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Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Redshirt freshman Corey Keener went 2-0 on Saturday, improving his record to 10-1 on the on the season.
Chippewas Finish 2-1 at Northeast Duals Saturday

TROY, N.Y. - The Central Michigan wrestling squad posted a 2-1 record at the Northeast Duals on Saturday, earning victories over North Carolina, 18-16, and Sacred Heart, 33-6. 

The Chippewas (4-3) opened the day with a 24-9 loss to Lehigh, managing just three victories from redshirt freshman Corey Keener, sophomore Zach Horan and sophomore Jackson Lewis

The Maroon and Gold were able to quickly recover however, sparked by the biggest victory of the day from Keener at 125 pounds over the Tar Heel's seventh-ranked Anthony Kraisser. Keener held a 4-2 lead through the first period and extended his lead to 6-3 through two before holding off a late rally by Kraisser to earn an 8-7 decision. 

The victory marked the second of the season for the redshirt freshman over a higher ranked opponent. 

Senior Joe Roth continued the winning ways with a 5-4 decision over Troy Heilmann, but Horan was unable to defeat No. 7 Robert Henderson at 141 pounds, falling by decision, 7-4. 

The Tar Heels and and Chippewas went back and forth, as the matched was tied twice, 6-6 and 12-12, before No. 18 Alex Utley claimed a major decision over Austin Severn to put UNC in front, 16-12. 

Lewis gave the Chippewas a chance with a 9-2 decision over Frank Abbondanza, setting up the come-from-behind victory with a decision by sophomore Adam Robinson. 

The Chippewas dominated Sacred Heart in the final dual of the day, winning the first four matches to jump out to a 15-0 lead. Senior Chad Deno claimed a 17-2 technical fall and Horan posted a major decision for more CMU bonus points. 

Junior Mike Ottinger claimed a fall at 174 pounds and the Pioneers voided at 197 pounds for another six bonus points for the Chippewas. In total, CMU claimed eight of the 10 matches. 

The Chippewas open Mid-American Conference competition Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. when they host Buffalo. Tickets can be purchased at CMUChippewas.com or at Ticket Central inside the atrium of the CMU Events Center. Fans can also call and purchase tickets at 800-FIREUP-2 (3473-872).

Lehigh 24, Central Michigan 9
125: #12 Corey Keener (CMU) dec. Artem Timchenko, 7-3; CMU, 3-0
133: Mason Beckman (Lehigh) dec. #12 Joe Roth, 2-1; Tied, 3-3
141: #14 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Laike Gardner, 3-1; CMU, 6-3
149: Mitch Minotti (Lehigh) dec. Scott Mattingly, 5-4; Tied, 6-6
157: Joey Napoli (Lehigh) pinned Lucas Smith, 2:51; Lehigh, 12-6
165: Brian Brill (Lehigh) dec. Nick Becker, 7-3; Lehigh, 15-6
174: Elliot Riddick (Lehigh) dec. #14 Mike Ottinger, 3-1; Lehigh, 18-6
184: Zach Diekel (Lehigh) dec. Austin Severn, 6-2; Lehigh, 21-6
197: Jackson Lewis (CMU) dec. John Bolich, 3-1; Lehigh, 21-9
285: Doug Vollaro (Lehigh) dec. Adam Robinson, 4-3; Lehigh, 24-9

Central Michigan 18, North Carolina 16
125: #12 Corey Keener (CMU) dec. #7 Anthony Kraisser, 8-7; CMU, 3-0
133: #12 Joe Roth (CMU) dec. Troy Heilmann, 5-4; CMU, 6-0
141: #7 Robert Henderson (UNC) dec. #14 Zach Horan, 7-4; CMU, 6-3
149: Christian Barber (UNC) dec. Scott Mattingly, 6-1; Tied, 6-6
157: Jake Crawford (UNC) pinned Lucas Smith, 4:33; UNC, 12-6
165: Nick Becker (CMU) dec. #14 John Staudenmeyer, 5-1; UNC, 12-9
174: #14 Mike Ottinger dec. Scott Marmoll, 2-1; Tied, 12-12
184: #18 Alex Utley (UNC) major dec. Austin Severn, 10-0; UNC, 16-12
197: Jackson Lewis (CMU) dec. Frank Abbondanza, 9-2; UNC, 16-15
285: Adam Robinson (CMU) dec. Bob Coe, 4-0; CMU, 18-16

Central Michigan 33, Sacred Heart 6
125: Chad Deno (CMU) tech. fall Joe Harris, 17-2; CMU, 5-0
133: Tyler Keselring (CMU) dec. Theodore Fabian, 7-2; CMU, 8-0
141: #14 Zach Horan (CMU) major dec. Joseph Florenzo, 11-1; CMU, 12-0
149: Scott Mattingly (CMU) dec. Brendan Goldup, 5-3; CMU, 15-0
157: Casey Mitchell (SHU) dec. Lucas Smith, 7-6; CMU, 15-3
165: Nick Becker (CMU) dec. Conan Schuster, 9-3; CMU, 18-3
174: #14 Mike Ottinger (CMU) pinned Jon Scheidegger; CMU, 24-3
184: Tomasz Filipkowski (SHU) dec. Austin Severn, 2-1; CMU, 24-6
197: Jackson Lewis wins by forfeit; CMU, 30-6
284: Mike Murray (CMU) dec. Nicholas Lupi, 7-2; CMU, 33-6

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