YPSILANTI, MI – The University at Buffalo wrestling team
captured its first Mid-American Conference dual victory of the
season, defeating Eastern Michigan, 28-12 on Wednesday evening at
the Convocation Center.
Looking to capture their first conference victory, senior Dan Bishop started the Bulls in the right direction at 125. Bishop pinned Eastern Michigan's Greg Egbert at 3:37 off a reversal to give Buffalo a 6-0 lead. Bishop's fall marked his team-leading fourth dual victory by fall and 15th overall fall of his career.
Through decisions at 133 and 141, the Bulls extended their lead to 12-0. At 133, 19th nationally-ranked Kevin Smith remains perfect in MAC duals as he defeated the Eagles' Chris Jenkins, 11-5, for his 25th career dual victory.
At 141, freshman Andrew Schutt found himself in a 4-2 hole following the first period against EMU's Corey Phillips. The second period would be a different story as Schutt fought back to gain an 8-6 lead heading into the third period. Schutt managed to hold Phillips off in the third to earn a 9-7 decision.
After dropping the 149-pound bout by medical forfeit, the Bulls went on another three-bout win streak at 157, 165 and 174. Senior Andrew Stella collected a 4-3 decision over Eastern Michigan's Aaron Sulzer at 157. Holding a 4-2 lead through the first two periods, Stella was able to hold on for the victory in the third.
Sophomore John-Martin Cannon relied on a 5-1 lead throughout the bout to fend off the Eagles' Alex Ortman in the end. Despite pulling within one point through two periods, 19th nationally-ranked Cannon kept Ortman off the scoresheet in the third to walk away with a 9-5 decision.
Returning to the lineup at 174 was junior Brian Sheehan. Sheehan made his return known in his first ever MAC appearance as he pinned EMU's Nick Hendrick at 4:43 for his first dual victory by fall and first career MAC victory. Following the Bulls' second win by fall in the dual, the Eagles were docked a team point for a bench penalty to give Buffalo a 24-5 lead.
At 197, Jimmy Hamel would avenge the Bulls' loss by major decision at 184 with one of his own. Grabbing an early lead in the bout, Hamel dominated the Eagles' Travis Stanback, 15-6 for his 39th career dual victory.
Buffalo (8-5-1, 1-1 MAC) will remain on the road in MAC competition as they travel to 19th nationally-ranked Kent State (12-3, 1-0 MAC) on Sunday, February 7 at 1:00 pm.