Ben Bennett squares off against Chattanooga's Jason McCroskey during Sunday's dual at Rose Center. Bennett claimed a 5-4 decision in the 184-pound match, the first career victory for the redshirt freshman.
Check back to cmuchippewas.com for a photo gallery from today's match, as well as a recap of CMU's performance at the Michigan State Open on Sunday.
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan opened the dual meet portion of its schedule with a 32-6 win over Chattanooga Sunday at Rose Center.
The 13th-ranked Chippewas won nine of 10 individual bouts, with the lone loss being a void at 141 pounds. CMU scored bonus points in three matches and allowed a total of just two takedowns and three reversals in the victory.
Matt Steintrager built a 5-0 lead on takedowns in the first and second period against Demetrius Johnson at 125 pounds, but Johnson reversed Steintrager late in the second period, escaped to open the third and took Steintrager down on the edge of the mat to tie the score at 5-5. Steintrager scored an escape with one minute remaining for the decisive point.
Scotti Sentes was victorious in his debut at 133 pounds, pinning Josh Statum at the 4:49 mark. After a scoreless first period, Sentes quickly worked Statum to his back in the second period and scored three back points before eventually sticking the pin.
UTC scored its only team points when CMU voided the 141-pound match.
Tony D'Alie scored a takedown 10 seconds into his 149-pound match with Dean Pavlou, and he added three more takedowns and built a riding time advantage of 2:02 in a 10-2 major decision at 149 pounds.
In the only matchup of ranked opponents, Steve Brown earned a 6-5 decision over Joey Knox at 157 pounds. Brown, ranked eighth nationally, scored a pair of first-period takedowns and added a reversal in the second period of take control of the match. Knox, ranked No. 16 nationally, tallied an escape early in the third period and a takedown in the closing seconds for the final margin.
Tyler Grayson added three team points for the Chippewas with an 8-3 decision at 165 pounds. Grayson scored a takedown in each period while building a riding time advantage of 2:03.
Mike Miller, the nation's top-ranked 174-pounder, opened his season with a 3-1 decision over Chattanooga's Jake Young. Miller and Young traded escapes before Miller scored the decisive takedown in the third period.
Redshirt freshman Ben Bennett earned his first career victory at 184 pounds, claiming a 5-4 decision over UTC's Jason McCroskey. Bennett scored the only takedown of the bout in the first period, but the pair traded reversals before Bennett added an escape late in the opening period. A pair of escapes accounted for the rest of the scoring.
Eric Simaz scored an escape and a takedown in the second period on his way to a 4-0 victory at 197 pounds. Simaz held a riding time advantage of 2:28 in the match.
Jarod Trice capped the win with an 11-1 major decision at heavyweight. Trice scored four takedowns in the victory and added riding time.
CMU is off until Nov. 28 when it travels to Northeast Duals.
No. 13 Central Michigan 32, Chattanooga 6
125: Matt Steintrager (CMU) dec. Demetrius Johnson, 6-5; CMU leads 3-0
133: No. 9 Scotti Sentes (CMU) pin Josh Statum at 4:49; CMU leads 9-0
141: No. 20 Cody Cleveland (UTC), win by forfeit; CMU leads 9-6
149: No. 19 Tony D'Alie (CMU) maj. dec. Dean Pavlou, 10-2; CMU leads 13-6
157: No. 8 Steve Brown (CMU) dec. No. 16 Joey Knox, 6-5; CMU leads 16-6
165: Tyler Grayson (CMU) dec. Brandon Wright, 8-3; CMU leads 19-6
174: No. 1 Mike Miller (CMU) dec. Jake Young, 3-1; CMU leads 22-6
184: No. 16 Ben Bennett (CMU) dec. Jason McCroskey, 5-4; CMU leads 25-6
197: Eric Simaz (CMU) dec. Niko Brown, 4-0; CMU leads 28-6
285: No. 11 Jarod Trice (CMU) maj. dec. Tom Minwell, 11-1; CMU leads 32-6