Athletics
Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Roth, Smith and Horan Place at Southern Scuffle; CMU Finishes 13th

Chattanooga, Tenn. - Three Central Michigan wrestlers placed at the competitive Southern Scuffle hosted by Tennessee-Chattanooga over the last two days, led by senior Joe Roth's fifth-place finish at 133 pounds. 

Sophomores Zach Horan (141) and Lucas Smith (157) placed seventh to help the Chippewas finish 13th with a team total of 44.5 points.

Roth cruised his way to the quarterfinals with a 3-0 mark on Wednesday, setting up a quarterfinal match versus Penn State's Jordan Conaway. Roth was able to take advantage with a takedown halfway through the first period and built his lead to 5-2 through two with an escape and second takedown. Conaway managed an escape to cut the deficit to two, but a takedown with 1:21 remaining allowed Roth to build a large enough lead to hold another escape and late takedown to earn a 7-6 decision.

The victory set up a semifinal battle with the nation's top-ranked 133 pounder in Oklahoma State's Jon Morrison. Roth surrendered a takedown to Morrison in the first, but was able to even the score at 2-2 with escapes in both the first and second periods. Morrison quickly escaped to start the third and Roth was unable to earn a takedown in falling by decision, 3-2. 

After another narrow 6-5 loss to No. 15 Nick Soto of Chattanooga, Roth battled Conaway again and claimed a 5-2 decision to secure fifth place. 

Sophomore Lucas Smith, unranked among the nation's top 20 according to InterMat, showed the form that qualified him for the NCAA Tournament a year ago with a pair of victories over top-20 foes en route to a seventh-place finish. 

Smith opened the tournament with a 11-4 decision over No. 18 Tristan Warner of Old Dominion. After a takedown with 1:20 to go in the first period, twice Smith turned Warner to his back for three-point near falls. 

A perfect 3-0 Wednesday qualified Smith for a quarterfinal match versus No. 2-ranked Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State, but he was unable to advance after falling by decision, 7-1. Smith rebounded however by defeating Tyler Gantt of UNC and after a loss to No. 13 R.J. Pena of Oregon State, 9-3, the sophomore claimed seventh with yet another win over a ranked foe. 

Smith and No. 6 Kyle Bradley of Missouri were tied through regulation, 3-3, and went to a second overtime before Smith started on bottom and reversed Bradley 12 seconds in to claim a 6-5 decision. 

Sophomore Zach Horan also had a perfect 3-0 first day to advance to the quarterfinals before falling to No. 2 Zain Retherford of Penn State in a close-fought match, 2-0. Horan responded with a 2-1 decision over No. 12 Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State in the first tiebreaker, but was unable to continue the tournament and the seventh-place match was not wrestled. 

The CMU wrestling program is back in action when it returns to dual competition on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Northern Iowa. The Chippewas return home to McGuirk Arena on Friday, Jan. 17 for a battle with MAC preseason favorite Ohio at 7 p.m.

Rankings are based on InterMat Wrestling

125 - No. 9 Corey Keener
First Round: Bye
Second Round: W, dec. Tyler Dorrell (Ok. State), 11-9 SV2
Third Round: L, dec. Caleb Richardson (Penn), 6-0
Consolation Third Round: L, dec. Vito Pasone (App. State), 9-5

133 - No. 11 Joe Roth (Fifth Place)
First Round: W, fall Dakota Bauer (Iowa State), 5:57
Second Round: W, dec. Clarence Arrington (Citadel), 4-0
Third Round: W, dec. Dane Harlow (Boston), 6-1
Quarterfinals: W, dec. Jordan Conaway (Penn State), 7-6
Semifinals: L, dec. No. 1 Jon Morrison (Ok. State), 3-2
Consolation Semifinals: L, dec. No. 15 Nick Soto (Chattanooga), 6-5
Fifth-Place Match: W, dec. Jordan Conaway (Penn State), 5-2

133 - Tyler Keselring
First Round: Bye
Second Round: L, dec. No. 15 Nick Soto (Chattanooga), 4-0
Consolation Second Round: W, dec. Logan Everett (Army), 8-1
Consolation Third Round: L, dec. Matt Manley (Mizzou), 4-3

