CMU closes weekend road trip with win at Kent State

KENT, Ohio -- Central Michigan scored bonus points in three of its six victories on Sunday as the Chippewas downed Kent State, 23-12, in a Mid-American Conference dual at the Golden Flashes' Memorial Athletic and Convention Center.

The win lifted CMU to 4-7 overall and it finished 3-4 in MAC duals. The victory came on the heels of an 18-17 loss on Friday at Buffalo.

"It was good, especially coming off Buffalo," CMU coach Tom Borrelli said. "A couple of our guys had lost tough matches against Buffalo and to see them and get wins was nice."

Against the Golden Flashes (7-13,1-5), the Chippewas got a pin from Matt Stencel in 1 minute, 6 seconds at 285 pounds, the final match of the day, to clinch the victory as they snapped a three-meet losing streak.

CMU also got major-decision wins from Logan Parks (157) and from Collin Lieber (174). CMU's other wins, all by decision, came from Drew Hildebrandt (125), Drew Marten (141) and Landon Pelham (197).

Pelham's victory was of particular importance in the dual. The Chippewas led, 14-12, heading into Pelham's bout with junior Shane Mast and the three team points that Pelham secured with his win upped the CMU lead to 17-12.

Trailing 5-3 in the third period, Pelham scored an escape to draw to 5-4. He then took down Mast with 30 seconds remaining in the match to go ahead. He earned a point for riding time for the final margin.

Pelham, Marten, and Lieber each bounced back from a loss against Buffalo to win on Sunday against Kent State. Of the Chippewas' four losses on Sunday, three came by three points or less.

"We felt like we should have won eight matches if we would have finished our matches," Borrelli said. "We've been really, really close in all our MAC dual meets other than maybe (fifth-ranked) Missouri. Even (in) the Old Dominion dual, we lost three matches by one or two points.

"We're trying to get ready for the MAC (Championships) and have a good tournament. After Missouri, everybody is pretty darned even in that tournament. So anything can happen."

Hildebrandt, Parks and Stencel each went 2-0 on the weekend. Stencel's victories came by major decision and by pin; Hildebrandt did not surrender a point in either of his matches; and Parks' major on Sunday at Kent State was his third of the season. Parks entered the Buffalo dual having lost three consecutive matches.

"He looked good (Sunday) and he wrestled well at Buffalo too," Borrelli said of Parks, a junior, who is 18-10 on the season. "He's pretty capable of beating just about anybody really."

The Chippewas wrestle their final two duals of the season next weekend, and both are against Big Ten opponents. They go to Michigan State on Friday, Feb. 22 (6 p.m.) and then entertain Purdue on Sunday, Feb. 24 (2 p.m.).

125: Drew Hildebrandt (C) dec. Jake Ferri, 5-0
133: Tim Rooney (K) dec. Brock Bergelin, 10-4
141: Drew Marten (C) dec. Cory Simpson, 14-8
149: Kody Momara (K) dec. Dresden Simon, 6-4
157: Logan Parks (C) major dec. Richard Jackson, 12-3
165: Isaac Bast (K) dec. Sage Castillo, 5-2
174: Collin Lieber (C) major dec. Kade Byland, 8-0
184: Andrew McNally (K) dec. Jordan Atienza, 9-8
197: Landon Pelham (C) dec. Shane Mast, 7-5
285: Matt Stencel (C) pinned Spencer Berthold, 1:06


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