photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com
A new feature that we have had on TOM is the “All-2000’s Team” for a respective school. We will go weight-by-weight to feature the best lineup that a team could put together comprised of wrestlers that were in action from the year 2000 to now. Their career could have started in the 1990’s; they just need to have one year of competition in the 2000’s. Each wrestler that is mentioned must have competed for one postseason at their weight class (even if it wasn’t the weight they were most known for).
125 – Scotti Sentes (Fort Myers, FL) 2008-13
Four-time NCAA Qualifier, Two-time All-American (2011-4th; 2009-7th), 2013 NCAA Round of 12 finisher, Two-time MAC Champion
As a true freshman, Scotti Sentes jumped into the mix for the Chippewas and finished seventh in the nation at 125 lbs. 2009 was the only season where Scotti was at 125 pounds, he would move up to 133 the next year. Throughout his collegiate career, Sentes had a reputation for being one of the toughest wrestlers, regardless of weight, from the top position.
Second Team: Luke Smith
133 – Joe Roth (Dixon, IL) 2009-14
Two-time NCAA Qualifier, 2014 NCAA seventh-place finisher, 2012 MAC Champion, Two-time MAC finalist
For Joe Roth to get onto the podium in his senior season, he needed to take out past All-Americans fourth-seeded Jon Morrison (Oklahoma State) and seventh-seeded Cashe Quiroga (Purdue) during his consolation run. Roth’s final win of the tournament, over future National Champion Cody Brewer (Oklahoma), gave him exactly 100 for his career.
Second Team: Jason Borrelli
141 – Jason Mester (Mineral Point, WI) 2000-04
Four-time NCAA Qualifier, Two-time All-American (2004-4th, 2003-5th), Three-time MAC Champion, Four-time MAC finalist
One of the stars of the CMU teams from the early portion of the 2000’s, Jason Mester was named the MAC Wrestler of the Year in 2004 after taking fourth at nationals. During his final two seasons in Mount Pleasant, Mester earned the fourth seed both times at the NCAA Championships. Perhaps his best shot at an NCAA title came as a junior when Jason fell in the NCAA semi’s to the eventual champion Teyon Ware (Oklahoma) in the tiebreaker.
Second Team: Chris Marshall
149 – Mark DiSalvo (Dayton, OH) 2004-06
Total: Three-time NCAA Qualifier, Two-time All-American (2006-8th; 2005-8th), Two-time MAC Champion
CMU Total: Two-time NCAA Qualifier, Two-time All-American (2006-8th; 2005-8th), Two-time MAC Champion
Mark DiSalvo started his collegiate career at VMI where he would qualify for the NCAA Championships once, before transferring to CMU. As a senior, DiSalvo was named the Outstanding Wrestler at the MAC Championships. Also in 2005-06, Mark handed freshman Dustin Schlatter (Minnesota) his only loss of the year during his title-winning campaign.
Second Team: Justin Oliver
157 – Steve Brown (Hermon, NY) 2006-10
Three-time NCAA Qualifier, 2010 NCAA eighth-place finisher, 2009 NCAA Round of 12 finisher, Three-time MAC Champion
After ending his junior season with a one-point loss in the NCAA Round of 12, Steve Brown found himself in the same situation a year later. This time around Brown came out on top of the third-seed Jesse Dong (Virginia Tech) to secure All-American honors. Along the way, Steve also picked up three MAC Championships between 149 and 157 lbs.
Second Team: Luke Smith
165 – Mike Miller (Uniontown, OH) 2006-11
Three-time NCAA Qualifier, Two-time All-American (2009-2nd; 2007-8th), Two-time MAC Champion
In his first trip to the NCAA Championships, as a freshman, Mike Miller was unseeded and upset the 11th seed Patrick Pitsch (Arizona State), eighth-seed Steve Anceravage (Cornell) and fifth-seed Nick Baima (Northern Iowa) on his quest for the podium. In 2009, Miller was at it again knocking off second-seed Mike Cannon (American) and third-seed Brandon Browne (Nebraska) to make the NCAA Finals. Unfortunately for the remainder of Mike’s career, he battled a series of injuries and never made it back to the podium. He was even granted a sixth-year of eligibility. Miller remains the most recent Chippewa wrestler to make the NCAA Finals.
Second Team: David Bolyard
174 – Brandon Sinnott (Allen Park, MI) 2004-08
Three-time NCAA Qualifier, Two-time All-American (2008-5th; 2007-7th), Three-time MAC Champion
One-half of the Sinnott twins that dominated the upperweights in the MAC, Brandon was atop the MAC podium three times in his career. His 113 wins put him eighth overall on CMU’s all-time list, and his .785 winning percentage is good for 10th.
Second Team: Ryan Cunningham
184 – Ben Bennett (Rockford, MI) 2008-13
Four-time NCAA Qualifier, Four-time All-American (2013-4th; 2012-6th; 2011-8th; 2010-6th), Four-time MAC Champion
Ben Bennett’s fourth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships made him the first wrestler in school history to earn All-American honors in all four seasons. He is one of only two wrestlers in CMU history that have garnered four MAC Championships, as well. As a senior in 2013, Bennett earned the second seed at the NCAA Championships after a season that saw him win his first Midlands Championship after finishing in second the previous three years.
Second Team: Christian Sinnott
197 – Wynn Michalek (Caro, MI) 2004-08
Four-time NCAA Qualifier, Three-time All-American (2008-2nd; 2006-8th; 2005-6th), 2007 NCAA Round of 12 finisher, Four-time MAC Champion
Along with Bennett, Wynn Michalek is the other wrestler in CMU history with four MAC crowns. Michalek was named conference wrestler of the year on three occasions. During his final trip to the NCAA Championships in 2008, Michalek knocked off the top-seeded returning NCAA Champion Josh Glenn (American) to make the NCAA Finals. Wynn’s .842 winning percentage (128-24) is the second highest in school history.
Second Team: Brett Faustman
285 – Jarod Trice (Highland Park, MI) 2008-13
Four-time NCAA Qualifier, Three-time All-American (2013-6th; 2011-4th; 2010-8th), 2011 MAC Champion, Four-time MAC finalist
Jarod Trice’s sixth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships helped him become just the fourth wrestler in CMU history to earn All-American honors on three occasions. Trice appeared in the MAC finals in all four years that he competed. In addition to his national credentials, Trice also won the Midlands Championships two times.
Second Team: Bubba Gritter