Three Chippewas Secure All-America Honors
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PHILADELPHIA - Central Michigan junior heavyweight Jarod Trice dropped a 4-0 decision to American's Ryan Flores in the semifinals at the NCAA Wrestling Championships Friday night, but he will be one of three Chippewas to take home All-America honors.
Junior 133-pounder Scotti Sentes and sophomore 174-pounder Ben Bennett won their first wrestleback matches of Friday's evening session to secure All-America honors. Trice, Sentes and Bennett all will be All-Americans for the second time in their careers.
"We've consistently had multiple All-Americans for the last several years, so we're getting to the point where that is the expectation," said CMU head coach Tom Borrelli . "Now, we need to get to the point where the expectation is to get multiple guys to the finals and really make a push for a team trophy. I'm proud of the way our guys competed this whole weekend, and I think we actually over-performed a little bit."
Trice, seeded second at heavyweight, met No. 3 seed Ryan Flores (American) in the semifinals. Flores rode out Trice in the second period, then escaped off a restart to take a 1-0 lead in the third. With Flores having riding time locked up, Trice attempted a toss on the edge of the mat, but Flores countered for a two-point takedown that put the match away.
Trice can finish as high as third place and as low as sixth. He will have a rematch with Indiana's Ricardo Alcala in the consolation semifinals Saturday morning; Trice defeated Alcala, 3-2 in a tiebreaker, in the second round of the tournament.
By the time Friday's evening session was barely an hour old, Sentes and Bennett had posted dramatic victories to become CMU's second and third All-Americans of 2011.
"Both of those guys were really determined to be All-Americans," Borrelli said. "Ben's match was incredible. He got taken down on a five-point move, then scored the last eight points of the match. That was a fantastic performance that you don't see in Division I wrestling very often."
Sentes, the No. 11 seed at 133, earned his second career All-America honor with a second-period fall against Penn's Rollie Peterkin, the No. 10 seed. Sentes scored a quick takedown after a neutral start to the second period, then locked in a cradle and worked for the fall before the referee slapped the mat at the 4:08 mark.
Sentes returned to the mat later in the session to defeat No. 7 seed B.J. Futrell (Illinois), 4-0, and advance to the consolation semifinals. Sentes escaped and was awarded a penalty point in the second period, then scored the bout's lone takedown with 15 seconds remaining in the third.
Sentes, who will like Trice can finish as high as third or as low as sixth, will face No. 4 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) in the consolation semifinals Saturday morning.
Bennett, the No. 6 seed, dug himself an early hole against Oklahoma State's Mike Benefiel, the No. 12 seed, in the consolation quarterfinals, surrendering three back points and falling behind 5-0 midway through the first period. He slowly worked his way back into the match, however, first escaping, then scoring a takedown in the closing seconds of the first period.
Bennett chose bottom to begin the second period, and a reversal knotted the score at 5-5. In the third, Bennett defended a shot by Benefiel and countered with his second takedown of the bout; he added riding time to complete the comeback and the 8-5 decision.
In the consolation quarterfinals, Bennett ran into No. 2 seed Ed Ruth (Penn State), who pinned Bennett in the opening minute.
Bennett will wrestle in the seventh-place match against No. 8 seed Mike Letts (Maryland) Saturday morning.
Through four sessions, CMU is 18th in the team standings with 32 points.
Saturday morning's All-America round begins at 11 a.m. ESPNU will televise the third-place, fifth-place and seventh-place matches live.
NCAA Championships Session IV Notes
- Jarod Trice , Scotti Sentes and Ben Bennett each are now two-time All-Americans. They are the 14th, 15th and 16th Chippewas to earn multiple All-America accolades.
- CMU has produced multiple All-Americans for eight consecutive seasons, and 2011 marks the fourth time in five years that at least three Chippewas have been All-Americans.
- Scotti Sentes is CMU's first Division I All-American at the 133-pound weight class. He was an All-American at 125 pounds in 2009.
- CMU has had a 174-pound All-American for five straight seasons.
- Sentes pinned Penn's Rollie Peterkin Friday night to earn All-America honors. Sentes also defeated Peterkin in a match to determine All-America status in 2009; Sentes won that 125-pound bout by a score of 4-0.
- With a win over Ricardo Alcala in the consolation semifinals Saturday morning, Jarod Trice would secure the highest place finish (either third or fourth) of any heavyweight in school history.
Central Michigan Bout-by-Bout Results
133 Pounds - No. 11 Scotti Sentes - All-American
First Round: W, dec. Nathan Pennesi (West Virginia), 7-0
Second Round: W, dec. No. 6 Tony Ramos (Iowa), 2-0
Quarterfinals: L, No. 3 Andrew Long (Penn State), fall at 2:46
Consolation Fourth Round: W, No. 10 Rollie Peterkin (Penn), fall at 4:08
Consolation Quarterfinals: W, dec. No. 7 B.J. Futrell (Illinois), 4-0
Consolation Semifinals: No. 4 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin)
149 Pounds - Donnie Corby
First Round: L, maj. dec. No. 4 Kyle Dake (Cornell), 9-0
Consolation First Round: W, dec. Matt Lester (Oklahoma), 5-4 TB1
Consolation Second Round: W, dec. No. 10 Kurt Kinser (Indiana), 3-2
Consolation Third Round: L, dec. Derek Valenti (Virginia), 6-2
174 Pounds - No. 6 Ben Bennett - All-American
First Round: W, maj. dec. Alex Caruso (Rutgers), 8-0
Second Round: W, maj. dec. Curran Jacobs (Michigan State), 16-2
Quarterfinals: L, dec. No. 3 Mack Lewnes (Cornell), 7-3
Consolation Fourth Round: W, dec. No. 12 Mike Benefiel (Oklahoma State), 8-5
Consolation Quarterfinals: L, No. 2 Ed Ruth (Penn State), fall at 0:42
Seventh-Place Match: No. 8 Mike Letts (Maryland)
285 Pounds - No. 2 Jarod Trice - All-American
First Round: W, dec. Joshua Wine (VMI), 3-1 SV1
Second Round: W, dec. Ricardo Alcala (Indiana), 3-2 TB2
Quarterfinals: W, dec. No. 10 Nathan Fernandez (Oklahoma), 3-2
Semifinals: L, dec. No. 3 Ryan Flores (American), 4-0
Consolation Semifinals: Ricardo Alcala (Indiana)