Bolo chalks up big win on CMU mat


MOUNT PLEASANT — Iron Mountain graduate Aaron Bolo is making some moves on the Central Michigan University wrestling mat.

The redshirt sophomore wrestles at 197 pounds for the Chippewas.

The CMU wrestling schedule is only a couple of events into the season at this point, and Bolo has had some early-season success.

On Nov. 9 in a tournament at Appalachian State in Boone, N.C., Bolo won the 197-pound open bracket. He defeated Ethan Weatherspoon of Virginia 3-2 in the title bout while posting back-to-back, major-decision wins to reach the final. He downed Vincent Baker of Duke 13-4 and Jack Trautmann of Gardner-Webb 14-0.

Nine days later, CMU traveled to West Point, NY, to compete in the Army Black Knight Invitational, where Bolo notched one of the biggest wins in the country at this point of the season.

After receiving a first-round bye, he defeated InterMat’s No. 3-ranked 197-pound wrestler in the nation in Kyle Conel of Penn State by a 5-3 decision.

“It was the most exciting win of my career thus far,” said Bolo in a phone interview Wednesday. “Conel is a great competitor. We had a great match.”

The Chippewas are members of the Mid-American Conference. The conference welcomed seven new affiliate members for wrestling last spring. MAC wrestling membership includes Buffalo, Central Michigan, Kent State, Northern Illinois and Ohio, along with current affiliate members Missouri (since 2013), Old Dominion (since 2013) and SIU Edwardsville (since 2018).

The seven new affiliate members — Bloomsburg, Clarion, Edinboro, Lock Haven, Rider, George Mason and Cleveland State — began competing in the MAC with the 2019-20 wrestling season. Those seven teams were absorbed from the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL), making the MAC the second-largest NCAA Division I wrestling conference.

“Those additional new teams will make the conference that more competitive,” Bolo said. “My teammates and I look forward to the increased level of competition.”

Bolo, the son of Charles and Jenn Bolo of Iron Mountain, graduated from IMHS in 2017. He finished his career at IM 137-35.

CMU heads to the East Coast next weekend for two MAC dual matches. On Friday, Dec. 6, they face Lock Haven (Pa.) University then travel to Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, on Sunday, Dec 8.

A tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill. hosted by Northwestern University on Dec. 29-30 will be the first competition for CMU after the holiday break. Friday night Jan. 3, the Chippewas welcome in non-conference foe Virginia Tech for their first home dual of the season.


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