Roundup: Johnson, Hatchett are named All-MAC

Eastern Michigan University’s football team had two seniors named to All-Mid-American Conference teams Wednesday.

Punter Zach Johnson was selected to the second team and linebacker Andre Hatchett to the third team.

Johnson’s 40.4-yard average was second in the conference to Kent State’s Matt Rinehart, who averaged 40.9 and made the first team.

Johnson played 10 games and missed two due to an injury. He had 17 punts inside the 20-yard line and had seven go for more than 50 yards.

Hatchett started every game and led EMU with 113 tackles (55 solo, 55 assists). He had six tackles for a loss, 1 ½ sacks and an interception.

Wrestling to face Michigan State
Coach Derek DelPorto and his team will try to defeat Michigan State for the first time in a long time 7 p.m. today at Bowen Field House.

The Eagles lost the last match, 18-15, between the teams. MSU is 11-1 in the series and hasn’t lost to EMU since January 1987.

“An obvious in-state rivalry comes into play with recruiting and some other variables that allow us to gain respect in this state,” DelPorto said in a release.

“We are still trying to prove that EMU can be competitive with anyone in the country but especially here in Michigan. Central Michigan is the team to beat in this state, and we are working hard to become that team.”

Chris Jenkins is ranked No. 18 at 125 pounds in the InterMat poll and is 6-2 for EMU, which is on a three-match unbeaten streak and is 2-1-1 after tying Northwestern on Nov. 22.

“I am happy that he has bounced out to a good start, but he must continue his winning ways in order to remain ranked,” DelPorto said.

Swimming to host invitational
After a two-week break, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will compete in the EMU Invitational this weekend at Jones Natatorium.

The competition begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Wayne State, Findlay and Waterloo (Ont.) are the other participants.

EMU has won the annual meet 12 consecutive times.

Compiled by sports editor Justin Souva.

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