Two Central Michigan All-American wrestlers are returning to their alma mater to reunite with head coach Tom Borrelli as his assistant coaches, the university located in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. announced Thursday.
Ryan Cunningham, the school’s first three-time NCAA All-American wrestler, and Ben Bennett, the program’s only four-time All-American, will join Borrelli as he embarks on his 24th season at CMU.
Cunningham earned All-American honors in 1998-2000, and was a three-time Mid-American Conference (MAC) champion. He completed his career with 104 wins to just 30 losses. Of his career victories, 23 were pins. Cunningham was welcomed into the CMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
Bennett, who just completed his wrestling career at CMU, will remain at his alma mater in a new role. Over the past four seasons, Bennett became the program’s first four-time All-American in program history. He finished his career with a record of 121 wins and just 25 losses and claimed four MAC titles along the way.
“I am very excited to have both Ryan and Ben as full time assistant coaches in our program,” Borrelli said. “They were both tremendous competitors and share the same philosophies and mindset that Chippewa Wrestling has been built upon. I am confident that they will do their best to instill these beliefs and work habits when working with our current student-athletes.”
Last month, Jason Mester, top assistant coach at CMU, left the program to become head coach at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.
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