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Central Michigan posts third straight win

CLEVELAND -- The Central Michigan wrestling team won six matches, all by decision, on Sunday in topping Cleveland State, 18-13, in a Mid-American Conference dual at the Vikings' Woodling Gym.

It was CMU's third-consecutive dual victory as it improved to 5-4, 5-2 MAC. Cleveland State is 8-4, 4-4 MAC.

CMU got victories from Drew Hildebrandt (125 pounds), Dresden Simon (141), Mason Breece (149), Logan Parks (157), Jake Lowell (174) and Matt Stencel (285).

The win came two days after CMU's 25-15 victory at Ohio on Friday. The Chippewas return to McGuirk Arena next weekend for MAC duals with Buffalo and Kent State.

"We were good in some spot and other spots we weren't ourselves," CMU coach Tom Borrelli said. "We're a little bit banged up, and it was a long trip. It'll be nice to get home and try to get healthy. We've got a big weekend next weekend too.

"Feel really good about (winning). You want to win the dual meets, but you're also looking at how guys are performing. There's a lot that goes into that, travel, managing your weight, dealing with little aches and pains."

The Chippewas lost four matches at Cleveland State and five at Ohio. They surrendered bonus points in just one of those losses.

"The biggest thing is we're getting more and more competitive," Borrelli said. "Even the matches that we lost we were right in those matches."

Good Start, Good Finish
Hildebrandt's victory put the Chippewas up, 3-0, and Stencel's win in the final bout clinched the victory. The Chippewas led, 15-13, when Stencel, a junior who is ranked fourth nationally, posted a 7-1 win.

It was the sixth-consecutive victory for both Stencel and Hildebrandt, who is ranked 11th. On Friday at Ohio, both pinned their respective opponents.

"It's nice to have a guy to get you started and a guy to finish it," Borrelli said.

First Dual Wins
Two Chippewas, redshirt freshman Mason Breece (149) and redshirt sophomore Jake Lowell (174), recorded their first career dual-meet wins on a day that the Chippewas needed every point.

Breece posted a 9-3 win one day after finishing 4-2 at the Edinboro Open. CMU's starter at 149, Corbyn Munson, was injured in the Ohio dual on Friday and Breece stepped up. He scored the first takedown and led throughout the match.

"He really came through for us," Borrelli said. "He did a real good job of keeping his composure and he wrestled really well. I feel like he won the dual meet for us."

Lowell scored a takedown as time expired for a 6-4 win, which snapped a seven-match losing streak.

"He's really hung in there," Borrelli said of Lowell. "He's had some tough, tough defeats. He wrestled good on Friday (at Ohio) too. He's getting better."

Bounceback
Simon, who is ranked 13th nationally and second in the MAC, posted an 8-4 win over Evan Cheek, who entered the dual riding a seven-match win streak and was fourth nationally in victories.

It was the first dual loss of the season for Cheek, who is ranked 19th nationally, fifth in the MAC, and is 30-4 on the season.

Simon dropped an 8-7 overtime decision on Friday at Ohio to Shakur Laney. Cheek had beaten Laney, 10-3, earlier this season.

"(Simon) wrestled really good today," Borrelli said. "I think he was really disappointed in what happened on Friday night. It's always good for guys to right the ship after a disappointment. It could have been a real tough weekend for Dresden. For him to put that aside and come back and wrestle the way he did today says a lot about his mental toughness."

Next
The Chippewas entertain Buffalo on Friday, Feb. 7 (7 p.m.) and then welcome Kent State on Sunday, Feb. 9 (2 p.m.) in their final MAC dual of the season. The Chippewas close the regular season with a home dual against Michigan State on Friday, Feb. 21 (7 p.m.).

The Bulls are 7-8, 3-4; Kent State is 6-10, 2-5.

Results:
125: Drew Hildebrandt (CMU) dec. Logan Heil, 6-1
133: Justin Patrick (CSU) dec. Drew Marten, 11-10
141: Dresden Simon (CMU) dec. Evan Cheek, 8-4
149: Mason Breece (CMU) dec. Gus Sutton, 9-3
157: Logan Parks (CMU) dec. Nico O'Dur, 6-2
165: Brady Barnett (CSU) major dec. Tracy Hubbard, 9-0
174: Jake Lowell (CMU) dec. Chase Archangelo, 6-4
184: DeAndre Nassar (CSU) dec. Ben Cushman, 4-2
197: Ben Smith (CSU) dec. Landon Pelham, 8-7
285: Matt Stencel (CMU) dec. Collin Kelly, 7-1

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