Chippewas and Wolverines set to battle on Sunday
By Jeff Breese
This time of the season is like the calm before the storm. Many teams are pulling back their travel and competition to allow student-athletes to prepare for finals or to heal up for looming holiday tournaments and conference schedules. While there are still a large number of competitions this week, it is a somewhat condensed version of the typical week in the college season.
This condensed schedule includes a highly anticipated battle in Ann Arbor, as No. 10 Michigan battles No. 16 Central Michigan at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Michigan comes into dual with a 1-1 dual record and a 6th place finish at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Central Michigan is 3-1 on the season with the lone loss coming at the hands of No. 1 Iowa.
Last season, the Chippewas upset the Wolverines, 21-13, in front 4,273 at Rose Arena. The Chippewas will look to make to it two straight wins over the maize and blue, but will have to win a few key bouts to do so.
The 125 bout may be the most exciting and most important bout of the dual. The match between No. 9 Scotti Sentes of Central Michigan and No. 11 Mike Watts of Michigan is likely the swing bout of the match. Aside from the valuable three points that are at stake, this bout has the potential to give a huge wave of momentum to the winner.
Ten ranked wrestlers are expected to compete in the dual, five from each side. Despite the abundance of ranked competitors, only two matches pit ranked opponents. They include the Sentes versus Watts bout and Michigan’s No. 1 Steve Luke against Central Michigan’s No. 10 Mike Miller match.
Two bouts, 157 and 285, are expected to be battles of unranked wrestlers. That total could be increased to three, pending the status of No. 3 Tyrel Todd of Michigan. Todd medical defaulted out of the tournament last weekend in Vegas. All this adds up to three bouts being considered up for grabs on paper. The team that can win the most toss-up matches should prevail.
Anyone in the Ann Arbor area should get out to watch this dual. If you cannot make it to the University of Michigan this Sunday, make sure you check out the coverage of the dual on InterMat and the College Wrestling Network.
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