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    Photo: Tony Rotundo

    Ten Years of: Central Michigan Wrestling (2013-22)

    4x NCAA All-American Ben Bennett (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)


    Welcome to a new, regular feature for InterMat! Every day, for the next few months, we'll look into the recent history of a DI wrestling program with our "Ten Years of…" feature. Even if you're a die-hard supporter of a particular school, there will be good information you may have forgotten. For others, it's a quick way to learn about a program you may not be familiar with. We're going in alphabetical order for this one, so next up is…Central Michigan!

    For past teams:

    Air Force

    American

    Appalachian State

    Arizona State

    Army West Point

    Binghamton

    Bloomsburg

    Brown

    Bucknell

    Buffalo

    Cal Poly

    Campbell

    NCAA Qualifiers (54)

    2022


    141 - Dresden Simon (#14); 149 - Corbyn Munson (#25); 157 - Johnny Lovett (#15); 285 - Matt Stencel (#8)


    2021

    125 - Drew Hildebrandt (#4); 141 - Dresden Simon (#9); 157 - Johnny Lovett (#26); 165 - Alex Cramer; 285 - Matt Stencel (#3)


    2020

    125 - Drew Hildebrandt (#6); 133 - Drew Marten (#31); 141 - Dresden Simon (#12); 157 - Logan Parks (#21); 197 - Landon Pelham (#28); 285 - Matt Stencel (#5)


    2019

    125 - Drew Hildebrandt (#13); 157 - Logan Parks (#18); 285 - Matt Stencel (#9)


    2018

    141 - Mason Smith (#10); 149 - Justin Oliver (#10); 157 - Colin Heffernan; 174 - CJ Brucki (#16); 184 - Jordan Ellingwood (#16); 197 - Jordan Atienza; 285 - Matt Stencel (#16)


    2017

    125 - Brent Fleetwood; 133 - Corey Keener; 141 - Mason Smith; 149 - Justin Oliver (#9); 157 - Colin Heffernan (#16); 174 - CJ Brucki (#16); 184 - Jordan Ellingwood (#16); 197 - Austin Severn (#16); 285 - Newton Smerchek


    2016

    125 - Brent Fleetwood; 133 - Corey Keener; 141 - Zach Horan; 149 - Justin Oliver (#9); 157 - Luke Smith (#11); 174 - Mike Ottinger (#10); 184 - Jordan Ellingwood


    2015

    141 - Zach Horan (#10); 149 - Colin Heffernan; 184 - Jordan Ellingwood


    2014

    125 - Corey Keener; 133 - Joe Roth (#12); 141 - Zach Horan (#7); 157 - Luke Smith (#12); 174 - Mike Ottinger (#10)


    2013

    125 - Christian Cullinan; 133 - Scotti Sentes (#10); 149 - Donnie Corby; 157 - Luke Smith; 165 - Mike Ottinger; 174 - Craig Kelliher; 184 - Ben Bennett (#2); 285 - Jarod Trice (#10)


    NCAA Champions

    None

    NCAA All-Americans

    Drew Hildebrant (2021 - 4th)

    Matt Stencel (2019 - 7th)

    Justin Oliver (2016 - 7th)

    Joe Roth (2014 - 7th)

    Ben Bennett (2013 - 4th)

    Jarod Trice (2013 - 6th)


    NWCA All-Americans

    Drew Hildebrandt (125 - First Team)

    Dresden Simon (141 - Second Team)

    Matt Stencel (285 - First Team)


    NCAA Round of 12 Finishers

    Dresden Simon - 141 (2021)

    Justin Oliver - 149 (2017, 2018)

    Luke Smith - 157 (2015)

    Scotti Sentes - 133 (2013)


    MAC Champions

    2022: Matt Stencel (285)

    2021: Drew Hildebrandt (125); Dresden Simon (141); Matt Stencel (285)

    2020: Drew Hildebrandt (125); Dresden Simon (141); Matt Stencel (285)

    2019: Matt Stencel (285)

    2018: Matt Stencel (285)

    2016: Jordan Ellingwood (184)

    2015: Zach Horan (141)

    2013: Mike Ottinger (165); Ben Bennett (184)


    Dual Record

    2021-22: 12-4

    2021: 5-2

    2019-20: 8-4

    2018-19: 5-8

    2017-18: 8-6

    2016-17: 9-3

    2015-16: 11-5

    2014-15: 9-6

    2013-14: 10-11

    2012-13: 17-3


    MAC Tournament Placement

    2021-22: 2nd

    2021: 2nd

    2019-20: 2nd

    2018-19: 3rd

    2017-18: 2nd

    2016-17: 3rd

    2015-16: 2nd

    2014-15: 5th

    2013-14: 5th

    2012-13: 2nd


    NCAA Tournament Team Placement

    2021-22: 39th (4.5 points)

    2021: 22nd (20 points)

    2019-20: No Tournament

    2018-19: 28th (12.5 points)

    2017-18: 38th (6.5 points)

    2016-17: 23rd (19.5 points)

    2015-16: 32nd (10 points)

    2014-15: 50th (2.5 points)

    2013-14: 33rd (12 points)

    2012-13: 18th (30.5 points)


    Head Coaching History

    Tom Borrelli (1991-present)


    Best Lineup (comprised of wrestlers from 2013-22)

    125 - Drew Hildebrandt: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#4, #6, and #13 seeds), 2021 NCAA 4th Place, 2020 NWCA All-American, 2x MAC champion, 2022 NCAA Qualifier for Penn State

    133 - Scotti Sentes: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#10 and #11 seeds), 2x All-American (4th and 7th), 2x MAC Champion

    141 - Dresden Simon: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#9, #12, and #14 seeds), 2020 NWCA All-American, 2021 NCAA Round of 12 finisher

    149 - Justin Oliver: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#6 and #9 seeds), 2016 NCAA 7th Place, 2016 MAC runner-up, 2019 NCAA Qualifier for NC State

    157 - Luke Smith: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#11 and #12 seeds), 2014 NCAA Round of 12 finisher, 2014 MAC runner-up

    165 - Mike Ottinger: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#10 seed), 2x MAC champion

    174 - CJ Brucki: 2x NCAA Qualifier (#16 seed), 2018 MAC runner-up

    184 - Ben Bennett: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#2, #3, #6, and #7 seeds), 4x NCAA All-American (4th, 6th, 6th, 8th), 4x MAC champion

    197 - Austin Severn: 2017 NCAA Qualifier (#16 seed)

    285 - Matt Stencel: 5x NCAA Qualifier (#3, #5, #8, #9, and #16 seeds), 2019 NCAA 7th Place, 2020 NWCA First-Team All-American, 5x MAC Champion


    Recruiting

    Big Boarder's By Year



    2016: #30 Matt Stencel (OH), #120 Dresden Simon (MI)

    2014: #64 Brent Fleetwood (DE), #77 Cody LeCount (IN), #114 Justin Oliver (MI)

    2013: #103 Jordan Ellingwood (IL), #127 Newton Smerchek (WI), #139 Colin Heffernan (OH), #171 Alex Bambic (AZ)

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