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Feb. 22, 2008

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio wrestling team has saved its best opponent for last.

The Bobcats will square-off against No. 4 ranked Central Michigan, the highest ranked team the team has seen all year, in their MAC and regular season finale on Sunday afternoon in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

The MAC Championships begin March 7 at Kent State.

Central Michigan boasts seven nationally ranked wrestlers. Luke Smith is ranked No. 18 at 125 pounds with a 20-6 record. Eric Kruger is 21-5 at 141 pounds and ranked No. 11 in the nation. Germane Lindsey, with a record of 17-12 will battle Kruger.

Trevor Stewart is ranked No. 9 in the nation at 165 pounds with a record of 17-4. Bubba Gritter holds a 21-4 record at heavyweight and is ranked No. 9 according to Intermat/NWCA Division I Individual Rankings.

Central Michigan's best wrestlers are a trio of competitors all ranked No. 4 in the nation at their respective weight classes. Wynn Michalak, last season's MAC wrestler of the year, holds a 23-1 record this season at 197 pounds while the Chippewas brother tandem, Brandon and Christian Sinnott have been in the top 5 nationally all season and have tallied 23-3 and 21-4 records, respectively. Both brothers also won MAC Championships last season.

Michalak, Gritter, Kruger and freshman Mike Miller also won MAC Championships last season as Central Michigan racked up 106.5 team points to take the team title as well. Kent State took second with 73.50 team points. The Bobcats took fourth with 37 team points.

Ohio's Clay Tucker will look to remain undefeated in MAC competition at 157 pounds and hold a 4-0 record entering the MAC Championships. Tucker lost at Eastern Michigan on Dec. 6 but was still working at 149 pounds. Now that the sophomore from Martins Ferry, Ohio has moved up to 157, he has excelled - rattling off wins in seven of his last eight bouts. He seven match winning streak was snapped against West Virginia's Zac Fryling last weekend, who began the season ranked nationally.

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Joe Waltasti is the wrestling contact for the Ohio Media Relations department. He can be reached via email at waltasti@ohio.edu.