MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Central Michigan Wrestling’s lone NCAA champion, Casey Cunningham, will have his singlet raised to the rafters of McGuirk Arena when the Chippewas battle Stanford on Monday, November 25.
Cunningham was the 157-pound national champion in 1999 and a two-time All-American. He finished runner-up at 142 pounds the year before winning a national title. Cunningham was also three-time MAC champion and was twice named the MAC Wrestler of the Year.
A native of Middleton, Mich., and product of Fulton High School, Cunningham finished his career with a 134-19 career record. He holds several CMU record including career wins (134), career winning percentage (.876) and single-season winning percentage (.971 in 1998-99). He finished his career ranked sixth on the career pins list with 31.
Cunningham was inducted to the CMU Marcy Weston Hall of Fame in 2009. This is the third member for the program to have his singlet retired.
Following his impressive collegiate career, Cunningham spent seven seasons as an assistant coach for the Maroon and Gold, helping the Chippewas claim seven-straight MAC regular season and tournament championships.
Cunningham went on to serve as the head assistant coach at Iowa State for one season before following Cael Sanderson to Penn State prior to the 2009-10 season. He is entering his fifth season on the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling staff.
The evening will be a family affair as Cunningham’s brother Ryan is in his first-year as an assistant coach for the Chippewas. Head Coach Tom Borrelli’s son, Jason Borrelli, is the head coach of the Stanford Cardinal.
The ceremony will take place prior to the beginning of the 7:30 p.m. match between the Chippewas and Cardinal.