Ben Bennett, one of the most decorated wrestlers in Central Michigan history, is in his third year as an assistant on coach Tom Borrelli’s staff.
Since joining the Chippewa coaching staff prior to the 2013-14 season, Bennett has helped groom several wrestlers to success in the MAC and NCAA championships, including Joe Roth, who in 2014 earned All-America honors by placing seventh in the NCAA Championships at 133 pounds.
A native of Rockford, Mich., Bennett is the first four-time All-American in CMU history and the second four-time Mid-American Conference champion.
Bennett placed fourth at 184 pounds in the NCAA Championships in 2013, his senior year. In 2010, he was sixth at 174, becoming the fourth freshman in program history to earn All-America honors. He placed eighth at 174 in 2011, and was sixth at 184 in 2012.
Bennett twice earned the Chick Sherwood Award as CMU’s most valuable wrestler, was named the MAC Wrestler of the Year in 2012, and in 2010 earned the MAC Freshman of the Year Award.
In 2013, Bennett joined Wynn Michalak as the only four-time MAC champions in CMU history. The duo is among just six wrestlers in the 60-plus-year history of the league to accomplish the feat.
Bennett ranks sixth in CMU history with 121 career victories (against 24 losses) and his career win percentage, .834, is fourth all-time. His .939 win percentage, the product of a 31-2 record, in the 2012-13 season ranks as the second best in Chippewa wrestling history. He also won a school-record 30 consecutive matches that year.