Six Chippewas Ranked By MAC Coaches

Central Michigan junior Justin Olvier is ranked No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference at 149 pounds. He is one of six Chippewas in the league's individual rankings.
Oct. 11, 2017

Andy Sneddon,

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Six Central Michigan wrestlers are ranked in their respective weight classes by the Mid-American Conference.

The rankings, released today, are based on voting by league coaches.    

CMU’s Justin Oliver (149 pounds) and Jordan Ellingwood (184) are both ranked first, while Mason Smith (141), Colin Heffernan (157) and CJ Brucki (174) are second, and Logan Parks (165) is fourth.

Ellingwood, Heffernan and Brucki are seniors; Oliver is a junior; and Smith are Parks are both sophomores.

In addition, the Chippewas were ranked second as a team behind five-time defending champion Missouri, which received 29 points. Points are based on the number of individuals ranked. The Tigers have a wrestler ranked in nine of the 10 weight classes, including five who are ranked No. 1.

The Chippewas received 18 points. The league will release rankings monthly throughout the season.

CMU’s annual Intrasquad Meet is scheduled for McGuirk Arena on Friday, Oct. 27 (7 p.m.). The Chippewas open the season with the Michigan State Open on Sunday, Nov. 5, and their first dual meet is slated for Nov. 17 at home against Michigan State.

The Chippewas are ranked 18th in WIN Magazine’s Preseason Tournament Power Index and Rankings. Individually, Oliver is seventh; Ellingwood, eighth; Heffernan, ninth; and Brucki, 10th.

MAC Individual Rankings
125 – 1. Brock Hudkins (Northern Illinois, sophomore); 2.  Kyle Akins (Buffalo, junior); 3. Barlow McGhee (Missouri, senior); 4. (Will Bardezbain, Kent State, senior).
133 – 1. John Erneste (Missouri, junior); 2. Bryan Lantry (Buffalo, junior); 3. Cameron Kelly (Ohio, junior); 4. Anthony Tutolo (Kent State, junior).
141 – 1. Jaydin Eierman (Missouri, sophomore); 2. Mason Smith (Central Michigan, sophomore); 3. Noah Forrider (Ohio, senior); 4. Alex Madrigal (Old Dominion, sophomore).
149 – 1. Justin Oliver (Central Michigan, junior); 2. Kyle Springer (Eastern Michigan, senior); 3. Grant Leeth (Missouri, junior); 4. Jason Estevez (Buffalo, senior).
157 – 1. Joey Lavallee (Missouri, senior); 2. Colin Heffernan (Central Michigan, senior); 3. Casey Sparkman (Kent State, junior); 4. Larry Early (Old Dominion, sophomore).
165 – 1. Austin Reese (Ohio, Junior); 2. Connor Flynn (Missouri, sophomore); 3. Zac Carson (Eastern Michigan, sophomore); 4. Logan Parks (Central Michigan, sophomore).
174 – 1. Daniel Lewis (Missouri, junior); 2. CJ Brucki (Central Michigan, senior); 3. Seldon Wright (Old Dominion, junior); 4. Andrew McNally (Eastern Michigan, freshman).
184 – 1. Jordan Ellingwood (Central Michigan, senior); 2. Brett Perry (Buffalo, junior); 3. Bryce Gorman (Northern Illinois, junior); 4. Antonio Agee (Old Dominion, sophomore).
197 – 1. Willie Miklus (Missouri, senior); 2. Stephen Suglio (Kent State, senior); 3. Joe Ariola (Buffalo, senior); 4. Bailey Faust (Ohio, sophomore).
HWT – 1. Jake Gunning (Buffalo, junior); 2. Gage Hutchison (Eastern Michigan, senior); 3. Austin Myers (Missouri, sophomore); 4. Zack Parker (Ohio, junior).

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