Green Captures Title at MAC Championships
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI – Sophomore Desi Green captured the
149-pound title at the Mid-American Conference Championships on
Sunday afternoon at the Rose Center on the campus of Central
Michigan University. The Bulls finished in fourth place with 60.5
points including eight wrestlers earning top four finishes. Senior
Dan Bishop, junior Jimmy Hamel and sophomore Kevin Smith finished
in second place at 125, 197 and 133, respectively.
In the 149-pound championship bout, Green defeated Seth Morton of Ohio, 3-2, to capture the conference crown and All-MAC First Team honors. In his victory, the sophomore earned an automatic bid to the NCAA National Tournament. The 19th nationally-ranked wrestler went 2-0 en route to capturing the Bulls' first conference individual title since Mark Budd in 2007.
At 133, Smith finished in second place as seventh nationally-ranked Scotti Sentes of Central Michigan forfeited in the bout for true second. In his prior match, the 18th nationally-ranked wrestler defeated Sean Clair of Eastern Michigan, 4-2 in the first overtime off a takedown. With his second-place finish, Smith receives All-MAC Honorable Mention honors as well as his first trip to the NCAA National Tournament.
For the second consecutive year, Hamel reached the 197-pound championship match. In order to reach the championship bout, Hamel upset number one seed Eric Simaz of Central Michigan, 3-1 in overtime, on Saturday. In the championship bout, Hamel fell to 19th nationally-ranked Erik Schuth of Ohio, 2-0 off an escape and one point awarded for riding time. Earning All-MAC Honorable Mention, Hamel qualifies for his second trip to the NCAA National Tournament.
Despite his unfortunate injury off an illegal throw by Gabe Ramos of Ohio in the semifinal match, Bishop finished second in the 125-pound bracket, earning All-MAC Honorable Mention.
In the 165-pound weight class, sophomore John-Martin Cannon finished in third place. Facing Tyler Grayson of Central Michigan in the 165-pound championship bout, Cannon fell to the 20th nationally-ranked wrestler, 7-2. In his second bout of the day, Cannon defaulted versus Ross Tice of Kent State at 3:24 to finish in third.
Making his first ever appearance at the MAC Championships, junior Brian Sheehan finished in fourth place at 174.
In their final appearances at the MAC Championships, seniors Andrew Stella and Jason Weber each finished in fourth place at 157 and 285, respectively. Stella fell to Ohio's Clay Tucker, 6-4, to finish in fourth. Recording a career best fourth-place finish, Weber lost in a 6-0 decision to David Wade of Eastern Michigan.
The Bulls close out a successful season with tri-captains Green, Hamel and Smith having earned spots as national qualifiers at the 2010 NCAA Division I National Tournament in Omaha, Nebraska on March 18-20.