Central Michigan downs Maryland for first dual victory

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Central Michigan wrestling team recorded seven victories including three in which they earned bonus points in downing Maryland, 26-9, in a nonconference dual on Sunday at the Terrapins' Xfinity Center Pavilion.

It was the Chippewas' first dual-meet win of the season as they improved to 1-2. They opened the weekend with a 22-18 loss at Virginia on Friday. Maryland is 0-3.

"That's the goal, learn how to be successful in going on the road, managing your weight, managing your nerves," CMU coach Tom Borrelli said. "That's why we do this, to try to get ready for the end of the year. Trying to just develop some consistency and figure how to be successful."

CMU sophomore Matt Stencel recorded his second pin of the weekend as he downed Maryland's Mansur Abdul-Malik in 59 seconds at 285 pounds. Stencel recorded a first-period pin on Friday against Virginia and is 8-3 on the season with seven pins.

The Chippewas' got major-decision victories from redshirt freshman Drew Marten (141 pounds) and sophomore Dresden Simon (149).

Simon completed a 2-0 weekend to improve to 3-5 on the season.

"He's been frustrated a lot this year," Borrelli said of Simon. "The biggest thing is gaining confidence and believing that you can be successful."

Marten led, 4-2, late in his match then got a late takedown and a four-point near-fall to record the major.

"Marty didn't wrestle a great match and I know Marty thinks he can wrestle better than that," Borrelli said. "He put the pressure on the guy and that forced (his opponent) to try something and he ended up getting a six-point move at the end."

CMU senior Jordan Atienza bounced back from a loss on Friday at Virginia in posting a 6-0 win over Kyle Jasenski, who entered the match 7-2.

It was the fifth win for Atienza in his last seven matches as he improved to 7-5 as he worked himself back into shape after offseason shoulder surgery.

"Of all the (CMU) guys who had wins today, I feel like Atienza wrestled the best," Borrelli said. "Jasenski is having a pretty good year and Atienza kind of put it on him. He wrestled as good as he's wrestled this year. He's starting to be able to manage a seven-minute match, which is good."

Three Chippewas, redshirt freshman Collin Lieber (174), sophomore Landon Pelham (197) and Marten notched their first dual-meet victories of the season against the Terrapins.

Stencel is the lone Chippewa who is ranked nationally (19th). Maryland has two wrestlers on their roster who are ranked: Alfred Bannister, who is 18th at 149, and Youssif Hemida, who is fourth at 285.

Neither Bannister nor Hamida wrestled against the Chippewas.

"That was disappointing for us," Borrelli said. "We need those matches. We need those opportunities."

The Chippewas entertain Northern Illinois on Friday, Dec. 21, in their first Mid-American Conference dual of the season.

125: Drew Hildebrandt (C) dec. Brandon Cray, 6-0
133: Orion Anderson (M) dec.Brock Bergelin, 10-8
141: Drew Marten (C) major dec. Michael Doetsch, 10-2
149: Dresden Simon (C) major dec. Hunter Baxter, 8-0
157: Jahi Jones (M) dec. Logan Parks, 8-6 (SV-1)
165: Philip Sadafora (M) dec. Bret Fedewa, 5-3
174: Collin Lieber (C) dec. Josh Uglade, 12-8
184: Jordan Atienza (C) dec. Kyle Jasenski, 6-0
197: Landon Pelham (C) dec. Niko Cappello, 6-0
285: Matt Stencel (C) pinned Mansur Abdul-Malik, 59 seconds


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