YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The Central Michigan wrestling team opened the season Saturday by going 2-0 in EMU Duals/Open.
The Chippewas defeated No. 23 Rider, 18-14, and Purdue, 18-16.
The Chippewas raced out to a 15-0 lead over the Broncos, taking the opening five matches, from the 125-157 pound weight classes.
The dual featured several big matchups against nationally ranked opponents including two exciting overtime victories for the Chippewas.
Unranked junior Corey Keener (133 pounds) defeated No. 15-ranked Rob Deutsch in sudden victory, 8-6.
CMU sophomore Colin Heffernan (149), ranked No.13 nationally, defeated No. 4-ranked B.J. Clagon, 8-6, in sudden victory. Clagon placed fifth at the NCAA Championships last year.
Chippewa senior Lucas Smith (157), who is ranked 11th, defeated No. 20 Chad Walsh, 5-2
The Chippewas took on Big Ten opponent Purdue in their final duel and got off to a much slower start.
After a Brent Fleetwood 2-1 decision at 125, CMU dropped the next five matches and trailed 16-3.
CMU's Mike Ottinger (174) and Austin Severn (184) won by decision, then Jackson Lewis (197) followed with a huge pin to pull the Chippewas within one, 16-15, heading into the final match at heavyweight.
Sophomore Newton Smerchek took a 2-1 decision as the Chippewas claimed the dual.
Central Michigan had several wrestlers competing unattached in the open tournament. Seven wrestlers placed in the top eight of their respective weight classes.
Freshman Mason Smith (149) and sophomores Jordan Atienza (165) and Jimmy Szep (197) each placed third on the day.
Senior heavyweight Adam Robinson took fourth, C.J Brucki (174) and Jordan Ellingwood (184) both placed fifth, and freshman Richie Screptock (149) placed seventh.
The Chippewas will compete in the Michigan State Open next Sunday.
Central Michigan 18, Rider 15
125: Brent Fleetwood (CMU) dec. Callas, 6-3
133: Corey Keener (CMU) dec. Deutsch, SV1 8-6
141: Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Morris, 9-5
149: Colin Heffernan (CMU) over Clagon, SV1 8-6
157: Lucas Smith (CMU) dec. Walsh 5-2
165: Brennan (R) dec. Jordan Wohlfert, 8-4
174: Mike Ottinger (CMU) dec. Stinson, 4-1
184: Faggdavis (R) dec. Austin Severn, 8-6
197: Wolfe (R) dec. Jackson Lewis, 13-6
HWT: Correnti (R) pinned Newton Smerchek, 1:39
Central Michigan 18, Purdue 16
125: Fleetwood (CMU) dec. Thorton, 2-1
133: Welch (P) dec. Keener, 3-2
141: Sabatello (P) dec. Horan, 6-3
149: Griffin (P) dec. Oliver, 7-6
157: D. Welch (P) dec. Smith, 2-1
165: C. Welch (P) dec. Wohlfert, 7-0
174: Ottinger (CMU) dec. Morrissey, 3-2
184: Severn (CMU) dec. Lynde, 8-6
197: Lewis (CMU) pinned Stein, 4:51
HWT: Smerchek (CMU) dec. Kral, 2-1