chino

 

Matthew Lemanowicz

165   Nick Becker   

Harrison Hightower

 

No. 8 Zach Toal

174   No. 10 Mike Ottinger   

No. 7 Cody Walters

 

No. 17 Mikey England

184   Craig Kelliher   

Ryan Garringer

 

No. 10 Johnny Eblen

197   Jackson Lewis   

No. 13 Phil Wellington or Beau Wenger

 

No. 6 J'den Cox

Hwt   Adam Robinson   

No. 11 Jeremy Johnson

 

Devin Mellon

Looking Ahead: The Chippewas will head to rival Kent State on Sunday, January 26 for a 2 p.m. matchup versus the Golden Flashes. 

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