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Chippewas Steamroll Buffalo, 35-3

By Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com, 02/06/17, 6:30PM EST

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CMU wrestlers put finishing touches on big weekend

Eric Olanowski

Eric Olanowski

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Central Michigan recorded a pin, a technical fall and three major decision victories on Sunday in steamrolling Buffalo, 35-3, in a Mid-American Conference dual at the Bulls’ Alumni Arena.

It was CMU’s fourth consecutive dual victory as it improved to 7-2, 4-2 MAC. Buffalo, which had won eight of its previous nine duals, is 9-5, 3-3.

The dominant win completed a big weekend for the 17th-ranked Chippewas, who on Thursday upset 10th-ranked Michigan, 19-18, at McGuirk Arena.

“We had a good weekend,” CMU coach Tom Borrelli said. “We had a couple slipups in the Michigan match, but for the most part we wrestled well and I’m happy.”

The Chippewas got a pin from Corey Keener (133 pounds), a technical fall from Colin Heffernan (157), and major-decision victories from Mason Smith (141), Justin Oliver (149) and Jordan Ellingwood (184).

CMU’s Brent Fleetwood (125), CJ Brucki (174), Austin Severn (197) and Newton Smerchek (HWT) each won by decision, Smerchek in overtime.

The lone Buffalo win came at 165, where junior Tyler Rill got a takedown with 55 seconds remaining to top freshman Logan Parks, 8-7.

“For us only to lose just on match by one point, we wrestled pretty good today,” Borrelli said. “In most of the matches we scored a lot of points and that’s what we’ve been focusing on.”

Fleetwood got things started with a 5-4 victory. He trailed 4-2 entering the third period, then got an escape and scored a takedown with 11 seconds remaining to notch the win.

“That’s a big win for him,” Borrelli said. “He was behind the whole match and he wasn’t feeling really well today. For him to gut that out was big and if they win there, that could have gotten their crowd into it.”

Keener followed his pin and then Smith scored his second major decision in as many matches and the Chippewas were rolling.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN 35, BUFFALO 3

125: Brent Fleetwood (CMU) dec. Justin Patrick, 5-4

133: Corey Keener (CMU) pinned Blake Retell, 5:37

141: Mason Smith (CMU) major dec. Jason Estevez, 10-0

149: Justin Oliver (CMU) major dec. Colt Cotton, 19-5

157: Colin Heffernan (CMU) tech. fall Kobe Garrehy, 20-4, 5:23

165: Tyler Rill (UB) dec. Logan Parks, 8-7

174: CJ Brucki (CMU) dec. Muhammed McBryde, 7-4

184: Jordan Ellingwood (CMU) major dec. Brett Perry, 16-3

197: Austin Severn (CMU) dec. James Benjamin, 4-3

HWT: Newton Smerchek (CMU) dec. Jake Gunning, 2-1, TB-1