Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
KENT, Ohio – The 16th-ranked Central Michigan wrestling team dropped its final Mid-American Conference dual of the season on Sunday when it fell to Kent State, 21-13, at the Golden Flashes’ M.A.C. Center.
The Chippewas won just four matches, and scored bonus points in just one of them in falling to 8-5 and finishing 5-2 in MAC duals. Kent State improved to 12-9, 2-4.
The meet started at 184 pounds and Jordan Ellingwood gave the Chippewas a 3-0 lead with a 10-3 victory.
A critical turn came early in the meet when Kent State’s Kyle Conel defeated Jordan Atienza, 6-4, at 197 pounds, and then senior Stephen Suglio pinned CMU redshirt freshman Matt Stencel at 285, giving the Golden Flashes a 9-3 lead.
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Kent State led the meet, 12-6, after the 133-pound match. CMU coach Tom Borrelli sat starters Mason Smith (141) and Justin Oliver (149) in favor of a freshman and a redshirt freshman.
The redshirt freshman, Reilly Brown, dropped a 7-5 decision at 141, while the freshman, Nolan Saxton, fell 3-1 at 149. Both matches went to overtime.
CMU senior Colin Heffernan dropped an 8-6 decision to junior Casey Sparkmand at 157. Heffernan, who finished runner-up in the MAC Championships last season, is ranked 14th nationally by InterMat.com. Sparkman, who was third in the MAC a year ago, is unranked.
Sparkman’s win clinched the dual for the Golden Flashes.
CMU sophomore 165-pounder Logan Parks recorded his fourth major decision of the season when he defeated junior Isaac Bast, 12-3. Last season, Parks finished sixth and Bast was fifth at the MAC Championships.
The Chippewas close the regular season with a nonconference dual at fourth-ranked Michigan on Sunday, Feb. 18 (2 p.m.).
KENT STATE 21, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 13
125: Drew Hildebrandt (CMU) dec. Jake Ferri, 6-0 (6-9)
133: Anthony Tutolo (KSU) dec. Dresden Simon, 6-4 (6-12)
141: Tim Rooney (KSU) dec. Reilly Brown, 7-5 SV-1 (6-15)
149: Nick Monico (KSU) dec. Nolan Saxton, 3-1 SV-1 (6-18)
157: Casey Sparkman (KSU) dec. Colin Heffernan, 8-6, 6-21
165: Logan Parks (CMU) major dec. Isaac Bast, 12-3, 10-21
174: CJ Brucki (CMU) dec. Dylan Barreiro, 9-4, 13-21
184: Jordan Ellingwood (CMU) dec. Colin McCracken, 10-3
197: Kyle Conel (KSU) dec. Jordan Atienza, 6-5, 3-3
285: Stephen Suglio (KSU) pinned Matt Stencel, 4:58, 3-9