Weekly Wrestling Release
Bulls Down Binghamton, 24-12
The Buffalo Bulls wrestling team opened the New Year in a big way Sunday afternoon, registering a 24-12 win over regional rival Binghamton. The team rode the effort of three wrestlers who earned major decisions to upset the Bearcats, who came into the dual meet receiving votes in the most recent NWCA/USA Today coaches poll.
After a forfeit at 125 pounds, junior Kevin Smith earned a major decision at 133 pounds with a 13-3 win over Dan Riggi. His 21-8 record this season is a team best for overall wins.
Teammate Andrew Schutt found equal success, earning an 8-0 major decision over Brian Guilfoyle in his match to extend the Bulls' lead. Mark Lewandowski had the team's other major decision after recording an 11-2 win in his 157-pound match, taking down Matt Kaylor.
In other action, sophomore Josh Peters won 9-5 at 197 pounds over Cody Reed.
Classmate Brett Correll brought home the team's win with a 3-0 win in his heavyweight bout against Matt Berretta. Peters, Correll and Lewandowski all won their fourth dual match of the year Sunday afternoon, a mark that puts the sophomore trio as the team leaders in duals action.
The team now sits at 4-2 and has won three straight dual meets. It will now head South for the Virginia Duals, hosted by Hampton University. Buffalo will face the Cavaliers of Virginia in its first match, with the winner moving on to face either Liberty or Michigan. The Bulls are guaranteed at least two duals in this double-elimination tournament. The duals will begin at 11 am Friday, with each team having two dual meets on Friday and possibly another two on Saturday.
To check out the full bracket for the weekend duals, check out the link here.
By the Numbers
- With his win Sunday, Kevin Smith now has 79 career wins, putting him in the top 15 in program history.
- Lewandowski's fourth dual meet win is a new career high for him. As a true freshman, he had a 3-7 record in duals. Correll also set a new career best with his fourth dual win Sunday.