Mount Pleasant, Mich. - The Central Michigan wrestling program saw its 12-match winning streak versus in-state foe Michigan State snapped Saturday afternoon, 18-14.
The Chippewas (10-11) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead behind a pair of decisions from senior Scott Mattingly and sophomore Lucas Smith. Junior Mike Ottinger extended the lead to 9-3 with a dramatic 4-3 decision at 174 pounds.
Ottinger surrendered a takedown to Nick Kaczanowski late in the third period to fall behind 3-1 only to quickly turn for a reversal before time expired to send the match to overtime. Neither wrestler was able to score in the one-minute sudden victory period and Ottinger accumulated 30 seconds of riding time in the first portion of the first tiebreaker.
The junior then earned an escape when it was his turn on bottom and held off a takedown by Kaczanowski for his 22nd win of the season.
The Spartans won the next three matches however, including a pin by No. 7 Mike McClure at heavyweight to take a 15-9 lead.
Redshirt freshman Corey Keener pulled CMU back within three, 15-12, with a 7-3 decision at 125 pounds, but a loss by senior Joe Roth at 133 pounds and an unsportsmanlike conduct deduction sealed the win for the Spartans.
Sophomore Zach Horan nearly earned a pin in the first period of his match against Brian Gibbs and went on to win his 27th match of the year with a 6-3 decision.
CMU will now begin preparations for the Mid-American Conference Championships hosted by Kent State on March 8-9.
Michigan State 18, No. 25 Central Michigan 14
149: Scott Mattingly (CMU) dec. Nicholas Trimble, 6-3; CMU, 3-0
157: No. 20 Lucas Smith (CMU) dec. Roger Wildmo, 5-3; CMU, 6-0
165: Bobby Nash (MSU) dec. Nick Becker, 5-1; CMU, 6-3
174: No. 8 Mike Ottinger (CMU) dec. Nick Kaczanowski, 4-3 TB1; CMU, 9-3
184: John Rizqallah (MSU) dec. Craig Kelliher, 4-0; CMU, 9-6
197: Nick McDiarmid (MSU) dec. Jackson Lewis, 4-2; Tied, 9-9
285: No. 7 Mike McClure (MSU) pinned Adam Robinson, 2:49; MSU, 15-9
125: Corey Keener (CMU) dec. Brenan Lyon, 7-3; MSU, 15-12
133: Garth Yenter (MSU) dec. No. 11 Joe Roth, 8-4; MSU, 18-11*
141: No. 8 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Brian Gibbs, 6-2; MSU, 18-14
* - A point was deducted from CMU's score for unsportsmanlike conduct following the 133-pound match