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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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