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Ben Bennett (184), Scottie Sentes (133), Mike Ottinger (165) and Jarod Trice (285) were each picked No. 1 in their respective weight class in Friday's MAC Preseason Coaches Poll.
Four Chippewas Ranked No. 1 in Preseason MAC Coaches Poll

MOUNT PLEASANT - The Mid-American Conference wrestling coaches announced the preseason weight class individual rankings in conjunction with the league office Friday.

Central Michigan and Missouri each had four individuals selected No. 1 in the first set of rankings, while the Chippewas had an additional two individuals picked to finish second.

Seniors Scotti Sentes (133), Ben Bennett (184) and Jarod Trice (HWT) and sophomore Mike Ottinger (165) were each ranked first in their respective weight classes, while sophomore Joe Roth (125) and senior Donnie Corby (149) were ranked No. 2.

The rankings will be released each month throughout the season, with one additional ranking system (two total) in January and February.

Based on the individual rankings, new MAC affiliate member Missouri is expected to win the 2013 conference championships with Central Michigan expected to finish second.

The preseason team rankings were decided through an open forum in which the eight schools were ranked based on the number of first through fourth-place votes that were earned in the individual voting system. A first-place vote was worth four team points; a second-place vote earned three team points; third-seeded votes were worth two team points, while a fourth-place tally earned that team one point in the team ranking system. The preseason team rankings for the MAC are as follows:

2012-13 MAC Preseason Poll
1. Missouri (33.5)
2. Central Michigan (24)
3. Kent State (12)
4. Buffalo (11)
5. Eastern Michigan (7.5)
6. Ohio (5)
7. Northern Iowa (4)
8. Northern Illinois (3)

The 2013 MAC Wrestling Championships will be held March 10 and hosted by the University of Buffalo. The Chipewas will look to win their 12th consecutive MAC wrestling championship.

CMU opens its 2012-13 season with its intrasquad dual meet on Tuesday, Oct. 30 before opening the regular season versus in-state rival Michigan Nov. 6.

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