Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Justin Oliver won the 149-pound weight class and 15 Central Michigan wrestlers placed on Sunday at the Michigan State Open at the Spartans’ Jenison Field House.
Oliver, a junior who is ranked seventh nationally by WIN Magazine, went 4-0 on the day and defeated Ryan Deakin of Northwestern, 4-3, in the title match. Deakin is ranked 12th.
No team scores were kept. The Chippewas, who are ranked 17th, are scheduled to wrestle on Saturday at the Eastern Michigan Open.
Nine other Chippewas posted top-five finishes in the open division of their respective weight classes, while five more CMU wrestlers placed in the Freshman/Sophomore Division.
CMU’s Dresden Simon (133), Colin Heffernan (157) and Jordan Ellingwood (184) each placed second; Mason Smith (141) was third; Drew Hildebrandt (125), CJ Brucki (174), Jordan Atienza (197) and Matt Stencel (285) each placed fourth; and Newton Smerchek (285) was fifth.
In the Freshman/Sophomore Division, CMU’s Collin Lieber (174) was first; Nolan Saxton (149) and Nicholas Jenkins (285) were third; Brent Fedewa (165) was fourth; and Drew Marten (133) placed sixth.
• Oliver opened with a 16-1 technical pin of Gabe Grahek of Wisconsin; and then defeated Dom Demas of Oklahoma, 11-7; and topped Davion Jeffries, also of Oklahoma, 10-3, in a semifinal match.
• Simon, a redshirt freshman, fell to Ben Thornton of Purdue, 5-3, in the 133 championship match.
Simon opened with back-to-back pins. The first, at 4:33, came against Michael Stewart of Findlay, and the second, at 6:52, came over Giuseppe Penzone of Tiffin. Simon reached the final with two major decisions, the first 9-1 over Ivan McClay of Notre Dame (Ohio), and the second, 10-0, over Jerry Fenner of Ashland.
• Heffernan, a senior, lost in the 157 final to Josh Shields of Arizona State, 5-4 TB-1. Heffernan opened with a 12-4 major over Shayne Oster of Northwestern; then topped Cole Sysocki of Purdue, 6-2. He then posted a 4-3 win over Christian Pagdilao of Arizona State in a semifinal match.
• Ellingwood, a senior, lost 7-4 to Michigan’s Domenic Abounader in the 184 final. He opened with a pin in 1:51 of Clayton Capes of Manchester; then downed Tyler Hughes of Lake Erie on an 8-0 major; and, in the semifinals, defeated Ricky Robertson of Wisconsin, 8-3.
• Smith, a sophomore, opened with an 7-2 victory over David Bavery of Notre Dame (Ohio), then posted an 18-2 technical fall over Brendan Fizgerald of Ohio. Smith lost, 6-3, to Mike Longo of Oklahoma and then scored a 6-0 win over Sal Profaci of Michigan in the third-place match.
• Hildebrandt, a redshirt freshman, downed Joshua Kramer of Arizona State, 7-4, in his opening bout, and then fell, 3-1 SV-1, to Christian Moody of Oklahoma. Hildebrandt rebounded to win two consecutive matches to make the consolation final.
He first defeated Kyle Quinn of Notre Dame (Ohio) by injury default, and then took a 3-2 decision from Johnny Jiminez of Arizona State. He reached the consolation final with a forfeit win over Ryan Millhof of Arizona State. Hildebrandt then fell, 5-0, to Kramer to finish fourth.
• Brucki, a senior, opened with a 20-2 technical fall over Isaac Ray of Manchester, and then defeated Garrett Sutton of Michigan, 4-2, before bowing to Drew Hughes of Michigan State, 1-0. Brucki came back with a 7-5 win over Johnny Sebastian of Northwestern, and then lost, 3-2, to Yoanse Mejias of Oklahoma in the third-place match.
• Atienza, a junior, was pinned by Andrew Dixon of Oklahoma in the third-place match. He opened with three consecutive wins, the first a 5-3 decision over Zachary Chakonis of Northwestern; the second, a 15-0 technical fall over Sebastian Silva of Tiffin; and the third a 4-3 win over Oklahoma’s Andrew Dixon.
Atienza then fell to Michigan’s Kevin Beazley, 12-8, in the semifinals. He came back to beat Chakonis, 6-2, for a spot in the consolation final.
• Stencel, a redshirt freshman, pinned Jacob Perry of Tiffin in 58 seconds to open the tournament, and then fell, 8-5, to Shawn Streck of Purdue. He rebounded to post two straight pins, the first in 29 seconds over Ben Stone of Wisconsin, and the second in 2:00 over Caleb Fry of Tiffin.
Stencel then defeated Smerchek, 8-3, to reach the consolation final, where fell on a pin in 1:06 to Streck.
• Smerchek, a senior, opened with a 3-1 win over Connor Webb of Oklahoma, and then downed Jacob Aven of Purdue, 3-1 TB-1. He then lost on a 10-0 major to Conan Jennings of Northwestern.
In the consolation bracket, Smerchek lost to Stencel and then downed Mimmo Lytle of Findlay, 4-2 SV-1, in the fifth-place match.
• Lieber, a freshman, won by injury default over Jackson Hemauer of Wisconsin in the title match at 174 in the Freshman/Sophomore Division. Lieber recorded two technical falls and a major en route to the final.
He opened with a 16-1 tech over Christopher Cooper of Davenport, and then posted a 17-1 tech over Jesse Younce of Lake Erie. He reached the final with a 10-1 major victory over Nathan Vandermeer of Findlay.
• Saxton, a freshman, defeated Garrett Model of Wisconsin, 3-1, to capture third place at 149 in the Freshman/Sophomore Division. He opened with a 4-3 loss to Tanner Smith of Eastern Michigan, then made his way through the consolation bracket, winning four matches.
His first came on a 13-3 major over Malachi Strickland of Lake Erie. He followed with a 2-0 win over Dustin Marteney of Ashland, a 6-1 win over Tyler Shilson of Wisconsin, and then topped Model in the consolation final.
• Jenkins, a freshman, won by medical forfeit over Tristen Weirich of Ashland in the third-place match at 285. Jenkins downed Chase Beard of Michigan State, 4-2, in his opening bout, and then fell, 5-2, to Trent Hillger of Wisconsin. Jenkins came back to beat Adran Vuksani of Muskegon Community College, 4-3 TB-1, to reach the third-place match.
• Fedewa, a freshman, fell to Antwon Pugh of Notre Dame (Ohio), 10-7, in his opening match, then came back with three wins to reach the consolation final at 165.
Fedewa posted a 12-1 major over David Kitko of Manchester; scored a 15-0 technical pin over Chance Esmont of Ashland; and then took a 7-3 decision from Zachary Bierfeldt of Tiffin to reach the third-place match, where he fell to Pugh, 15-11.
• Marten opened the day with a 9-0 major victory over Kyle Luigs of Indiana, and then fell, 9-7, to Kyle Ellis of Michigan State. He came back with a 14-5 major victory over Chance Ikei of Arizona State, and an 11-5 win over Abdullah Assaf of Illinois. Marten bowed to Matt Santos of Michigan State, 13-9.