Clarion 125 lber Joey Fischer (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Welcome back to this week's Top 5 Memorable MAC Moments, where I (the #MACinsider) will discuss the top five matches, moments, or moves that were nominated by YOU!
First, I want to start off by thanking all of those who have been sending in nominations. You're amazing! If you're new here, each week, you can nominate any match, moment, or move that stood out to you. All you have to do is follow me on Twitter (@courty_woods) and send me a private message with your nomination! I will be accepting ALL nominations until 10:00pm on Sunday of each week.
Again, without further ado, here are this week's Top 5 Memorable MAC Moments.
#5: Clarion's Joey Fischer def. Kent State's Jake Ferri
In this conference matchup at 125lbs, sophomore Joey Fischer of Clarion defeated senior Jake Ferri of Kent State by a decision of 3-1. At the time Ferri was ranked #25 in the nation. Fischer is now 6-7 on the season. He was joined by seven other Eagles who won in dominating fashion. Mason Prinkey (133), Seth Koleno (141), Cameron Pine (165), John Worthing (174), Will Feldkamp (184), Tyler Bagoly (197), and Austin Chapman (HWT). The Eagles downed the Flashes by a score of 29-6.
Fischer and his team will wrestle The University at Buffalo on Friday, February 10th. Wrestling will begin at 7:00pm in the Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium.
#4: McKenzie Bell of Rider triumphed over #20 ranked Darren Miller of Bucknell
This weekend, Rider's #33 McKenzie Bell triumphed over Bucknell's #20 ranked Darren Miller at 141lbs by an 8-5 decision. (All rankings are generated from InterMatWrestle.com.) Bell improves to 19-7 on the season, winning 73% of his matches. Bell also beat the following MAC opponents earlier this season: Ty Linsenbigler of Lock Haven (8-0), Josh Mason of Bloomsburg (14-12 SV), Michael Rapuano of George Mason (11-2), and Tyler Dilley of Lock Haven (14-6).
Rider University will be back in action against Oklahoma on Sunday, February 5th at 2:00pm.
#3: Lock Haven's Nick Stonecheck def. Rider's #23 ranked Quinn Kinner
On Thursday, Nick Stonecheck of Lock Haven defeated Quinn Kinner of Rider by a 6-4 decision, which helped to secure Lock Haven's third dual win this season. The Eagles improved to a 3-6 overall dual record. This past week, Kinner was ranked #21 by WrestleStat and #23 by InterMat, making this win even more exciting for Lock Haven.
Six additional Eagles won their matches to help secure a 21-12 win over Rider University. Anthony Noto (125) topped Tyler Klinsky by a decision of 6-4. Gable Strickland (133) defeated Richie Koehler by a 14-10 decision. Ashton Eyler (157) won a close 10-8 decision against Colton Washleski. Tyler Stoltzfus (174) won by a 5-2 decision over Isaac Dean. Colin Fegley (184) defeated Michael Wilson by a 5-3 score. Isaac Reid (HWT) won a nail-biting match against David Szuba by a 2-0 decision.
They will look to gain back-to-back wins against their next opponent, Bloomsburg, on Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00pm.
#2: Central Michigan Wins 3rd Straight MAC Dual
Central Michigan won their third straight MAC dual, downing Ohio, 21-12 on Sunday. The Chippewas improved their dual record to 4-8 this season, previously beating Northern Illinois, SIU Edwardsville, and Duke University. Six Chippewas topped their opponents. Vine Perez (133) won by a 6-1 decision over Paul Woo. Johnny Lovett (149) defeated Alec Hagan by a 4-0 decision. Corbyn Munson (157) won by forfeit. Tracy Hubbard (165) edged Jordan Slivka by a decision of 5-4. Alex Cramer (174) won by a 9-2 decision over Garrett Thompson. Bryan Caves (HWT) won 2-0 over Jacob Padilla.
The next conference battle will take place on Sunday, February 5th against Kent State; competition will start at 2:00pm in McGuirk Arena.
#1: Cleveland State Wins Back-to-Back Matches by Tiebreaker
On Saturday, Cleveland State did what no MAC team has ever done. . . or at least I'm 99% sure. The Vikings defeated both George Mason (19-18) and SIU Edwardsville (17-16) based on criteria back-to-back during a Tri-Match. In their match against George Mason, six Vikings defeated their opponents to help secure the criteria win. Jacob Manley (133) topped Josh Jones by a 6-3 decision. Caleb Rea (141) won by a 6-5 decision over Anthony Glasl. Marcus Robinson (157) topped Peter Pappas in SV, 3-1. DeAndre Nassar (184) triumphed over Tyler Kocek by a decision of 5-3. Anthony Perrine (197) defeated Jon List by a 4-2 decision. To close out the match, Daniel Bucknavich (HWT) topped Donovan Sprouse by a 6-0 decision.
In their match against SIU Edwardsville, five Vikings posted a solid victory over their opponents. Ben Aranda (125) defeated Davian Guanajuato by a major decision, 11-3. Douglas Terry (149) won by a 6-4 decision over Alex Peralta. Marcus Robinson (157) won his second match of the day by defeating Caine Tyus by an 8-2 decision. Daniel Patten (165) triumphed over Hayden Shepherd by a decision of 7-1. DeAndre Nassar (184) also won his second match of the day by topping Sergio Villalobos in a nail-biting match that ended in a 3-2 decision.
The back-to-back wins against George Mason and SIU Edwardsville improved the Broncs to a 5-6 overall season record. Next, the Vikings will wrestle Kent State on Thursday, February 9th; competition will begin at 7:00pm.
Well, there you have it! Another week of the Top 5 Memorable MAC Moments.
MAC Match-Ups (January 24 - January 30)
Lock Haven vs. Rider University (21-12 Lock Haven)
SIU Edwardsville vs. Kent State (25-12 SIU Edwardsville)
Clarion vs. Edinboro (28-12 Clarion)
Cleveland State vs. George Mason (19-18 Cleveland State)
George Mason vs. SIU Edwardsville (23-16 George Mason)
Cleveland State vs. SIU Edwardsville (17-16 Cleveland State)
Bloomsburg vs. Long Island (24-9 Bloomsburg)
Bucknell vs. Rider University (19-15 Bucknell)
Clarion vs. Kent State (29-6 Clarion)
Central Michigan vs. Ohio (21-12 Central Michigan)