Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
EDINBORO, Pa. – Two Central Michigan wrestlers won their respective weight classes and two others placed in the top five on Saturday at the Edinboro Open.
CMU’s Colin Heffernan (157 pounds) and Deven Perez (133) each went 4-0 to walk away as champions, while teammates Reilly Brown (141) and Drew Marten (133) placed second and fifth, respectively.
Heffernan, a senior who is ranked 14th nationally, defeated Luke Weiland of Army West Point, 5-4, in the 157-pound title match. Heffernan opened with a 19-4 technical fall of Evan Fisler of Gannon, and then defeated Kyle Simaz of Cornell, 14-8. Heffernan topped Layne Van Anrooy of Michigan, 9-4, in a semifinal match.
Perez, a redshirt freshman, pinned Brandon Paetzell of Lehigh in 6:53 in the 133-pound final. Perez won his opening bout on a medical forfeit over Scott Parker of Lehigh, and then downed Michigan’s Mike Volyanyuk, 5-3; and topped Dom Latona of Virginia, 4-2, to reach the title match.
Brown, a redshirt freshman, fell on a 19-6 major decision to Michigan’s Ben Freeman in the 141-pound championship match. Brown opened with a pin in 1:19 of Joel Morth of Wyoming Seminary, and then defeated Joe Lobbeck of Lehigh, 12-8. Brown followed with a 12-5 victory over Nicholas Villarreal of Arizona State, and then defeated Jimmy Hoffman of Lehigh, 6-4, in a semifinal match.
Marten, a freshman, opened with a 9-3 victory over Tony Recco of Edinboro and then fell, 6-2, to Lane Peters of Army West Point. In the consolation bracket, Marten posted back-to-back technical-fall victories. The first, 16-1, came over Dakota McCloskey of Mount Union, and the second, 16-0, came over Clay Smith of Michigan.
Marten then defeated Tyler Walker of Notre Dame College, 8-5, to reach the fifth-place match, where he posted a 9-0 major-decision win over Richard Gomez of Edinboro.
Also for CMU, Newton Smerchek (285) finished 3-2 on the day; Luke Raczkowski (149), Sage Castillo (165) and Jake Lowell (184) each went 2-2; Collin Lieber (174), Aaron Bolo (197) and Landon Pelham (197) went 1-2; Kam Bush (165), Bret Fedewa (165) and Nick Jenkins (285) each went 0-2.