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    Ben Bennett Promoted to CMU Head Coaching Position

    The Central Michigan Chippewas got their guy and they didn’t have to look far to find him! The successor to legendary, longtime head coach Tom Borrelli will be his right-hand man, associate head coach Ben Bennett. The CMU athletic department announced that Bennett will move up to assume head coaching duties on Tuesday morning.  

    Bennett has been on the Central Michigan staff for the past 11 years and has overseen CMU winning a pair of MAC regular season titles, along with the 2024 MAC Championships. During that time, seven Central Michigan wrestlers have combined to win 14 conference titles and four wrestlers have earned a spot on the NCAA podium. Additionally, three others were named first or second-team All-Americans following the 2019-20 season, in which the NCAA Tournament was canceled. 

    As a competitor, Bennett is one of the most decorated wrestlers in CMU history. He was a top-100 recruit who stayed in-state and became the program’s first, and only, four-time All-American (6,8,6,4). Bennett is one of only three CMU wrestlers to have won four MAC titles. As a junior, Bennett was seeded third in the country at nationals and he earned the second seed as a senior. Bennett’s 121 career wins rank seventh on the school’s all-time wins list. After his first season of competition, Bennett was named the MAC Freshman of the Year. In three of his four years, Bennett earned CMU’s Most Valuable Wrestler honors. 

    In 2023, Bennett was named to the CMU Athletics Hall of Fame. 

    Bennett will inherit a Central Michigan team that had three national qualifiers in 2024. At this time, it’s unclear who will return or not, only one of them (Corbyn Munson) has exhausted his eligibility. Should Johnny Lovett and Alex Cramer return, CMU could trot out a lineup that features nine of ten returning starters from their MAC-winning squad. Cramer was a conference champion, while Lovett advanced to the bloodround in a brutal 157 lb weight class. 

    In dual competition, Central Michigan was 8-8 in 2023-24, but 6-1 against MAC opponents. 

    Bennett will be the sixth head coach in Central Michigan wrestling history. 

    With Bennett’s promotion, there are now four CMU graduates who are current DI head coaches. He joins Jason Borrelli (American), Luke Smith (CSU Bakersfield), and Scotti Sentes (Campbell). 

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