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Chippewa Wrestlers Notch 3 Firsts

By Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com, 12/15/15, 8:30PM EST

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CMU has 7 placers at Cleveland State Open

CLEVELAND - Three Central Michigan wrestlers won their respective weight classes Saturday at the Cleveland State Open.

CMU's Justin Oliver (149 pounds), C.J. Brucki (174) and Jordan Ellingwood (184) won each won their weight class, going a combined 13-0 on the day. Seven Chippewas placed in the top six in their respective weight classes.

The Chippewas' Jordan Atienza placed second at 165, while Carter Ballinger (125) was fourth, and Kyle Noonan (141) and Adam Robinson (HWT) each placed fifth.

Nineteen CMU wrestlers partook in the event. No team scores were kept.

Oliver, a freshman, finished 4-0 in the tournament. He opened with a 14-1 major decision over Kaelan Richards of Michigan State, then followed with a pin at the 6-minute, 56-second mark of Jensen Lorea of Edinboro; in the semifinal, Oliver defeated teammate Mason Smith, 13-11; and in the title match downed Ryan Mosley of Gardner-Webb, 3-1.

Brucki, a sophomore, completed a 5-0 day with an 18-2 technical fall over Jerald Spohn of Kent State in the final. 

Brucki opened with a 10-2 major decision over Christopher Matthews of Gannon; took a 4-3 win from Shane Mast of Kent State; downed Brett Stein of Gardner-Webb, 12-6, in the quarterfinals; and topped Patrick Jennings of Edinboro on a 15-6 major in the semifinals.

Ellingwood, a sophomore, defeated Hunter Gamble of Gardner-Webb, 5-2, in the final. He opened with an 18-0 technical fall over Nick Costa of Gannon; defeated Anthony Dailey of Notre Dame on an 18-2 technical fall; and in the semifinals topped Nick Corba of Cleveland State, 4-0.

Atienza finished 3-1 on the day, dropping an 11-3 major to Myles Amine of Michigan in the title match.

Ballinger finished 3-2, dropping the third-place match to Mitchel Rogaliner of Michigan State on a medical forfeit.

Noonan defeated Joe Ghione of Lock Haven, 6-2, in the fifth-place match to finish the tournament at 4-1.

Robinson scored a 5-4 SV-1 win over Zack Parker of Ohio in the fifth-place match. Robinson finished 4-1.

The Chippewas are scheduled to wrestle in the Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday, Dec. 20.

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