LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - The Central Michigan wrestling team won seven matches, three of them by major decision, on Friday in knocking off 25th-ranked Lock Haven, 24-12, in the Chippewas' first Mid-American Conference dual of the season.
The win lifted CMU to 1-1 and gave the Chippewas a shot of confidence coming off a 22-12 loss to Michigan two weeks ago in their first dual of the season.
Friday's meet was Lock Haven's first dual of the season and its first as a new member of the Mid-American Conference.
"It was a real big step for us tonight," CMU coach Tom Borrelli said. "On the road, good crowd, (Lock Haven's) first home dual, first MAC dual, and they were excited for the meet. We feel like we were capable of that against Michigan, we just didn't get it done."
The Chippewas' major decision wins from Dresden Simon (141 pounds), Corbyn Munson (149), and Tracy Hubbard (165). CMU got decision victories from Drew Hildebrandt (125), Logan Parks (157), Landon Pelham (197) and Matt Stencel (285).
Simon, who is ranked 23rd nationally, scored an 18-5 victory over 12th-ranked Kyle Shoop, who earned All-America honors a year ago by placing seventh in the NCAA Championships. It was not only a win over a quality opponent for Simon, but it also helped him bounce back from an 11-8 loss at Michigan, when he led early in the match.
"Dresden got off to a good start against Michigan, and tonight he just kept pouring it on, just kept building on his lead," Borrelli said. "If he'll wrestle like that all the time, he's going to be right in the middle of things. I think he gained some confidence tonight. I think that's the first time he's really broken through when he's wrestling somebody of that quality."
Simon's victory gave the Chippewas a 4-3 lead - a lead they would never relinquish -- and was the first of four consecutive CMU victories as it built an 18-4 lead.
Munson, a redshirt freshman, followed with a 12-3 major to up the lead to 11-4, and then Parks, a senior, downed 16th-ranked Alex Klucker, 5-1.
"(Parks) got a takedown at the end of the first period and his tendency in the past has been to shut down and hold on and he didn't do that tonight," Borrelli said. "He kept wrestling tonight, kept getting after him."
Hubbard, another CMU redshirt freshman, posted an 8-0 major over junior Austin Bell to extend the Chippewa lead to 18-4. Hubbard's victory was particularly impressive, Borrelli said, in light of the fact that it came after the meet's intermission, when it appeared that Lock Haven could gain some momentum.
"Tracy's wrestling after the intermission, so I think they're kind of expecting to come back on us they see him a redshirt freshman and I think they expected to make up some ground on us after first five matches," Borrelli said. "He kind of dominated the guy. That took the crowd right back out of it, and it was a really nice crowd. Good for him. When you have freshmen you just don't know if they're going to handle it, their first dual, whether they're going to have composure or not and he showed a lot of composure tonight."
Lock Haven pulled to 18-12 with major-decision wins at 174 and at 184 before the Chippewas got a 9-5 win from Pelham to make it 21-12 and clinch the victory. Stencel closed the meet with a 9-2 win.
"Landon Pelham wrestled a good match too," Borrelli said. "It was 18-12 going into his match and if he loses, then it's 18-15. He sealed the dual meet, and he wrestled well too."
Hildebrandt, who is ranked ninth, opened with a 3-2 win over Luke Werner.
The Chippewas wrestle another MAC dual at Rider on Sunday (1 p.m.).
"We've had two really good weeks of practice and our guys responded to that the right way tonight," Borrelli said. "I think we gained some confidence with some of the things we've done in practice to make them a little more gritty, to wrestle a hard seven-minute match with some energy. We'll see how it works on Sunday. Tonight was good."
125: Drew Hildebrandt (C) dec. Luke Werner, 3-2
133: DJ Fehlman (LH) major dec. Deven Perez, 13-2
141: Dresden Simon (C) major dec. Kyle Shoop, 18-5
149: Corbyn Munson (C) major dec. Brock Port, 12-3
157: Logan Parks (C) dec. Alex Klucker, 5-1
165: Tracy Hubbard (C) major dec. Austin Bell, 8-0
174: Jared Siegrist (LH) major dec. Jake Lowell, 15-6
184: Corey Hazel (LH) major dec. Ben Cushman, 14-6
197: Landon Pelham (C) dec. Parker McClellan, 9-5
285: Matt Stencel (C) dec. Trey Hartsock, 9-2