SETTING THE SCENE
The Central Michigan wrestling team will wrestle its final home dual of the season on Friday (7 p.m.) when it takes on Eastern Michigan in a Mid-American Conference dual at McGuirk Arena. CMU goes to Kent State on Sunday (2 p.m.) for a MAC dual with the Golden Flashes.
The Chippewas are 7-4, 4-1 MAC, and have won six of their last seven duals. Eastern is 7-6, 3-3. Kent State is 11-8, 1-3. The Golden Flashes entertain Old Dominion on Friday in a league dual.
It is the final home dual for five CMU seniors: CJ Brucki, Jordan Ellingwood, Colin Heffernan, Hunter Rollins and Newton Smerchek. Those five, and their respective parents, will be introduced during intermission.
CMU is ranked 16th this week in the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll. Five Chippewas are ranked nationally by InterMat.com. Junior Justin Oliver is fourth at 149 pounds, sophomore Mason Smith is ninth at 141, Heffernan is 14th at 157, Brucki is 15th at 174, and Ellingwood is 15th at 184.
Eastern Michigan and Kent State are both unranked and neither has a wrestler ranked in the InterMat.com top 20.
All three members of the EMU coaching staff – head coach David Bolyard and assistants Luke Smith and Scott Mattingly -- are former Central Michigan wrestlers.
BACK AT McGUIRK
While Friday’s meet is CMU’s final home dual, the Chippewas are not finished in McGuirk Arena. Central Michigan is the host site of the March 3-4 Mid-American Conference Championships.
The Chippewas close the regular season with a nonconference dual at fourth-ranked Michigan on Sunday, Feb. 18 (2 p.m.).