141 - No. 11 Zach Horan (Seventh Place)
First Round: W, dec. Tyler Scotton (Boston), 3-0
Second Round: W, dec. Mark Machetti (Army), 7-3
Third Round: W, dec. Lavion Mayes (Mizzou), 3-1 SV1
Quarterfinals: L, dec. No. 2 Zain Retherford (Penn State), 2-0
Consolation Sixth Round: W, dec. No. 12 Anthony Collica (Ok. State), 2-1 TB1
Consolation Quarterfinals: L, medical forfeit
Seventh-Place Match: Default

149 - Scott Mattingly 
First Round: W, dec. Brent Jorge (Campbell), 7-2
Second Round: W, dec. Nick Heilmann (UNC), 9-3
Third Round: L, dec. No. 3 Josh Kindig (Ok. State), 8-2
Consolation Fourth Rond: medical forfeit

149 - Colin Heffernan (Unattached)
First Round: L, dec. Cody Ruggirello (Hofstra), 6-4 SV1
Consolation First Round: Bye
Consolation Second Round: W, dec. Thomas Gaimo (Minnesota), 6-5
Consolation Third Round: L, dec. Mike Racciato (Pitt), 12-7

157 - Lucas Smith (Seventh Place)
First Round: W, dec. No. 18 Tristan Warner (Old Dominion), 11-4
Second Round: W, dec. Pat Smith (Minnesota), 3-2 TB1
Third Round: W, dec. James Volrath (Penn State), 2-1
Quarterfinals: L, dec. No. 2 Alex Dieringer (Ok. State), 7-1
Consolation Sixth Round: W, dec. Thomas Gantt (UNC), 9-2
Consolation Quarterfinals: L, dec. No. 13 R.J. Pena (Oregon State), 9-3
Seventh-Place Match: W, dec. No. 6 Kyle Bradley (Mizzou), 6-5 TB1

165 - Nick Becker
First Round: L, dec. No. 20 Casey Kent (Penn), 2-0
Consolation First Round: Bye
Consolation Second Round: L, dec. Chandler Smith (Army), 6-4

174 - Jordan Ellingwood (Unattached)
First Round: L, dec. George Pickett (Cornell), 4-3
Consolation First Round: Bye
Consolation Second Round: L, dec. Pete Renda (UNC), 5-1

184 - Craig Kelliher
First Round: Bye
Second Round: W, dec. Blake Stauffer (Arizona State), 4-0
Third Round: L, dec. No. 15 Sam Wheeler (Kent State), 5-4
Consolation Fourth Round: W, major dec. James Suvak (UVA), 10-0
Consolation Fifth Round: W, fall Michael Macchiavello (UNC), 1:44
Consolation Sixth Round: L, dec. Jonathan Fauser (UVA), 9-1

184 - Austin Severn
First Round: L, tech. fall No. 7 Gabriel Dean (Cornell), 20-4
Consolation First Round: Bye
Consolation Second Round: L, No. 11 dec. John Eblen (Mizzou), 7-1

197 - Jackson Lewis
First Round: Bye
Second Round: L, major dec. No. 3 Morgan McIntosh (Penn State), 12-3
Consolation Second Round: Bye
Consolation Third Round: W, dec. Jake Henderson (Old Dominion), 6-1
Consolation Fourth Round: W, dec. Francis Mattiace (Penn), 6-3
Consolation Fifth Round: W, dec. Darnell Bortz (Ok. State), 6-2
Consolation Sixth Round: L, dec. No. 12 Brandon Palik (Drexel), 10-6

285 - Adam Robinson
First Round: L, forfeit Matt Tourdot (Old Dominion)
Consolation First Round: Bye
Consolation Second Round: W, dec. Stephen Snyder (Army), 2-0
Consolation Third Round: W, fall Gerald Johnson (Citadel), 2:44
Consolation Fourth Round: L, dec. J.J. Everand (South Dakota), 5-2

285 - Mike Murray
First Round: L, dec. Collin Campbell (UVA), 8-2
Consolation First Round: Bye
Consolation Second Round: L, fall Mimmo Lytle (Kent State), 1:37

285 - Newton Smercheck (Unattached)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: L, dec. Jonathan Gingrich (Penn State), 5-1
Consolation Second Round: W, dec. Robert Coe (UNC), 5-4 TB2
Consolation Third Round: L, major dec. Riley Shaw (Cleveland State), 13-3

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