A scheduling mess, part II

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Imagine an Ohio State-Michigan football game played on a Tuesday.

Imagine an Ohio State-Michigan basketball game played during spring break.

Crazy, right?

So why have two of the biggest Central Michigan-Western Michigan sporting events this season been shafted like this? CMU hosts Western on March 4, but it’s during Spring Break, so there likely will be few people there. Likewise, many were upset when CMU football played the Broncos on a Tuesday night last fall.

Men’s basketball coach Ernie Zeigler is upset with the scheduling, as he should be.

Granted, the Mid-American Conference is not the Big Ten, and Central/Western is nowhere near the rivalry Ohio State/Michigan is. But from the perspective of the MAC, it should do everything in its power to showcase Central/Western games. Burying the Central/Western basketball game during Spring Break is a horrible call.

Yes, the Central/Western football game was on ESPN2, but locally, it was a mess. Students complained about it being on a Tuesday night, and alumni were hard-pressed to try to attend the game.

Central/Western is probably the biggest rivalry the MAC has to offer. For the conference to treat it otherwise is absurd.

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Elsewhere, the wrestling team is up to No. 2 in the dual meet rankings, but as of now, it means nothing. The postseason is here, as CMU travels to Kent, Ohio, on March 7-8 for the MAC Championships.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the weight classes, as six of Central’s regular starters are undefeated in the MAC:

125 pounds

Senior Luke Smith is 5-0 and doesn’t have the competition he did last year when he finished third, as NIU’s Pat Castillo moved up to 133 pounds, and Kent State’s Chad Sportelli graduated. He should win easily.

133

Definitely the toughest weight class in the MAC. Castillo, Eastern’s Sean Clair and Kent State’s Dan Mitcheff all are ranked. CMU’s Conor Beebe, 1-3 in the MAC this season, likely will be left out unless he wins it all.

141

This should be a two-man race between CMU’s Eric Kruger and KSU’s Drew Lashaway. Lashaway won the regular season meeting, but Kruger won the match between the two in last season’s MAC Championships.

157

Very wide-open. CMU’s Tyler Grayson is 2-1 in the MAC, losing to EMU’s Cory Mancuso, but Steve Brown has earned the wins in the last two MAC duals for CMU. Mancuso is 4-1 in the MAC.

165

CMU’s Trevor Stewart was the favorite for most of the season, but Kent State’s Kurt Gross changed that with a 6-4 overtime win against Stewart. Gross is 5-0 in the MAC.

174

Another two-man race between CMU’s Brandon Sinnott and NIU’s Duke Burk. Sinnott beat Burk 4-1 this season.

184

Central’s Christian Sinnott is 4-0 in the conference, but could be challenged by Kent State’s Eric Chine, who only lost 3-2 to Sinnott this season.

197

Not much to say. CMU’s Wynn Michalak is 5-0 – three pins and two major decisions. There isn’t any reason to think he won’t dominate his through the weight class.

285

CMU’s Bubba Gritter is 5-0, with Kent State’s Jermail Porter as his only real competition. Gritter lost to Porter in the MAC Tournament two seasons ago, but Gritter won last season.

– Robbie Sgro

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